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This list showcases the top United States based CEO’ operating in the Music Streaming space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
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President & Chief Executive Officer of SoundCloud
Michael Weissman is COO at SoundCloud. Prior to this, Mike worked at Vimeo as COO since 2013.
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About SoundCloud: SoundCloud is a social sound platform where anyone can create and share sounds.
Co-Founder & CEO of StreamElements
Gil Hirsch is an angel investor. Gil has over ten years of experience in software architecture, product and general management in computer technology. Before co-founding face.com, Gil held multiple R&D, Product and Sales executive roles at Amdocs, Xacct Technologies and Telrad Networks. Gil is also the co-founder of the garage geeks community in Israel to drive non-commercial innovation activities.
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About StreamElements: StreamElements provides content creators the tools they need to engage, grow, and monetize their audiences.
Co-Founder & CEO of JioSaavn
Rishi Malhotra is Co-Founder and CEO of Saavn, India’s leading music streaming service. Rishi has led the company through significant and rapid user growth, while helping to secure partnerships with companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Shazam, T-Mobile, and Sonos. He is focused on driving the global Saavn team to deliver award-winning mobile products, big data systems for media, and industry-defining business innovation. Saavn is on track to become one of the largest streaming music companies in the world by 2017. Saavn is backed by leading institutional investors including Tiger Global, Bertelsmann Media, Liberty Media, Steadview Capital, and Mousse Partners. Previously, Rishi was VP, HBO On Demand and Multi-Platform for Home Box Office, Inc., where he pioneered HBO’s SVOD products, digital distribution, and original VOD content for many HBO franchises.
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About Media, JioSaavn: Saavn is a music streaming service for Indian, Bollywood, and International content.
Founder and CEO of Edge Music Network
Elizabeth Vargas is the founder and CEO of Edge Music Network, a premium music video streaming platform. Her career started with humble upbringings, studying Jazz Vocal and Music Theory at Cornish College of the Arts, then attending Bellevue University to study International Business and Media Technology. Elizabethâ€™s passion for music and business is only overshadowed by an overwhelming urge to help and give back to people in need. The intersection between the power of music and technology is how Edge Music Network was born. With philanthropy in Edge Music Networkâ€™s DNA, she set out to build a technology platform to bring people together with the power of musicâ€”where a percentage of a userâ€™s subscription is donated to a worthy charity. (Natural Disaster Relief Funds, Veterans Funds, Music in Schools) Elizabethâ€™s experience in the music industry has paved the way for Edge Music Network to acquire the content libraries of some of the largest music publishers in the world. She has a strong working knowledge in content licensing and distribution. In addition, Elizabeth has architected and brokered digital rights agreements between content creators and publishers to ensure equitable revenue share and royalty distribution. She has worked with industry leaders to fight for fair compensation structures to keep the music alive. The Edge Music app connects the artist to the fan using a digital syndication model. Edge Music rewards viewers for watching live and on-demand music videos, concerts, and events. Fans earn points for viewing, sharing, liking content and gain access to exclusive events, merchandise, and offers. Music videos are back, Edge Music is here to bring you the top artists, emerging indie artists, and a variety of classic videos with new content added daily. Coming soon, you will be able to redeem the points you earn for exclusive rewards including memorabilia, concert tickets, festival passes, and more.
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About Edge Music Network: Edge Music is a new music video platform that rewards you for watching your favorite music videos!
Co-founder and CEO of 8Stem
Adam Farish is a musician, producer, sound engineer, and tech entrepreneur. Before designing the 8Stem format and platform, Adam was the co-founder of SmartAmerica Home Automation. He was also a nationally touring EDM DJ with two albums, multiple EPs and several 12” singles to his credit. Adam was also co-owner (with his wife) of the Outlook Inn on Orcas Island.
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About 8Stem, ToneBirds: 8Stem allows smartphone users to practice the power of a sound engineer and DJ artist.
Founder & CEO of Artist Republik
Nick Cianfaglione people know as Nicholas Cianfaglione is an Entrepreneur, the Founder, and Chief Executive Officer at Artist Republik. Nick Cianfaglione was born on October 5, 1998, in Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
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About Artist Republik: Artist Republik is a music business networking that allows independent music artists from around the world to take control.
CEO of Chromatic FM
Sam Tarantino is the founder and CEO of social radio service Chromatic FM. He formerly was the founder and CEO of streaming music pioneer Grooveshark and currently lives in Denver, Colorado working on innovating the radio business. He is a 20 year musician specializing in keyboards, guitar, & drums as well as an avid outdoorsman specializing in skiing, mountaineering, trail running and climbing.
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About Chromatic FM: Human Powered Radio
CEO & Founder of Feed Media Group
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About Feed Media Group, Fuzz: Feed Media Group is for businesses that need licensed popular music to create engaging customer experiences.
