Evening With Entrepreneurs

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Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Philip Cohen
Paul Henry Smith
Kathleen Stetson
Parviz Parvizi

The Music Business/Management Department and the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) present the 11th Annual Evening With Entrepreneurs.

Panos Panay, founding managing director of BerkleeICE, will interview a panel of successful business entrepreneurs. Panelists will discuss their journey and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

The panel:

Philip Cohen is the cofounder and CEO of AudioCommon, an MIT-founded company that is redefining the way music and media are created and shared in today's interconnected world through its online collaboration platform. Founder of MIT's largest startup accelerator, Beehive Cooperative, Cohen is an active musician and songwriter on Boston's indie rock scene, an MIT Sloan MBA, a former military officer, and a former full-time hockey player.  

Paul Henry Smith is cofounder of Sonation, a Harvard-incubated music technology company that makes tools to empower musicians. Paul founded M.I.T. A.I. Lab spin-off Smith Renaud, Inc. in 1995, where he created web-based application services for nonprofit organizations, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the American Museum of Natural History, the Asia Society, and the City of New York. He was manager of internet communications at Rockefeller University and Yale’s environment school where he translated complex research into visual and animated stories for the public. He produces recordings for composers, musicians, and filmmakers around the world via his production company, the Fauxharmonic Orchestra. Paul studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and was the first to perform a Beethoven symphony live using only digital instruments. Smith earned a degree in music composition and theory from Oberlin and musicology from Brandeis University.

Parviz Parvizi is cofounder of Clammr, a bite-sized audio platform providing listeners with a continuous stream of personalized, short audio clips. Listeners use Clammr for power feeds of news or music; to discover longer content that they dive into in-app; to create clammrs that they share publicly; and for direct private messaging. He previously was a member of the media practice at McKinsey & Company and studied at Cornell and Yale Law schools.  Parvizi is an audio fanatic, racking up over 500 hours of audio book listening this year and earning 11 out of 15 available Audible power user badges to date.

Kathleen Stetson, cofounder and CEO of Trill, has worked in the arts in front of and behind the curtain for over 10 years. She recently graduated with her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she co-created Hacking Arts, Boston's first festival and hackathon exploring the intersection of arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. Prior to MIT, Stetson was a professional opera singer and an acoustical engineer with Arup in New York City. Her projects included the design of Greece's first national opera house and library with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. She holds a B.A. in music from Harvard University, an M.M. in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and an M.S. in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.