Marcus Taylor, founder of Venture Harbour, has compiled words of advice from 30 entrepreneurial leaders in the music industry. Here are some of our favorites.
Focus on what works now
“We are no longer subject to what was, only to what works. We can honor what came before us, but at the same time we have to be constantly aware of how fast this new generation moves. The new does not have to be scary and it’s allot less risky than it ever was. It just looks radically different than it ever did and we have to embrace that. Yesterdays fans are not coming back and so we should simply stop trying to find them.”
– Benji Rogers, CEO, Pledge Music
You don’t need investment
“If you launch a startup and think the only way to grow is by getting outside investment from venture capitalist or angel investors, you’re like a band that thinks they need to get signed by a major to have a chance at success. Focus on on building a product or service that has real value for the users and they will pay for it.”
– David Dufresne, CEO, Bandzoogle
Don’t Ask, Don’t Get
You don’t ask, you don’t get, and you don’t learn.
– Steve Rennie, Manager of Incubus, Founder of Renman Music & Business