SF MusicTech Summit #6 took place on 5/7/10
Twitter, Operations Engineer
John Adams has worked in computer security, operations, and systems engineering for over 16 years. Prior to Twitter, he has worked at Apple, Inktomi, c|net, and a major video-on-demand site, improving security, performance, and reliability at large scale. Follow on Twitter: @netik
INgrooves, Corporate Communications
Liz has been with digital distributor INgrooves for 4 years working alongside all departments, however her primary focus is Corporate Communications for the company. She currently is representing the newly established NorCal chapter of A2IM, and Liz will organize their first official networking event here in San Francisco sometime this year. An east coast native, Liz lived in NYC for many years as a student and singer songwriter, and she is thrilled to now be contributing to the digital side of the music business and watching it evolve, as it continues to empower artists and labels everywhere.
LyricFind, President / CEO
At LyricFind, Darryl is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the company, including licensing and distribution. Darryl pioneered the digital lyrics space, successfully negotiating the first-ever mass lyrics licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing in 2005.
Under Darryl’s guidance, LyricFind has established licensing deals with over 1,900 music publishers, and built up a database of lyrics spanning over 1.2 million tracks. The company has also established key partnerships with the Harry Fox Agency, All Media Guide, and MusicIP, and provides content to clients such as Last.fm, Rhapsody, Lyrics.com, Cox Radio, Shazam, and more.
Before re-launching LyricFind, Darryl was Manager of Digital Development & Distribution at EMI Music in Los Angeles, where he was involved in deals with companies such as MusicMatch, Napster, and iTunes. At EMI, Darryl worked closely with Senior Vice President Ted Cohen, who currently sits on LyricFind’s Board of Directors.
Darryl graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics with a Business minor (the degree says Bachelor of Mathematics – Honours Mathematics/Business Administration – Systems Management Package – Co-Operative Program).
Joe Barham (a.k.a. “Joe Rock”)
107.7 The Bone (KSAN) San Francisco, Music Director and Evening On Air Personality
Joe Barham is the Music Director and Evening On-Air Personality for KSAN/107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. One of the top performing rock radio stations in the Country. He also recently co-founded Wingman Music: a music management, marketing and artist development company structured to discover independent artists deserving of wider attention and develop them into self-sustaining entities. He has worked in radio, both terrestrial and online, for more than 15 years and in that time interviewed and produced shows for some of the biggest names in music and sports. Joe has been featured as a voice-over talent on hundreds of commercials, promos and shows. He has also helped produce radio events which have raised over a million dollars combined for the Children’s Hospital Oakland, Breast Cancer Fund and American Red Cross.
Before moving to San Francisco in 2003 he spent time in Santa Barbara as the regional Promotion Director for Virgin Records. He began paying attention to life in April of 1998 while playing guitar on the beach in his hometown of Mendocino, California.
He is currently working on the development of a social media site with the goal of creating an entirely new way for people to discover and interact with online media.
Blank Slate, President
For the past 9 years Seth held key roles in financial, entertainment,
and technology startups with a primary focus on making sure their
businesses scale – specifically through the underpinning technologies
that power them.
Currently, Seth is working closely with the band Linkin Park to help
them gather and maintain full control of their data and fan
experience. Through his work with Linkin Park, Seth has also worked
with other artists managed by The Collective, and closely with Warner
Brother Records’ (now WEA’s) technology groups.
Previously, Seth has worked with and advised companies such as
Justin.tv, WordPress, and PBworks, and got his start in the Bay Area
as interim COO of several hosting companies. Follow on Twitter: @antifreeze
Glenn Otis Brown
YouTube, Head of Music Partnerships / Creative Commons, Board of Directors
Glenn Otis Brown, Esq. works on music business development at YouTube. Before that, Glenn was Product Counsel at Google, where he worked on Blogger, Google Video, Google Image Search, Google Talk, and Orkut, among other products. From 2002-2005 Glenn was Executive Director of Creative Commons, where among other things he helped produce the sampling-friendly WIRED CD, featuring David Byrne, Gilberto Gil, Spoon, Matmos, the Beastie Boys, and others. Glenn has also served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Glenn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard Law School.
SoundExchange, Vice President, New Media and External Affairs
Bryan has worked in the music industry in various capacities including A&R, marketing, radio promotions, business development and concert promotions for over 15 years including time at Relativity Records, RED Distribution, Warlock Records, Serchlite Music and as COO of GOOD Music. In 2003, he drew upon his varied experiences and founded LMS with to help indie record labels succeed. To that end, he developed specific business solutions to achieve that goal, namely the Music Business Toolbox and the Label Management Systems Financial Software. His professional consulting clients include Kanye West, MSN Entertainment, Disturbing Tha Peace, Monster Cable and more.
Bryan has a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and regularly speaks at music industry conferences and at universities about the music industry. He also teaches a music marketing class for the Music Industry Educators and is on the Board of Directors for the Future of Music Coalition.
BMAT, Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Oscar Celma is the Chief Innovation Officer at Barcelona Music and Audio Technologies (BMAT), a spin-off of the Music Technology Group (MTG).
In 2008, Oscar obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Digital Communication, in the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain).
Oscar has a forthcoming Book published by Springer, titled “Music Recommendation and Discovery: The Long Tail, Long Fail and Long Play in the music digital age” (Springer, 2010).
Oscar holds 2 patents (US2003009344 and JP2003323188, 2002) from his work on the Vocaloid system, a singing voice-synthesizer bought by Yamaha in 2004. Follow on Twitter: @bmat
Georgia Tech Music Intelligence Lab, Director
Parag Chordia is the Director of the Georgia Tech Music Intelligence Lab and Chief Technology Officer at Khush, a company that develops intelligent music applications. His research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on building intelligent systems that are musically creative. Parag’s expertise is in the areas of music information retrieval, digital signal processing and music cognition and perception. Parag received a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Music at Stanford University and a BS in Mathematics from Yale. He is also the founder of BolRecords, an Indian classical music record label, and is an actively performing Indian classical musician and electronic music composer. Follow on Twitter: @indianmusic
Cisco Media Solutions Group, Chief Strategist
Gary Chou is the Chief Strategist of the Cisco Media Solutions Group. Prior to joining Cisco, Gary was Director of Product Management at Tribe.net, one of the early social networking startups. After Cisco purchased select assets from Tribe.net in 2007, Gary joined the Cisco team to develop and launch the Cisco Eos social entertainment software platform. Eos made its debut at CES 2009.
Gary began his career in technology at Trilogy, an Austin-based enterprise software company, and obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he studied Molecular Biology, Computer Science, and Photography.
CCRMA, Founding Director
John Chowning was born in Salem, New Jersey in 1934. Following military service and studies at Wittenberg University, he studied composition in Paris for three years with Nadia Boulanger. He received the doctorate in composition (DMA) from Stanford University in 1966, where he studied with Leland Smith.
In 1964, with the help of Max Mathews then at Bell Telephone Laboratories and David Poole of Stanford, he set up a computer music program using the computer system of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Beginning the same year he began the research leading to the first generalized surround sound localization algorithm. In 1967 he discovered frequency modulation synthesis (FM), a very simple yet elegant way of creating and controlling time-varying spectra.. Licensed by Stanford to Yamaha, FM synthesis led to a family of synthesizers based upon the DX7 that became the most successful synthesis engines in the history of electronic instruments. In 1975, with James (Andy) Moorer, John Grey and Loren Rush he founded the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), which remains one of the leading centers for computer music and related research.
