Confirmed Speakers
Alex Mitchell

Alex Jae Mitchell is the founder of Boomy (https://boomy.com), a company using artificial intelligence to create "instant music." Mitchell is a serial music entrepreneur who previously founded Audiokite Research, the leading market research service for independent musicians, which was acquired by ReverbNation in 2016.

Founder, Boomy

Alex Mitchell
Ananya Sharan

Ananya Sharan is the Product Manager for Pandora’s Voice Mode, a new, native smart assistant that allows listeners to control Pandora’s mobile app and enjoy new music discovery using simple voice commands. In prior roles, Ananya was a Search PM and is passionate about helping customers easily discover and find products they love. She has an MBA from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in CS Engineering.

Product Manager, Pandora’s Voice Mode

Ananya Sharan
Arabian Prince

A songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ, technologist and futurist, Arabian is best known for being a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted rap group N.W.A., pioneering west coast electro music and producing the grammy nominated #1 hit song Supersonic. He is the founder of iNov8 Next Open Labs and president of LAFTC - The Los Angeles First Tech Challenge robotics competition. His passion for technology led to him create a 3D animation and special effects studio in the 90’s working with companies like Saban Entertainment and Fox, including 100+ video game titles for Fox interactive and Vivendi Universal. As a consultant, Arabian has advised many companies on bridging the gap between technology and the youth, while bringing new product innovations to market. He is currently working with his tech partners to bring Open Labs to communities across the country to support Diversity, Women in tech, Veterans and anyone else who wants to explore the future of technology.

Founding member, N.W.A., and founder, Inov8 Next Open Labs

Arabian Prince
Britnee Foreman

Britnee Foreman is a Music Data strategist who helps artists make a living doing what they love. After more than a decade in the Music Industry, she knows what drives an artists career forward. She holds a BA in marketing with a focus in statistics and economics. Britnee has been a sound engineer, artist manager, spoken at numerous conferences, written for blogs, and even appeared in some magazines. She is passionate about using her talent to advocate for musicians and songwriters in the music industry. Currently as Head of Data Strategy at Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust she uses data to leverage insights and advocate for songwriters. She is passionate about data literacy among music makers and advancing more women in music and tech.

Head of Data Strategy, Downtown Music Publishing

Britnee Foreman
Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu is a writer, editor, and podcaster focusing on the intersection of music and technology. She writes regularly for publications including Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide, and the Columbia Journalism Review, and received the Reeperbahn Festival’s inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year in 2017 at age 21. She also provides regular expert commentary for the likes of CNBC, CGTN America, and Debatable (SiriusXM Volume) and has spoken at over 25 conferences to date, including but not limited to SXSW, Midem, Music Biz, the DIY Musician Conference, and the Web Summit. Her biweekly email newsletter Water & Music reaches nearly 3,000 readers, from budding artists and managers to presidents at major labels, and is currently expanding into a podcast and online community through her Patreon page.

Writer, editor, and podcaster

Cherie Hu
Christopher Chan

Chris Chan is a product manager for Google Nest, and serves as software lead for the Google Home family. His first project was launching Google Home Max, Nest’s flagship speaker. Since launching Max, he has worked on audio and music experiences across the Nest portfolio. Prior to Google, Chris co-founded Causes, the world’s largest platform for philanthropy. A lifelong musician, Chris has toured at a national level with electronic and folk bands. Chris earned a master’s degree in Computer Science at Stanford University, with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction.

Product Manager, Google

Christopher Chan
Dani Deahl

As a prominent figure in music, Dani Deahl has been at the forefront of artist discovery and meaningful industry change for over a decade. She currently is a DJ, producer, and public speaker. She also covers the intersection of music and technology for The Verge, helms YouTube series The Future of Music, and is Vice President for the Recording Academy Chicago chapter. When performing, she blends trap and house to create bass-forward sets that are technically savvy and high energy.

DJ, Producer, Public Speaker, and Journalist, The Verge

Dani Deahl
Dave Park

Dave is CEO of Recombinant and a featured speaker at SXSW, MIDEM, SF MusicTech, TEDx, and MusicBiz, as well as UC Davis, UCLA, and the McGeorge School of Law. His work on music analysis and interactive systems is focused on mining music data to innovate new experiences for music fans, including repurposing music data as visual input, making images and ads contextually responsive to music.Dave led the development of Song AI (www.song.ai) an interactive virtual talent platform that puts the fan in the band, enabling anyone to play any song on any instrument, expertly and improvisationally, by simple touch or motion control. Prior to Recombinant, Dave was an artist manager and producer. In addition to being an early champion of Korn and Papa Roach, Dave was the original manager and co-producer of the Grammy Award-winning group Deftones.

