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Speakers on November 10, 2015
John AdamsBolt, CSOJohn Adams is an advisor and consultant working in the Information Security, Privacy, and Internet freedom space. He is currently head of security at Bolt, a payments company currently in stealth mode.
Patrick AndingWilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, Rosati – AssociatePatrick M. Anding is an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represents public and private technology and media companies through all stages of their growth. Patrick specializes in areas of corporate and securities law, including general corporate representation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. His practice also focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized emphasis in the digital exploitation of intellectual property.
Before attending law school, Patrick worked in the media and entertainment business as a producer and media architect. He has supervised and produced film, music, and new media projects for a diverse range of companies and non-profit organizations, including DreamWorks, Disney, Mattel, the BBC, New Line, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Guggenheim Museum.
Patrick served as the director of production and development for the music, DVD, and film company Palm Pictures. At Palm, Patrick oversaw the development, acquisition, and production of the company’s home-video catalog. He also managed feature film post-production, working on films such as Scratch, The Last Minute, and the triple-Sundance-award-winning documentary Dark Days.
Martin-Luc ArchambaultAmpMe, CEO & FounderMartin-Luc Archambault is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of leadership experience in imagining, building and selling technology. He lives and breathes technology innovations: he has made over 20 successful investments.
Martin-Luc is currently:
• Founder & CEO of AmpMe
• Managing partner at MLA Ventures
• Dragon on Dans l’oeil du dragon (Dragon’s Den)
• Co-founder and chairman of Wajam – a social search engine
• Angel investor & board member at Anges Quebec – a group of 150+ angel investors in Quebec
• Investor in PasswordBox (sold to Intel), Frank & Oak, Mirego, Wajam, Planbox, DotClub, VarageSale, Playerize, SmartReno, Dijit (sold to Viggle), SociableLabs, Sarbakan, Crowdbase, Acadam, Minitrade, Anomalous Networks (sold to Tangoe), Real Ventures, Montreal Start Up, Akkadian Ventures
Kevin ArnoldOpenAura, Founder & CEOKevin Arnold is a San Francisco-based entrepreneur with diverse interests across both the digital and real worlds of music, technology, and culture. He founded San Francisco’s renowned Noise Pop Festival in 1993, and continues today as a partner in the various endeavors of Noise Pop Industries (NPI), including Treasure Island Music Festival, DotheBay.com, SF Street Food Festival and more.
On a parallel technology track in the 90s Kevin worked at Oracle and early music startup Listen.com, where he helped build the data infrastructure behind the Rhapsody music service. In 2003 Kevin founded IODA – the Independent Online Distribution Alliance – to help independents find their way in the emerging digital music world.
After a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment and merger with The Orchard, in 2013 Kevin launched OpenAura to help entertainment platforms create more engaging experiences and deeper fan to artist connections with the first dynamic image and media platform built in partnership with artists and creators. Follow on Twitter: @horsebrand
Jonathan AzuRed Light Management, General ManagerJonathan Azu is General Manager & Executive Vice President of Red Light Management, an innovative artist management company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Nashville, Atlanta and London. RLM’s artists include Luke Bryan, Michelle Williams, Phish, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Kool & the Gang, Tiesto, R. Kelly and many more.
In his role as General Manager, Jonathan oversees organizational planning and development for Red Light‘s portfolio of managers, clients and shared services staff. Additionally, as Executive Vice President, Jonathan works with Red Light‘s sister companies, Green Light Media & Marketing, ATO Records, TBD Records, Star Hill Presents and more, to initiate and execute inter-company synergies as well as new business opportunities.
Prior to joining Red Light, Jonathan spent three years as EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents, a live entertainment and marketing company and ten years at CBS Radio Inc. where he held several positions, including Vice President of Music Partnerships.
Jonathan graduated from Drake University with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and was the 2007 recipient of Drake University Young Alumni Achievement Award, 2011 undergraduate ceremony commencement speaker and also serves on the university’s National Alumni Board.
In 2014 and 2015 Jonathan was named to Billboard Magazine’s 40 under 40 Power Players list. Follow on Twitter: @Jazu
Darryl BallantyneLyricFind, Founder & CEODarryl Ballantyne originally conceived LyricFind in 2000 with Mohamed Moutadayne and Chris Book at Ontario’s University of Waterloo to be the largest, most accurate destination for lyrics on the Internet. Officially launched in 2004, the company pioneered the licensed digital lyrics space, successfully negotiating the first-ever mass lyrics licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing in 2005. Since then, Darryl has grown LyricFind to be the largest legal, licensed lyrics database in the world, with millions of licensed tracks available representing thousands of music publishers. LyricFind is also the first lyrics service to have true worldwide rights from all major music publishers (and many more).
LyricFind has established licensing and content relationships with over 3,000 music publishers, Rovi, The Harry Fox Agency, The Echo Nest, and many more. The company now delivers services to hundreds of web sites and mobile applications that want to enhance their music products with lyrics, including Microsoft’s Bing, Lyrics.com, Pandora, Shazam, SoundHound, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, MetroLyrics, SongMeanings, Universal Music, and mSpot. In addition, LyricFind offers two direct to consumer mobile applications, Lyrics Lite and Lyrics Pro for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry Playbook platforms.
As an authority on licensing and digital content, Darryl has spoken at industry events including SF Music Tech, MIDEM, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Music & Media Finland, Digital Music Forum East and West, New Music Seminar, and many more. Before 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. Darryl earned a Bachelor of Mathematics with a Business minor from the University of Waterloo. Follow on Twitter: @DBToronto
Kiran BellubbiApplauze, CEOKiran is the Founder, CEO of Applauze. Applauze is the fastest growing direct to fan ticketing platform for touring artists. Their ticketing platform provides artists, their managers and agents data analytics and deep insights into the artists’ fan base, and actionable analytics for the artists and their management and marketing teams. Follow on Twitter: @smalldozes / @applauze
Seth BlankCamelot Metrics, CEOFor 15 years, Seth has helped fast growing companies scale their technology stacks. He has worked with everyone from Linkin Park and Warner Music Group to WordPress, and he sold his last business to Live Nation Entertainment. While at Live Nation, he ran the platform and infrastructure groups supporting livenation.com and LN’s new mobile app and supporting products. Now Seth has founded Camelot Metrics to help businesses get ahead of their scaling problems instead of being stopped by them. Follow on Twitter: @AntiFreeze
Kevin BreunerCD Baby, VP of MarketingCD Baby’s VP of Marketing, Kevin Breuner has spent over 17 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. A San Diego native, Kevin went east to attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he studied Music and Music Business. After college, he joined the Atlanta based band Smalltown Poets who later signed a recording contract with a major label under the EMI umbrella. Their self-titled debut album received critical acclaim selling over 200,000 copies and landing the guys with a Grammy nomination plus multiple Dove Award nominations.
Kevin now lives in Portland, Oregon, home to great coffee, independent thinking, and 5 months of rain. He stays active in the music industry, managing CD Baby’s marketing efforts and hosting their popular DIY Musician Podcast, as well as within the local music scene. His band, Smalltown Poets (smalltownpoets.tv), just celebrated the release of their 7th studio album titled Christmas Time Again that was funded through a successful PledgeMusic campaign. Follow on Twitter: @cdbaby / @kbreuner
Eron Bucciarelli-TiegerMusicPlay Analytics, Founder & CEOEron is the founder and CEO of MusicPlay Analytics. MusicPlay Analytics captures location-based music performance data allowing for the correct distribution of “General Performance” royalties by Performing Rights Organizations. MusicPlay Analytics’ monitoring system also provides an iBeacon solution to licensed bars, nightclubs and music venues allowing for the capture and use of location-based consumer behavior data by the establishments themselves, brands and the greater music industry.