Elizabeth Cohen, PH.D
Member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation;
Vice Chair, Education Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technology Council
Elizabeth Cohen founded Cohen Acoustical Inc. in 1982. Her clients have included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CBS, Digital Theater Systems, Dolby Labs, Fraunhofer Institute, Grateful Dead Productions, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, Universal Studios and numerous other arts and entertainment organizations. As part of the CineGrid interdisciplinary community, Cohen’s current work is focused on the research, development and demonstration of networked collaborative tools to enable the production, use and exchange of very high-quality digital media over photonic networks. A past president and fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, Cohen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and serves on the AMPAS Digital Motion Picture Archive Committee. She has also served on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Committee on Archiving and Preservation. In 1993 and 1994, Cohen was a Science and Engineering fellow to the White House Economic Council, where she was responsible for Arts and Information Infrastructure Initiatives. Cohen received her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Acoustics from Stanford University.
Tom Conrad leads the Pandora product organization, which includes product management, user interface design, software development, and technical operations. Over the years, Tom has led numerous engineering and product design teams across a wide range of applications – from operating systems and enterprise software to video games and consumer web sites. Before joining Pandora, Tom was the Vice President of Engineering at Kenamea, Inc. where he led the teams responsible for the design and development of an award-winning Internet-scale messaging system. Tom previously was the Technical Director for the successful video game series “You Don’t Know Jack.” Past experience also includes engineering management positions at Berkeley Systems, Relevance Technologies, Documentum, Pets.com, and Kenamea. Tom began his career at Apple Computer developing user interface elements for the Macintosh. Follow on Twitter: @tconrad
Jack Conte is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and filmmaker based in San Francisco. Conte first gained widespread attention when his video Yeah Yeah Yeah was featured on YouTube’s main page, garnering over 600,000 views. Conte formed the recording duo “Pomplamoose” with girlfriend Nataly Dawn, and the majority of their new music is released as singles posted to YouTube.
These mostly take the form of “VideoSongs”, a medium Conte defines with two rules:
(1) What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice)
(2) If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds)
His collection of VideoSongs are wildly popular; for example, the VideoSong for “Single Ladies” has garnered over 4 million view, “Telephone” over 3 million views, and “Beat It” almost 2 million views as of May 2010. Follow on Twitter: @jackconte
Not Shocking, LLC – Founder
Corey Denis has been pioneering digital music marketing for twelve years using everything from ListServs, message boards & forums to social networks and MMORPGs. She got her music industry start at What Are Records? where she leveraged online street teams to increase digital fanbases for Frank Black, Figurine, Stephen Lynch, Maceo Parker, The Samples, innocence mission, & many others. By 2003 Corey was Director of Online Marketing at What Are Records where she published the label’s first online music sampler as a podcast. Corey built W.A.R.?’s digital strategy, helping the label became one of the first independent record labels to sign a direct deal with iTunes.
Corey moved to San Francisco in 2005 to work at IODA where she helped create and market Promonet, the promotional distribution source for licensed mp3s out of the IODA catalog designed for music bloggers and online promoters. She went on to lead the marketing efforts as VP of Marketing at boutique digital distributor reapandsow, and now runs her own firm, Not Shocking. Current clients include Michael Tilson Thomas, Inu, New Music Seminar, Mr. Vegas, comedian Rob Cantrell & literary project P William Grimm. She is the founder of Musician & Promoter Workshop in San Francisco and enjoys volunteering at the JCC. Corey can play (but totally sucks at) violin, guitar, autoharp& dulcitone, has one patent, two cats and 6 ipods. Follow on Twitter: @notshocking and @coreythrace
Andrew Dreskin is the co-founder of Ticketfly, Inc., the fastest-growing, independent ticketing and music services company. He is the co-founder of the Virgin Mobile Festival, a critically-acclaimed music and arts festival. Mr. Dreskin was the co-founder, and C.E.O., of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets over the Internet. TicketWeb was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2000. Prior to founding TicketWeb, Mr. Dreskin was the co-founder of Energy Media, an early web design firm. Prior to that, Mr. Dreskin was the executive vice president of Beserkley Records, an influential independent record label. Until its recent acquisition by Knitting Factory Entertainment, Mr. Dreskin was the largest outside shareholder in the Big Easy Concert House, a chain of concert venues in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, where he is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also a member of the board of directors of Headcount, a non-profit voter registration organization. Follow on Twitter = @vanillaiceman and @ticketfly
MySpace Music, VP of Product & Operations
Roberto Fisher is Vice President of Product and Operations for MySpace Music. Roberto is an Internet music and digital media veteran known for his deep expertise in and passion about the space. He has nearly two decades of product and management experience in Internet, media, and rights management products, services and technology. Roberto currently oversees product management, program management, design, and analytics for MySpace’s new joint venture with the music industry. Prior to his current role at MySpace Music, Roberto was Sr. Director of Product for Yahoo! Music where he drove digital media and connected device strategies, managed key music and technology partnerships, and grew content catalogs and offerings. Roberto played a central role in the successful growth of Yahoo!’s music business from 2001 through to 2008. During that time, he played key roles in building up Yahoo! Music to be the Internet’s number one music destination, and to be the leading provider worldwide of Music Videos and Internet Radio. Prior to Yahoo!’s acquisition of LAUNCH Media in 2001, Roberto was VP of Product for the website and VP Technology and Operations. Follow on Twitter: @roberto_fisher
Musician, Composer, Arranger, Band Leader
Over the last 15 years, Ben Folds‘ first-class melodic gifts, irony-laced lyrics, and punk-rock tendency to play piano as if it were a contact sport have earned the North Carolina native a legion of devoted fans of all ages. Follow on Twitter: @benfolds
Big Champagne, Founder & CEO
Eric Garland is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigChampagne Media Measurement, a privately-held technology company specializing in entertainment media. BigChampagne provides business intelligence to the world’s largest entertainment companies, major brands and their agencies, and Wall Street analysts. BigChampagne’s metrics include retail (iTunes, Amazon) and streaming services, social networks (MySpace, YouTube), Yahoo and AOL, Clear Channel, MTV and radio broadcast.
Garland’s data and analysis were included in Chris Anderson’s best-selling book “The Long Tail.” His advisory board membership includes the digital initiative of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), where he has served alongside artists Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West. Garland was formally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Recording Academy in 2007. Follow on Twitter: @bigchampagne
Senior Director, Direct to Consumer Initiatives, WEA Corp.
Ryan Garner is Senior Director, Direct to Consumer Initiatives, WEA Corp., Warner Music Group’s U.S. sales and retail distribution company. Ryan is responsible for working with WMG’s labels and artists to grow the company’s direct sales, sponsorship and marketing channels and oversees product development and operations for many of WMG’s artist web properties including Paramore.net, TreySongz.com, and Shinedown.com.
Before joining WMG in 2007, Ryan spent five years at JetBlue Airways as a product manager and solution architect, where he was responsible for product development for JetBlue.com. JetBlue was an early pioneer in exclusively selling its seats directly to customers via its own website, and Ryan was a member of the team that developed JetBlue.com into the airline’s most important sales channel – responsible for 80% of sales at the time of his departure.
Prior to JetBlue, Ryan worked as an engineer building white label virtual worlds for brands such as Aeropostale at Syrup, a New York based digital creative agency.
Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin and resides in New York City. Follow on Twitter: @ryanTgarner
Strike Up the Brand, Principal
Brad has a unique marketing background that includes representing talent, representing brands and representing content. As a talent agent, he worked at Triad Artists and was the West Coast Head of Contemporary Music at the William Morris Agency, representing Paul Simon, Tina Turner, New Order, Kate Bush, Lou Reed, Whitney Houston, and Cyndi Lauper. Brad Gelfond then became Worldwide Head of Asset Management & Business Development at The Agency Group, where he crafted sponsorship and marketing deals with a variety of companies. Following The Agency Group, Brad started Strike up the Brand, working with brands as diverse as Bacardi, Nokia, Kia and Keds in crafting marketing programs centered around music.
Brad most recently was SVP Brand & Content Partnerships and Strategic Development at Warner Bros. Records. At WBR, he developed new ways to monetize digital content, found new distribution channels, and new avenues for exposure.
