FutureSound Speaker Page
Matthew Adell: CEO, Beatport
Nic Adler: Owner, The Roxy/Adler Integrated @nicadler
Vince Bannon: VP, Entertainment Partnerships & Development, Getty Images
Vince Bannon, Getty Images, Vice President, Entertainment Partnerships and Development, is responsible for global entertainment business development. Vince is a seasoned music industry veteran. He founded Concert Company Ritual (later sold to Live Nation) and was SVP of Sony Music. Vince ventured into new digital pastures in the beginning of the new century with start-up image net, later acquired by Getty Images in 2004. @pointer8708
Bertrand Bodson: EVP, Global Digital, EMI
Antony Bruno: Consultant/Advisor @AntonyNBruno
Antony Bruno is an independent consultant specializing in content and communications strategies. Past and present clients include Beatport, Beats Electronics, Next Big Sound, Xbox, and several others. He also serves as Community Manager and Advisor for NARM’s digitalmusic.org division. Most recently, Bruno was Executive Director of Content & Programming for Digital/Mobile at Billboard magazine. He also produced several digital media conferences, managing the programming, marketing and sponsorship activities. Prior to Billboard, Bruno served as Assistant Vice President of Wireless Internet Development for CTIA—The Wireless Association, where he helped establish the organization’s Wireless Internet Caucus. He is a sought-after speaker and moderator, having appeared at multiple industry events, and serves as an expert source on the mobile and digital entertainment industries for such publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, CNBC and NPR.
Jim Buczkowski: Director of R&D, Ford Motor Company
Ted Cohen: Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Richard Conlon: SVP, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5, is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember,” he has also released four critically acclaimed albums. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. A major touring act, he has headlined Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sonar, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, and sold out Rogers Centre in Toronto and PETCO Park in San Diego, as well as multiple consecutive nights at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and the Palladium in Los Angeles. In 2013, he will embark on a major world tour. He recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, marking him as the first electronic artist to do so.
Matt DeFillippis: VP New Media & Technology, ASCAP
Ethan Diamond: CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp @ethan_diamond
Rory Felton: VP Business Development—Music, Chirpify
Rory Felton is Chirpify’s Vice President of Business Development—Music. At 18 years old, Felton co-founded record company the Militia Group. He is credited with creating a publishing joint venture with BMG Music Publishing. As an executive music producer, Felton has developed artists later acquired by Sony, Universal and EMI, and overseen music videos viewed by tens of millions of people on MTV, VH1, YouTube and Vevo. Felton has been recognized for his work by being named as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 30 Executives Under 30.
Jason Feinberg: VP of Digital, Epitaph @jasonfeinberg
Jason Feinberg runs Digital Strategy for Epitaph/Anti- records. His core focuses include streaming/video revenue, digital partnerships, social media, and web/product development. Prior to working at Epitaph, Jason ran Direct to Consumer and Digital Strategy for Concord Music Group. He has also worked for Nitro Records and Steve Vai's Favored Nations Records. Jason was also the founder of digital marketing agency On Target Media and a music business instructor for Berklee and Musician's Institute. Lastly - and perhaps most importantly - he collects original punk, post-punk and goth vinyl with a vengeance.
Jeff Foster: Co-Founder/CEO, Tixie
Jeff Foster is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Tixie, the concert contest site and app for music fans. With a background in finance and a passion for technology, he has spent most of his career developing business and brand strategies for growing companies. As co-founder and CEO of Norton Motorcycles, Inc., he led the company in resolving 30 years of trademark conflict to reintroduce the Norton Commando motorcycle in 2005. Prior to Norton, he managed the development of the first, national carrier-class DSL Internet service for US West through strategic partnerships and alliances.
John Frankenheimer: Partner & Chairman Emeritus, Loeb & Loeb LLP
John T. Frankenheimer's practice is centered in the entertainment and media industries, with emphasis on both institutional and talent clients. This includes advising on the acquisition, sale and restructuring of companies, including financing, valuation, securitization and due diligence issues, as well as representing companies, artists and executives in all aspects of the music industry, including all forms of talent contracts, distribution, licensing, technology-related issues, publishing, sub-publishing, touring and live events and production activities. He also represents writers, producers and directors in both film and television, as well as various technology and media companies.