Eron was a founding member and drummer for the platinum-selling rock band, Hawthorne Heights. During his decade-long music career he occasionally served in a managerial capacity, negotiating label, publisher, producer and merchandise deals as the band helped catapult the “Emo” genre into the mainstream with hits such as “Ohio Is For Lovers” and “Saying Sorry.” Follow on Twitter: @EronBucciarelli / @MPAnalytics
Sarah BuhrTechCrunch, ReporterWrite about tech culture and a broad array of other things for TechCrunch. Previously wrote for USA Today, KSL Newsradio, NPR. Follow on Twitter: @techcrunch / @sarahbuhr
Liv BuliNext Big Sound at Pandora, Data JournalistLiv Buli is a data journalist with Next Big Sound at Pandora, covering artists, events, and industry trends from a data perspective. Her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, Forbes.com, Billboard, Hypebot and more. Follow on Twitter: @lbuli / @nextbigsound
Cindy W. Charles, Esq.Amazon, Head of Business Development, Video ShortsCindy Charles has been working in the digital media space since 1997. She is currently doing business affairs and business development consulting in the digital media space for clients who currently include or have included Yahoo, RIM, Lively, Spotify, MOG/Beats Music, Smule, Topspin, Soundhound, EchoNest, Nintendo, Sugar Inc., Pulselocker, NARM, Focus@Will, iJukebox, MediaNet, and others. Until recently, Ms. Charles was Senior Vice President, Law and Business Affairs for MediaNet. Previously, Ms. Charles held a variety of positions for MTV Networks over a six year period including Vice President of Law and Business Affairs for MTVi, an interactive division of MTV Networks, and prior to MTV Networks, Ms. Charles was General Counsel for WarnerVision Entertainment. Ms. Charles also served in legal positions at Worldvision Enterprises, the Screen Actors Guild and various law firms. Follow Cindy on Twitter: @CynthiaUCharles
Ted CohenTAG Strategic, Managing PartnerTed Cohen is Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted was the exception to the stereotypical entertainment-exec rule. But, when you start out on the road with Prince, Alice Cooper & Van Halen, you’re primed for the unexpected.
TAG is a digital entertainment consultancy focused on creating strategic relationships, identifying market opportunities, growing brands and defining best practices for the entertainment, tech & mobile industries. TAG provides strategy, guidance, market intelligence, product ideation and business development services to global firms and select start-ups. TAG delivers market leadership & sustainable, defensible advantage in the dynamic/rapidly evolving digital marketplace.
As SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development. During that time, EMI led the industry, embracing & exploiting new tech & business models such as digital downloads & online music subscriptions, wireless services, hi-def audio & Internet radio. Prior to EMI, Cohen created the groundbreaking Webnoize conference. Ted also led Consulting Adults, with clients such as Universal Studios, Amazon, Microsoft and Napster, & held senior positions at both Warner Records & Philips Electronics.
A 35-year media industry vet, Cohen chaired MidemNet, served on the Grammy LA Board of Governors & the Grammy National Trustees. Currently on the board of Mouse.org, an innovative computer literacy program, Cohen served two terms as Chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas. Ted received the 2013 NARM Presidential Award, previously awarded to Ahmet Ertegun, & Dick Clark, among others.
Gina CollecchiaSoundHound, Research EngineerGina Collecchia is the author of Numbers and Notes: An Introduction to Music Signal Processing, a book on the science of sound. An avid collector of music, Gina wrote an undergraduate thesis on using music information retrieval to say something about songwriting, specifically chord progressions and how predictable they sound to us. She works on acoustic modeling for speech and music recognition at SoundHound, as well as software development on the new Hound speech recognition product. During her Masters degree, Gina published several papers on room acoustics, audio perception, and musical instrument design. Gina holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College, and an M.A. in Music, Science, and Technology from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. She has a lot of CDs. Follow on Twitter: @timeisdistance
Josh ConstineTechCrunch, Editor-at-largeJosh Constine is a Senior Writer for TechCrunch who has reported on startups for five years. Constine graduated with a self-designed Master’s degree in Cybersociology from Stanford University where he studied privacy and memes. He’s written over 2200 tech blog posts, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Spotify amongst his coverage of early stage startups, social networks, streaming music, virtual reality, and drones. Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshConstine
Amy DietzINgrooves Music Group, EVP & General ManagerAmy is a veteran player in the independent music and distribution space with a wealth of expertise in both traditional and emerging music revenue streams. Since 2012, she has overseen the day-to-day management of global distribution operations at INgrooves, while ensuring the company’s independent label partners are provided with the custom services they need to successfully market, promote and monetize their music.
Prior to INgrooves, Amy worked at ADA, where she rose from a regional advertising manager to Vice President of Label and Artist Development. Early on, she began her career in music with Title Wave, a Minneapolis mom-and-pop record and video outfit where she learned the retail business from head to toe. Amy then segued to the label Red Decibel, which further drove her passion for working in independent music forward. Follow on Twitter: @dietzrocks / @INgrooves
Donnie DinchTicketfly, Head of User ExperienceDonnie oversees UX and UI for all product design across B2B and B2C services at Ticketfly. Previously he was the founder of WillCall, a music discovery app named by Forbes as one of the “hottest startups of 2013″ before being acquired by Ticketfly in 2014. An early career in product design and packaging science instilled in him a relentless enthusiasm for navigating rigid parameters to find creative solutions. These days, he channels that enthusiasm through his leadership at Ticketfly, helping build technologies that fortify and grow local music scenes. Donnie’s design expertise and product leadership earned him a place in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2014. Follow on Twitter: @donnie / @ticketfly
Adam Farish8Stem, CEOAttracted to revolutionary concepts at the fringe of culture… I picked up guitar at age 12; hacked 386 PC’s to record multi-track at 44.1 at age 13; introduced to techno at 17; toured as a live P.A. shortly thereafter; signed to major labels by 19; hated the culture; transitioned to writing music only for myself and ditched the “music for the enjoyment of others” routine. I got married; moved to an island; bought a boutique hotel, but still manned the desk in the studio when interesting projects came along. I met my business partner, Bruce Pavitt, in 2003, and we spent the next 10 years talking about the future of music. In 2012, my executive staff at my business sat me down and said, “You do not appear to be enjoying your job and that is not likely to change.” Then… (wait for it)… “We’re going to pay you to go away and work on music, because that seems to be when you’re happiest.” I took that as a signal to start my next venture; where I would be surrounded by music all the time, and make it possible for others to do the same thing. The future of music Bruce and I talked about is here. It’s called 8Stem. And it’s going to revolutionize the industry.
Eric FeidnerSteinway & Sons
Senior Vice President, Music, Technology and MediaEric Feidner is charged with expanding the market for the world’s finest pianos through technology initiatives. Steinway & Sons has been building pianos for 162 years at factories in New York City and Hamburg, Germany, innovating over the many years, to deliver instruments that allow the greatest pianists in the world to deliver performances of the highest artistic quality. Leveraging this legacy of craftsmanship and quality while adding state of the art technology is the mission of the music, technology and media group. The Steinway Spirio, a high-resolution player piano that plays at a level that is virtually indistinguishable from a live artist, is the latest product from Steinway & Sons.
Prior to Steinway Eric was the President of ArkivMusic, a company he founded in 2001 that was purchased by Steinway in 2008. He has worked in music and technology businesses his entire career including Tower Records, N2K, and Winstar Communications.
Dan FishelJoyTunes, VP Business DevelopmentA pianist, tech journalist and mobile business executive, Dan Fishel is VP Business Development at JoyTunes. Dan oversees partnerships for the company’s music learning apps which were widely adopted by Yamaha, Casio, Kawai, Korg, Universal, Alfred Music, IMSLP, and MusicNotes, among others.
Prior to JoyTunes Dan led global business development for Telmap (acquired by Intel), and was a senior marketing associate at EMC Corporation.
Before that Dan was a tech writer for Forbes Magazine, the chief technology editor of Maariv, Israel’s second largest newspaper, and the founding commander of the Israeli Air Force first website. He is also the founder of Ensemble Center, a low-cost music school for disadvantaged children in Israel.
Dan studied at the Israel Conservatory of Music and Rimon School of Jazz, has a BA in computer science from IDC Herzliya and an MS in journalism and MBA from Columbia University. Follow on Twitter: @joytunescom
Media, Entertainment and Publishing DirectorAs Media, Entertainment and Publishing Director, Chuck Fishman leads Acquia’s engagements with the various segments of those industries including music, TV, film, books and magazines, broadcasting and digital media. Acquia enables companies across all industries to develop and manage amazing digital experiences.
At Cisco Systems for 5 years, Fishman managed media and entertainment partnerships for the technology giant including developing the company’s partnership with the Warner Music Group. In 2011, after leaving Cisco, Chuck successfully launched the official.fm music promotion platform for record labels. His work with official.fm partner Rostrum Records led to successful digital releases for superstar rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller.