Following WBR, Brad re-established Strike up the Brand as a strategic music marketing resource for brands, primarily creating entertainment marketing solutions for brands, and providing entertainment business insights and expertise. He works with various types of content across multiple platforms including broadband, mobile, experiential/live events and television. Follow on Twitter – @gelfo
Dolby Laboratories, Executive Chairman / Topspin Medica, Inc., Chairman
Peter Gotcher is an independent venture investor focusing on investments in digital media companies. He is Executive Chairman of Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) and Chairman of Topspin Media, Inc., which he co-founded in 2007.
Peter founded Digidesign Inc. in 1984 and served as its President, CEO and Chairman. Digidesign became the world’s leading manufacturer of Digital Audio Workstations and completed a successful Initial Public Offering in December of 1993 (NASDAQ: DGDN). Digidesign was acquired by Avid Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID) in January of 1995, and Peter remained as the General Manager of Digidesign and an Executive Vice President of Avid until May of 1996, and served on the company’s board of directors until 2001. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, Peter accepted the Technical Achievement Grammy in honor of Digidesign’s contributions to the recording industry. Digidesign also received an Oscar from the Motion Picture Academy in 2004.
Peter became a technology-focused venture capitalist upon joining Institutional Venture partners as a Venture Partner in 1997. In 1999 he was a founding Venture Partner with Redpoint Ventures of Menlo Park, California, a leading Silicon Valley technology venture capital firm. He has served on the board of directors of 14 public and private companies, and currently serves as a director of Dolby Labs, Topspin Media, Line6 and Pandora. Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music.
Peter Gotcher attended the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with a BA degree with University Honors in 1981.
The Ojas Group
With almost 15 years in the new media and internet space, Alka Gupta is an experienced executive with extensive management, business development, product marketing, operations, and strategy experience in areas such as e-commerce, social networking, content, search, and advertising. Most recently, she was Vice President of Business Development at Retrevo, an e-commerce start-up focused on consumer electronics shopping and funded by Norwest Ventures and Alloy Ventures. During her tenure at Retrevo, she built the business development function, formed key partnerships, established the company in the minds of industry leaders, frequently served as a company spokesperson, and played a significant role in setting strategic direction as the company experienced strong user growth from 500K to 5M. She is also Managing Director at The Ojas Group, where she provides advisory and board services to media start ups. Prior to founding The Ojas Group, Alka was with Lycos (NASDAQ: LCOS, acquired by Telefonica and subsequently Daum, the leader in the Korean internet market) for seven years, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Development. She joined Lycos in 1998 as one of the founding members of the Community products team and during her tenure Lycos grew 116M users in 42 countries. She expanded Lycos Asia, launched Lycos India and furthered distribution relationships, and internationalized and localized products in LatAm and Spain. Prior to Lycos, she was with AT&T Solutions, an early stage e-commerce strategy consulting arm. While at AT&T, she worked with Fortune 500 CMO’s, CIOs, and CEOs to help determine the role of the online medium in their business, both for the consumer and inside the enterprise. Early on in her career, she was with US West’s International Strategy Group and American Management Systems.
Alka holds a M.B.A. from The Wharton School and B.S. (cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University. She is actively involved with a portfolio of consumer internet start-ups on which she serves on the board/advisors. She is also a Distinguished Wharton Women in Business Alumna Award Nominee; a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE); an Advisory Board Member to Women2.0; an Advisor Council Member at the ICC; a Member of Wharton Admissions Committee.
AccuRadio, CEO / RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter, Publisher
Kurt Hanson is Publisher of the daily web-based newsletter called “RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter” (www.kurthanson.com) and is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of new delivery mechanisms for radio (including Internet radio, satellite radio, HD radio, and podcasting). Kurt is also CEO of AccuRadio (www.accuradio.com), the world’s leading independent, multichannel Internet radio property. AccuRadio reaches nearly a million unique listeners per month with its 300+ channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, country, Broadway, Celtic, and more.
In addition to its vast breadth and depth of channels, AccuRadio is unique among major Internet radio properties in that it specifically targets the 25-to-54-year-old audience (primarily at work). Kurt originally developed his reputation within the radio industry as the founder and CEO of Strategic Media Research (SMR), a market research firm respected throughout the radio industry (particularly for its “STAR” program of professional call-out music research and its “AccuRatings” product), which he built into a $10 million business.
In Fall 1999, Kurt launched RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter, which has become the leading voice of Internet radio worldwide. In that capacity, he speaks at conferences, trade shows and industry events, both in the U.S. and around the world, and has provided consulting services for clients in both the broadcast radio and Internet radio industries.
In Summer 2000, Kurt and his team launched AccuRadio, initially simply as a experimental website to demonstrate the capabilities of Internet radio. Following a public launch during the Christmas 2002 season, it has since become one of the top multichannel webcasters in the world. AccuRadio is one of only five webcasters in the world -and the only commercial webcaster- nominated for the 2006 Webby Awards (“the Oscars of the Internet”) for Best Radio.
Earlier in his career, Hanson worked at various terrestrial radio stations, including WOKY/ Milwaukee, WLS/Chicago, WDAI/Chicago, and WLUP/Chicago. He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
mixroom, owner / NARAS, Trustee / Producers & Engineers Wing National Advisory Council
Currently owner of “mixroom” in Marin County, CA., trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, (Recording Academy) and member of the Producers and Engineers Wing National Advisory Council.Stephen is an industry vet with 30 years experience as a recording engineer, mixer, producer and project co-coordinator. Stephen previously was chief engineer and lead mixer at Fantasy Records. His engineering & mixing clientele include Santana, White Stripes, Oscar Peterson & Dave Brubeck, MC Hammer and Willie Nelson. Film scoring credits including Titanic, Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World. Stephen remixed and archived portions of the Stax and Fantasy Records Catalog which included Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Credence Clearwater Revival, Booker T. and the MG’s, the Staples Singers, Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders and many others. He ran oversight on archiving Santana historical recordings and works in progress
KCRW “On the Beat” / One Little Indian / Downtown Marketing
Celia Hirschman oversees a wide scope of the music business. With 30 years experience behind her, she runs the marketing company she founded, Downtown Marketing. Ms. Hirschman also runs the UK based independent label, One Little Indian in North America. In addition, Ms. Hirschman is a weekly commentator on Los Angeles NPR radio station KCRW, speaking on issues affecting the music business. Her show, “On The Beat”, airs at 4:44 on Wednesdays, right in the middle of “All Things Considered”. “On The Beat” is podcast around the world, via KCRW, Itunes and many other outlets. Ms. Hirschman is a regular host of KCRW’s half-hour show, “The Politics of Culture” and has appeared on nationally syndicated radio shows, “Marketplace” and “Musician’s Radio”. She resides in San Francisco.
Ethan E. Jacks is an Investment Banker focused on M&A and corporate finance for the digital media and entertainment technology sector. Mr. Jacks was previously a Managing Director at Silverwood Partners, a Boston based investment banking boutique and a leading advisor to digital media industry. His most recent deal was representing Euphonix in its sale to Avid Technology. From 1999-2006 Mr. Jacks was EVP for Business Development and CLO of Avid Technology, one of the world’s leading provider of content creation technology to the professional media and entertainment marketplace. While at Avid, Mr. Jacks reviewed most media technology M&A opportunities in the market and was responsible for the acquisition of twelve companies with combined revenues of $500 million.
From 1991-1998, Mr. Jacks was co-founder, EVP and General Counsel for Molten Metal Technology, Inc., which commercialized a groundbreaking, MIT developed technology for recycling hazardous and toxic waste. Mr. Jacks helped grow the company from a start-up to a 1996 market capitalization of over $1 billion with almost 1000 employees worldwide. Previously Mr. Jacks was a corporate lawyer focused on high tech and venture capital, most recently as a partner at the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery.