CEO, Recombinant

Dave Park
Jeff Bronikowski

Jeff Bronikowski is Head of Innovation and Senior Vice President, Business Development for Warner Music Group. Jeff has worked in entertainment and media for over 20 years, primarily at the nexus of the music business and technology. He was SVP of Business Development for Universal Music Group, General Manager of both AOL Music and Yahoo! Music and also led Corporate Development for The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify). During a hiatus from music-related endeavors, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer of DailyBurn, IAC’s industry-leading streaming fitness video subscription service and prior to WMG, he was President/GM of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription movie streaming joint venture of Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises. Jeff graduated from Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is based in WMG’s New York headquarters.

Head of Innovation and Senior Vice President, Business Development, Warner Music Group.

Jeff Bronikowski
Jen Hall

Jen Hall is a music industry veteran, having spent her career working with major artists (Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Beck) and major record labels. In 2016, she joined Techstars to help launch the most successful music tech accelerator in the world - finishing their third program in May of 2019. Techstars is a worldwide network to help entrepreneurs succeed, and the LA based Music Accelerator is one of 45 accelerators that Techstars has globally.

Director, Techstars Music

Jen Hall
Justin Butler

As the Director of Global Sales at payout provider Hyperwallet, a PayPal Service, Justin manages the music royalty vertical. Working with companies like Ingrooves and Lyric Financial, Justin and Hyperwallet help organizations modernize digital payments to streamline royalty payouts for recording artists, producers, songwriters, and other independent contributors in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Hyperwallet, Justin served as head of the private client division at non-bank foreign payment provider AFEX, where he and his team managed key relationships across all regions. Justin worked with companies such as Wixen Music Publishing and Heavy Hitters Music Group managing cross border payouts. He also served as head of institutional sales for ThinkForex where he led the expansion of partnerships into Japan, China and South America, enhancing the company’s global presence and securing new Forex service market share. Justin has extensive experience working with artists, labels, and publishers tasked with managing international royalty disbursements. Justin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Director of Global Sales, Hyperwallet

Justin Butler
Karen Allen

Karen Allen is a business development executive specializing in emerging platforms for the entertainment industry. Currently, she advises artists and labels on growing audience and revenue around Twitch channels and owns the Twitch channel InRotation, where she features a new artist every stream. Karen has held senior positions at TAG Strategic, Mobile Entertainment Forum, and the RIAA. She sits on many advisory boards and is a frequent public speaker.

Founder, InRotation and Karen Allen Consulting

Karen Allen
Katie McMahon

A mobile tech industry pioneer, SoundHound Inc. VP & GM Katie McMahon has been at the forefront of working with emerging technologies that change the way people interact with connected devices. She drove the global, mass-market adoption of mobile music recognition during the rise of the touchscreen interface era (smartphones) and is currently part of the executive team at SoundHound Inc. helping to shape the voice-interface era. McMahon works cross-functionally across business, marketing, product and engineering teams, helping to drive growth of SoundHound’s Voice AI platform - the Houndify platform - which enables natural, conversational voice interfaces for the connected devices and services. Prior to joining SoundHound, Katie was Vice President of Business Development at Shazam, where she drove the early smartphone mobile strategy, international product distribution and strategic partnerships.

Vice President, SoundHound

Katie McMahon
Ken Umezaki

Ken is the CEO and co-founder of Verifi Media, a company that has introduced a new music file technology architecture to modernize copyright management and media supply chains fit for the digital media age (formerly known as Dot Blockchain Media). Ken acts as an experienced independent investor and business advisor for music startups and artists, through his company Digital Daruma, with a specific focus on artist facing music and media service companies. Digital Daruma has invested in numerous promising music startups over the past decade. The company has also made select direct investments in music artists and songs. His past experience includes 25 years in financial services trading, asset management and senior management positions. He is also an experienced musician, and currently plays bass in the band Fifth of Bourbon. Lastly, he is involved in a number of music foundations and academic organizations, including serving on the board of Little Kids Rock, as well as advisory board position for programs at New York University and Berklee College of Music.