In his spare time away from Acquia, Fishman also manages partnerships and digital marketing for the legendary George Clinton & P-Funk All Stars, and in the past other major artists such as Blush and Duran Duran. His direct work in both the music and technology industries ensure he has deep a knowledge base of the digital methods content creators can use to grow, engage, and monetize audiences.
Chuck has broad media and entertainment experience – from 1997 to 2007, he developed and produced new radio programming ventures for Clear Channel, Bloomberg, CNET Networks and the Wall Street Journal.
Chuck participates in media industry trade groups on behalf of Acquia including the American Association of Independent Music and DigitalMusic.org
You can read more about Acquia in the media and entertainment industry here: https://www.acquia.com/solutions/media-entertainment
Brian Harris FrankInterlude Music, PresidentBrian Harris Frank is President of Interlude Music. Prior to joining Interlude, he was Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at Warner Bros. Records. During his tenure, Frank managed all aspects of marketing and artist relations for the label and oversaw releases for The Black Keys, Tom Petty, Prince, Robert Plant, and Linkin Park, among others. Frank also co-developed Warner’s collaboration with Stanford University, “Creativity: Music To My Ears” featuring Nate Ruess from fun.,Tegan & Sara and Josh Groban.
Frank previously served as Global Head of Content & Executive Vice President for Beats Music, the digital streaming service he co-created and developed alongside Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Beats Music was acquired by Apple, Inc. in May 2014.
Prior to Beats Music, Frank was Head of Rock & Alternative Marketing at Interscope Records. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development for streaming music startup, Soundbreak, and has held positions at Ticketmaster, BMG Entertainment and Atlantic Records. Follow Brian on Twitter: @iambfrank
Toby GabrinerMAGNIFI, CEOToby has a distinguished 20-year career at the nexus of content, technology, advertising, entertainment and commerce. Today, Toby is the CEO of MAGNIFI, the live music service that connects fans, artists and venues. MAGNIFI is transforming the way in which fans can experience live music by combining show listings, an immersive listening experience, artist and venue discovery, as well as ticket purchasing, all in one place.
Prior to MAGNIFI, Toby was president (and later CEO) of Adap.tv, a company focused on developing software to automate the buying and selling of video advertising. Under his leadership, Adap.tv grew revenue from $200k in 2009 to over $200M in four years. Adap.tv was named the fastest growing video technology company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine and was acquired by AOL in September 2013.
Before Adap.tv, Toby was instrumental in driving several companies to success, including Carat Interactive, [X+1] and Tribal Fusion. He began his career in digital advertising at Freestyle Interactive, which he led as president until its acquisition by Carat in 2003. Follow on Twitter: @tgabriner / @magnifi_fm
Kiran GandhiMadame Gandhi, Drummer / ProducerKiran Gandhi is a music industry thinker and artist. She served as Interscope Records‘ first-ever digital analyst between 2011-2013 and currently advises Spotify on how to provide more innovative support for creators today. Most recently she won GrammyU’s annual Business Plan Competition by proposing a viable pay structure for a streaming service that would appease labels and artists alike. As a musician, she toured internationally drumming for artist M.I.A. in 2013 and DJ duo Thievery Corporation in 2010, and now produces music under her own project Madame Gandhi. Her dream is to use music and technology to make the world a better place for women. Kiran holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard. Follow on Twitter: @MadameGandhi
Ron GertzMusic Reports, ChairmanRon knows about this stuff.
J GibsonRumblefish, Head of Content StrategyJ Gibson is Head of Content Strategy at Rumblefish, with background experience in finance and then hanging it entirely up to consecrate his time to music, led him through the early 2000s embracing digital distribution with companies like IODA and The Orchard while also Co-Founding reapandsow, a record label and music distributor, it was a natural progression to move to a Music Technology Company like that of Rumblefish. His knowledge of the complex rights associated with music sync licensing helps with operating through the new landscape of the music business by helping to identify alternative revenue sources for Master & Publishing rights holders.
Rumblefish is the world leader in music micro-licensing and YouTube monetization. Its micro-licensing platform allows social video networks, video applications and marketplaces to offer music functionality on web, tablet and mobile offerings, providing access to the world’s largest copyright-cleared music catalog of more than 5 million copyrights. The company makes music for online social video easy and legal, and has had over 65 million videos use its music tracks, resulting in 1.4 billion YouTube views per month and millions of dollars in royalties for its artists. Rumblefish clients include YouTube, Shutterstock, Google, Vimeo, Animoto, SocialCam, Vizify, and WeVideo; and partners include CD Baby and APM. The company has offices in Portland OR, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Follow on Twitter: @rumblefish_inc
Alexis GilesSoundCloud, Director Business Development, PlatformAt SoundCloud, Alexis manages a team focused on maximizing global opportunities with partners and integration / product opportunities (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Sonos) to amplify distribution, drive revenue and increase engagement. Alexis has extensive experience of developing complex strategic partnerships and launching products and teams. She’s a startup advisor and founder with a track record of wins and failures, building teams, and developing company culture. Follow on Twitter: @ARGiles / @soundcloud
Sean GlassWin MusicSG is currently doing a bunch of stuff that he’ll talk about by the time this panel happens. Google him if you want to know about the past. Follow Sean on Twitter: @sdotglass
Alastair GoldfisherPE Hub Network, Venture Capital EditorAlastair Goldfisher is Venture Capital Editor at PE Hub Network, which publishes PE Hub and Venture Capital Journal. Alastair reports on the venture capital industry, which includes fundraising, investments, sector trends, venture-backed M&A, personnel news and other VC-related topics from startup to exit. Alastair has worked as a business journalist since 1994. Prior to joining the staff of VCJ in 2003, he was the founding editor of California CEO and before that he was a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal. Follow on Twitter: @agoldfisher / @pehub / @vcjournal
Sharon GravesPhorus, VP of OperationsSharon is VP of Operations at Phorus, the wireless audio division of DTS, Inc., and is responsible for marketing, retail distribution, finance and administration. She also helps direct company strategy and business development. Prior to the formation of Phorus and its sale to DTS, Sharon was a Venture Partner with Ascend Ventures, providing both deal sourcing and portfolio management services for the firm. Sharon previously served as CEO of PhatNoise, which pioneered the integration of digital media into the automotive arena. While at PhatNoise, she was instrumental in raising $6 million of venture capital and successfully selling the company to Harman International in 2005. She previously served as a Principal at the boutique merchant-banking firm Metier Capital Group where she helped architect private and public equity investments for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and GEICO Insurance, as well as develop capital and business strategies for global financial services firms, entertainment industry clients, and smaller companies. She began her career working with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Sharon received a B.S. with distinction in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Follow on Twitter: @cheesypennies / @phorusaudio
Zack GreenburgForbes, Senior EditorZack O’Malley Greenburg is a Forbes senior editor and author of the Jay-Z biography “Empire State of Mind.” His second book, “Michael Jackson, Inc,” was released by Simon & Schuster in June. Zack covers the business of music in The Beat Report at Forbes, where he’s investigated topics from public pension fund scandals to Justin Bieber’s venture capital career to the inner workings of Diddy’s empire. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Billboard, Sports Illustrated, Vibe and McSweeney’s; he’s served as a speaker at Yale, Harvard and South by Southwest, and as an expert source for BBC, NPR, MTV, VH1 and CBS’s 60 Minutes and others. Follow on Twitter: @zogblog
Gary GreensteinWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PartnerGary Greenstein is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the digital exploitation of intellectual property. He regularly represents companies in transactions with record labels, music publishers, and program suppliers. He advises companies on complex intellectual property matters and frequently assists in the development of new business models. In addition, Gary advises investors on due diligence in the digital media area and companies in all stages of their development cycle.
Prior to joining the firm, Gary served as the first general counsel at SoundExchange, Inc., the sole entity designated by the Copyright Royalty Board to collect and distribute statutory performance royalties for sound recordings. Gary previously was the vice president of business and legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In this role, he negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for webcasters and satellite radio services, managed complex arbitrations before Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels, and prepared proposed legislation, regulations, and congressional testimony.
