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Techstars Startup Digest - Music - Issue #4

Good Morning! There was an interesting study completed by Stanford's Graduate School of Business whic
Issue #4  •  May 21  •  view online
Startups and change makers leveraging music and music technology to curate a more creative world.
Good Morning!
There was an interesting study completed by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business which lends credit to Spotify broadening users music tastes. Because there is such a highly varied library at their access immediately, users can listen to a wide selection of music. 
An interesting use of Spotify’s API was implemented in a Janelle Monae campaign. The app wipes your playlist you select and adds her new album to it. Interesting to try if you are up for it. Note: don’t pick a playlist you enjoy. 
As part of a new feature we are introducing on a weekly basis, we will feature a bit about a startup which is either music oriented or has a music application valid for our industry. This week I wanted to offer up a startup called, Vertigo Music, which allows us to socialize a playlist with our friends. They currently only have Spotify and Apple Music for you to authenticate through but it’s an obvious use case for socializing playlist services which none of them seem to offer to users in a practical way. 
See you next week!


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ExxonMobil Robotics Pitch Competition ($60,000 + Pilot)

BBL Ventures has opened the first Reverse Robotics Pitch for ExxonMobil. Interested applicants are invited to enter the challenge by March 29th for the chance at an invitation to Houston to participate in the reverse pitch the week of April 17. The prize for the winning challengers is $60,000 and eligibility for a commercial pilot.
How Spotify Broadens Your Musical Tastes | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Will Spotify's renewed love of 'free' make labels at all uncomfortable? - Music Business Worldwide

‘A clone of Facebook’: Snapchat’s beta test of its reach and frequency tool is helping media buys - Digiday

Digital music service eMusic has been doing some soul-searching about the future of its business. “eMusic is at a crossroads. Do we stay the course and focus on a shrinking digital downloads market?“   •   Share

Janelle Monáe App Erases Every Song on Your Spotify Playlists, Adds Her New Album Instead | Pitchfork

Live Nation Entertainment has established an early-stage investment fund to help launch female-led live music businesses, the Women Nation Fund.

MyGalileoApp Competition

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Techstars Startup Digest Music is curated by:
Corey Crossfield Corey Crossfield - Music Digest Curator
Josh Ford Josh Ford
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