CEO and co-founder, Verifi Media

Ken Umezaki
Larry Marcus

Larry is passionate about joyful products, happy consumers, breakthrough technologies and brand builders. He is a Managing Director at Marcy Venture Partners, a consumer-focused VC he co-founded with Jay Brown (CEO of Rocnation) and JAY-Z. He is also a Managing Director at San Francisco based Walden Venture Capital. His investments include: Pandora (radio - Founding investor), SoundHound, (voice AI), HatchBaby (trusted brands for parents), Aarki (App marketing), Robust Wealth (fin-tech acquired by PFG), Wheels (e-bike last mile sharing service), Hungry (chef marketplace), goTenna (off-grid communications), TouchBistro (restaurant-tech), MeUndies (fashion), Terayon (acquired by Motorola). As an Angel investor, investments include Netflix (IPO), BandPage (acquired by Google), LyricFind (lyrics infrastructure), Maestro (eSports platform), Brrr! (fashion tech), and The Ambassadors Company (teen insights). Larry received a BA and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Managing Director & Co-founder, Marcy Venture Partners

Larry Marcus
Lars Murray

Lars Murray is a strategist, marketer, creator, and connector with a track record of opening new revenue streams and opportunities for partners, clients, and artists. He is currently occupied with startups and consulting with a focus on voice and audio. At Pandora from 2014-2018, Murray led the effort to unlock the value of its scale and unique technology. Murray has deep experience in the major label, independent label, and digital development sectors.

Founder, Nodisc

Lars Murray
Lauren Apolito

Lauren Apolito is SVP of Strategy & Business Development at HFA/Rumblefish, part of SESAC Holding’s Music Rights Organization. For over a decade, Lauren has been a driving force in the digital music industry as she led the development and evolution of HFA’s rights management platform, Slingshot, now branded Rumblefish, designed to support digital licensing and innovation. Today Rumblefish is a leading provider of intellectual rights administration serving music tech, mobile, streaming, gaming and online video clientele. Prior, Lauren was VP at Citigroup/eCiti where she focused on strategic investments in technology and digital product incubation. Lauren is on the Advisory Board of Women in Music (WIM), was honored as a Billboard Digital Power Player, and is an industry mentor.

SVP of Strategy & Business Development, HFA/Rumblefish

Lauren Apolito
Marisol Segal

Marisol Segal is a Los Angeles native with more than 20 years of experience in music and technology. She started her career at labels (Interscope Records, Capitol Records) and in management before moving to San Francisco in 2005. There she got her start in music tech, working at independent digital distributor, IODA (acquired by Sony Music), mobile video streaming platform, Kyte and music streaming service, Rdio. In 2016, she joined home audio company, Sonos, where she worked with music and brand partners including IKEA, Pandora and iHeartRadio. Marisol is now back in Los Angeles and currently serves as Head of Digital Partnerships at the live entertainment company, AEG Presents.

Head of Digital Partnerships, AEG Presents

Marisol Segal
Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan is a long term music industry analyst and the Managing Director of MIDiA Research, an analysis and data company focused on the intersection of media and technology. Mark has spent the last 20 years working with all of the leading players in the digital music market, from record labels, through telcos and device companies to music services, often right up the c-level. For 11 years Mark was a Vice President and Research Director at Jupiter Research and then Forrester Research, where he led research and analysis into how technology shapes media businesses and the consumer. Mark is the author of the industry leading blog Music Industry Blog. He is also author of ‘Awakening: The Music Industry In The Digital Age’ the definitive account of the rise of the digital music market.

Managing Director, MIDiA Research

Mark Mulligan
Mike Fabio

Mike Fabio is VP of Digital Strategy at New West Records, where he oversees social, web, ecommerce, advertising, and streaming promotions. Fabio is also the COO & Co-founder of Bandposters/Rads, offering a suite of tools for artists to promote their music and shows in 90 seconds or less. Prior to these roles, he was Partner at Back Porch Group, a consulting company specializing in early-stage music tech startups; Founder at Tiny Jetpack, a boutique digital marketing firm for music and technology; Community Director at Warner Bros. Records, where he oversaw the department managing all aspects of artists’ digital presence; and Community Manager at Google Lunar X PRIZE, overseeing the online community surrounding a $30M prize to land a robot on the surface of the Moon.

Vice President of Digital Strategy, New West Records

Mike Fabio
Molly Neuman

Molly Neuman is the Global Head of Business Development at Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. At Songtrust she leads the business development, sales, and marketing teams of in their service to over 100,000 songwriters and 15,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 1,000,000 copyrights. Prior to joining Songtrust, Molly was Head of Music at Kickstarter, Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. Additionally, she has served on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM. Molly's career in music began as the drummer in Riot Girl band, Bratmobile.

