Startup Focus: Victorious
In 2015, a new breed of startups are exploring mobile apps for creators, be they musicians or the emerging wave of digital stars from services like YouTube and Vine. Victorious may be initially focused on the latter group,...
August 26, 2015
Baboom finally launches (but Kim Dotcom is missing)
Remember Baboom? It was Kim Dotcom’s music distribution service, coming on strong like a mix of SoundCloud and MySpace (or, as he put it, an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor”) that soft-launched in January 2014. A...
August 18, 2015
British startup MSTY enters the music messaging battle
The latest music messaging app hoping to take the app stores by storm is MSTY, a British startup whose app has launched for iPhone and Android smartphones today. Competing with apps like Music Messenger, Rithm and Ditty,...
August 13, 2015
Music Startup Focus: MSTY
People love music. People love messaging apps. So why wouldn’t they love music messaging apps? This, at least, is the idea being explored by a flurry of startups in 2015, all keen to become the WhatsApp of music (or, perhaps,...
August 13, 2015
Troy Carter launching Smashd Labs startup accelerator
Music manager and tech investor Troy Carter has a new venture: Smashd Labs, a startup accelerator that will mentor 5-7 entertainment-focused tech firms for 10 weeks within his Atom Factory business. Billboard reports that...
July 22, 2015
Disciple Media is the latest startup hoping to reinvent artist apps
Two trends that have been talked about a lot within the music industry recently: albums as apps, and artist-based subscription services. Startup Disciple Media has been talking about its intent to combine the two models. Co-founded...
October 9, 2014
VC Fred Wilson says startup burn rates are ‘sky high’ in the US
Venture capitalist Fred Wilson has invested in companies including SoundCloud and Turntable.fm, and has become an insightful and often deliberately-spiky observer of the technology industry. So what’s making him “grumpy”...
September 18, 2014
Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun team up for new music gamification startup
Two well-regarded figures from the US digital music industry are teaming up for a new startup, Freeform Development. Tim Quirk used to work at Rhapsody before moving to Google as head of global content programming for Google...
July 18, 2014
Sympler is the latest mobile app blending music and photos/videos
There are a number of startups currently punting creative mobile apps that mash up music with people’s own photos and videos. Sympler is the latest: an iPhone app that launched yesterday billed as “a video mixing...
July 17, 2014
Google sets aside $100m to invest in European startups
Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures, is setting up shop in Europe, with an initial $100m to invest in startups from the continent. “Our goal is simple: we want to invest in the best ideas from the best European...
July 11, 2014
Startup Adventr taking on Interlude with interactive online video platform
One of the companies we’ve been following in recent years is Israeli startup Interlude, founded by musician Yoni Bloch initially to create interactive videos for bands and brands. Lately, it’s been mutating into...
July 11, 2014
Music aggregation service Bop.fm raises $2m in new funding
Bop.fm is one of a clutch of startups trying to help people build and share playlists between the various streaming music services – see also Whyd and Songdrop. Now the company has some more money to pursue its ambitions:...
July 10, 2014