Mr. Jacks holds a BS and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Jacks also holds a JD from Georgetown University School of Law.
Mezzanine, General Manager
Deborah Jackman brings over twenty years of restaurant, lounge, nightclub and venue management experience to the table. Her career began in New York City where she managed several high profile establishments, but her passion for live music led her to Coda, an up and coming live music venue that, under her care, quickly grew to become one of the premier showcases for top national acts, as well as several hot, new rising groups in New York and around the country. It was that passion that drew Deborah to San Francisco, a place she considers to be legendary in the growth and development of music and culture in our country and around the world.
Deborah is currently the General Manager of Mezzanine, a multi-faceted music venue located in downtown San Francisco that has been host to numerous musical breakthroughs such as Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy and The Cool Kids, as well as host to film, fashion and art events. She brings an unparalleled fire and intensity to our city, and with that spirit, will continue to work towards keeping San Francisco as one of the top cities for ground-breaking live music and entertainment. It is that dedication which has inspired her to become a founding member and director of CMAC.
Internet Archive, Co-Founder / Digital Librarian
Brewster Kahle’s stated goal is “Universal access to all knowledge,” and his catalog of inventions and institutions created for this purpose read like a Web’s Greatest Hits list. In 1982 he helped start Thinking Machines, a supercomputer company specializing in text searching, and would go on to invent the Internet’s first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS, whose customers included the New York Times and the United States Senate.
But most notably, perhaps, Kahle is founder and director of the Internet Archive, a free service which steadfastly archives World Wide Web documents, even as they are plowed over by breakneck trends in commerce, culture and politics. (On his Wayback Machine, you can view pages as they appeared in web antiquity — say, Yahoo! in 1996.) As a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, he works to keep such information free and reachable.
Kahle is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife operate a nonprofit organization, the Kahle/Austin Foundation, which funds the Internet Archive.
San Francisco Entertainment Commission, Deputy Director
Jocelyn Kane is Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission, which is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of all indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. Jocelyn is also an Entertainment Relations consultant with Gibson Musical Instruments.
In all her volunteer work, Jocelyn’s agenda is to make the lives of the Bay Area’s working musicians healthier, easier, and cheaper. To that end, she is working to ensure health care is provided for all musicians living in San Francisco, open up a welcome center for newcomer musicians, create exposure opportunities for musicians at the San Francisco Airport and create Local Music on Hold program for the City of San Francisco’s 311 system.
Jocelyn currently serves on the boards of Bread & Roses, West Coast Songwriters Association, and on the Advisory Boards for Musician National Service Initiative, and the Bay Bridged.
Jocelyn is also the founder of Motogirl Productions, an SF-based artist development company. Motogirl Productions works with large and small artists in various genres, to help them understand the “business” of music and how to reach individual goals effectively in one of the toughest industries around. Motogirl Productions co-produced Nadine’s Wild Weekend, a rock festival, was the talent buyer for a rock club in the Mission District of San Francisco, and booked & produced much larger events at music venues around the Bay Area.
Dan Kantor is the Founder & CEO of ExtensionFM, a music extension for Chrome. Prior to that he founded Streampad, a social music service that was acquired by AOL in 2008. Before that he spent time at Delicious, Yahoo and Microsoft. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree from ITP. Follow on Twitter = @dankantor
The Echo Nest, Director of Developer Community
Paul Lamere is the Director of Developer Community at The Echo Nest, a research-focused music intelligence company that provides music information services to developers and partners through a data mining and machine listening platform. Paul is especially interested tools for helping people to discover, understand and manipulate music. Paul also authors a blog about music technology called MusicMachinery.co
University of California, Santa Cruz – Chair, Music Department
Fred Lieberman received his B.M.from the Eastman School of Music, his M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently a performer, composer, writer, and teacher at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
His written works include Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm, and Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion. His most recent project is the biography of Lou Harrison, Lou Harrison: Composing a World, written with UCSC Professor Leta Miller.
Lieberman’s interests include music law, organology, the musics of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, and South India, and American vernacular musics from Tin Pan Alley through contemporary rock. His course offerings include American Popular Music, World Musics, Broadway Musicals, American Musical Films, Music Industry, Music of the Beatles, and Music of the Grateful Dead.
Roger Linn Design, Owner
Roger Linn is a designer of electronic music products, best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. Manufactured by his company Linn Electronics, the LM-1 and its successors the LinnDrum and Linn9000 provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby, and are considered a major influence on the music of the era.
In 1988, he designed the innovative MPC60 MIDI Production Center for the Japanese Akai Company, with his signature appearing on the product’s front panel. Combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, this product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, rap, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evoluation of hip hop music. This was followed in 1994 with the enhanced MPC3000 and others, and the MPC product line is still successful 20 years later. In addition to these designs for Akai, he also helped designed products for a variety of companies during the 1990s, including the Japanese Roland company.
In 2002, he returned to manufacturing his own products—as well as his love of the guitar—with the release of a groundbreaking guitar effects product called AdrenaLinn. Used on hit recordings by artiss such as John Mayer, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and winning numerous international music product awards, AdrenaLinn transforms a guitarist’s tone by using variety of innovative rhythmic filtering methods, all in sync to an internal drumbeat. This was followed in 2003 by the enhanced AdrenaLinn II, the M-Audio Black Box (containing many AdrenaLinn features) in 2005, and the AdrenaLinn III in 2007.
Apart from his music product career, Roger is a guitarist and songwriter, having co-written hits for Eric Clapton (“Promises”, 1979) and Mary Chapin Carpenter (“Quittin’ Time”, 1991), and having toured as a guitarist with the pianist and songwriter Leon Russell in 1976 at age 21. He and his wife Ingrid currently reside in the hills of Berkeley, California and he occasionally performs around the San Francisco bay area on guitar and mandolin. You can see him playing traditional Italian songs on mandolin at Berkeley’s Caffe Trieste on the 1st Monday evening of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. He also hosts the Rog Mahal Concert Series at his home, providing an intimate venue for creative musicians of various styles of music. And here’s an interview he did for BBC Radio 4 in 2007
If you’re interested in hearing the music of his father, the late composer and professor of music Robert Linn, please visit www.robertlinn.org.
Livenation.com, Executive Vice President & General Manager
Noah Maffitt is executive vice president and general manager of LiveNation.com, the e-commerce destination of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest producer and promoter of live entertainment. In this role, Noah has global management responsibility for Live Nation’s e-commerce Web sites and content. Prior to joining Live Nation, he served as the senior director of global electronic commerce strategy for Office Depot where he played a key role in driving total online revenue growth to more than $4.2 billion. Noah has also worked at senior levels within the US government, United Nations, and several successful start-up companies.
Walden Venture Capital, Managing Director
Larry Marcus is a Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital. Based in San Francisco and investing fund VII, Walden specializes in Series A rounds in consumer and enterprise technology enabled services companies with best-in-class products or services, strong technology and capital efficient entrepreneurs. Walden investments include Pandora, Glam, H5, Blue Lithium (acquired by Yahoo), Niku (acquired by Computer Associates), Vitalstream (acquired by Internap), Terayon (acquired by Motorola), Gymboree and Transmeta.
Larry’s focus areas include consumer services, digital media and mobile. He serves of Directors of Pandora, SoundHound (mobile music search & discovery), Telekenex (IP Voice and Data Services), Comedy.com (purveyor of funny), Real Girls Media (women targeted internet media). Non Portfolio: Board of Advisors to Dealmaker Media (early stage focused events) and JazzSchool in Berkeley CA.
