We have proposed a panel for SXSW in the Panel Picker with some great speakers I’ll be moderating. “Getting to Beta Without Getting Beat Up” will emphasize the importance of licensing strategy milestones that overlay a music-tech startup’s product development strategy milestones.
A well-executed licensing strategy is every bit as much a part of the supply chain logistics as any other element of product development, if not more important.
A buggy product can usually be fixed. Failure to execute a bespoke licensing strategy can subject the entire company to crippling and endless copyright infringement lawsuits. In fact, if you are unlicensed or insufficiently licensed, one thing is a pretty sure bet: The more successful you are, the more likely it is you’ll be sued–a proposition ripped from the headlines.
That scenario can waste the stockholders’ money, be defocusing in the extreme for management and severely damage relationships with the creative community–the life blood of any music startup.
On the other hand, “over clearing” while less costly than litigation still syphons off resources that for the most part lie fallow.
Our panel are all experienced hands in the licensing and metadata world and are themselves entrepreneurs:
- Keith Bernstein, Founder, Crunch Digital
- Rahul Rumalla, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Product, Paperchain
- Alan Graham, Co-Founder, Technical Architect, OCL
Please consider voting for our panel in the SXSW Panel Picker at this link, we’d really appreciate your support!