Veteran Product and Business Development
During Web 1.0 I was COO and Co-founder of Angry Coffee, where we were building a competing service to Napster that would (eventually) be legal. How? We hacked into Napster, and made the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, July 26, 2000. 3 months and 80 major media mentions later we entertained many interesting contracts, meetings, an interesting experiment with EMI/Capitol/Radiohead, and ultimately, an acquisition offer. I gained invaluable experiences in writing product specifications, M & A and due diligence processes. And not least, learned how to navigate the landscape of personalities and power brokers in this niche space.
Being the Community Architect for the SF MusicTech Summit from 2008-2012/2015 was a blast and I have met many of the players in the music and music technology niche. Please reach out anytime if you want to learn how to join this great community. The team has run 19 successful events and is currently assessing what’s next.
Being on the Advisory Board of the SXSW Accelerator live pitch event for 7 years now I continue to help recruit Startups to enter the competition, source more advisers, celebrity judges, and emcees. Over the last 6 years, I have reviewed and judged over 100 pitch decks a year for these SXSW pitch competitions. Looking forward to the Accelerator event in 2019! Got something hot? Contact me now if you would like to chat; I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
This past SXSW was my 7th year as an SXSW moderator/speaker and my 5th year doing the “7 Hottest Topics in Music Tech” panel series at SXSW! Hope you got a chance to catch us in Austin last March.
I have founded and co-founded a few music tech startups along the way. Angry Coffee’s Percolator, SSUP Blog, ChatWithTheBand, Live365’s Avenue Live, and my current endeavor is Viva Data where we develop and maintain software that helps music companies detect errors in music metadata formatting at scale. We work with The Orchard.