Prior to joining Walden, Larry was a leading equity research analyst at Alex. Brown / Deutsche Bank and prior to that Robertson Stephens & Company, both in San Francisco. Larry was among the first equity analysts to cover PC and video games, followed by internet media and enhanced TV (e.g. Scientific Atlanta, General Instrument, Gemstar). Through a hands on, product oriented approach, he developed a successful methodology and track record of backing companies at early stages of adoption that would eventually achieve mass market success, including etflix, CBS Marketwatch, Maxis, Women.com, Terayon, Edmark, Activision and Spectrum HoloByte.
Prior operating experience includes product and marketing consulting for both Digidesign and Maxis, media planning at a major New York ad agency and general management in computer services retail.
Mr. Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
When not searching for new investment ideas or helping portfolio companies, Larry is an avid drummer and green tech enthusiast. Follow on Twitter: @cyberlar
Nokia, Director of Ovi Ecosystem
Reno Marioni is Director of Ovi Ecosystem for Nokia. Ovi by Nokia is Nokia’s brand
of Internet and mobile services focusing on services such as maps, music, messaging
and media. Previously at Nokia, he was the Head of Strategic Internet Partnerships at Nokia.
Prior to Nokia, Reno was the founder and CEO of Pointr, a mobile social location service that was
acquired in 2006. In addition, he was also the Director of Product Management for Marimba. Reno started
his career at Sun Microsystems where he was a senior product manager for Java and object-oriented technologies, NeXTSTEP developer tools (evolved into Apple’s Cocoa). Reno holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.
Professor of Music, Emeritus; Stanford University
I was born in Nebraska in 1926. After serving in World War II as a radar technician in the navy, I studied electrical engineering at Cal Tech and MIT where I received a Sc.D degree in 1954. I worked in the Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1955 to 1987 and at Stanford University music department (CCRMA) from 1987 to 2005. I currently live in San Francisco and continue to do research at CCRMA. I studied violin performance until I finished high school and continue to enjoy playing as an amateur.
My job interests focused on applications of computers, at MIT analogue computers to intercept and destroy attacking missiles, and at Bell Labs digital computers to design speech coders.
In 1957, with the encouragement of my boss, John R Pierce, I started writing the programs Music 1 through Music 5 to synthesize music on a digital computer.These are open source programs. Music 5 (1967) was written in the compiler Fortran. Music 5 together with my book, The Technology of Computer Music, the MIT press 1969made computer music synthesis widely accessible.
In 1968, F.R. Moore and I built “Groove” one of the first real-time performance synthesizers which involved a digital computer.
From 1987 to much of my time was spent making new controllers for real-time synthesis. My efforts together with Tom Oberheim and Bob Boie culminated in the Radio-Baton which tracks two batons in as they move in three dimensional space thus allowing one performer to control a music performance with six independent variables.
In the last years I have been experimenting with “phaser filters” to synthesize more beautiful timbers. These filters add high Q resonances to music. The frequencies and Q’s of these resonances can be dynamically changed during a performance.
SoundHound Inc., Vice President, Sales & Marketing
A mobile industry veteran, Kathleen McMahon is responsible for delivering and growing top line revenue at SoundHound Inc. She also provides leadership across SoundHound’s music and voice product development and is responsible for marketing and brand strategy. Prior to joining the executive management team at SoundHound, Katie was vice president of business development at Shazam where she played an instrumental role in growing revenue, international expansion, and building Shazam’s brand. Prior to Shazam, Katie was the founder and managing director of Westport Communications Inc., a niche mobile virtual network operator based in Tokyo. In 2002, she was recognized as the first western woman to launch a technology company in Japan. Prior to Westport, Katie worked with the executive management team at Japan Communication Inc. (JCI) on special projects including IPO preparations and investor relations. She has been named by Mobile Entertainment as one of the “Top 50 Women” in mobile content.
Jack Moffitt is a hacker and entrepreneur based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has founded several startups built on XMPP technology including Collecta, a real-time search engine for the Web, and Chesspark, a real-time, multi-user gaming platform.
Previously he created the Icecast Streaming Media Server, spent a lot of time developing and managing the Ogg Vorbis project, and helping create and run the Xiph.org Foundation. All these efforts exist to create a common, royalty free, and open standard for multimedia on the Internet.
He is passionate about Free Software and Open Source, technology, music, and photography.
Multi-instrumentalist, Controllerist, and Custom Instrument Builder
If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- Moldover is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by 700,000 YouTube viewers as “The Godfather of Controllerism”, Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is “literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel” (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall live show at a club, experience his multiplayer music installations at a festival, or pick up and play the “light theramin” packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover. Follow on Twitter = @moldover
Headliner.fm, CEO & Founder
Mike More is a serial entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in the media industry as a producer, song writer and publishing executive.
Recognizing the seismic shift taking place within the music industry, in 2006 More founded Nabbr, the Gen Y Online Video Network. Leveraging his knowledge as both an executive and music publisher, More developed Nabbr in response to a massive social movement away from traditional means of music promotion on radio and MTV which could no longer be relied upon to break hits with a Gen Y audience.
As CEO and Founder of Nabbr, More over the day to day operation of the company, technology, the Nabbr affiliate network and the direct sales organization. The Nabbr Network now boasts more than 400 affiliate websites, reaching 42 million unique visitors each month and is the 9th largest video network in the US according to ComScore video Metrix. The Network has been instrumental in breaking a number of contemporary hit makers including We The Kings, Jonas Brothers, Beyonce and Katy Perry, as well entertainment properties from Paramount Pictures, CW Television, MTTV, Columbia Pictures and others.
Prior to creating Nabbr, More founded and led a highly successful music production and publishing company that generated over $20,000,000 worldwide. The firm’s publishing division has had its copyrights recorded by artists including Don Henley, Britney Spears and Garth Brooks among others.
Additionally, Mike sits on the advisory board of Dream Tiger Partners a NYC based seed fund for media focused technology start-ups. A recognized industry leader, Michael speaks about social media at various conferences and universities globally. Additionally, Michael is and advisory to various traditional entertainment media companies.
More holds various music publishing copyrights and is a voting member of the Producers & Engineers wing of the Recording Academy (N.A.R.A.S.)
Brenden Mulligan has seen the music industry from almost every angle. Throughout his career, he’s worked as a label exec, manager, agent’s assistant, promoter/talent buyer, and tour manager. In 2008, he launched ArtistData to help artists manage the overwhelming number of online resources continually appearing online and offline. Today, tens of thousands of musicians use ArtistData to simultaneously publish information to over 20 social networks and concert databases, as well as print tour documents and alert local press about upcoming gigs. Mulligan continues to innovate in the music industry and create products that help musicians take the next steps in their careers. Follow on Twitter: @bmull
Mashable, Social Media & Tech Reporter
Jolie O’Dell is Mashable’s Social Media and Tech Reporter. In the past, O’Dell has worked for ReadWriteWeb, on newspapers, on magazines, for book publishers, for serial entrepreneurs, on startup teams, at advertising and marketing agencies, and for enterprise blogs and websites. O’Dell has a B.A. in Media Studies from Shenandoah University. Follow on Twitter: @jolieodell
Maker of Marion & Oberheim synthesizers / Inventor of the first polypohonic music synthesizer
Starting out in the music electronics business in the late 60s, early 70s by building legendary devices for Maestro and using his storefront to sell ARP synthesizer everyone from Leon Russell to Frank Zappa, Tom Oberheim went on to shape the development of music equipment – and the sound of popular music – like very few other people. Actually, for a time in the 80s it seemed like it was just about impossible to have a hit without an Oberheim DMX or OB–Xa, as anyone from Run DMC to Van Halen relied heavily on those machines. Sometime later the Oberheim company was sold, but Tom Oberheim went on to develop more groundbreaking products, like the Marion Rack Synthesizers and some groundbreaking soundcard systems with SeaSound. It seems like he never lost the enthusiasm he felt when he first started working with computers in the 50s, all while keeping a decidedly consumer friendly outlook: “My philosophy in building music equipment has always been not to try to second-guess the musician.”
