Shirley Halperin: Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard

Shirley Halperin is a longtime music journalist who got her start as a writer in the New York City fanzine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications like Entertainment Weekly, where she was a Senior Writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed the west coast office, and Us Weekly, where she was Staff Editor (Music) and a regular contributor to sister publication Rolling Stone.Shirley is currently Music Editor at Billboard, where she edits the Topline section, and holds the same title at The Hollywood Reporter, where she has written cover stories on Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Pitbull, among other subjects.

Julia Hartz: Co- Founder & President, Eventbrite

As co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has evolved the company into the world’s largest self-service ticketing platform, hosting a vibrant collection of live experiences to fuel people’s passions and enrich their lives. Since the company founding in 2006, Eventbrite has processed more than 200 million tickets to events and experiences around the globe. Eventbrite has secured $200M in funding, and has cemented its place in the “Unicorn Startup Club,” reserved exclusively for companies with an over $1B valuation. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014,  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled in Forbes in both 2013 and 2015. Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. 

Jim Lucchese: CEO, The Echo Nest at Spotify

Jim has worked at the intersection of music & technology for nearly 20 years. Today, Jim is CEO of the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, acquired by Spotify, the world’s largest subscription streaming music service.  Jim currently oversees all aspects of The Echo Nest, with a recent focus on integration with Spotify.  As part of Spotify, Jim is also exploring ways to apply technology, data and insights to help artists build their audiences and grow their revenues.

Before The Echo Nest, Jim was a music lawyer at Greenberg Traurig, specializing in music & digital media deals. Clients included multi-platinum & independent artists, music publishers, digital entertainment companies and branded entertainment companies. Prior to GT, Jim held sales and corporate development positions at Hughes, where he managed market development and sales.


Ryan Okum / @livenation: EVP, Digital Marketing, Live Nation

As Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing, Ryan Okum is responsible for the leadership and management of the digital marketing department for Live Nation North America Concerts.  Okum oversees the company’s social, mobile, direct and digital advertising teams which support the Concert division’s Touring clients as well as other business units across the company.  He has more than 15 years’ experience working with artists, managers, brands and agencies on award-winning marketing campaigns.