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Out of Office: Interscope Records & Beats By Dre Co-Founder Jimmy Iovine

Last Updated: April 26, 2023

Jimmy Iovine’s impact on modern music, the media business, and technology can’t be understated.

From his modest origins in Brooklyn, he worked his way up to legendary status as a music producer, working with artists like Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon, then co-founding Interscope Records, where he nurtured artists like Tupac Shakur and Eminem. Iovine would go on to partner with Dr. Dre on Beats by Dre, which evolved into Beats Electronics, which was famously sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014.

In this episode of “Out of Office,” Iovine talks about his first music job as a janitor in a recording studio, the time Steve Jobs diagrammed the hardware business for him on a dinner table, his admiration for former Disney exec Bob Iger, and why the program he and Dr. Dre are launching is poised to empower under-served high school students by emphasizing the importance of both technology and design. 

This conversation was recorded live for a Boardroom University event on March 10, 2021, and co-sponsored by USC Annenberg and USC Iovine and Young Academy.