ReadWriteWeb, Blogger / Startup Strategist
Dana Oshiro is a Canadian blogger, PR pro and startup strategist based in San Francisco. She first became interested in the intersection of music and technology after hearing Lawrence Lessig speak on remix culture. Since then, Oshiro has written music-related startup stories for ReadWriteWeb, Mashable and her personal blog, Villagers With Pitchforks. She is perhaps one of the only panelist at San Fran Music Tech Summit considered a triple threat – she’s a god awful singer, pianist and clarinet player. Nevertheless, her belief in the power of music to inspire good is what keeps her trying. Follow on Twitter: @suzyperplexus
Rovi Corp, Product Development Director
Michael serves as a product development director of Rovi Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Rovi search and recommendations R&D team and helping guide the strategy for recommendation technology in Rovi-powered user experiences. Prior to Rovi, Michael was CEO and co-founder of MediaUnbound, Inc. (the assets of which were acquired by Rovi in March 2010). From 2000 to 2010, Michael grew MediaUnbound into a profitable entertainment content recommendation technology company which licensed solutions to Global 1000 companies such as Terra Networks, MTVN/Viacom, Ericsson and Motorola.
Michael has been invited to speak on and moderate numerous industry panels around the world. He has testified in front of the U.S. Copyright Office on issues regarding webcasting and digital music. Michael serves as a Special Adviser to the Taskforce on Recordkeeping in Noncommercial Webcasting and acts in a pro-bono capacity as policy and technology adviser for WHRB, Harvard’s undergraduate radio station. He eventually graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Astrophysics and Philosophy.
String Metal Violinist / Founding Member of “Judgement Day”
Anton Patzner has had a number of different odd jobs in the music industry over the last decade, including playing violin for indie-rockers Bright Eyes and The Faint and composing and producing scores for various independent films. His current project is a 100% independent experimental metal band called Judgement Day, which is based in the Bay Area. Anton is a strong advocate for use of social media in promoting independent music and art, saying: ” it is our duty as fans to give independent art a voice with the sharing powers of new social media.” Follow on Twitter = @stringmetal
Washington Post, Consumer Technology Columnist
Rob Pegoraro writes the Fast Forward column, a weekly look at computers, the Internet and consumer electronics, and the Help File Q&A feature. Online, he writes the Faster Forward blog, hosts Web chats and holds forth on Twitter. Pegoraro has been with the Post since 1993, in which time he has sorted mail and answered phones, written for many other sections (so far, his byline has appeared in National, Metro, Style, Sports, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Outlook, Sunday Arts, Sunday Source, Travel, Book World and the Magazine), and made it on the front page twice. Follow on Twitter: @robpegoraro
Rhapsody, Vice President of Music Programming
Tim Quirk is the Vice President of Music Programming for Rhapsody. He spent
than 10 years as the singer and lyricist for the punk-pop band Too Much Joy, then politely eased his way into music journalism. Tim is also one half of an electro-pop outfit called Wonderlick. Follow on Twitter: @tbquirk
Heather Rafter, Esq.
RafterMarsh US, Attorney
Heather Rafter founded her law firm, RafterMarsh US, after 14 years of legal experience in the audio industry as General Counsel of Digidesign. RafterMarsh US, in conjunction with RafterMarsh UK, offers both general and specialist legal services to the pro audio, digital media and entertainment industries. The firm represents a variety of clients ranging from start-ups to well-established companies, including Universal Audio, Euphonix (through its recent sale to Avid Technology), Creative Allies, Antares Audio Technologies, Imagine Research and Mozes.
From 1994 through 2008, Heather served as Corporate Counsel, then General Counsel of the Audio division of Avid Technology, which included Digidesign, the creator of the Grammy and Oscar award-winning Pro Tools digital audio system. In this role, Heather also oversaw the legal affairs of several companies acquired during her tenure: M-Audio, Wizoo (renamed the Advanced Instruments Research Group) and Sibelius Software.
Heather is active in the American Bar Association and served as Chair of the Section of Science & Technology Law. She also chaired the Barristers’ Intellectual Property Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Heather received her A.B. degree from Princeton University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
When she’s not working, Heather is likely to be found at a rock concert with her kids or in a yoga class.
Mark Rennie, Esq.
Law Offices of Mark Rennie
Mark Rennie is a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and entertainment attorney with extensive experience in nightclubs, restaurants, ABC licensing, and small business issues. Rennie has co-owned two successful restaurants, three nightclubs, and a score of small businesses. He presently represents twenty entertainment venues in San Francisco and New York City, including Slims and Great American Music Hall. Rennie is also involved in the arts– as a founder of Eyes and Ears Foundation and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. His photography and paintings have been shown in numerous gallery and museum shows.
Follow on Twitter = @MarkRennie9
Gracenote, Sr. Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ty Roberts is widely recognized as one of the inventors of enhanced CD technology and is accredited with producing the industry’s first enhanced CDs. He joined Gracenote in November of 1998 after the company acquired ION, a multimedia and music technology company that he founded in 1993. Roberts serves as Gracenote’s chief technology strategist, providing technology direction and overseeing the creation of products and services that leverage the power of the Gracenote database to deliver information services.
While at ION, Roberts produced the recording industry’s first enhanced audio CD titles, including David Bowie’s “Jump” and “Headcandy” from Brian Eno. He was the company’s lead technologist and innovator in adding multimedia content to traditional audio CDs. ION was also widely recognized as a leading provider of enhanced CD production tools utilized by recording and multimedia development companies. In September 1993, Bertlesmann Music Group created the first interactive record label after acquiring a 50 percent interest in ION. Prior to founding ION, Roberts was a founder and senior manager of LightSource, a software development company that produced multimedia and graphics editing software. Previously, he was a senior engineer at Pixar, where he created several award winning, Apple-based music applications including “Studio Session” and “Jam Session.” Follow on Twitter: @gracenotetweets
In his 18-year career, high-tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson has spearheaded a cache of diverse, high-profile companies ranging from digital music to operating systems to VoIP to entertainment. Not one to shy from controversy, his quest to offer competing products and innovative technologies has brought him face to face with corporate giants – and corporate lawsuits. But his madness always has a method – producing relevant technology and products that bring choice and freedom back to the consumer. Be it MP3, Linux, software, or hardware, Michael has built his career on supporting open standards that empower consumers. With companies like Linspire, SIPphone, and MP3tunes, Michael has entered industries that traditionally had only one or two dominant players. But with each industry he tackles, Michael’s end goal is trying to bring competition and freedom of choice back to the marketplace. And restoring that freedom is the undercurrent of every venture he helms.
Bandsintown, Director of Business Communication
Alexis is the Director of Business Communication for Bandsintown, a leading concert ticket aggregator and B2B ticket marketplace. A former professional dancer, Alexis joined Bandsintown after finishing her MBA at American University and working as an associate for LaunchBox Digital. In 2009 she was named by the Washington Post as one of five up and coming women in technology in the DC metropolitan area. In addition to her work with Bandsintown, Alexis writes a daily blog about startups and success for the Washington Post section, On Success. Follow on Twitter: @alexismichelle
Pledge Music, Founder
Benji Rogers the founder of Pledge Music is an independent musician from London England who has been making his own records since 1999. Through Pledge Music Benji released his 6th independent record under the name Marwood. Born in London, but having lived in New York, Los Angeles and Boston Benji has variously worked in television and film, as a camera operator, and audio engineer. He has even run a bar in New York! Benji has been on tour with his band and as a solo artist with relatively few breaks since 2001 in both the US and Europe. With his mother, father and stepfather all having variously been managers, label owners, publishers and musicians, in the music industry he was literally born into it. Follow on Twitter = @BenjiKRogers
Cisco Media Solutions Group, Senior Vice President and General Manager
Daniel Scheinman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Media Solutions Group, is responsible for developing and marketing the Cisco Eos social entertainment software platform that helps media-content owners create, manage and monetize content experience for consumers. In this role, he reports directly to Cisco’s Chairman and CEO John Chambers.
