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Monday, May 16 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Starting Up In Music Tech: The Agony & The Ecstasy

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This panel will explore the promise and the reality of building and growing a startup in music tech – the good, the bad and the ugly. We'll cover topics such as moving from idea to business model, from business model to customer discovery, to product development, to business creation and growth.  Across this spectrum, we'll discuss the opportunities and challenges of innovation in the music industry, forming partnerships with majors, tackling the tough problems of licensing, data sharing and the like. The goal is to present a complete picture, warts and all, informing attending entrepreneurs and industry players, alike, with information that helps us all build a more vibrant, viable music tech startup community. In addition to the industry-specific matters noted above, we'll also look at how to solve the pressing problems of bootstrapping versus raising capital, developing the right product for the right market, acquiring first customers and scaling.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

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Shawn Yeager

Partner, Back Porch Group
Shawn Yeager is a Partner with music tech venture-builder, Back Porch Group (BPG), and Co-Founder of Endorsee. At BPG, he leads customer and business development for their portfolio companies, and consults to startup and enterprise clients on business model design, product strategy, customer acquisition and growth. Previously, Yeager founded and led a management consulting firm whose clients ranged from indie game developers to multi-billion... Read More →

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Michael Amburgey

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Michael Amburgey is CEO and Co-Founder of hiVolume Media Company and leads the company's flagship product karaoQ, a new, modernized, digital way to enhance any karaoke experience for venues across the U.S. and, eventually, the world. Amburgey’s passion for music stems from a long family history in the music industry starting with his great aunts who composed the first all-female Bluegrass/Gospel string band called The Sunshine Sisters and... Read More →
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Stephen Davis

Founder & CEO, ear.IQ
Stephen Davis is Co-Founder of Ear.IQ, a patent pending mobile app that improves audio quality for streaming music and MP3s. Once installed, the app guides the listener through a simplified hearing test and then applies a correction algorithm to the music in real time that "maps" the audio signal to the listener's unique hearing. The result is a substantially improved listening experience customized to each individual. Davis has over 17 years... Read More →
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Chris McMurtry

Founder & CEO, Dart Music
Chris McMurtry is the Founder and CEO of Dart Music, Inc., the first automated distribution platform built specifically to handle the complex music metadata of genres such as Classical. As an independent musician, composer, Classical label president and former Apple technologist, McMurtry spend extensive time researching the distribution challenges of independent Classical musicians. When he did not find a “fair to the artist&rdquo... Read More →
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Channing Moreland

Founder & CEO, EVAmore
Channing Moreland grew up in Boston and made her way to Nashville to complete a degree in Entrepreneurship and Songwriting. She will graduate Belmont University in May of 2016. During her time in school, she launched EVAmore with her business partner Makenzie Stokel. They were awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the NEXT Awards in 2015 and Startup of the Year at the VCIC in early 2016. Channing plans to go full-time with EVAmore after... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm
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