Liat Karpel GurwiczWix.com, Head of Strategic MarketingLiat is the Head of Strategic Marketing for Wix.com, which includes leading the marketing efforts for Wix Music. Liat is a seasoned branding and marketing expert and prior to joining Wix, she held strategic marketing and communications positions at tech companies including Conduit and dbMotion. She has also been awarded the MAA GLOBE award for excellence in marketing communications. Follow on Twitter: @liatkarpel / @wix
Marcus HendersonChordify, Director of Entertainment Relations, Business DevelopmentHailing from the mystical hills in the valley of silicon, not terribly long ago a warrior was born of fire and video games, with the demigods of Father Iommi, Sir Van of Halen, Hammett the Fair, and the Lords Angus and Rhoads his guides. He rocked forth with much energy and thrash/punk-fueled joy, and the music gods were pleased!
Over the years, many local battles were faced, and the young warrior quickly grew into a highly capable audience slayer. For his efforts, he was duly rewarded with free crap from sponsors like Jagermeister, Gibson and various guitar equipment companies. The clapped hands of many fair lads and lasses echoed loudly in the pungent walls of our local stages, for these were the salad days of our young warriors tale… His services were soon dutifully sought after in the land of the north by the guilds of HellBillys, Drist, and even the covens of En Vogue, for the auditory spells casted by his heavily modified Stratocaster, and many successful local and global tours were completed as a hired swordsman for several excellent, but internationally ignored bands
But alas the time would come for him to raise his Iron alone for the cause of ridiculously awesome, guitar-based rock when the overlords of Activision bestowed upon him the cloak of responsibility for recording the music of the titans on the video game franchise, Guitar Hero. It was the fair year of our loud, 2006. Rock hath been reborn yet again!
5 Years, 6 huge games and some 50+ odd tracks later, the effort was wildly triumphant and our hero was honored with a permanent plaque in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame that accompanies the Gibson Flying V guitar used during the production of Guitar Hero 2. He designed one of the best-selling signature models in the Epiphone guitar line, The Apparition. Then, our warrior briefly rested. He had a son named Orion. He discovered and welcomed new challenges; namely, fatherhood! With a waning desire to leave his young brood, the Guitar Hero has chosen new paths that allow him to focus on his passions: Music, Technology and and the convergence of art, code and sound. He currently serves as the Director of Entertainment Relations/Business Development for Chordify, an online music service that transforms any song into chords. Follow on Twitter: @Hendersonix / @Chordify
Michael JeffreyRovi Corporation, Vice President, Market SolutionsMichael (MJ) focuses on bringing strategic and technical solutions to market for Rovi. Michael, having successfully designed and developed several high-end video and music metadata solutions, is a recognized leader in music and video technology . Michael comes to Rovi from Peel Technologies (Smart Remote used by over 100M global users) where he led product development as VP Engineering. Prior to Peel, Michael held several leadership positions at Gracenote where he was instrumental in developing new (and sometimes crazy) music and video solutions that drove growth. Michael has extensive mobile experience leading development of the first mobile content and payments platforms with Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, and Nextel.
Gary KanazawaStubHub, Head of StubHub LabsGary Kanazawa is the head of StubHub Labs, a division of StubHub chartered with developing industry-leading products to help fans find the events they love on both mobile and online platforms.
Gary is a 20-year mobile industry visionary, formerly with Electronic Arts, Microsoft and THQ Wireless. Kanazawa has deep experience in bringing innovative social and mobile products to market.
Ethan KaplanFender Musical Instruments, Chief Product Officer – DigitalEthan is the Chief Product Officer – Digital for Fender Musical Instruments. Prior to Fender, Ethan was the SVP and General Manager for Gracenote Music, where he set the strategic direction for the company’s Music business, developed next gen music solutions and worked with Gracenote customers to integrate products into emerging music platforms and services. Ethan brings more than two decades of music tech experience, having launched the first official R.E.M. fan site at the age of 16, helped Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Group unlock the value of new technologies for the label, artists and fans and later led the product innovation team at Live Nation, the world’s leading live music company, as they looked to reinvent the live music experience for concertgoers. Follow on Twitter: @ethank
Damien KingGuvera, CTODamien joined Guvera in 2013 as Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the creation of the Guvera Global Delivery Platform that supports Guvera’s expansion into emerging markets.
He has a strong background in developing startup culture and innovation within technology teams and quickly oversaw the delivery of a product redesign, feature improvements and expanded mobile device offering.
Prior to joining Guvera, Damien co-founded BeeLiked, a social media promotions company in the UK, and was also Head of Development for Virgin Media, Digital Entertainment, which oversaw the first version of the TV Anywhere onDemand service. Follow on Twitter: @damienwjking / @guvera_AU
Mike KingBerklee Online, Course Author, Instructor & CMOMike King is a marketer and educator who has authored and teaches three courses at Berklee Online: Online Music Marketing, Music Business Trends and Strategies, and Music Marketing 101. Mike authored Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail for Berklee Press in 2009, and was recognized as the Best Music Business Teacher by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals in 2011. He has written for American Songwriter, International Musician, and Hypebot, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Billboard, NPR’s Morning Edition, APM: Marketplace, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, and CNN. Mike is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Berklee Online. Follow on Twitter: @atomzooey / @berkleeonline
Christiane KinneyLeClairRyan, AttorneyChristiane Cargill Kinney is a partner at LeClairRyan and chair of the firm’s Entertainment Industry Team. Kinney has represented Presidential candidates, festivals, music tech start-ups, artists and more. Kinney is an award-winning singer/songwriter and a voting member of the Recording Academy, with awards and distinctions from Billboard, ASCAP, International Songwriting Competition, Global Music Awards and more. Her personal experience as both a recording artist and an entertainment attorney provide a unique perspective to the deal-making process. Kinney also has significant litigation experience in federal and state court, and has handled a wide array of intellectual property, business, and tort litigation matters.
Kinney is an Author for Lexis® Practice Advisor on Music Law and Managers, Agents and Attorneys. Kinney also frequently speaks on entertainment law panels and radio talk shows. CD Baby, the largest online distributor of independent music, recently recognized Kinney as #1 out of their list of the Top 10 Music Law Resources to follow on Twitter, noting that “her in-the-thick-of-it perspectives carry a lot of weight.” Kinney has also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine, and has been featured in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue for her charity work in bringing music and art programs to at-risk youth in Southern California. Follow on Twitter: @musicalredhead
Kris KrajewskiUnited Talent Agency, AgentBorn and raised in Washington DC on a steady diet of indie rock, jazz, disco and alternative – electronic music was the next wave of cutting edge music to Kris Krajewski. With over a decade of booking experience at various agencies, he decided to go his own way in 2009, opening Bond Music Group, which quickly grew from 13 to 140+ acts which then merged with the largest music agency in the world, The Agency Group who represents over 2,500 artists.
Kris now runs the electronic department at The Agency Group and represents Grammy award winning acts like Moby and Dirty Vegas; legends like Francois K and Andy Rourke of The Smiths as well as next generation talent like Chus + Ceballos and Daedelus.
Kris has built a career in the music industry combining best business practices from completed programs at NYU Stern School of Business & Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses with a ‘best in class’ curated roster of talent that perform at renowned events across the Americas. Kris has always gravitated towards music with a sense of independence and is excited about the emergence of electronic music and DJ culture worldwide and it’s impact on new technology.
Sharky LaguanaBandago, Founder & CEOSharky Laguana is the CEO/founder of Bandago, a van rental company that focuses on the music industry.
He recently authored a series of essays exploring how the methods currently used to calculate streaming royalties could be changed in ways that would benefit the music industry as a whole. The subsequent discussions these pieces generated has led to a great deal more writing and research on this topic, some of which he will be sharing in his presentation at SF Music Tech.
Roland LambROLI, Founder & CEORoland Lamb is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur. At eighteen he moved to a monastery in Japan to practice Zen Buddhism, and then traveled extensively, working as a visual artist and jazz musician. A passion for cross-cultural thought brought him to Harvard, where he concentrated on Classical Chinese and Sanskrit philosophy, before studying in the Design Products department at the Royal College of Art.
He is the founder and CEO of Dalston-based startup ROLI, and is the inventor of the Seaboard – a musical instrument that re-imagines the keyboard as a sensitive, soft three-dimensional surface that enables unprecedented intuitive manipulation of the fundamental characteristics of sound.
