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The Data Driven Juke Box: Rock Stars panel discussion

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Advances in data center infrastructure have enabled some streaming music services to explore new methods of recommending music to people. But many of these services already have complex and arguably very successful systems in place. Now the time has come for researchers to demonstrate the advantages of the new approaches. In this talk we'll discuss the challenges and opportunities that these new approaches present. We'll also explore the role that human curation plays in contemporary music streaming.

Meet the Rock Stars:

Jordan Novet, Reporter at VentureBeat ( - Moderator

Jordan Novet is a VentureBeat staff writer based in San Francisco. He writes about big data, cloud computing, and other technology for business. He previously covered those things at Gigaom.

Jennifer Kennedy, Director Data Science Engineering at Soundhound (

A longtime industry veteran, Jennifer and team are charged with building the data infrastructure for SoundHound, a company focused on revolutionizing the way people interact with mobile devices by delivering innovative technologies and compelling user experiences in sound recognition. Over a long and varied career focusing on working with internet scale data, Jennifer previously has been with Microsoft as a Senior Engineering Manager as well as a number of startups in various technical leadership roles including WebTV, Tellme Networks, Linden Lab, and Lookout Mobile Security.

Òscar Celma, Director of Research, Data Science team at Pandora (

Òscar Celma is currently Director of Research at Pandora, where he leads a team of scientists to provide the best personalized radio experience. From 2011 till 2014 Òscar was Senior Research Scientist at Gracenote. His work focused on music and video recommendation and discovery. Before that he was co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Barcelona Music and Audio Technologies (BMAT). Òscar published a book named "Music Recommendation and Discovery: The Long Tail, Long Fail, and Long Play in the Digital Music Space” (Springer, 2010). In 2008, Òscar obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Digital Communication, in the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). He holds a few patents from his work on music discovery as well as on Vocaloid, a singing voice-synthesizer bought by Yamaha in 2004.

David Blutenthal, CEO & Founder at MoodSnap (

David Blutenthal is Founder & CEO of Moodsnap ( – an emotion-tuned music discovery service. Uniquely categorizing co-curated music stations not by words, but by images, Moodsnap provides an instinct-driven, contextual music experience that appeals to visual thinkers, making selecting what to hear as easy tapping an image that feels right. David has spent the last 12 years in the music business as an artist manager, talent developer, indie label owner, marketer, publicist, and app developer. He is also the founding organizer of the Boston Music-Tech Meetup ( and holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, and a B.A in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


  • 6.00 - 6.45pm: Networking, music, food & drinks
  • 6.45 - 7.00pm: Introductions
  • 7.00 - 7.20pm: Speakers' presentations
  • 7.20 - 8.10pm: Panel Discussion
  • 8.10 - 8.30 pm: Q&A session


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2101 Webster St, Suite 700 FRANKLIN TOWER · Oakland, CA, CA
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