Sep 18, 2017 Arttu Närhi
Denis Ladegaillerie is a veteran of the US and European New Media industries as the founder and CEO of Believe Group, a leading digital distribution service provider. He began his career as the Internet and New Media Activities Manager at Vivendi Universal. From his work bench, the first digital music service, eMusic, was developed along with the first music based networking site MP3.com.
Scott Cohen is the founder of the industry leading independent distribution and music label services corporation The Orchard in 1997, back when digital distribution definitely was not trending on early iterations of Google. Working with the music legend Richard Gottehrer, Scott has been instrumental in the rise of digital distribution and its future. Since its inception, The Orchard has grown into the largest digital distributor in the world. Before making it in the tech world, Scott made a name for himself managing artists and continues to do so even today.
Not having the two of these superstars just wasn’t an option for Slush Music. Yet what is it that connects The Orchard and Believe?
On top of being pioneers in their field, both companies have been heavily invested into. The Orchard was acquired by Sony in 2015, opening the new parent company’s massive operations to The Orchard. By developing new ways of funding music startups, they have enabled others to expand the industry as they themselves have. Also Believe has received millions in funding, and has an annual turnover exceeding US $250m. With dedication and utilizing amazing technology, Believe has brought further capital into the industry.
Digital distribution is the modern face of the music industry. Whether you stream or purchase your music in other ways, the people who maintain the networks, develop marketing strategies and create new products are the ones who make it possible for you. It goes without saying, that the superstars behind these operations will have a lot to tell about the future. We’re excited to hear what Denis and Scott have to say. Aren’t you?
Helsinki-based Yousician, the world’s leading music education company, has been on an almost decade long journey of learning about gamifying, community building, and of course, learning new instruments. CEO and co-founder Chris Thür has been leading the charge towards the company’s goal of making musicality as common as literacy, and overseen lots of change in […]
Last week, a new era for Slush Global Impact Accelerator kicked off. Slush hosted a workshop for startup hub managers – coming from five different countries – in Botswana. For the past three years, the GIA team has been running the program all the way from Finland. However, now we’ve decided to take off from […]
Day 2 at Slush Tokyo 2018 started with a bang, as IDEO Partner Tom Kelley walked into the Dome to have a Fireside Chat with Slush Tokyo CEO Antti Sonninen. The two discussed Slush and design thinking, and Tom took further questions from the audience during his Q&A session at the Slush Cafe. IDEO Partner […]
Among all the Swedish startup success stories, the story of Truecaller definitely stands out. Their app has turned the traditional phonebook into a practical call screening app, and their founder and CEO Alan Mamedi started it all at 25 years old. Being a smart man, he has taken the opportunity to learn. He now wants to share […]
After Al Gore’s phenomenal Opening Keynote Speech, Founder Stage was taken over by some of the leading names of European tech. Niklas Zennström, Brent Hoberman, David Thevenon and Sophie Bendz came together to talk about the European entrepreneurial ecosystem and the importance of daring to address the biggest problems in the world. What do the […]
The second day of Slush Music has passed bringing the entire event closer to its end – only the party remains. During this second day, we’ve had the chance to focus more on data and blockchain, future visions for the music industry and artists. Wednesday morning began with a great talk by Scott Cohen on […]
Who’s in charge here? That question has been asked all over Slush Music this year. Who’s in charge of rights? Who’s in charge of data? Who’s in charge of the industry? While these conversations are going on, it’s been reiterated constantly that the Nordics are known for community and to dismantle the traditional hierarchical structure. […]
Scott Cohen, Founder of The Orchard, says he has people come up to him all the time, saying the same thing: “The music industry is broken, but I know how to fix it.” We’ve all heard this, at least the first part. Many people seem displeased with the state of the industry today. Cohen, on […]
The first day has passed by with speed and oh boy what a kick off for the event we had at the Cable Factory! First Takomo with their drums and the lasers, the Slush Music founding team welcoming all people, and our lovely stage hosts taking care of the lighting up the audience. It was […]
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