The Seaboard GRAND was awarded the 2014 Design Museum’s Design of the Year award in the Product category. In September 2015, ROLI released the Seaboard RISE, a revolutionary MIDI controller that is exceptionally expressive and easy to use. Follow on Twitter: @rolandlamb / @weareroli
Ranidu LankageThe Drop, CEO & Co-FounderRanidu Lankage is a Sri Lankan pop artist, producer and DJ who signed his first record deal with Sony at the age of 19. He raised the profile of Sri Lankan music by becoming the first Sri Lankan musician to appear on international media such as MTV, BBC Radio 1 and VH1. Ranidu has performed around the world at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Ultra Music Festival, Miami and Coachella Music Festival in California. He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of The Drop, an Electronic Music discovery service which he co-founded with college friend Justin Kan (Partner at Y Combinator and Founder of Twitch.tv). Ranidu received his BA in Economics from Yale University. Prior to The Drop, Ranidu was an executive at Lehman Brothers and Google. Follow on Twitter: @ranidu / @dropappofficial
Jimbo LattimoreMusistic, CEOJames “JimmyJimJimbo” Lattimore, III is an enigmatic figure, often seen in public doing wheelies. He can cook Minute Rice in forty-seven seconds. He is an expert in drywall, a vigilante of love, and is wanted by the law in several western states. He is the subject of numerous documentaries.
He is an abstract artist and a concrete thinker. Critics worldwide swoon over his original line of edible eveningwear. He has been caller number nine and has won the backstage passes.
He knows what Napoleon had inside his jacket and why he always kept his hand in there. He has spoken with the ghost of Elvis. His house is haunted.
He has been a motorcycle tour guide in the Alps and played guitar in the streets of Europe for a living. His wife and children are tired of him saying “I’ve been right there,” every time some place cool is on TV.
He is a certified Memphis BBQ Network judge and has absolute contempt for anyone who uses the terms grilling and BBQ-ing interchangeably. He likes whiskey that is old enough to buy its own whiskey.
He is a co-owner of the award winning audiophile loudspeaker manufacturer, Egglestonworks.
He sometimes sings on pitch and is asked to sing harmonies with people. Sometimes, he’s asked not to sing. A multi-instrumentalist, he has credits on multiple recordings as a songwriter, performer, engineer, and producer. His first instrument was the trombone but he switched to guitar because “trombone players don’t get the girls.” His first job was as an extra in the Loretta Lynn bio-pic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
LedisiArtistOver the past 14 years, New Orleans native Ledisi, has recorded seven albums, gained nine Grammy nominations including a nod for “Best New Artist” in 2008, performed seven times at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, and earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Photo Credit: Ron Young Photography
Nadine LevittWurrly, LLC, CEONadine is a Swiss born, German, Kiwi, US transplant, wine collector, mom of two toddlers and holds several patents in the fitness and technology sector. A professional opera singer and songwriter who has performed extensively all over the United States, and the world, Nadine has shared the stage with David Foster, Roger Daltry, Christina Perri, and Steven Tyler to name but a few. In 2013 she founded a label & publishing company (Feel Like A Giant & FLAG Publishing), and through those deals formed partnerships with TAP Management and Interscope Records. The need for a platform such as Wurrly was born out of her personal need as a singer. “Not everyone can afford a pianist to accompany them, and location and economic differences should not be a barrier to entry for self expression.”Nadine also holds a Law and Arts Degree (Majoring in languages and translation) from Auckland University (New Zealand). Follow on Twitter: @mrswurrly / @wurrly
Cheryl LucanegroSoundHound Inc., VP Advertising Strategy & SalesCheryl Lucanegro leads SoundHound‘s advertising sales and mobile marketing strategy efforts. She joined SoundHound in March 2012 and created the advertising model for SoundHound. Cheryl is responsible for the company’s advertising organization including the recruiting of top talent and the development of innovative and interactive advertising solutions that allow brands and marketers to leverage SoundHound’s robust mobile sound search and discovery platform that reaches a growing user base of 255 million worldwide.
Prior to joining SoundHound, Cheryl served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Pandora, the popular Internet music service, from 2005 through its initial public offering and into January 2012. At Pandora, Cheryl successfully created and executed the company’s advertising model while managing its advertising sales team.
Cheryl’s previous sales and management experience includes senior positions held at Salon Media Group, Industry Standard, Upside Magazine and Ziff Davis Publishing Company. She was also the founding publisher for Edutopia, the educational website that is part of George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Cheryl was a recipient of Mobile Marketer’s Mobile Women to Watch in 2010, celebrating smart women who make a difference in mobile advertising, marketing and media.
Cheryl has a BS degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Follow on Twitter: @lukewarmeggroll
Lindsay LyonsGoldenvoice, Director of Digital Technology & PRLindsay will be a remote judge of the Startup competition, but will not be appearing onsite at the summit. Follow on Twitter: @gvlinds / @goldenvoice
Larry MarcusWalden Venture Capital, Managing DirectorLarry Marcus is a Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital, a Sprout Stage™ Investor based in San Francisco and Woodside, CA. Larry’s focus is digital media and consumer services. He was named to the 2012 Billboard Power 100 Most Powerful in Music and Billboard Twitter 140 to Follow. He was a Founding Investor in Pandora (NYSE: P) in early 2004 when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director from 2004 through its IPO. Larry is a Director at SoundHound, (sound and voice search), BandPage (platform for bands online), Aarki (mobile advertising platform), Boombotix (Ultra-portable speakers), Scientific Revenue (in-app revenue optimization), goTenna (off grid communications), and a Board Observer at MeUndies and TodayTix. Other early stage investments include Jukely, LyricFind, Maestro, LightWave and BounceChat. Prior to venture capital Larry was a leading digital media equity analyst at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown where he backed Netflix for their initial IPO among other leading game and internet companies. Follow on Twitter: @larrymarcus
Maxine MarcusFeatured PerformerBorn and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maxine Marcus is a singer/songwriter and performs on both guitar and piano. Her memorable vocal stylings, intonation, and catchy melodies infuse her original music which celebrate the human experience with its bright and dark shades. All told from a teenage perspective while balancing life, friends, high school and family. Teamed up with producer Dan Shea (Sony Music, Mariah Carey, J Lo, ), Maxine’s forthcoming EP brings grit and soul together with deep bass and grooves, inspired by her love of diverse genres especially EDM, Alternative, Pop, and R&B. As the daughter of musicians, she has been surrounded by music and performing since recording her first song, “Bitter To Breath” at the age of 13. In fact, the day before she was born, her mother was jumping up and down while performing on the stage of Slim’s in San Francisco. The next generation is here. Follow on Twitter: @maxinemmusic
Chelsea MasonLos Angeles Philharmonic, Digital Marketing ManagerA self-professed tech nerd with a deep love of the performing and visual arts, Chelsea Mason is the Digital Marketing Manager at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, overseeing the digital presence and marketing initiatives for Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Previously, Chelsea was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum.
Most recently, Chelsea’s team launched Orchestra VR, a virtual reality experience which toured around Los Angeles for six weeks as part of the LA Phil’s VAN Beethoven project. Featuring the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Orchestra VR allows the user to experience a classical music concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall in a completely new way. The VAN Beethoven tour brought the experience to new audiences and underserved communities, prompting Wired to call it “the greater promise of virtual reality, realized.” Follow on Twitter: @chelseam06 / @laphil
Eoin McCarthyHydric Media, Co-FounderEoin McCarthy is the Co-Founder of Hydric Media, the apps studio for the music industry, based in Brisbane, Australia and New York City. Hydric works with top players in the music space, including eMusic, Spotify, MTV, CMT and Sony Music, and is the name behind the popular music discovery platform Wonder.fm and hip hop app White Label.
Eoin has over 13 years of dev experience, specializing in iOS and Android Mobile Development, but his interest in music tech started long before the first iPhone launched. At the University of Limerick, Eoin was known for his innovative music hacks, including a virtual guitar tutor using 3D technology and a project using AI to create musical backing tracks.
Eoin left his native Ireland in 2008 to join Messmo (now Otherlevels) in Brisbane as a developer, becoming CTO within his first 12 months with the company. Eoin quickly became an influencer in the Brisbane tech scene, founding the popular Cocoaheads iOS Meetup and speaking at tech events on everything from “Android for iOS Developers” to “Audio Playback for iOS.” In 2011, Eoin decided to leap fully into the music space, joining We Are Hunted as their Lead Mobile Developer. With the We Are Hunted team, Eoin built apps that have been downloaded by millions. When We Are Hunted was acquired by Twitter in 2012, Eoin was inspired to continue to create powerful music experiences and went on to found Hydric Media with fellow We Are Hunted alumnus, Dave Lowry. Follow on Twitter: @eoinmcc / @hydricmedia
Chris McMurtryDart Music, CEOChris McMurtry is an independent music artist, classical composer and former Apple technologist. He also founded an independent classical label. Though he loved helping out his fellow classical artists, he hated all the unnecessary hassles he had to overcome just to distribute their music. He knew from personal experience that artists in other genres had access to inexpensive, automated distribution platforms. In fact, many of these services had been around for over a decade.
