Following a hard-fought battle full of dramatic twists and turns, the Music Modernization Act was signed into law on Oct 11th and roundly celeberated by major stakeholders. Well-earned as the celebrations were, some have argued that the job of modernizing the music business has only just begun. While the reference is to substantial policy and procedural changes, anyone familiar with the inner workings of the industry’s technology infrastructure would also be compelled to agree.
I’ve kicked off a new project, On Software. It’s a weekly newsletter that looks at the state of the art in building and growing software-centric products and companies. Focused, short and sweet.
On May 12th, I delivered the keynote for the Music Business Association’s Music Startup Academy at Music Biz 2015 in Nashville. My talk was on the critical importance of startups understanding their customers and markets before building product.
The music industry is full of fear. Fear of customers as thieves, fear of technology run amok, fear of loss of control. But for the music industry to do more than just survive, fear cannot be the answer.