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Brian Zisk - Executive Producer / Co-Founder
Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which was sold to CMGI (NASDAQ: CMGI) at the turn of the millennium. He is active in many influential computer-mediated forums, is quoted and published extensively in the media, frequently appears on panels and at industry events domestically and abroad, and is an expert at frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and in creating new business models. He is married to Shoshana Zisk.
Shoshana Zisk - Co-Producer / Co-Founder
Shoshana Zisk is the co-producer of the SF MusicTech Summit. She is also an entertainment lawyer with a wide range of experience in the music industry. Her experiences includes Interim Chief Operating Officer for In Ticketing, Business & Legal Affairs for George Clinton and his musical groups Parliament, Funkadelic and The P-Funk Allstars, and General Manager of Clinton’s independent record label The C Kunspyruzy. Her previous positions include Business & Legal Affairs at BMG U.S. Latin, the Copyright Department at Motown, and A&R Administration for Island Records. Shoshana is currently the CEO of Kiddie Village, which creates award-winning childrens videos and music. She is a member of the California, New York, and Florida Bars. She earned a bachelor degree in Classical Piano Performance and Juris Doctorate (cum Laude) from the University of Miami. Shoshana was recently the Musical Director for “Rent” (the musical) in San Francisco, CA & Hollywood, California.
Patti Silverman – Communications Director
Patti Silverman is the Director of Communications for the SF MusicTech Summit. While at Columbia Records in NYC, she developed a reputation as an early proponent of music tech. To run marketing and promotional campaigns for Adele, Band of Horses, MGMT, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit and other artists, Patti scouted the latest products and services being developed by Bay Area startups. Since her move to the West Coast, she’s also been an integral part of launching the Silicon Valley Internship Programme, a non profit which inspires UK tech entrepreneurship. Patti graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She’s an avid live music fan – you can check out the 150+ shows she’s attended via Songkick.
Nancy Cole – Special Projects
Nancy is an event producer with a strong background in fundraising, partnerships, and project management in a start-up environment. She wore many hats in marketing and operations at tech startup, Echo; and has served as executive director at non-profits PhotoPhilanthropy and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). Nancy was part of the founding team at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she was a program director making significant investments in environmental projects. Prior to that she worked in fundraising for large environmental and arts NGOs. She serves on the board of PartyCorps, is a founding member of One Sky Giving Circle and a volunteer fundraiser at The Nueva School. Nancy holds an MBA and an MA in Arts Management from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in economics and art history from UCSB.