So why was classical music still dependent upon distribution services that only enter music metadata by hand? Manual distribution is far too time-consuming, error-prone and expensive. Chris became so frustrated by the inequality of distribution options for classical artists that he finally had to fix the problem. So he created DartMusic.com, the first fully automated distribution platform built specifically for classical music. Unlike manual distribution services, Dart Music only charges a small flat fee. Artists keep 100% of their royalties.
Since its inception, Dart Music has been well-received. The company was chosen as one of eight startups for America’s first music tech accelerator program, Project Music. The company finished strong, raising $1.5 million. Since then, Dart Music has officially launched its platform. Additionally, they have collaborated with the Music Business Association to produce the industry’s first style guide for classical music metadata. However, the thing Chris is most proud of is Dart Music has finally provided a way for independent classical artists to get their music into online stores and streaming services. Follow on Twitter: @Cmac13 / @hellodart
Morvarid MetanatPandora Media, Inc., Corporate Counsel & Director, Business AffairsMorvarid Metanat is Corporate Counsel & Director, Business Affairs at Pandora Media, Inc., the leading Internet radio service headquartered in Oakland, California. Ms. Metanat focuses primarily on managing the company’s litigation surrounding Pandora’s domestic and international music royalties, as well as other copyright issues. In addition, Ms. Metanat is involved in content licensing negotiations. Prior to joining Pandora, Ms. Metanat was a managing associate at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP where she practiced intellectual property litigation.
Hany NadaGGV Capital, Managing PartnerHany Nada is co-founder and Managing Partner for GGV Capital. He has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade to build companies that can succeed in today’s global marketplace. He is a trusted resource to public and private company CEOs and management teams on global market development, customer introductions and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets.
Hany made his first investment in China in 2001, and has led the firm’s successful investments in Tudou (NASDAQ: TUDO; acquired by Youku), athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Endeca (acquired by Oracle) Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Kintana (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Turbine (acquired by Time Warner) and Xfire (acquired by Viacom). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Draft Kings, PlayHaven, Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA), BandPage, Glu Mobile, and Wild Tangent, and also led the firm’s investments in SoundCloud and Houzz where he serves as a Board Observer.
Before entering the venture capital business, Hany spent 10 years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst at Piper Jaffray focusing on Internet software and infrastructure. Hany is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in political science. Follow on Twitter: @ggvcapital
Evie NagySlack, WriterEvie Nagy is on the editorial team at Slack, the messaging platform for teams. She was previously a staff writer and editor at Fast Company, Billboard, and Rolling Stone, and is the author of the 33 1/3 book on Devo’s album Freedom of Choice. Follow on Twitter: @EvieN
Molly NeumanA2IM, Acting PresidentMolly Neuman is Acting President of A2IM, the American Independent label trade association. Before joining A2IM, she held senior positions on the label relations teams at Rhapsody International and eMusic. She started her career in music as a drummer before her work on the label and management side at Lookout Records and Indivision Management where she worked with artists such as The Donnas, Ted Leo and others. Follow on Twitter: @mollydneuman / @a2im
Dipak PatelG-Technology, VP of Intergalactic Sales & Business DevelopmentDipak is chartered to lead a transformation of G-Technology, a leader in storage solutions for the Media and Entertainment Industry, by re-inventing fundamental operating and go-to market models as well as driving a culture of innovation and disruption.
He is also an Investor in Zeality, Inc. – An upcoming content distribution platform for 360 and virtual reality content, the Founder & Managing Director of BIG Visioneering – an innovation consultancy which helps large multi-national technology companies chart new disruptive growth initiatives, Mentor at Wearable World – a media and innovation platform that connects businesses to the social fabric of the IoT and Wearable Things industry, and Advisor for DataRPM – a next generation intelligence and analytics platform for big data solutions.
Dipak is known for being an innovative and high-energy executive who empowers boundary-breaking companies and helps them become industry leaders.
“There are two distinct functions in Visioneering: Imagination & Invention. Before anyone can “invent” the future, they need to “imagine” it”. – Dipak M. Patel. Follow on Twitter: @dipakpatel / @GTechStorage
Bruce Pavitt8Stem, Creative Director / Founder of Sub Pop RecordsBruce S. Pavitt is an American music historian, critic, DJ, speaker, author, founder of Sub Pop Records, and current co-founder and Creative Director of 8Stem.
He is most famous for creating the Grunge music phenomenon in the early 1990s. Pavitt not only released the first albums by Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Nirvana, but equally important, built a compelling narrative of the Seattle Music Scene in the international press that captured the world’s imagination.
Cass PhillippsEpisode Interactive, Creative ManagerCass Phillipps is a creative manager at Episode Interactive, where she helps create stories and tools that allow anyone to bring their interactive story to life. Prior to this, she was an event producer in the startup industry, working on shows like this (the SF MusicTech Summit), Girls In Tech, and her own event: FailCon. She’s passionate about empowering people to learn through storytelling, and how mobile tools can empower that.
Jeff PriceAudiam, Founder & CEOIn June, 2013, Jeff launched Audiam. Audiam is a rights administration company for publishers and songwriters for all interactive streaming entities including: YouTube, background and foreground services, digital jukeboxes, digital Karaoke, Apple Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, Rdio, scan & match lockers services and all other interactive digital streaming services.
Mr. Price also consulted for the Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN from 2012 – 2014.
In 1990 Jeff co-founded and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Apples In Stereo, Richard Thompson etc) for seventeen years. Follow on Twitter: @TuneCoreJeff / @audiammusic
Milana RabkinStem, Co-founder & CEOPrior to founding Stem, Milana spent the last five years as a Digital Media Agent at United Talent Agency (UTA). Rabkin represented top digital creators, and sourced investment opportunities for UTA’s VC division. She has been recognized as one of Hollywood’s New Leaders by Variety and was named one of the “30 under 30” most influential young executives by Refinery29 in 2012. Follow on Twitter: @milana / @stem
Shaun ReidQTS Data Centers, Commercial Sales DirectorShaun Reid serves as the commercial Sales Director for the western region for QTS, a leading international provider of data center and cloud services. Shaun has twenty years of experience in the telecommunications and data center industry, holding roles in development, operations and sales. Shaun entered the telecommunications field during the CLEC boom of the mid-nineties, overseeing construction for portions of MFS Communications’ (later WorldCom’s), fiber optic networks on both coasts. He held a similar role overseeing the construction of MFN’s Bay Area fiber network. After MFN acquired AboveNet, Shaun held several sales-related roles primarily focused on the AboveNet product sets of IP transit and colocation. Shaun joined upstart 365 Main, Inc. and held the Director of Sales role there up until it’s acquisition by Digital Realty. During his tenure at Digital Realty, he helped to launch their colocation initiative. Shaun joined QTS in January of 2013.
