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" Backplane will provide a platform and tools for communities to socialize and communicate on a more focused level. "
" My third hire when I came to Spotify was Tiffany Kumar, who came on as our global head of songwriter relations. The whole idea was to put our heads together and figure out how to build and contribute within the songwriting community. "
" We called ourselves '2 Too Many' because we only had enough money for one of us. "
" If you wake up in the morning and your favorite artist isn't on the service that you're paying ten dollars a month for, sooner or later you lose faith in the subscription model. "
" I was just a kid in love with hip hop music. I love music. I love the culture. I wanted to be a part of it in any way. "
" The way consumers interact with music is different now. It's not an albums business anymore; it's a singles business again, and the industry has gone through that before. "
" As we look at Hollywood and the controversy around the Oscars, it goes back to the voting block and the lack of people who come from that culture. For example, the NWA movie is a fantastic, fantastic movie. You need people who can look at a piece of art like that and understand the artistry in it. "
" Money doesn't make me tick. This definition of success doesn't make me tick. Managing some of the biggest stars in the world doesn't make me tick. Making my family proud makes me tick. "
" I found a scrap book that my mom had given to me, and inside was a letter that I wrote to myself at age 19. The letter included my goals and dreams for my life, and even then, I was writing about the management company that I built today. "
" I invest in black-led startups not because of a sense of charity. I make those investments because of the basic principle of supply and demand and the reality that black entrepreneurs typically lack the network to have their deals become bid up and overvalued. "
" The music industry really has to learn a lesson from the tech industry about what scale means at the end of the day and learning how to monetize. "
" With Gaga - she's not afraid to take chances. You get these dynamic projects because of it. She's completely unafraid. "
" We look to find partners whose values align with that of our artists. We also look for unique platforms that the potential branding partner can provide. Sometimes that's distribution, and sometimes it's an advertising platform. Each situation is unique. "
" I had this little rap group, and we were called '2 Too Many'... We used to hang out in front of Jazzy Jeff's record studio every day. "
" Before I even agreed to work with Hennessy and the Privilege Awards, I wanted to do some research on it, look up past winners, and find out more about it. "
" The only two things that ever came naturally to me are music and investing. "
" You can't make an artist like Lady Gaga. You can help support, you can help develop the vision - I think you can add to the vision - but you just can't make an artist like that. That's like saying Lebron James' high school coach made Lebron James. "
" I'm from the streets, so I look at investing through a very unique lens. "
" I'm a very commonsense guy - I just look at the viability of the idea, if I feel the team has the ability to execute the idea. I also look at the investment syndicate, the size of the market, and then a lot of gut married on top of it. "
" With the 'Born This Way' album, generally we said, how do we find strategic partners that can help us with our vision? Part of that is about putting the music in places people wouldn't normally put music, like with Google and with Gilt. "
" I don't think holograms are the future in the music industry. "
" Our bet is on the future of micronetworks. "
" I believe in outgrowing a mentor and getting a new one, and I think that you can never be too old to be schooled by your mentor. "
" When you think about brands and movie studios and everybody who is trying to reach millennials, having a captive audience in the back of Lyft or an Uber is a pretty great place. "
" The problem with when you look at eBay is that you can put a pair of Jordans next to a frying pan. It's an altogether different experience compared to having some editorial around it and well-curated experience. "
" When your back is against the wall, your brain has to function at a high level. "
" With what Enrou was doing with helping women and taking products from local marketplaces, we thought it was really great. "
" No one has bridged that gap between music and technology yet. "
" The music industry really is a meritocracy on a creative level. "
" When you have to negotiate for survival, and you have to know how to read rooms, and you have to know who the bad guys in the rooms are - who has the gun in their pocket, who's just going to brandish it, and who's going to actually pull the trigger. So I think that's just a natural instinct that comes with coming from where I come from. "
" I stay away from the arts... writing songs, being creative - those are downloads from God. You can't do data analytics on art. "