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Music Tech Investors on Start-up Pitfalls and Successes

What does the music tech landscape look like from the investor's point of view—and what are start-ups getting wrong? Listen to the Music Tech Investor Panel, recorded at the 2019 Music Tectonics Conference, to find out.

Cherie Hu, the panel moderator, runs the music tech newsletter and podcast Water & Music, and her reporting on the music industry appears regularly in publications like Billboard, Forbes, and Music Business Worldwide.

Then meet the panel, starting with Rishi Patel of Plus Eight Equity. Rishi co-founded Plus Eight with influential members of the electronic music community John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin to fund early-stage music technology and new digital media companies.

Zach Katz is CEO of Raised In Space Enterprises, a technology & music investment group founded in 2019 in partnership between Katz, Shara Senderoff, Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings and Ripple’s Xpring.

Larry Marcus is Managing Director at Marcy Venture Partners, a consumer-focused VC Larry co-founded with JAY-Z (really!) and Jay Brown (CEO of Roc Nation). He is also a Managing Director at San Francisco-based Walden Venture Capital. He invested early in media companies that went on to become household names Pandora and Netflix.

Virginie Berger founded DBTH Capital, a fund focused on investments in Rights Tech. She is also the co-founder of We Are Music Tech (WAMT), an organization that connects people and companies in the music ecosystem.

What mistakes should start-ups avoid, in their business plans and in their pitches? What roles are artists playing in investment and product development? How do investors make decisions about which companies to fund? Should start-ups stake their claim in saturated areas of music tech like streaming and VR, or strike out in unoccupied territory? Is it more important to demonstrate profitability or growth? What special challenges face Rights Tech founders? Get answers straight from the investors.

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Listen to the full episode here on our website, or wherever you pod your favorite casts.

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The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done. Weekly episodes include interviews with music tech movers & shakers, deep dives into seismic shifts, and more.

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