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Thursday, October 20 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Staying Small or Expanding through Partnerships, Mergers & Acquisitions

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The perennial questions for audio developers: should they stay small, grow a company or join forces with another company. If the decision is to expand, what's the right vehicle to move the company forward: licensing, fundraising strategic partnership, merger or acquisition? If the decision is to go bigger, how big? Should you join forces with an industry giant? If so, what's that experience like? How do you go about making the right choice for you?

Join this panel and hear from a lawyer, iBanker, an audio entrepreneur that sold his company and an industry giant which has been front and center in buying companies. We'll discuss the state of the industry, valuations and various paths to help you and your company evolve and succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Rafter

Heather Rafter

Principal, RafterMarsh
Heather Dembert Rafter has been providing legal and business development services to the audio, music technology, and digital media industries for over twenty-five years. As principal counsel at RafterMarsh US, she leads the RM team in providing sophisticated corporate and IP advice... Read More →
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Ethan Jacks

MediaBridge Capital Advisors
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Rebekah Wilson

CEO, Source Elements LLC
Rebekah is the technical co-founder and CEO who co-created the entire suite of Source Elements software. With a degree in music composition and a lifetime of love for technology, Rebekah has focused her career as a composer, electronic music researcher, and software developer - with... Read More →
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Gabe Cowan

Audio Design Desk
avatar for Henry Harrod

Henry Harrod

Co-Founder & CEO, Fourier Audio
Henry is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fourier Audio - a London-based audio start-up, developing a hardware-enabled software platform unlocking the power of reliable plugins and software DSP for live productions. Since graduating from Imperial College London as a Mechanical Engineer... Read More →
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James Gordon

Audiotonix
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Phil Dudderidge

Executive Chairman, Focusrite plc
Phil founded Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd in 1989 to purchase the business assets of Focusrite Ltd, a company founded by Rupert Neve in 1985. He led the acquisition by Focusrite of Novation (synths and keyboards) in 2004. Currently the group has c.$100m. revenue per annum and continues... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
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