Like one of Mike Maples’ beloved atomic “thunder lizards,” the lineup for Pandoland, our big annual conference in Nashville this June, just keeps growing.
The latest update: Rdio’s Marc Ruxin will join Redef’s Jason Hirschhorn on stage to discuss all things digital entertainment.
It’s hard to imagine a better combo on the topic. Ruxin is the COO of Rdio and has serious chops in digital entertainment since the earliest days. Before funding TastemakerX– which Rdio acquired last year– he lead all media innovation for Universal McCann, pairing massive brands with new innovative campaigns. (And, despite what you may have heard, Pandoland is the only Nashville conference at which Ruxin is appearing.)
Hirschhorn was the youngest senior executive of MTV, was a former co-president of MySpace, and is on the board of MGM. He was the president of Sling Media– one of the early devices that promised to change how we watch television, later sold to EchoStar. And his current venture, MediaRedefined, is required reading for anyone in fashion, sports, or tech.
Between them, Ruxin and Hirschhorn must have seen nearly every movie and TV show ever made and listened to every music track ever produced. They are two of my favorite entrepreneurs to hang out with, and they both attended Southland last year. I’m thrilled they loved the programming and the city enough to return.
Our second latest addition to the schedule is Mattermark COO and co-founder Andy Sparks. Mattermark has become one of a handful of go-tos on what’s really going on in the startup space. If you’ve ever been to one of Mary Meeker’s famous keynotes you know the data-bomb of information that she lays on you, that forever changes the way you think about the future of business. Sparks is going to do something similar at Pandoland but all about startups.
Ruxin and Sparks are just the latest additions to a crazy 30+ person, all-star lineup that includes Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp, Pulitzer Prize Winner and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, Huffington Post co-founder and Buzzfeed chairman Ken Lerer, musician and entrepreneur Ryan Leslie, and Soul Cycle founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice.
Last week I shared some thoughts on what makes Pandoland different than every other conference. To see for yourself, though, you’ll need to join us in Nashville, June 15th-17th. Grab your early bird ticket while you still can, right here.