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The Judges 

Pitch Competition 2024 

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Mike Butera 


Dr. Mike Butera is the founder of Artiphon, a music tech company designing smart instruments that anyone can play.

 

Mike received his Ph.D. in Sound Studies from Virginia Tech and was a professor of Sociology and Philosophy for 6 years. Prior to founding Artiphon, Mike co-founded a consumer electronics product design firm, toured as a Nashville-based musician, and was a public speaker in music & technology.

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Dave Chaimson

Dave Chaimson has a 35-year background as a distinguished sales and marketing executive. He has spent the last few as President of Full Compass Systems, a leading national distributor of professional audio, video, lighting, and backline gear that markets to the live sound and entertainment industries.

Previously, Dave worked as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the Experimental Aircraft Association, where he headed up partner relationships with companies like Boeing, Airbus, GoPro, Cirrus, and Textron.

Dave was also instrumental in evaluating several venture capital initiatives as an advisor to AeroInnovate, a first-of-its-kind business aviation accelerator in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, that focused on the development of innovative technologies in the aerospace industries, several of which have gone on to market release.

Dave has formerly overseen global marketing for SONY Creative Software (fka Sonic Foundry software, a Madison, WI startup), a division of Sony Electronics. There, he helped lead the conception, development, and marketing of some of the earliest applications for pc-based audio editing, music creation, video editing, and multitrack production; industry-standard names like Sound Forge, ACID, Vegas Pro, and other ground-breaking technologies that are now distributed by Magix, worldwide.

While at Sonic Foundry/SONY, Dave was instrumental in helping establish strong marketing relationships with Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and other international interests, along with creating partnerships with a variety of artists and organizations, including Sony Pictures, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Franklin, and Steve Ferrone, among many others, whose talents helped create some of the best sample and sound effects libraries at the time.

As a musician, author, and playwright, Dave is interested in helping discover, nurture, and market new accessible products in the music and multimedia spaces. He knows it’s not always what’s on the stage that makes the difference. He enjoys discovering new forms of connectivity with audiences by widening the range of collaborative initiatives with performers, engineers, and inventors and introducing new breakthrough products to musically minded people worldwide.

Dave’s incredibly excited to be part of Triple G Ventures’ search for what’s next: new products that push the boundaries of creative representation, no matter what aspect of the musical ecosystem it pertains to. Ultimately, the discovery and adoption of new technologies in the music industry empower musicians, enhance their creative capabilities, and pave the way for new and exciting forms of musical expression.

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Jonathan Wyner

Experienced leader and subject matter expert: Director of Education at iZotope inc. Participating in product development consultation and design strategies, supporting inbound marketing efforts with creation of educational and training assets public and inward facing. Blogger and Web-series host and moderator on topics related to music and audio production.


Conceived, directed and implemented technical facility design for iZotope to serve product development, competitive testing and creation of marketing assets. Developing and delivering presentations for domestic and international audiences about new audio technologies, audio signal processing, audio mixing, mastering and production.  Facile in most musical idioms, credits from many major artists. Focused on effective and compelling depictions of artistic intent, experienced in immersive audio production.

 

Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Writer and editorial in media and audio production issues and techniques. Technical writing and QA.  Literate in the arts with exceptional facility with musical genres and assembling teams well suited to any production task. Past President AES, and founder of the technical committee on AI/ML in audio.

Scott Page

Scott Page is a musician, technologist, entrepreneur. He is widely recognized in rock circles as the saxophonist/guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. 

 

Today Page is an active participant in the Web3 ecosystem. A blockchain evangelist who’s  involved in various crypto ventures and co-founder of Loot8 a decentralized experience platform focused on the relationship economy. He is an active speaker in the space, often describing a world beneficially influenced by decentralized technology that drives the power back to the people.

