Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and observation with these creators and their fans, we hypothesize that a new kind of platform that offers a rich canvas for artist expression, inclusive discovery and direct economics –underpinned by a novel machine learning approach, will be the future of digital music experience. We imagine differentiating by combining artist creativity with music streaming into an immersive user experience, powered by a novel algorithmic approach that approximates emotional state and user intent. Further, by serving independent artists who are unencumbered by label copyright entanglements, we are able to innovate on the economics, establishing a new model for artist payment.
Jamie Cannon brings 15+ years of product management experience at Microsoft, where he held leadership positions launching enterprise software and later consumer hardware. In addition to working directly with Bill Gates on Microsoft’s early open-source strategy, Jamie has also worked at startups such as Twitter and Doppler Labs. His background in computer science combined with over two decades of corporate experience gives him unique insight into both the technical as well as the business of product making, as well as a thorough understanding of how to scale a business from its first version to international success.
After leaving Microsoft in 2018, Jamie’s time spent traveling the world led him to the insight that catalyzed majr’s creation: the growth-fixated tech industry is fostering a global monoculture, pushing the same media, music, and culture onto the same devices in every corner of the world. If we want a thriving culture, we need a diverse culture, and current modes of distribution are actively curtailing diversity.
In service to this ideal, Jamie serves as Vice President of the Board at Harlem Stage, an organization dedicated to funding artists of color. Jamie also has a personal commitment to creating a positive company culture, and believes that more democratic and compassionate workplaces make for higher quality products and happier people.
Cory Nakabayashi is a computational researcher and academic software architect with over ten years of experience in research labs and enterprise ventures across the globe.
Specializing in computational neuroscience and machine learning systems, he has led research projects with the University of Tokyo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and co-engineered award-winning software at several Silicon Valley startups.
While his primary role in this project is as a researcher and tech developer, he has formally studied music as well, and his approach blends the scientific empiricism of his research experience with the creative approach of his music experience. His research philosophy boils down to the belief that the best way to arrive at an elegant solution is by asking an elegant question.
With over a decade of experience in fintech, healthcare and defense tech, Jeremy is Engineering Lead at MAJR. Jeremy is a talented full stack developer, architect, polyglot and hacker with experience in distributed systems and platform design. As a warrior against complexity, Jeremy enjoys solving tough challenges through simplicity.
Jeremy is perpetually curious and constantly seeking challenges, learning new methods and tools, and exploring different angles for approaching problems. Jeremy lives outside Seattle, WA and enjoys trail running, cooking, motorcycling and travel.
John Richards acts as Business Strategy Advisor. John Richards is a senior executive leader with broad consumer marketing, business model, and new business creation experience. John currently leads Data Analytics for the Boeing Company where he is responsible for data strategy and all analytics products. Prior to Boeing John spent 14 years in a variety of marketing, product, and business development roles at Microsoft.
Prior to Microsoft, John spent 5 years at McKinsey where he was a member of the Corporate Finance and Strategy practice and served a variety of technology and telecommunications clients. John was previously a post doc in Economics at Stanford and received his PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego. John is an expert in microeconomics, game theory, pricing, data driven marketing, brand building, and digital market economic and behavior.
Pat Cruz has served as a board member of the Urban Assembly; she formerly served on the boards of the Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Table and was the president of The New York Foundation for the Arts. Cruz also serves as a member of the Cal Arts Board of Overseers and is a member of the Tony Nominating Committee and the Brendan Gill jury of the Municipal Arts Society.
Cruz was a student, actress and activist in Chicago before moving to New York City where she met her husband, artist Emilio Cruz. Following a year in St. Louis with the Black Artist Group, she returned to Chicago while her husband taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1982, they returned to New York City where she accepted a position as deputy director for programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 1998, Cruz accepted a position as executive director at Aaron Davis Hall Inc., an arts non-profit in Harlem that commissioned, staged, and supported artists of color. Her responsibilities included overseeing programing, administrative management, and fundraising. Cruz helped to raise over $26 million to renovate the Gatehouse which became the new home for Aaron Davis Hall Inc., and was rebranded as Harlem Stage. In 2014, Harlem Stage was awarded the Charles Dawson Award for programmatic excellence and sustained achievement in programming from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.