Scheinman has been with Cisco since 1992 and previously led Corporate Development, overseeing the merger and acquisition, venture investment, strategic alliance, and technology incubation functions within Cisco. Under his leadership, Corporate Development completed more than 40 acquisitions, including Linksys and Scientific Atlanta. These acquisitions, in addition to Cisco’s partnering and internal engineering efforts, have positioned the Cisco Media Solutions Group as a valuable partner to companies navigating the digital disruption of the media and entertainment industry.
Scheinman has been a long-time champion for developing new, network-based distribution models for digital content. One example of Scheinman’s sponsorship is News@Cisco, an online portal launched in 2000 with multi-media information on Cisco’s opinion, strategy and news.
Prior to assuming the role of Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in 2001, Scheinman was the general counsel at Cisco. He holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Duke University Law School and a political science degree from Brandeis University. Follow on Twitter: @dscheinm
Co-Founder, Locker Partner/Rockdex
Shannon has been working professionally in the music business for 15 years. An early proponent of Internet technology adoption for musicians and online social networking tools to foster and nurture organic fan communities, Shannon launched Punknews.com in 1996 with help from David Snodgrass. One of the first Internet-based social music communities, Punknews became a testing ground for new technologies and music discovery. Shannon also advises and acts as label manager of Doomtree Records and performing artist P.O.S. Shannon has run many successful labels as well as having worked in retail distribution for Harvest Media Group. Shannon has been instrumental in helping emerging artists build long-lasting careers and fan communities. Follow on Twitter: @dramaclub
Desert Island Albums: Pixies – Dolittle | The Suicide Machines – Destruction By Definition | Michael Jackson – Off The Wall | Doomtree – Doomtree | P.O.S. – Never Better
Om Records, CEO
Christopher Smith is the founder and CEO of Om Records. Founded in 1995, Om has grown into one of the world’s premiere electronic dance labels. With a focus on innovative music, the label is distributed by Warner Brothers and is marketed internationally in every major territory. Overseeing all operations at the label, Christopher Smith has built Om into an independent force with over $5M in annual sales. With over 20 years of nightclub promotions experience, Mr. Smith also oversees the label’s extensive nightclub initiatives. This includes the production of dozens of Om Records branded local events each year at such venues as the Fillmore, DNA Lounge and Mezzanine, as well as dozens of ongoing events in destinations such as Ibiza, London, Barcelona, Istanbul, Dubai, Sydney and New York City. In addition to his duties at the label, Mr. Smith has also been an avid producer and DJ of quality electronic music for over 20 years.
Pete graduated from Cambridge University in 2005 with a degree in Law. After deciding the legal profession was doing just fine – indeed better – without him, Pete worked at a small tech consultancy selling enterprise software before quitting to co-found Songkick as COO. Songkick.com is for live music fans, and aims to become the home for live music online. Songkick alerts you when your favourite bands go on tour, and helps you share memories from shows: the site holds the largest database of concert history in the world with over 1.5 million concerts from 1960 to the present day. Songkick is backed by Index Ventures (investors in Skype, MySQL, Last.fm) as well as angels from the technology and music industry. Pete’s all-time favorite gig was a comeback Lemonheads set at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2005. Follow on Twitter: @petesmithy
Dave Smith Instruments, Founder
Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits, the premier manufacturer of professional music synthesizers, in the mid-70s. In 1977, he designed the Prophet-5, the world’s first microprocessor-based musical instrument. This revolutionary product was the world’s first polyphonic and programmable synth, and set the standard for all synth designs that have followed. The Prophet instruments played a major part in the recordings of all musical styles, and are still prized by musicians today.
Dave is also generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981-in fact, he coined the acronym. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for his continuing work in the area of music synthesis. After Sequential, Dave was President of DSD, Inc, an R&D division of Yamaha, where he worked on physical modeling synthesis and software synthesizer concepts. He then started the Korg R&D group in California, which went on to produce the professional musician favorite Wavestation products and other technology. He then took over as President at Seer Systems and developed the world’s first software based synthesizer running on a PC. This led to the development of the world’s first fully professional software synthesizer, Reality, released in 1997.
After quickly tiring of softsynths, he began designing hardware instruments again, starting with the Evolver in 2002. Dave Smith Instruments now has a full line of analog and analog/digital hybrid synthesizers including the Prophet ’08, Mopho, Tetra, and Evolver/Poly Evolvers.
Destroy the Silence, iPad DJ
Rana Sobhany woke up at 5:30am to pre-order her iPad on March 12th, and got in line to pick it up at 2am on April 3rd.
She’s been playing music in some form or another since she was 6 and if she could only pick one item to take with her to a deserted island, it would be her iPad.
She is author of Mobilize! Marketing Mobile Content in an iPhone and iPad Era and blogs at iPhoneEra.com.
Destroy The Silence is an experiment. No laptops, no synths. Can the iPad revolutionize music creation? Is it possible to rock the house for an hour using only two iPads and an iPhone using only apps downloaded from the App Store? One girl ventures to find out.
John Spencer is President of BMS/Chace LLC, the leading company in the world providing outsourced verification and migration services for commercial record labels, and developing standardized methodologies for the collection, documentation, and preservation of media assets. BMS/Chace is currently working with the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP, a part of the Library of Congress) to create a standardized data set, schema, and metadata collection application to support the collection of technical and descriptive metadata created during the life cycle of commercial recordings. Mr. Spencer serves on a number of committees for various organizations including The Library of Congress, NARAS, NRPB, AES, AMIA, ARSC, and AMPAS.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Music Director, San Francisco Symphony
Artistic Director, New World Symphony
Principal Guest Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. A Los Angeles native, he studied with John Crown and Ingolf Dahl at the University of Southern California. He was Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra at 19 and worked with Stravinsky, Boulez, Stockhausen and Copland at the famed Monday Evening Concerts. He was pianist and conductor for the Piatigorsky and Heifetz master classes at USC. In 1969, Mr. Tilson Thomas won the Koussevitzky Prize and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony. Ten days later he came to international recognition, replacing Music Director William Steinberg in mid-concert at Lincoln Center. He has also served as Music Director of the Ojai Festival and Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic. From 1987 – 1995 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
His recorded repertoire of more than 120 discs includes works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, as well as his pioneering work with the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Steve Reich, John Cage, Ingolf Dahl, Morton Feldman, George Gershwin, John McLaughlin and Elvis Costello. He recently finished recording the complete orchestral works of Gustav Mahler with the San Francisco Symphony.
Mr. Tilson Thomas’ television work includes a series with the London Symphony Orchestra for BBC Television, the television broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts from 1971 to 1977 and numerous productions on PBS Great Performances. Starting in 2004, Mr. Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony embarked on a multi-tiered media project, Keeping Score, which includes a television series, web sites, radio programs and programs in schools.
In February 1988 he inaugurated the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy for graduates of prestigious music programs. They have toured throughout Europe, South America and Asia. They have been a primary institution in the use of Internet2 technology for long-distance learning. A new Frank Gehry-designed campus is scheduled to open in January of 2011. NWS has launched the careers of hundreds of young musicians worldwide.
His compositions include From the Diary of Anne Frank, which was commissioned by UNICEF and Audrey Hepburn. In August 1995 he led the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra at Hiroshima in his composition Showa/Shoah, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing. Thomas Hampson premiered his settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, and Renée Fleming premiered his settings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Mr. Tilson Thomas is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He was Musical America’s Musician of the Year and Conductor of the Year, Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year and has been profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Nightline. He has won eight Grammy Awards for his recordings. In 2008 he received the Peabody Award for his SFS Media radio series, The MTT Files. In 2010, President Obama awarded him with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States Government.
