Tom Lehman (aka LEMONNN) is the co-founder, CTO, and, for its first two years, sole developer of Rap Genius.
Before that he created BetterMetroNorth, before that he was a programmer at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and before thattttttt he met his Rap Genius co-founders at Yale where he majored in Ethics, Politics, Economics, Mathematics and Philosophy… 5 majors (just kidding – it’s actually just two joint majors).
Here is a video of him explaining why “worse is better” to a group of young MIT hackers at HackMIT 2013 (pardon the portrait orientation!):