CEO and Co-Founder of Gimme Radio
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About Gimme Radio: Gimme Radio is a digital music platform designed for passionate music fans.
Founder & CEO of HAAWK
Ryan Born is the Founder & CEO of HAAWK, Inc. a VC backed digital rights management and copyright administration agency specializing in YouTube and Facebook/Instagram rights management and digital distribution services. He started his career in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Assurance and Business Advisory Services Practice where he gained experience in an array of industries. Ryan later transferred to New York City to broaden his experience in the firm’s Tax and Legal Services division. After PwC, he served as VP of Finance and Financial Controller at WireImage.com during which time the Company was acquired by Getty Images for $208 million. After WireImage, he angel invested in Internet Marketing Inc. and NewCondosOnline.com, the largest one-stop resource for finding and comparing new condo developments, where he also served as CFO. In 2007, he relocated to Los Angeles and founded AudioMicro, Inc, which operates a network of digital content licensing marketplaces, each targeted at a specific vertical — celebrity photos (ImageCollect), stock music & sound effects (AudioMicro), and YouTube monetization (AdRev). In 2015, the Zealot Networks acquired a majority of the company for over $20M. Prior to Zealot’s acquisition, the Company was backed by DFJ Frontier, part of the largest VC network in the world with over $7B under management, and Fotolia LLC, a leading stock photo marketplace with over 12 million images which itself was acquired by Adobe in 2014 for $800M. Ryan graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an undergraduate degree in Accounting/Marketing & Art history and a Studio Art minor from Emory University. In addition, he possesses a Masters of Accounting Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds an active CPA license with the State Board of Accountancy of his home state, Tennessee, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).
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About AudioMicro, HAAWK: HAAWK polices, administers, distributes, & licenses content to UGC video sites on behalf of copyright holders.
Chief Executive Officer of MediaTech Ventures
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About Cleantech Open, DivInc, GroupCharger, MediaTech Ventures, MediaTech Ventures, SEO’Brien, Texas Venture Growth Fund: Venture development group, employing a proprietary framework connecting capital and advancing opportunities in modern media.
CEO & Co-Founder ,Recording Artist of Stationhead
Ryan Star is the CEO & Co-Founder ,Recording Artist at STATIONHEAD.
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About Stationhead, Stationhead: A social radio platform for hosts, listeners, and friends to connect with music streaming and live talk.
Founder, CEO of Bopdrop
Matthew Krause is the Founder and CEO at Bopdrop.
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About Bopdrop: Bopdrop is an application that makes it easy to share music.
Founder & CEO of Craft Music
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About Craft Music: Craft Music is a social media app, pocket studio, and peer-to-peer marketplace launching in 2019.
CEO & Founder of Mach1
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About Department of Records, Mach1, Q Department, ThumbScribes: Defenders of the Audio Realm. Unifying multichannel & spatial audio, preserving standards & best practices & future proofing future pipeline
Co – Founder & CEO of FITE
Serial entrepreneur – built several software companies from scratch. Ran a professional services company in the mobile software space for customers such as IBM, Samsung, Procter & Gamble and Ogilvy. Previously: CTO of TTS; Software Engineer at IBM. Education: Technical University of Sofia (Computer Science); UNWE (Macroeconomics). Two exits, one IPO at BSE.
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About FITE: FITE is a direct-to-consumer digital live sports streaming service for sports and entertainment.
CEO of Dacast
work with fantastic teams to build and grow companies!
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About Dacast: Dacast offers API-based and easy-to-use streaming solutions to host, manage, monetize and deliver OTT video worldwide.
Andrew P. Mooney
CEO of Fender
Andy Mooney was named chairman of Disney Consumer Products in May, 2003, after having served as its president since joining The Walt Disney Company in January, 2000. Mooney oversees the worldwide day-to-day operations of Disney Consumer Products, which extends the rich Disney entertainment experience to a broad selection of merchandise ranging from toys, apparel, home dÃ©cor and books to interactive games, food and beverages, electronics and fine art. This is accomplished through several business lines: Disney Toys, Disney Softlines, Disney Hardlines, Disney Publishing, Buena Vista Games, Baby Einstein and The Disney Store. Under Mooney’s management, Disney Consumer Products’ business has turned around through a variety of initiatives. He and his team have strengthened the Disney brand at the retail level, encouraged product innovation in the licensing business, and developed strong relationships with many of the world’s largest and most trusted retailers. Mooney spent 20-years with Nike, Inc., originally joining the company’s United Kingdom division as chief financial officer. He transitioned to marketing in 1982, holding several senior positions before becoming chief marketing officer for Nike in the United States in 1994. Immediately prior to joining Disney, Mooney was chief marketing officer and head of Nike’s $3 billion Global Apparel organization with additional responsibilities for worldwide marketing strategies for the Nike and Jordan brands. He led the reorganization of Nike’s brand marketing activities and introduced new advertising strategies. A native of Whitburn, Scotland, Mooney holds an Accounting Certificate in the United Kingdom.