Marc Geiger: Head of Music, WME
Marc Geiger is a board member and head of the music department at WME. Under his oversight, WME’s industry-leading music division booked over 22,000 live shows worldwide in 2012 and garnered 27 Grammy wins in 2012. His diverse client roster includes artists such as Black Sabbath, David Byrne, Caifanes, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Jane’s Addiction, Lady Gaga, Miranda Cosgrove, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Pixies, Roger Waters, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Star Wars, Steve Martin, Tom Petty, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Trent Reznor, and X-Japan, among many others. Geiger became one of the very first to plug the music industry into the Internet when he launched ARTISTdirect, which has since become a media juggernaut, housing a talent agency, two record labels, web commerce for major artists, and one of the most popular music destinations on the Internet.
Prerna Gupta: CEO, Khush (A Smule Company) @prernagupta
YiPing Ho: Sr Dir. Digital Strategy & Business Dev., WMG @pingsterhyp
Yi Ping Ho has worked in digital media for almost a decade, both in and outside of the U.S. Currently, Yi Ping is Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group (WMG), where she responsible for sourcing and negotiating new business partnerships and licensing opportunities, with a focus on emerging companies, games and apps. Prior to WMG, Yi Ping developed new revenue and business opportunities for Linktone, a Nasdaq-listed mobile entertainment service provider based in Shanghai, China. Yi Ping has also worked as a markets reporter for the online financial news site, TheStreet.com. Yi Ping, who hails from Singapore, graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Jon Irwin: President, Rhapsody International
Jon Irwin serves as Rhapsody International’s top executive. He joined Rhapsody America in 2009, serving as the venture’s chief operating officer and chief of staff before planning and overseeing the company’s spinoff into a standalone company.
Across his entire career, Irwin has specialized in building strong subscription businesses. Prior to Rhapsody, Irwin held senior positions with a variety of companies in the telecommunications market, including Boingo Wireless, Earthlink, InfoNet Services Corporation and WorldCom, among others. Irwin earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of California San Diego.
Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking @stevejang
Steve is the co-founder and CEO of Schematic Labs. Schematic Labs is a San Francisco-based startup composed of engineers and designers from imeem, StumbleUpon, SixApart, Yammer and Apple, and is the maker of SoundTracking, the fastest growing social music app and community on the iPhone, Android and Spotify platforms. Combining music, photos, and geo-location, the SoundTracking app is a fun, expressive and easy way to share the soundtrack to your life with your friends and fans, from wherever you might be. The service is now one of most popular social music services integrated seamlessly with Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare. The AppStore recently named SoundTracking "Best iPhone Music App of 2011" and the SoundTracking community has a total reach of over 8 million music moments shared a day across the social Web.
Ezra Kucharz: President, CBS Local Digital Media
David Kusek: Founder, Digital Cowboys @davekusek
Jonathan Leone: Co-founder, Head of Strategy & Finance, ThrillCall
Jonathan Leone manages Thrillcall’s operations, performs business development and oversees the company’s strategic decision-making. Jonathan led business development efforts at NBC Internet and Excite.com and helped to develop the Comcast High-Speed Internet Portal. Jonathan has been technology banker in New York and San Francisco, financed alternative energy power facilities throughout the US and served as the Mayor of a Northern California City. Jonathan received his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and BA at Yale University.
David Marcus: SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG @dvdmarcus
David Marcus is the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Artist Services for Warner Music Group, where he guides the strategic development of WMG from major record company into a global music and artist development company. David’s responsibilities include overseeing the company’s emerging businesses - merchandising, touring and concert promotion, ticketing, e-commerce, and fan clubs, among others – leading business and corporate development in non-traditional businesses, and providing guidance and strategic direction for operating companies around the world. In the course of his career, David has provided business development, strategic marketing services and legal advice to companies seeking opportunities in the live, recorded, and digital music industries including Motorola, AOL MusicNow, MusicMatch and Yahoo Music!
Larry Marcus: Manager Director, Walden VC @cyberlar
Hany Nada: Founding Partner, GVC Capital
Brad Prendergast: Senior Counsel, SoundExchange
Brad Prendergast is Senior Counsel for Licensing & Enforcement at SoundExchange, the non-profit entity designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to administer the government’s statutory in Section 114 of the Copyright Act for the digital audio transmissions of sound recordings. In that role, Brad helps digital music services fulfill their obligations under the law, ensuring that Internet radio services pay royalties and report playlists accurately and on time so that artists and copyright owners receive compensation for the use of their sound recordings. Prior to joining the SoundExchange legal team, Brad was an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Law, he served as editor in chief of the student newspaper at Notre Dame and the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology.
