Slacker is the most complete music service on Earth. The company delivers free and subscription-based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations, plus news, sports and talk, on the web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems and consumer electronics platforms. By blending cutting-edge analytics with a team of expert music curators and content programmers, Slacker delivers a seamless music discovery experience and uniquely personalized entertainment. Slacker was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Palo Alto, CA and New York City.
Since joining Slacker in 2006, Jim has been instrumental in the company's success by not only driving the team internally, but also being a key driver in securing many of the core strategic relationships.
Prior to Joining Slacker, Jim led two startups to annual revenues of more than $100 million and successfully led established, publicly-held companies. Jim's strong resume in consumer electronics includes President of Rio Digital Audio, a digital music industry pioneer whose core technology has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Important Developments by the Consumer Electronics Association. While at Rio, Jim grew sales from zero to over $150 million in a three-year period, before selling the company to SONICblue.
Jim's honors include a “Silver Anvil Award” from the Public Relations Society of America for best consumer products marketing campaign for Rio Digital Audio and over 150 best product awards throughout his career.
Beau brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and Initial Public Offerings to Slacker. Beau was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Turbine, Inc., one of the largest privately held online gaming studios in North America. Turbine is responsible for some of the world's most popular and award winning online games and was sold to Warner Bros., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc., in April 2010.
Prior to Turbine, Beau was Chief Financial Officer at Optasite, Inc., a start-up cell tower owner/operator that he helped grow to over 500 sites, culminating in the sale of the Company to SBA Communications in September 2008 for $430 million. He was also Chief Financial Officer of Clearwire Technologies, Inc., a broadband wireless access provider backed by Goldman Sachs. Beau led the sale of Clearwire to Craig McCaw in 2004. Beau also served various finance and accounting roles at Marcus Cable Company. With over 1.1 million subscribers, Marcus Cable was the largest privately held cable television operator in the United States leading up to its sale to Paul Allen for $3 billion in 1998. Beau received a Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude from Texas A&M University.
Brad heads up the Engineering and IT organizations at Slacker.
Brad was part of the original team to start up Slacker in April, 2006. He has been instrumental in building the team and technology behind Slacker's music services. Prior to Slacker, Brad served as the Director of Music Services Infrastructure at Yahoo! Music. Brad joined Yahoo! through its acquisition of Musicmatch for $160 million in 2004. At Musicmatch, Brad led the backend and webservices teams that developed personalized Internet Radio, On Demand Streaming, and a la carte download sales years before Pandora and Spotify. Prior to Musicmatch, Brad pioneered machine learning techniques for optimizing banner ad selection and search marketing at HNC Internet Solutions (now FICO). Brad holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from UCSD.
Steve Cotter oversees business development and distribution efforts for Slacker, including partnerships with carriers, automotive manufacturers and consumer electronics companies.
Steve has extensive experience in sales and business development with commercial and consumer technology companies. Most recently Steve was Senior Vice President of OEM Sales, Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Altec Lansing. Steve was a member of the turnaround team responsible for expanding Altec's business model from a PC audio company to a leading Consumer Electronics accessory brand in the PC and mp3 accessory market and the sale of Altec Lansing to Plantronics, Inc. in 2005.
Prior to Altec Lansing Steve was Vice President of Sales with frontpath, a SONICblue company, and VP Strategic Account positions in SONICblue and Diamond Multimedia. Steve started his career in various engineering and sales roles in the Disk Drive industry. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University.
As Senior VP of Strategic Development, Jack leads the company's content development and monetization efforts.
Jack is a digital music industry veteran. Over the last ten years, he has successfully built digital music experiences for Warner Brothers Records, CDNOW, and AOL. At Warner Brothers, Jack was responsible for all aspects of the strategic development, profitability, and execution of the company's digital strategy and digital revenue operations. Prior to Warner Bros, Jack led content creation and programming at AOL Music and developed CDNOW's first efforts in ad-supported digital media.
As an established commentator and thinker in the digital space, Jack has been profiled by CNN, NPR, Fox News, The Today Show, Business Week, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Reuters, The Huffington Post and USA Today.
John serves as Chief Product Officer at Slacker and leads design and development of the company's digital music service across the Web, smartphones, tablets, cars and consumer electronics devices.
John joins Slacker from ElasticPath, where he was vice president of client solutions, leading the implementation of the company's e-commerce platform for many of the world's biggest brands. Previously he served in a number of executive roles at EA, including leading e-commerce platform development for the company's Origin digital download service, and as the General Manager of EA China. Earlier in his career, Hayase served as a senior engineer at Boeing, designing life support systems for the International Space Station.
As Senior VP of Strategic Partnership Operations, Lisa leads the implementation of content and distribution partnerships at Slacker.
Lisa joins Slacker from AOL where she served as General Manager of the AOL Music Network and AOL Radio, where she ran day-to-day business operations, product and audience development for five music websites. At AOL Lisa also spearheaded partnerships with VEVO, CBS Radio, and Rolling Stone and oversaw the launch of the AOL Radio iPhone application, which received numerous accolades including a prestigious Apple Design Award for the Best Entertainment Application. A terrestrial radio veteran, Lisa began her career as an overnight DJ for WICB-FM and later held several positions with Saga Communications.
Lisa graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications Management.
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