Lecture

SXSW V2V: What Rockers Can Teach Startups

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 1:45 p.m.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV
United States
89109

What does it take to launch a great startup? The common answers tend to be a great business plan, a cool idea, flawless execution by the founders, and access to vast amounts of capital. But is that really the case?

This panel, presented by the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) will challenge these assumptions. Though many assume that successful entrepreneurship is about good planning, thoughtful analysis, and flawless execution (all left brain disciplines), most accomplished entrepreneurs say their approach closer resembles musical improvisation.  A person starts with a general concept but begins creating by using available "ingredients;" trial and error; attentive and persistent listening; evaluating; iterating; and just as importantly, gut feel (right brain activities). More support for this idea is underscored by the fact that many successful founders—such as ones from Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Fenway Sports Group, Kayak, Groupon, and Silver Lake Partners—are musicians.

Combining musical performance, workshop, and discussion, this interactive panel will draw parallels between musical creation and startup founding in unexpected ways. Can skills often associated with musicianship and creativity, such as listening, collaborating, synthesizing and improvising really boost the odds of success for entrepreneurs?

Panelists 

  • Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director, BerkleeICE
  • Ken Zolot, Lecturer, MIT
  • Steve Bailey, Chair, Berklee Bass Department
  • Ruth Blatt, Writer, Forbes and The Rock Band Project
Admission: 
Select Berklee students and alumni can apply for a free pass to SXSW V2V, courtesy of SXSW.

Simone Pilon: Africana Studies Lecture

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Simone Pilon, chair of the Liberal Arts Department, will lecture on a topic relating to music and society.

Admission: 
Free

What’s Your Story: Building Your Personal Brand

Wednesday / April 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bobby Riley, CEO of Soldier Design, an internationally recognized brand-building consultancy, has led a host of influential brand-building initiatives over the past decade. Those initiatives include global ad campaign work for Nike’s Jordan brand, promotion of Capt. Sig Hansen’s Northwestern brand (as seen on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch), and support of Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia's brand at New Balance. 

If you've even thought to yourself, “Why do I really have to care about this as an artist, producer, or business leader?" Riley will walk you through the reasons for and process of managing your reputation and your brand so that as your influence grows people will know what you stand for and why you stand for it. This will be a practical, hands-on session with Riley, who will share some insights in order to get you thinking about how to best answer some of these questions.

Join us! Whether you’re on the job hunt, just about to launch a new project, or gainfully employed, you can benefit from thinking, acting, and planning like a business leader.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Kevin Augunas Production Clinic

Tuesday / March 25, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In this open class, Kevin Augunas, a multi-talented producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter and musician, offers his knowledge of equipment, production, and song crafting – knowledge which has afforded him the freedom to capture the energy of a recoding with his truly detailed, delicate approach. Augunas has worked with artists such as Cold War Kids, Sinead O’Connor, Panic at the Disco, The Vandals, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Starting out as a session bass player, Augunas played in different bands that would record low-budget demos around New York City, and he soon began engineering some of these sessions himself. Owner of an incredible collection of vintage recording equipment, his treasure trove of gear is anchored by his EMI TG12345 Mark IV recording console—one of two consoles specially built for Abbey Road Studios in London. The console was the first of two delivered and was initially installed in Studio 1 in November 1974. The console was used to record many famous records and film scores, one of the more notable being for the Pink Floyd film The Wall.

Admission: 
Free

Kim Russo: The Happy Medium

Thursday / May 15, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Kim Russo
Kim Russo is a psychic medium who stars and hosts the Lifetime Movie Network's No. 1 hit show, The Haunting Of.... The New York Post calls Russo “the best medium this side of the other side.” This evening will feature Russo seeking to bridge the gap between the worlds of the living and the departed. After introducing the audience to her gift, Russo will walk the room, feeling the energy and listening to the spirits of the deceased.
 
Please note: you must be 18 years or older to receive a reading. Receiving a reading is not a substitute for professional, legal, financial, medical, or psychiatric advice or care. Please seek the advice of a trained medical doctor about any health concerns. Any decision you make as a result of a reading is a result of your own free will. All readings are subject to the client's interpretation. It is also understood by the purchaser that participating in a gallery reading with Kim Russo provides no guarantees for your own personal reading.
 
Admission: 
$100, $58, $48, $38, reserved seating

The Biological Foundations of Music: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Listening

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Vijay Iyer is at the forefront of an emerging field of research in music: the study of embodied cognition. He received his doctorate in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches at Harvard University.

Admission: 
Free

Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Saturday / March 8, 2014 / 2:30 p.m.
Location to be shared with attendees.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan have achieved incredible success throughout their careers, boasting more than 30 years of industry-leading achievements.

Billions have heard the unmistakable voice of seven-time Grammy award-winner Gloria Estefan, recognized by Billboard as the single most successful cross-over artist of all time. Emilio Estefan has been instrumental not only in the career of his wife, but in the careers of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez. Together, the two lead remarkable, multifaceted lives in music, business, and charity from their beloved city of Miami, Florida.

Berklee ICE founding managing director Panos Panay will interview the couple, who will tell their story and draw links between musicianship and successful careers as entrepreneurs.

Student interested in attending are required to fill out an application to this event.

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Ticketed, with entry by application only.

Paul English

Wednesday / April 2, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA

Paul English—co-founder of KAYAK, a travel metasearch service acquired by Priceline in 2012—and founder of "gethuman," an initiative to restore personal contact in customer service, will speak about the role creativity has played in his successful career as an entrepreneur. 

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

Kevin Augunas

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA

Producer, mixer, and engineer Kevin Augunas presents a talk for the Berklee community. In 2006, Augunas founded the independent label Fairfax Recordings, which has since relocated to the space formerly known as Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Kevin has worked with a broad range of talented artists, including the Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Last Bison, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Lumineers.

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

Willard Ahdritz

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Willard Ahdritz is the founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group Ltd. As an early champion for transparency and maximizing the value of music, Ahdritz launched Kobalt in 2000 with a business model that applied strategies from changing industry structures and management of complex information flows to the global royalty collections and rights management process. Under his leadership, the company has grown to be a Top 5 publisher in the U.S. and No. 1 independent publisher in major markets such as the U.K. and Germany.

Ahdritz has more than 17 years experience in developing and running global music publishing and record label operations at Kobalt and at Sweden’s Telegram Records and Publishing (now part of Warner Music), as well as eight years of corporate strategy and financial experience from his tenure at LEK Consulting. Ahdritz holds degrees in finance and accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business/Stockholm School of Economics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA). In 2009 Ahdritz received the BVCA’s Venture Capital backed CEO of the Year Award in London.

The BerkleeICE Lecture Series features innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business and entertainment for whom entrepreneurship is as much a creative discipline as it is a business skill. The series is conducted in a casual interview format and is open to the entire Berklee community. Learn, interact, and be inspired.

Admission: 
Free with Berklee ID

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