Global Head of Business Development, Songtrust

Molly Neuman
Noah Becker

Noah is President and co founder of AdRev – a global leader in UGC (user generated content) monetization, administration and strategy, music distribution, and proprietary music and media software development. AdRev administers over 14 million copyrights and has paid out over $130MN in UGC royalties to its client base. He has a diverse background as both an industry veteran and a composer/producer. His music productions range from #1 Billboard dance club play remixes to underscore compositions on popular programs such as Dateline, NBC.

President / CEO, AdRev

Noah Becker
Portia Sabin

Portia Sabin played drums, recorded, and toured with NYC band The Hissyfits while working on her Ph.D. at Columbia University. She founded Shotclock Management in 2004 and took over running the legendary independent label, Kill Rock Stars, in 2006. She is the host of a radio show and podcast about the music business called The Future of What. Sabin is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy, the RIAA, and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). She is responsible for creating the A2IM Libera Awards for independent music.

President, Kill Rock Stars

Portia Sabin
Rishi Patel

Rishi Patel is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Plus Eight Equity Partners, a global venture capital firm that has partnered with electronic music industry leaders to invest in groundbreaking music technology companies. He has 10 years of experience working with corporations and the private equity community as an investment banker on Wall Street and has executed over $12 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He previously worked at firms such as Morgan Stanley & Co., Perella Weinberg LP and Jefferies LLC. Rishi currently serves on the Board of Lynq Technologies & Rap Tech Studios and received his undergraduate degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Plus Eight Equity Partners

Rishi Patel
Rory Bernard

Rory Bernard is CEO of Synchtank, the SaaS platform for licensing and managing entertainment assets, intellectual property rights and associated metadata. With a background in Computer Science, Rory built the UK’s largest independent technical web development company through a mixture of organic and acquisition with clients such as Time, Formula 1, Unilever and more. Following the successful exit of the business he has been heavily involved in technology start-ups before taking on the role of CEO at Synchtank after starting in the company as an early investor and non-exec. Today he is deeply involved in the strategic development of the company and spends a lot of time hands on with a wide range of music and media clients helping to develop their technology strategy.

CEO, Synchtank

Rory Bernard
Seth Schachner

Seth Schachner is Managing Director of Strat Americas, a Los Angeles-based consultancy that provides strategic guidance and helps clients with media and technology partnerships. Strat Americas has worked with clients in digital and social music, virtual reality, live entertainment, artificial intelligence, and enterprise software. Seth is an experienced business development executive who spent eleven years with Sony Music, where he held senior digital leadership roles in Latin America and for Sony’s Jive Records label in North America. Previously, Schachner held business development roles with Microsoft, Liberty Media, Viacom, and Universal Music, and AOL.

Managing Director, Strat Americas

Seth Schachner
Taishi Fukuyama

Taishi Fukuyama has a diverse career in music and tech, from consulting the business and strategy of various industry leading technology companies such as The Echo Nest, launching the first Music Hack Day in Asia in Tokyo 2014, becoming the first Red Bull Soundclash champion in Japan and producing the music of chart topping Japanese and Korean artists. With a unique mixed experience as a performing artist, record producer and technologist, Taishi continues to provide insights to industry media and conferences and currently is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Amadeus Code, an artificial intelligence powered songwriting assistant and Chief Marketing Officer of Qrates, the world’s first vinyl crowdfunding marketplace.

Co-founder and COO, Amadeus Code

Taishi Fukuyama
Vickie Nauman

Vickie Nauman specializes in the intersection of technology and music, product/device integration, and international business development. She founded the boutique consulting and advisory firm CrossBorderWorks and is busy with an ambitious portfolio of forward-thinking companies in tech, consumer electronics, finance and music. A digital music pioneer, Nauman worked on licensing and product for one of the first legal digital services MusicNet (RealNetworks JV), led strategic partnerships for connected device company Sonos, started and ran the US business for global music platform 7digital, and did digital music business in Europe and China as a consultant. She built one of the first DMCA-compliant services at taste-making Seattle station KEXP and has an MBA through the London School of Economics, NYU-Stern, and HEC-Paris, in the executive program TRIUM. She is an advisor to UCLA’s Music Innovation Program and SXSW.

Founder, CrossBorderWork

Vickie Nauman
Zach Katz

Zach Katz is CEO of first-of-its-kind technology & music investment group, Raised In Space Enterprises. Katz leads a team of seasoned tech and music experts who are determined to raise the value of music through investing into tech-based solutions for the music industry. Raised In Space fosters proactive collaborations between the traditional music industry and the next generation of transformational tech companies. Prior to Raised In Space, Katz was the President, repertoire and marketing, of BMG US.

CEO, Raised In Space Enterprises

Zach Katz