Shaun holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he majored in Civil Engineering. Follow on Twitter: @shauncreid
Tom RettigGracenote, VP ProductTom is VP of Product at Gracenote, where he oversees development of all music products. Prior to this, he was VP of Production Studios (art, audio, animation and software) at LeapFrog, as well as Sound Director at Broderbund Software, playing key roles on several award-winning products for both companies. He has served on the Executive Board of the MIDI Manufacturers Association and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
David RingDavid Ring Media, LLCDavid recently left his position as an Executive Vice President in UMG’s Global Digital Business where David spent nearly 20 years as an industry leading, creative, digital media executive. David has worked closely and successfully with hundreds of technology companies on their digital initiatives — from initial product conception to ongoing operations and customer growth. With in-depth expertise in strategy, radio, mobile, online, over the top video and UGC, David and his team’s collective efforts at UMG have produced outsized and outstanding results every single year. UMG digital revenue is now over Two Billion dollars annually from a starting point of zero. Accomplished through vision, persistence and leadership, David and his team and UMG’s massively talented artists and writers have created and helped others create brand new businesses and business models, developed new products, and have executed innovative deals with hundreds of companies around the world. David is currently advising multiple early stage media and technology companies. Follow on Twitter: @Ringster
Ty RobertsGracenote, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy OfficerTy is tasked with developing long-term strategy and identifying new areas of growth for Gracenote. Ty co-founded Gracenote when his company ION merged with CDDB in the late 1990s. Prior to Gracenote, Ty produced the industry’s first interactive music experiences on CD for artists like Brian Eno and David Bowie. Connected to practically everyone in the business, from labels and artists to technologists, Ty is a frequent speaker at music and TV industry conferences and events.Follow on Twitter: @rocknty / @gracenotetweets
Jordan RudessWisdom Music, PresidentVoted “Best Keyboardist of All Time” by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater. In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. In late 2010, the world-renowned keyboardist and Juilliard graduate premiered his first live orchestral composition “Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra”. In 2013 he released “All That Is Now”, a solo acoustic piano recording which works interactively with his app, “Jordan Rudess Explores” and his orchestral album, “Explorations” which features a 50 piece orchestra. Dream Theater’s newest top ten self-titled album was released last fall on Roadrunner Records. The band has recently completed their world tour for that album and is hard at work on their next studio album. Their full-length concert DVD, Breaking The Fourth Wall was released in the fall of 2014 and went to #1 on the Billboard charts.
Jordan’s interest in state of the art keyboard controllers is another area of his career in which he has achieved success. Jordan owns the successful App development company Wizdom Music, creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. He is Chief Music Officer at CME Music, creators of the acclaimed XKey mobile keyboard, as well as the Director of Music Experience for the London-based technology company, Roli Labs, creators of the Seaboard. Jordan has had the honor of being the keynote speaker at MacWorld, Microsoft Build Developer Convention and Project BBQ. In addition, he is the author of 2 keyboard technique books including his latest, “Total Keyboard Wizardry: A Technique and Improvisation Workbook”. Musicians all over the world subscribe to Rudess’ Online Music Conservatory, which offers a full range of courses in everything from harmony and rhythm to improvisation, ear training and technique. Follow on Twitter: @jcrudess / @wizdommusicapps
Portia SabinKill Rock Stars, PresidentPortia Sabin is the President of Kill Rock Stars and the host of the weekly music business radio show The Future of What. She is on the boards of A2IM, The Recording Academy’s Pacific NW Chapter, and the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls.
Romain SalzmanDevialet, Phantom Project ManagerRomain Salzman is in charge of the marketing launch of Devialet‘s Phantom worldwide.
Gopi SanghaGoldenvoice, Director of Digital StrategyHaving worked extensively on operations and production for Goldenvoice festivals, including Coachella, Stagecoach, and FYF Fest, Sangha now applies his interdepartmental learnings and practices to the digital landscape of Goldenvoice’s live experiences. These implementations range from the the fan experience, digital media assets, social strategy to brand activation and integrations. Follow on Twitter: @gopisangha / @goldenvoice
Laurent ScallieRed Pill VR, CEOLaurent Scallie has been the founder and CEO of 3 Virtual Reality companies for the last 23 years. He also was a key catalyst behind the creation of Oculus. He later joined the Advisory Board of Rob Stromberg’s (Avatar Art Director) new VR production company alongside Steven Spielberg and others.
He is now focusing on marrying his passions for VR and music. He is developing a set of technologies that will allow anyone to immerse themselves into virtual worlds that are created in realtime by the music they listen to. His proprietary music deconstruction and analysis technology will create VSTEMS in realtime, users will essentially see each STEM individually represented in abstract procedurally generated worlds and GPU accelerated fluid-dynamics driven particle systems.
Gordon SchaefferBounceChat, CEOGordon aka Buddha Bass is the Founder of the BounceChat – Share Pics, Music, Links to People Nearby! Find People, Pics & Places Nearby & Around the World! Director of marketing, branding, product development & UI. Manager of technical teams & serial entrepreneur with a core competency in creative, design, team building and growth. Follow on Twitter: @BuddhaBassMusic / @BounceChat
Robert ScobleRackspace, FuturistRackspace‘s Futurist searches the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology and brings that learning to both the Internet and to strategists at Rackspace. Follow on Twitter: @Scobleizer
Doug ScribnerWatchMyBit, CEO & Co-FounderDoug Scribner understands that people with creative, visual, audio, and writing abilities pour their heart and soul into their craft. Actors, comedians, writers, animators, musicians, and many others create hours and hours of entertainment. They do this because they have passion, a vision, a message, or just for fun.
And they starve.
A veteran Keyboard player of the Hollywood ‘pay to play’ racket, and an award winning commercial writer and producer, Doug wanted a way to bring content creators and their fans closer together in mutual support.
As an early adopter and investor in Bitcoin he realized that with blockchain technology there was finally a way. He co-founded and is CEO of WatchMyBit which allows artists to monetize their videos, easily receive micropayments (or any sized payment) from anywhere in the world, automatically split with the whole team in any percentage, and get daily or even more frequent payouts.
WatchMyBit and blockchain technology allows artists anywhere in the world –banked or unbanked– to directly receive support from fans and cash out to their local currency. Fans get a completely ad-free experience with the knowledge they are rewarding art, not ads. Follow on Twitter: @dougscrib / @watchmybit
J SiderBandPage, CEOJ Sider worked his way up in the music business from mopping venue floors to booking some of the biggest gigs. J Sider is a veteran in the business of managing bands and venues around the country. This experience opened his eyes to the practical needs of the music community in the digital era, and the lack of a solution. Out of this realization, J Sider created BandPage to provide a powerful platform to help musicians create new revenue streams and drive higher fan engagement.
Patti SilvermanSF MusicTech Summit, AdvisorPatti Silverman has spent the last 7+ years in the space where music and technology converge. While at Columbia Records in NYC, she developed a reputation as an early proponent of music tech. To run marketing and promotional campaigns for a roster of 25+ artists including: Adele, Band of Horses, MGMT, The Avett Brothers and Passion Pit, Patti scouted the latest products and services being developed by Bay Area startups.
This interest in the “future of music” brought Patti to SF, where she joined the SF MusicTech Summit as Communications Director. In her role, Patti became a master connector, supporting innovation in the music industry by bridging relationships between tech, artists and labels. She continues to work with the community as an Advisor.
Taking her dedication to innovation a step further, Patti is in the process of launching her own agency as a solopreneur, working directly in tech with clients including: 10x Management and Hydric Media.
Michael SimonHarry Fox Agency, President & CEOMichael S. Simon is the President and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier American music rights management organization. Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.
Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has focused his efforts on creating new opportunities for the company and the over 48,000 publishers it represents while also improving HFA’s traditional mechanical licensing business. He has led the company’s expansion beyond its traditional mechanical licensing business and created its Slingshot rights management service, which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors. His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, Express Live recordings, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes, and other new media opportunities.
Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Razorfish, Inc. where he guided the company’s impressive growth from a small private company of 18 people to a public company of over 2,000 employees in five years. Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, an artist management and consulting company, whose roster included such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts. Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman.
Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, and he graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College. He lives with his wife and three children in New York and owns independent record label Simon Recordings. Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSimon48 / @harryfoxagency
Robert SingermanHeaven11, PartnerKnown for developing talent and new music business technologies, as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer, and music supervisor, Singerman represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists, and companies such as Roadrunner in their US launch.
Robert directed the EU funded European Music Ofﬁce, US and French Music Export Ofﬁce, North America. He represents the Brasil Music Exchange in North America, funded by the trade organization, APEX, through Brasil Musica & Artes.
His main mission is giving music subtitle solutions, so that music becomes truly global, through the universal understanding of the lyrics. He’s been working at LyricFind, currently as VP, International Publishing, to license and then market the rights to monetize legal lyrics and lyric translations from the publishers and songwriters around the globe on all digital and mobile platforms and devices.
He’s given keynote speeches, moderated panels and spoken at conferences and Universities worldwide, including SIM, Brazil Ministry of Culture, Rio Info, Rio Music Buzz, Canadian Music Week, BIME, MaMa, SXSW, Midem, Womex, CMJ, NMS, SyncSummit, Digital Hollywood, Reeperbahn, Caribbean Music Summit, Medimex, FIM, Circlulart, Live at Heart, Waves, WAMI, Popkomm, Jamaica’s Tourism Summit and Reggae Month, and the World Cultural Economic Forum.