MobiTV, Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development at MobiTV, Inc., Shane Tobin handles content licensing for mobile video broadcast. Working with industry leaders ranging from major and independent records labels, major league sports, cable networks and Fortune 500 brands, Shane has established revenue generating partnerships and created opportunities for greater exposure through mobile and online distribution.
Previously, Shane worked at imeem in Business Development and built their music team. Prior, he worked in artist management handling the Grammy-nominated band, Yerba Buena. His start in digital media came in 1998 producing concert films, interviews and Internet radio programming for the House of Blues New Media division.
Shane likes to dust off his red Fender Strat every once in a while, play a little golf on the weekends and travel down to New Orleans as much as possible. He received a B.A. in Communications from Boston College. Follow on Twitter: @shanetobin
Sr. VP Worldwide Business Development
GM, Americas and Asia Operations
Arvind has significant expertise and experience in media and telecommunications, having held a wide range of executive management roles in entrepreneurial as well as corporate environments. Since 2007, Arvind has been leading the fast-growing mobile wireless and enterprise business units at Geodesic, a global, $130 Million, 500-employee mobile and web software products company targeting handset vendors, carriers, content providers and consumers. In this capacity, he has closed partnerships and deals with leading mobile wireless companies worldwide, and played a key role in the company’s rapid growth.
Prior to Geodesic, Arvind was VP of Strategy and Business Development at SpectraLink Corp and VP of Marketing at Hellosoft Inc. He has also held senior marketing and business development positions at Morphics Technology (acquired by Infineon), Zoran Corp. and Synopsys. Arvind has an MBA (Sloan Fellow) from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an MSEE from Syracuse University, New York.
In addition to his role at Geodesic, Arvind is a market/business strategy adviser to several silicon valley startups and assists VC and PE firms worldwide with deal sourcing and due diligence. He is also a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and teaches classes on entrepreneurship, while mentoring several startups. In addition, he is the founding CEO of Malabar Associates, a business strategy-consulting firm targeting mobile wireless and telecom opportunities in the US and in Asia.
Eric Wahlforss is a co-founder of Berlin-based SoundCloud where he is currently CTO. His main interest lies in emerging web technologies and their applications. His love for music and background as electronic music artist
Forss play key roles in his work on SoundCloud. Before moving to Berlin and starting SoundCloud he co-founded web consultancy network Strategy & Interaction in Stockholm and co-authored a book on trust in online social spaces. Earlier he has worked as an interaction
designer for location-based services company gate5. He can be found on the web at http://eric.wahlforss.com and
physically in Berlin-Mitte. Follow on Twitter: @ericw
I’m the cofounder of Retronyms we make high tech mobile and touch based music products. Musicians use our products to capture inspiration while they are away from their studios. Others simply enjoy creative musical recreation during their lunch break. We are passionate about making the musicial experience as accessable as possible.
Dada Entertainment, Vice President, Music Product
As VP of product management at Dada Entertainment, Warren Wan’s focus is the development and launch of the company’s new cloud-based music service Play.me (www.playme.com), a comprehensive browser-based subscription platform that gives users the freedom to stream ad-free music on-demand through mobile, web, and TV as well as download universally compatible MP3s. Warren came on board in 2008 as Vice President of Product Management, where he is responsible for product development and marketing. Prior to joining Dada, Warren was Vice President of Community at Thumbplay and has held strategic posts at eHarmony and Yahoo! Throughout his career, Warren has cultivated strong and diverse experience in product marketing and product strategy, with a focus on user acquisition and retention.
Dr. Ge Wang
CCRMA, Stanford University, Assistant Professor / Smule, Cofounder, CTO & Chief Creative Officer
Ge Wang is the Co-founder, CTO, and Chief Creative Officer of Smule (a.k.a. SonicMule, Inc.), a developer of interactive sonic media. Smule’s mission is to intensely explore expressive audio, enabling creativity for a wide population and new social interactions. Smule’s bestselling iPhone apps include I Am T-Pain, Leaf Trombone World Stage and Ocarina. Concurrently, Dr. Wang is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He is the chief-architect and co-creator of the ChucK audio programming language, and the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO).
Mike Wells Mastering
Since 2001, Mike Wells Mastering has been offering specialized analog mastering services to the independent and label market worldwide. With a unique service workflow, analog signal path, and value added services such as bundled UPC, ISRC, and release metadata, Mike Wells Mastering walks the talk of meeting modern mastering needs today. Mike sits on the Board of Governors of the SF Grammy chapter, and is the Co-Chair of Workshops for the 129th AES convention in San Francisco. Visit us online at www.mikewellsmastering.com
UC Berkeley, CNMAT, Co-Director
David Wessel studied mathematics and experimental psychology at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in mathematical psychology from Stanford in 1972. His work on the perception and compositional control of timbre in the early 70’s at Michigan State University led to a musical research position at IRCAM in Paris in 1976. In 1979 he began reshaping the Pedagogy Department to link the scientific and musical sectors of IRCAM. In 1985 he established a new IRCAM department devoted to the development of interactive musical software for personal computers. In 1988 he began his current position as Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he is Director of CNMAT. He is particularly interested in live-performance computer music where improvisation plays an essential role. He has collaborated in performance with a variety of improvising composers including Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Ushio Torikai, Thomas Buckner, Vinko Globokar, Jin Hi Kim, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Laetitia Sonami has performed throughout the US and Europe.
Pandora, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.
Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician’s musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora’s overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora’s chief evangelist – traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project. @TimWestergren
Next Big Sound, Cofounder & CEO
Alex White has been around music his whole life. His dad is a professional cellist and he grew up playing cello, guitar, piano, and bass fronting a band in high school and working at a local recording studio.
He then got much more into the business side of things working two summers at Universal Records (Motown Sales in NY and Distribution in Chicago), running the production company at Northwestern University (booking and producing acts like Counting Crows, Kanye West, Flight of the Conchords, Ok Go, Girl Talk etc.) He also went on a two-month long nationwide tour with an awesome up-and-coming band called Sing It Loud (Epitaph) handling all the content and online presence for the band.
He quit his management consulting job in NYC before he started in order to get Next Big Sound off the ground. He raised two small seed rounds before closing a Series A venture financing in the fall of 2009 with Foundry Group, Alsop Louie, Jeff Clavier’s SofttechVC, and several reputable angels. Next Big Sound has been busy hiring engineers, establishing partnerships, talking with hundreds of professionals through out the music industry and building the Premier product. Follow on Twitter: @shalek
The Recording Academy, Executive Director, San Francisco Chapter
Chris Wiltsee is Executive Director of The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter. Wiltsee has 15 years experience in developing innovative organizations combining music, community and education. Wiltsee, a native of the Bay Area, founded Youth Movement Records (YMR), a nonprofit youth-run media company based in Oakland in 2003. He co-founded AMP, a national network devoted to developing a national resource for all-ages music venues and communities, which will release a book titled, “In Every Town,” (Sub-Pop/AK Press) later this year. Additionally, Chris has been instrumental in developing publishing deals for Bay Area songwriters, which have resulted in tracks for artists including Christina Aguilera, Paul Wall and others. Wiltsee earned a Masters degree from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.
SF MusicTech Summit, Executive Producer
Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur and technology industry consultant specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. Brian is a co-founder of Collecta, the ultra-hot realtime search engine. 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. Follow on Twitter: @zisk
Creative Allies, Director of Sponsorships
Joanne Zola served as the Group Publisher of music publications for Penton Media from 2007 to 2009. With over two decades of music media experience, Joanne was a leader of the industry’s movement toward interactive digital media, sponsor-driven marketing events, and web-based content. She served in various sales and marketing roles with Mix and Electronic Musician magazines during the 90’s and managed the launch of the Remix Magazine brand. Follow on Twitter: @ZolaRemix
Tom Oberheim & Shoshana Zisk