Back in 1992, Jermaine Dupri (or JD to many) brought Kris Kross to the nation’s attention by producing the hit song that made us Jump. He went on to have his own successful rapping career, which included throwing rhymes with Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, and more as the youngest producer with a number one record. He is also the former president of Virgin Records.
Jermaine Dupri joined us in downtown Las Vegas and participated in the first event of Tech Cocktail Weekthis past December. Driven by his curiosity to learn from other tech startup founders, Jermaine shared his experiences in working with social networking and media as it collided with the music industry. His journey led him to blog at Global 14. The blog at Global 14 eventually turned into a social network for music. He led with what he knows by saying:
“Everything in tech cannot live without music. It’s all about music. Music is the main thread throughout everyone in this room. We all care about music.”
He explains what he is seeing in the music industry, technology, social networking, and where he sees things going in his talk below. You can also attend Tech Cocktail Week the second week of every month in downtown Las Vegas to hear from thought leaders, enterpreneurs, and startup founders from around the country.