 

 

Page also co-founded 7th Level, Inc., an award-winning CD-ROM game and educational software company. At 7th Level he co-produced and co-directed Tuneland, the world’s first interactive musical cartoon starring Howie Mandel, as well as the globally lauded Monty Python interactive series. Page also served as an instrumental developer of QD7, an interactive multimedia joint venture between Quincy Jones, David Salzman, and 7th level. 

 

In addition, Page co-founded social media and collaborative communications enterprise, New Media Broadcasting Company, whose clients include, Will Smith, Monty Python, Toto, and the Institute for Systems Biology.

 

Page frequently serves as a guest lecturer and panelist at numerous new media conferences and university symposia. He was also a featured guest mentor on over 150 of the weekly syndicated radio show Business Rockstars, hosted by Ken Rutkowski.

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Richard Wear

Richard is CEO and founder of global executive search firm Interfacio, who specialize in the media technology sector, based in London and founded in 2002. Richard held previous roles as a Director and General Manager of Celestion, where he worked through the emerging transition from analog to digital modelling in the guitar amp market, and was global product lead for Fostex Corporation of Japan where he spearheaded the development and introduction of a number of ground-breaking digital audio products for the location sound, broadcast and post-production markets.

Richard graduated from Warwick University, England in 1986 with a BSc Hons in Engineering Science. As a musician with a strong interest in music recording and production he pursued a career in sales and marketing in the professional audio business, initially selling high value and cutting-edge audio and production technology to recording and post-production studios, broadcasters and the location sound industry. During this time Richard worked closely in a product management role with engineering teams in Japan, the United States and United Kingdom and led sales, marketing and distribution activities worldwide.

Through his work building and managing the Interfacio business, Richard is continuously engaged with a wide variety of industry leading brands and manufacturers across the broadcast, music, lighting, professional and consumer audio sectors as they advance their strategic product development, marketing and global sales objectives. He continuously works with businesses, both early stage and larger mature companies as they bring new technology and products to market and has a deep understanding of the various factors which make the difference between success and failure across, sales, marketing, engineering and manufacturing, and most important of all people!

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Jordan Rudess

Renowned as the "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, Jordan Rudess stands out as the extraordinary keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist for the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band, Dream Theater.

 

Embarking on his musical journey as a classical prodigy, Jordan initiated his studies at the illustrious Juilliard School of Music at the age of 9, laying the foundation for a career marked by a distinctive fusion of classical and rock influences.

 

Beyond his role in Dream Theater and the power group, Liquid Tension Experiment, Jordan's musical prowess has resonated across a diverse spectrum of collaborations. From Deep Purple and David Bowie to Steven Wilson and Jan Hammer, he has left an indelible mark on the industry. Notable projects such as LMR (his side venture with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman), Steven Wilson’s Blackfield, guest appearances with Deep Purple and the Dixie Dregs and collaborations with artists like Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, and many others, underscore the breadth of his musical reach.

 

Venturing into the realm of cutting-edge technology, Jordan has emerged as a pioneer with a focus on state-of-the-art keyboard controllers and music apps. As the owner of the highly successful iOS app development company, Wizdom Music, he has spearheaded the creation of award-winning apps, including GeoShred, MorphWiz, SampleWiz, Vythm, Polywave, Jam with Jordan and SampleWiz 2. GeoShred, Wizdom Music's latest triumph, was a collaborative effort with moForte, founding members of Stanford University's Sondius team.

 

Rudess is currently working on an AI interactive project as Visiting Artist Lab at MIT’s Media Lab in the Responsive Environments group. Jordan previously held the position of artist-in-residence at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). With a global following, musicians worldwide seek inspiration from Jordan Rudess through his Patreon community which offers a comprehensive range of live events and materials encompassing harmony, rhythm, improvisation, ear training, and technique.

 

In addition to his musical achievements, Jordan has graced prestigious tech events as a keynote speaker, including MacWorld, Microsoft Build Developer Convention, and Project BBQ. Furthermore, his authorship extends beyond music, with two keyboard technique books to his credit, including the latest, "Total Keyboard Wizardry: A Technique and Improvisation Workbook." 

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