Tim Quirk: Head of Global Programming, Google @tbquirk
Ty Roberts: Co-founder, SVP & CTO, Gracenote
Ian Rogers: CEO, Topspin @iancr
Marc Ruxin: Founder/CEO, Tastemaker X @Ruxputin
J Sider: Founder/CEO, BandPage @jsider
J Sider is the Founder & CEO of BandPage, which is the leading service for musicians to manage their presence across the web. He was recently named to both Forbes and Billboard’s 30 Under 30 in 2011. J is a veteran in the business of managing bands and venues around the country. Working day-to-day in the music business opened his eyes to the practical needs of the music community in the digital era. Out of this realization J founded BandPage to provide simple and honest solutions for the musicians he worked with, that would broadly apply for all musicians.
Mehul Trivedi: Co-Founder/CEO, Playground.fm @mehuligan
Mehul Trivedi is the Co-founder and CEO of Playground.fm, a music service that finds playlists from people who share your music taste. Before starting Playground, Mehul was part of the original iPhone team at Apple, working on the audio engine used by streaming music services such as Pandora as well as 90% of iOS mobile games. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University.Mehul holds two fundamental truths in mobile: 1.) HTML5 is a four letter word, and 2.) great mobile products are simple by design but powerful by context. He believes apps that harness the capabilities of the device (identity, location, interests, social graph, etc) to minimize user effort while maximizing user value will be the driving force behind the transition from today’s web-enabled phones into true smartphones.
Jon Vanhala: SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam &Universal Republic
Jon creates breakthrough digital and emerging business programs for Universal's New York label group for over 250 recording artists and 20 plus label brands. Current roster highlights include global superstars Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, Kanye West, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and many others. Currently most excited about how innovations in digital, social, mobile create new value for fans, artists, brands, and music companies.
Don Was: President, Blue Note Records
Don Was is a Grammy Award winning producer, now serving as President of the legendary jazz label, Blue Note Records. Widely recognized as one of the top producers, Don has worked with artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Ziggy Marley, Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson. As a musician and songwriter himself, Don formed the group Was (Not Was), noted for their success in the 1980s. He has earned a Grammy for Producer of the Year and a BAFTA for Best Original Score.
Bill Werde: Editorial Director, Billboard @bwerde
As Billboard’s Editorial Director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly print publication, leading music fan site Billboard.com, business site Billboard.biz and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events. In the first year under the new ownership of Prometheus Global Media, Mr. Werde and his team have enhanced editorial coverage with interactive access to artists and exclusive reports, and increased full year web traffic on Billboard.com by 65% over the year prior as reported on Google Analytics. The recently upgraded consumer site won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Digital Media, New Design. New charts have been added to capture artists’ reach all over the Internet, including the new Uncharted ranking for undiscovered musicians.
Emily White: Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment @emwizzle
Fred Wilson: Principal, Union Square Ventures @fredwilson
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Brian Zisk: Founder, BuzzMakers @Zisk
Brian Zisk is a parallell entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit (next one on February 19th) 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. Twitter handles are @zisk & @sfmusictech .
Speakers will be announced on a rolling basis over the next few months. We have amazing programming lined up for this year!
We are currently accepting speaker suggestions and submissions. We are looking for short, TED-like talks/presentations on specific ideas related to the topics listed below. NO PANELS!
-The Economics of Digital Music (costs of content, artist payouts, consumer models)
-Music and the Social Web (fan engagement, music distribution, new opportunities)
-Formats, Devices and Systems (apps, smartphones, tablets, videogame consoles, TV)
-Music 3.0 (using big data, metadata standardization, database management)
-Innovation (new strategies, bold visions, funding landscape, partnership developments)
You may submit an application to speak via the following process:
-The name, title, company and Twitter handle of the speaker.
-Specific details of what you intend to present, including a title, description and format.
-Phone number and email for the most relevant contact person
-Links to videos of past speaking engagements, guest posts/bylined articles, or interviews
We will notify selected speakers as they are chosen, and unfortunately will not be able to respond to every submission.