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About Fender, The Walt Disney Company: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) manufactures guitars, basses, amplifiers, and other related equipment.
CEO & Co-Founder of LÜM
Max Fergus is the CEO & Co-Founder at Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM).
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About LÜM, LÜM: We’re creating a digital community of artists and their NFT collectibles that give fans an all-access pass to owning their fandom
Interim CEO of MUMO
Jon Kraft is the President at Wine Chips, Inc.
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About Dials, LiftOff, Thrively, Wine Chips: MUMO is a social network that creates intimate connections through music.
Mary Kay Huse
Co-Founder and CEO of Mandolin
Mary Kay Huse is the Co-Founder and CEO at Mandolin.
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About Mandolin: Mandolin is a digital platform designed to help artists, venues, and fans connect through live music.
CEO of Merlin
Jeremy Sirota was appointed Merlin’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2020, joining from Facebook’s Music Team where he led efforts to license and acquire recorded music rights from independent record labels and distributors around the world, thereby enabling innovative social music features across Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger. Sirota previously held a number of senior positions at Warner Music Group (WMG), culminating in his appointment as SVP and Head of Business & Legal Affairs for both Warner-Elektra-Atlantic (WEA), Warner’s artist and label services division, and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), Warner’s indie distribution arm. In his role at ADA, Sirota helped deliver some of the largest distribution deals in the company’s history and built longstanding relationships throughout the global independent music sector – working directly with ADA’s roster of label partners, including Beggars Group, BMG, Dim Mak, Domino, Dualtone, Epitaph, Merge, Nettwerk, Partisan, Polyvinyl, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy and Triple Crown. A vocal advocate of emerging technologies and independent music, Sirota’s remit also included support for Asylum Records, and helping to establish Level Music, WMG’s distribution platform for self-releasing artists. Prior to his work at Facebook and WMG, Sirota was an Associate at Morrison & Forster, LLP, New York, in their Technology Transactions Group. He is currently a mentor to the TechStars Music Accelerator Program.
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About Merlin: The independent’s digital music licensing partner
CEO and Founder of Raaga.com
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About Raaga.com, Vaarta – Where India Talks: Raaga is a world of music. Discover and share music with millions of music fans. Discover new music. Connect with Friends. Share playlists.
Founder | CEO of Trubify
Founder | CEO | Entrepreneur | Investor | Advisor
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About Blast, Trubify: Trubify is an award-winning, disruptive live music streaming technology platform that offers innovative revenue streams and artist services
CEO of OnRad
Michael Robertson joined OnRad.io as CEO in 2015.Michael Robertson is an accomplished technology entrepreneur with a consistent track record of identifying trends often in disruptive sectors, building companies, and leading them to profitability and acquisition. Over his career he has raised more than 100 million U.S. dollars in private capital and orchestrated transactions with a combined value of nearly a billion dollars. His technical and operational expertise has spanned industries as diverse as digital music, VoIP, and Linux with notable companies including MP3.com, Linspire, and Gizmo5. In 1997, Michael Robertson founded the digital music company MP3.com. This company brought online music to the mainstream by gathering a large collection of digital music and introducing it to millions of consumers. As CEO and Chairman Michael Robertson raised venture capital from top tier venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Idealab and took the company public in July 1999 on NASDAQ with one of the largest internet IPOs of all time.
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About DAR.fm, OnRad, Squawk-IT: OnRad.io searches all freely available online stations broadcasting in AAC or MP3.
Founder & CEO of DownBeats
Derin Alemli is a previous Founder & CEO at DownBeats and Square Roots Kitchen, currently focused on changing the future of meat at New Age Meats.
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About DownBeats, New Age Meats: DownBeats are high quality silicon sound filters.
Founder/CEO of MusicMind
David Samuel is the founder and CEO of MusicMind, an AI powered social music platform that provides brands and artists with content distribution services. Formerly, David worked as mobile application tester at Driftt. David attained a master’s degree in data science at Southern Methodist University and a degree in civil and environmental engineering at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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About Crypton, MusicMind: MusicMind is a social music platform with embedded augmented reality that provides brands and artists with content distribution services.
CEO & President of Streann Media
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About Streann Media: The most innovative & interactive, All-In-One, Video & Audio OTT streaming platform in the world for content providers!
Founder and CEO of More Bass
Founder and CEO of More Bass Inc.
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About More Bass, Sole Images, Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial: More Bass is a social music platform built on AI framework and designed for artists and fans to listen, interact, promote and discover.
