Featured Startup: Music Gateway

John Skinner of Music Gateway

‘Music Gateway’ musicgateway.net is a music marketplace where music professionals can connect and collaborate. A dedicated B2B platform servicing TV, Film, Gaming, Advertising and Music, it was founded by CEO Jon Skinner based on his 27 years’ experience in the industry. Music Gateway recently achieved industry recognition as a finalist at Midemlab 2014, an international pitching competition for innovative startups and app developers — part of the three-day, Cannes-held Midem music conference.”

 1. What problems does Music Gateway solve?
We solve the core issue of networking and getting connected to the right people to further your career and conduct business. ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know.’ – This rule still applies and we enable connections for music placement and opportunities through our effective ‘project and pitch’ matching process that streamlines the connection process through likeminded goals.

2. What kind of collaborations have resulted from matches made on your platform?
Revered drum and bass duo, Artificial Intelligence and legendary Gospel/R&B singer, Kathy Brown, released their massive collaboration track after using Music Gateway to connect and create the track. Our platform was also used to find producers for remixes of the track. It has received airplay on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1Xtra and Capital Xtra and had a great reception in the drum and bass scene.

3. How are you changing the way connections are made in the music business?
We are expanding possibilities for collaboration through our global platform and user base. Previously, people tended to work locally and were restricted by the size of their immediate network. Our features simplify remote working so people can collaborate with others worldwide.

4. How did you start Music Gateway? Have you received seed or other funding?
I personally  invested £200,000 for research and core development of the platform. In April this year Music Gateway received private investment valuing the business at £1 Million.

5. As a relatively young company, have you taken any steps to protect your IP?
We have a company trademark and currently looking at further IP protection across USA and Europe, in fact the world. Good legal representation has been important and we are continuing our homework in this area.

6. What does the future hold for Music Gateway?
2014 is a huge benchmark year for us and we will be announcing some exciting new developments. We are working with a large number of industry organisations to offer value to their members and integrate our systems into their databases. We are also launching a private network solution, which will see us acquire a large number of users through the use of third party clients.

7. What advice would you give to other startups or individual inventors just starting out?
Read a book called ‘Rework’ by the 37 Signals guys. They created Basecamp. It’s so important to have the right balance for your team. Think of it as a game of football – you can’t all be strikers and put the ball in the back of the net; you need robust midfield with great engines and people in the backend, defending your IP.

To find out more about Music Gateway, please visit their website at musicgateway.net.  If you are a startup and would like us to feature you on our blog, contact us with details at info@ipnexus.com

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