How Radio is Shaping the New 'Entertain Me' Button
Thursday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
The now proven consumer demand for ‘interactive’ or ‘smart’ radio is dependent on 3 components; technology that is easy to use, content that is easy to find and a platform that is accessible anywhere. This panel will focus on how these components are evolving together. What is the hardware most capable of supplying a superior radio experience? Moreover, what programming style can truly capture and keep the attention of the global and extremely fickle mass media consumer? Join this panel of experts for a discussion on how ‘smart radio’ is mastering easy-to-use music discovery across devices, and how digital music services are offering up the elusive ‘entertain me’ button at scale.
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Walden Venture Capital
@larrymarcus is a Managing Director at San Francisco based Walden Venture Capital, Sprout Stage™ Investors, founded in the mid 70's. The firm's focus is on Digital Media and Cloud Services. He was...Show the rest
@larrymarcus is a Managing Director at San Francisco based Walden Venture Capital, Sprout Stage™ Investors, founded in the mid 70's. The firm's focus is on Digital Media and Cloud Services. He was named to the Billboard Power 100 in music and the Twitter 140 to follow. Larry was a founding investor in Pandora (NYSE: P) when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director through its IPO. He is a Director at SoundHound, (sound and voice search), Aarki (mobile performance advertising platform), BandPage (platform for bands online), Boombotix (Ultra-portable speakers), and Scientific Revenue (in-app purchase pricing optimization). Other early stage investments include Jukely (live music subscription service), Maestro, Lyricfind, Makelight, Wingz and Camio. Prior to Walden, he was an Equity Analyst at Deutche Bank Alex. Brown where he led the top performing IPOs of both 1998 and 1999 (Terayon / Marketwatch) and was the lead analyst for the initial IPO filing for Netflix, where he was also a private investor.
Larry enjoys collecting vintage dead hardware and is an actively recording and performing drummer. He has been a guest lecturer at Haas school of Business at Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard Business Schools. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon brings 25 years of executive leadership to 7digital, having led UBC Media as a public company for over a decade. After studying Drama at Manchester University, Simon joined the BBC for his i...Show the rest
Simon brings 25 years of executive leadership to 7digital, having led UBC Media as a public company for over a decade. After studying Drama at Manchester University, Simon joined the BBC for his initial training in the radio medium. He moved rapidly to commercial radio, joining Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio in 1983. In 1987, after he predicted the emergence of an independent production sector, the board of Piccadilly Radio plc asked him to setup just such an operation, PPM airwaves. The company went on to establish the market for sponsored networked programmes.
In 1989 Simon left to found The Unique Broadcasting Company which became the market leader in both the production of network radio programmes for commercial radio throughout the UK and BBC Radio. In 2000, Unique floated on the London Stock Exchange as part of UBC Media Group plc with Simon as Chief Executive. UBC Media were leaders in content production and software development for the global radio and online communities. During his time as Chief Executive for UBC Media, Simon oversaw the acquisition of several production companies in both London and Manchester and drove the Company’s move into new online platforms. He was a director for Audioboo and continues to hold a seat on the Board of Audioboom.Hide the rest