Hackathon Time

A new way of doing things in the startup world is being copied in academia and beyond. The “hackathon” is a method for making an…

Spotify’s Clout

In the last four months three new streaming platforms were launched: Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music. Others, among them YouTube, Deezer, and Rdio,…

Understanding Crowdfunding

  Musicians, artists, and music business entrepreneurs need cash to start a project and nurture it to fruition. They are hardly unique in this respect,…

A Note on SoundCloud

SoundCloud is one of the leading sources of audio sharing on the net, with 250 million active monthly users up from just ten million two…

Business Illuminato Peter Gotcher

Peter Gotcher is Executive Chairman of Dolby Laboratories and Chairman of Topspin Media, Inc. He founded Digidesign Inc. in 1984 and served as its President,…

Amanda Palmer’s Prowess

Amanda Palmer, a punk cabaret singer and one of the most productive users of social media today, has set a new record for the highest…

Jason Mendelson On Venture Capital

Jason Mendelson, co-founder of the venture capital firm Foundry Group, recently co-authored “Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist”(John Wiley, 2011) with…

Venture Capitalists: Paying For The Muse, Music Business Journal

Venture Capitalists: Paying For The Muse

The rebirth of venture capital, originally fueled by the equity related collapses of the early 2000s, is in the air. Publications like Fortune and the Wall Street Journal seem fixated on the…