Quick guide to the relaunched Anchor: reinventing the radio format

You may remember Anchor: it started as a sound-based social network where users could start discussions that others could chime in on. A kind of long-form Twitter, but with voice instead of text. I remember getting involved with some discussions started by Bruce Houghton, from Hypebot, but people’s interest soon waned and many of us […]

11 startups innovating the future of music

Techstars Music just announced their first batch. A quick look at the selected startups. It feels like we’re seeing a new wave of music startups. A lot of the excitement that marked the time around 2007–2010 is back in the air, and it’s great to see an acclaimed startup accelerator like Techstars dedicating a program […]

The benefits of being an early adopter

Exploring the value of being a first mover, connecting with founders and building a profile in a nascent community. While reading through a Medium post a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon an email subscription form near the bottom of the article. I’m always thinking of how I can better convert readers to my […]

Monetizing virtual face time with fans

How the convergence of 2 trends opens up new business model opportunities for artists. When I landed in Russia to get involved with music streaming service Zvooq, my goal was to look beyond streaming. The streaming layer would be the layer that brings everything together: fans, artists, and data. We started envisioning a layer on […]

10 Lesser-Known Tools for Music Discovery

Radio, streaming services, social networks – everyone has their own way to discover new music. Meanwhile, there are dozens of entrepreneurs out there who believe they have a better way. Here are some of the best ones out there.   cmd.to fm http://cmd.to/fm How it describes itself: This is not your mothers radio. Listen awesome tunes […]

The Urgent Need for a Sustainable Music Industry – and the Innovations that Make it Possible

Every month this year has been the hottest in recorded history. Our weather is getting increasingly unpredictable, leading to more storms and floods in some areas and extreme droughts and forest fires in others. The importance of selling music, or solving problems in the music business, pales in comparison with these issues. However, these are […]

Interview: Wil Benton (Chew.tv) about building a livestreaming platform for DJs

Can Chew be to music what Twitch is to gaming? Find out what it takes to build the world’s largest video platform for DJs. Wil Benton is one of the founders of Chew, a service that lets performers create a livestream of their DJ or studio sessions. They were launched in January 2015 and signed […]