Singerman’s a partner in Heaven11 and SyncSummit, among other music and tech companies. He consults LyricFind, as his main client, and other companies such as Dotmusic, (.MUSIC), Bandsquare, Canadian Music Week, IQzic, SIM, and is on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Songtradr, Marcato Digital and Make Music New York. Follow on Twitter: @rosingerman
Jeffrey SmithSmule, CEO & Co-FounderJeff started his career as a software engineer at IBM’s Scientific Research Center in Palo Alto, and after writing software for several companies, eventually cofounded a consumer business in electronic publishing that he sold to Novell/WordPerfect. Jeff took his second company public on the Nasdaq (‘TMWD’), which he grew from inception to several thousand enterprise customers. Jeff’s third company, which he co-founded and where he assumed a non-operating role as a
board member, was acquired by Google/Android. Jeff co-founded Smule while pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Music at Stanford and serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. He recently completed his Ph.D., “Correlation analyses of encoded music performance”, where he documented cultural differences of music performance interpretation. Jeff previously received a B.S. in Computer Science at Stanford University. He has coauthored sixteen patents. Follow on Twitter: @smule
Stu SmithTeespring, Head of Music & EntertainmentStu Smith, originally from Chicago, is Teespring‘s Head of Music & Entertainment. Stu has since spent the majority of his career working at the intersection of entertainment and technology, mostly focused on artist empowerment and increased transparency in the music industry. Stu started in artist management, initially out of his college dorm room, then for four years post-college at Red Light Management. In 2012, he joined CrowdSurge — a direct-to-consumer ticketing technology upstart founded in London — where he spent two and a half years leading music partnerships and running the company’s Los Angeles office. He left CrowdSurge, which has since merged with Songkick, in February to join Teespring. Follow on Twitter: @stuartdsmith / @teespring
Brian SolisAltimeter Group, Principal AnalystBrian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.
Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog, BrianSolis.com, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.
Livia TortellaBlack Box, Founder & CEOLivia Tortella is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Box, a modern music marketing agency, that develops, grows and breaks artists’ audiences through digital branding, strategy and partnerships.
Under her leadership, Black Box builds audience and a clear path to revenue. The company works with music managers, record labels, publishers and music supervisors to create new revenue streams and forge new partnerships throughout an artist’s development.
Prior to Black Box, Tortella was Co-President and Chief Operating Officer at Warner Bros. Records and the Executive VP/GM at Atlantic Records in New York. She joined Atlantic in 2004 after five years at Island Def Jam Music Group. Tortella began her career in 1989 at PolyGram Canada in A&R.
Livia is a fearless, innovative entertainment executive with a stellar track record for choosing top artists and taking market share. She is an industry veteran renowned for growing revenue and creating new products. Follow on Twitter: @liviatortella / @BlackBoxLA
Ken UmezakiDigital Daruma, PresidentKen is an angel investor and business advisor for digital music startups, through his company Digital Daruma, with a specific focus on artist and b2b music and media service companies. He is also an experienced music business executive, focusing on business development, strategy and fundraising for the companies he works with. Digital Daruma has also made select direct investments in artists. His past experience includes 25 years in financial services trading, asset management and senior management positions. He is also an experienced musician, and currently plays bass in the band Fifth of Bourbon. Lastly, he is involved in a number of music foundations and academic organizations, including the national board of Little Kids Rock, Future of Music Coalition and advisory board positions at New York University, Berklee College of Music, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Matt UrmyArtist Growth, CEOYears touring as an independent songwriter shaped Matt’s perspective of the music industry’s need to have a better handle on logistics. The digital industry has created a paradigm where spreadsheets and pdfs just don’t get it done anymore.
Matt founded Artist Growth in 2012, the only cloud based solution on the market today that offers managers and musicians the tools they need to comprehensively manage their career– so artists can spend more time on the music, and managers can focus more on the big picture. With a robust set of tools, covering Events, Tasks, Finances, Merchandise and Data Reporting, Artist Growth provides clients with a refined set of industry best practices for organizing, managing and analyzing information. Artist Growth is for musicians, managers, labels and other industry professionals looking to streamline their workflow and build their passion into a career. Learn more at www.artistgrowth.com. Follow on Twitter: @artistgrowth / @matturmy
Dmitri Vietzerock paper scissors, inc., CEODmitri Vietze has worked in PR since the late 1990s. His eight-person publicity firm rock paper scissors, inc. consistently places media coverage for clients on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Weekend Edition; in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Hypebot, Music Week, Music Business Worldwide; and in hundreds of other top tech, business, and music outlets. He is a regular speaker at music industry conferences including SXSW, APAP, SF MusicTech Summit, and more. Rock Paper Scissors’ current music tech PR clients include CD Baby, GigSalad, Rumblefish, LyricFind, Eventric, Music Xray, Accuradio, Jam On, Project Music, and 2112. Vietze and his team use deep storytelling, unexpected press angles, a global perspective, and streamlined systems to maximize coverage for clients. Vietze’s firm was brought on by CD Baby to collaborate on organizing the first ever CD Baby DIY Musician Conference (October 2015, Chicago, IL) and helps clients with additional services including marketing strategy, conference visibility, organizational development, and visual assets/design. Vietze (which rhymes with ‘pizza’) split his upbringing between Nashville and New York (where he attended a specialized music high school); received a business management degree from Antioch College, which he attended on full scholarship for community involvement as a teenager; launched rps in Portland, Oregon, where he lived for several years; and currently resides midway between Nashville and Chicago. Follow on Twitter: @dmitrivietze / @rpsmusic
Dwayne WalkerRightside Ltd., SVP Business & Market DevelopmentDwayne leads business development across Rightside specializing in Digital Strategy and Partnerships. Dwayne has also served in executive, director & advisory board positions for Microsoft, GreenCoinx.com, Escrow.com, Iclick, FreeShop, Oversee.net and other technology and Internet companies. Follow on Twitter: @dwaynewalker and Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwaynewalker
Vinitha WatsonCo-Founder & Executive DirectorVinitha Watson is an artist, design strategist, and committed learner. Sometimes called divergent, her path has been just that: after catching the startup bug while opening Google’s first satellite office in India, she started a textile company and received an MBA in Design Strategy from an experimental program started at California College of the Arts. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of Zoo Labs, a music accelerator focused on creating a healthier music ecosystem lead by artists that sit at the intersection of creativity, craft, and commercial viability. In her spare time, Vinitha consults on innovation strategy and growth planning for nonprofits; sits on the boards of Nexleaf Analytics and California College of the Arts; and continues to be a part of the Institute for the Future. Follow on Twitter: @thezoolabs
Stephen WhiteDubset Media Holdings, CEOStephen White is the Chief Executive Officer at Dubset Media Holdings. White has spent the last 25 years building innovative businesses in the digital music and entertainment markets with a focus on media recognition technologies and related businesses.
Prior to joining Dubset Stephen served as chief executive and President at Gracenote from 2012-2014. White held numerous roles for the company across 14 years and played a critical role in growing the company from a small start-up, focusing on music technologies and information, into a digital entertainment leader that now touches millions of music and movie fans around the globe. In his role as president, White oversaw all company strategy and operations, and was responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business.
Before joining Gracenote, White was the vice president of development for streaming music start-up Echo.com, which was one of the first companies to combine group content streaming and community features. Prior to Echo.com, White was a senior director and executive producer for CKS, a media consultancy based in Silicon Valley where he lead teams in the creation of web properties such as the Apple online store and GM.com. He began his career as a reporter and writer. Follow on Twitter: @swhite415
Jordan YoungSKIO Music, Chief Industry OfficerJordan “DJ Swivel” Young is a Grammy winning producer, songwriter, and engineer with over a decade of experience working with some of the biggest names in music, including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna. He is currently co-founder and Chief Industry Officer of SKIO Music, a digital music marketplace with an integrated copyright licensing system that empowers content creators and content owners to make more licensing deals and access new revenue. Follow on Twitter: @djswivel
Brian ZiskSF MusicTech Summit, Executive ProducerBrian 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. Follow Brian on Twitter: @zisk
Shoshana ZiskSF Music Tech, Co ProducerShoshana 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. Follow Shoshana on Twitter: @shoshana / @sfmusictech