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 productized 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 attractive contracts, meetings, an exciting experiment with EMI/Capitol/Radiohead, and, ultimately, an acquisition offer. I gained invaluable experience in writing product specifications, M & A, and due diligence processes. And not least, I 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. I review and judge an average of 100 pitch decks a year for these SXSW pitch competitions.
Want information on “SXSW Pitch” 2020? Got something hot? Contact me now if you would like to chat; I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and get you entered if you qualify.
I’ve spoke seven years in-a-row as an SXSW moderator/speaker and five years doing the “7 Hottest Topics in Music Tech” panel series! I hope you got a chance to catch me in Austin over the last decade.
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 offer freemium software and service to help music companies manage music metadata at scale. We’ve been working with The Orchard over the last year and are excited to release our freemium version this October/November 2019.