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The Top Ten Web Music Companies of 2013

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Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in web music companies recently. The integration of social media & geolocation applications with devices, coupled with the low cost of entry thanks to the proliferation of APIs, and more licensing options available, are giving more developers the courage to enter this notoriously difficult market. Explore the music tech space with a quick-fire session on the top ten music web, social, and mobile companies.


MODERATOR Todd Tate Community Architect SF MusicTech Summit

As the Community Architect for the SF MusicTech Summit, Todd has cultivated sponsors, attendees and panelists since the inaugural Summit. Todd's full time venture is as the Product and Business Development Manager for "Avenue Live", a new mobile platform in development by Live365. Todd is a Web music tech product & business development professional, growing the business of music by building partnerships, products, and websites for bands and music brands. Todd is also on the advisory board for the SXSW Music Accelerator 2013, and the acting VP of Product and Business Development for ChatWithTheBand . Todd was also COO and co-founder of Angry Coffee, which launched the first publicly-available web-based interface to Napster and Napster-like networks as the Internet emerged as a musical force. A musician at heart, Todd studied jazz composition and arranging at San Jose State, and went on to log many hours as an audio engineer, earning an engineering credit for a Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz recording and at least one double platinum release. You can catch Todd live on-stage as a singer/songwriter with his 8-piece alt-rock ensemble with a string quartet “Life Love Misery“. Follow Todd on Twitter: @toddtate

Ethan Kaplan VP Prod Live Nation

Chris Wiltsee Dir of Business Dev BandPage

Chris Wiltsee is an entrepreneur and music industry executive who has built his career in the nexus where music, technology and community meet. Prior to joining the BandPage team, Wiltsee was Executive Director of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) San Francisco Chapter (2009-2011). In 2006, he co-founded AMP, which has developed a national resource for all-ages music venues and communities, and recently released a book titled, "In Every Town," (Sub-Pop/AK Press). In 2003, Wiltsee founded Youth Movement Records (YMR), a youth-run media company based in Oakland, Calif. Additionally, Chris has been instrumental in developing major publishing deals for songwriters, which have resulted in co-writes with prominent artists internationally. Wiltsee earned a Masters degree from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Paul Resnikoff Publisher Digital Music News

Entrepreneur In Residence FLO {thinkery}

Mark Montgomery is a pioneer in the e-commerce and business to consumer marketing space. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients, including names like Sony, Kanye West, Keith Urban, RIM/Blackberry, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Best Buy, Gnarls Barkley, Rascal Flatts, and General Motors to name a few.

Mark has been working in the web space since the early 90′s, launching his first B2C ecommerce play in early 1996. In 1999, he co-founded echo, a company focused on building communities around entertainment brands. He was the co-creator of the patented platform echotools™, a direct to consumer delivery and data management system which ultimately grew to serve millions of users and distribute hundreds of millions of pages, data feeds, and e-commerce transactions. In 2007, the company was acquired by Barry Diller’s IAC/Ticketmaster for eight figures.

A winner of multiple “Best in Business” awards, as well as “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007, Mark is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist in the US and Europe for corporate functions as well as conferences on a variety of topics.

He recently founded FLO {thinkery}, and maintains his role as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Claritas Capital, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with his EIR role, he holds several board seats in the profit and not for profit companies. In addition, he maintains a small list of consulting clients focused on overall strategy, business development, branding, and technology initiatives.