CEO, Founder of Concert.Expert
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About Concert.Expert: Concert.Expert is an automatic event promotion tool for live music venues.
CEO and Founder of THE.LAND
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About THE.LAND: Where influencers and brands collaborate & monetize together.
CEO of KrossKast
Radio/TV Host | Singer/Songwriter | Music Executive | Entrepreneur. Radio/TV Host: PhiLL launched his radio career at thirteen years old as an on-air personality at WSPK-FM. Today you’ll hear PhiLL broadcasting as an On-Air Radio Personality & DJ for the largest Pop radio station in America, Z100FM-(WHTZ) located in NYC, nationally on SiriusXM channel 12 and worldwide on iHeartRadio, reaching approximately 15 million people. As a TV Host, PhiLL has hosted national shows on Fuse TV, the CW, and iHeart. He has also emceed sold out concert arenas at Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, Roseland Ballroom, Nassau Coliseum, Jones Beach, The IZOD Center, and PNC Bank Arts Center, to mention a few. https://z100.iheart.com/featured/phill-kross Singer/Songwriter: PhiLL is currently signed to BMG/Primary Wave Publishing, one of the largest music publishing companies in the world. As a songwriter, PhiLL has had a record go #1 in 3 countries with the K-Pop Group, “Myname”. PhiLL’s catalog includes hit songs from today’s biggest producers, such as RedOne, Chris Rojas, KNS, Damon Sharpe, Lil Eddie, DeeKay, Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg, Rich Keller, and more. Music Executive: At seventeen years old, PhiLL worked at Arista Records under L.A. Reid and Jive Records under Barry Weiss with Memphitz in the A&R Department and was instrumental in the success of projects such as T-Pain, J-Kwon, and Asia Cruise. Entrepreneur: PhiLL is the CEO of The Kross Group, an international multi-media venture capital conglomerate company and the parent company to all Kross Companies. The Kross Group respectively focuses in entertainment and media. PhiLL and Kross Entertainment, have performed at private events across the country from NYC’s Time Square to LA’s Hollywood for prestigious media and entertainment companies, including iHeartMEDIA, NBC, CNBC, HBO, Universal Music Group, Republic Records, Capitol Records, Motown, Def Jam, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Microsoft, New York Jets, New York Sports Club, Aeropostale, American Eagle, H&M, Wet Seal, TGI Friday’s, Dave & Buster’s, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Trump National, and US Army. http://www.thekrossgroup.com
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About KrossKast: Music Service For Businesses
CEO of Verb Music
Entrepreneur, Programmer, & Trader trying to build on his love of Music
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About Verb Music: Verb Music is a music streaming platform that allows its users stream music anywhere.
CEO of Mediastream
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About Mediastream: Desde el 2007 especialistas en streaming, una empresa integral desde la captura, distribución, diseño de interfaz y experiencia de usuario.
Founder and CEO of EarBuds Music
Jason Fox is the Founder and CEO of EarBuds.
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About EarBuds Music: EarBuds Music is a social music app that offers friends a way to connect and create shared moments.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Zimute Media
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About Zimute Media: Zimute is a music streaming service made for independent music artists. Share new sounds and playlists to the world Today.
CEO of Producers Forum
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About Producers Forum, Producers Forum: Producers Forum is a resource for music producers, musicians, music artists, engineers, songwriters and music executives.
Chairman & CEO of StationDigital Corporation
Mr. Rossi has enjoyed a long career in the Technical Industry as an Engineer, Entrepreneur, Executive, and Author since graduating Florida State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Business. He has been an entrepreneur, first as an independent consultant and a trainer, then as CEO of CCPrep.com and Qoncert. During his time as CEO of CCPrep.com, he negotiated and closed the sale of CCPrep.com to Earthweb Incorporated for 3.25 million. He also authored several books revolving around Cisco Certification and LAN Switching. In 2003 he closed the re-purchase of the company from Dice Inc. (Earthweb’s new name) and formed sister company Qoncert, an IT Integration firm. While CEO of Qoncert, Mr. Rossi began a wildly successful sports marketing program that saw the company grow its revenues 100% year over year from 2008 – 2012. In 2013, Mr. Rossi broke the company into pieces and sold Qoncert to GreenPages Technology Solutions, th eir hosted voice product to Infrastructure Management Solutions of Tampa, and CCPrep.com to Fastlane Training of the US.
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About StationDigital Corporation: StationDigital is a free music streaming, live station and recommendation service.
Founder & CEO of ecoustics.com
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About ecoustics.com: Award-winning online magazine covering everything hi-fi and home theater since 1999.
CEO of indyMob
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About indyMob: indyMob offers musicians and authors with a content discovery platform and digital marketing solutions.