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#170: Brands to Watch 2021: Roon Labs

#170: Brands to Watch 2021: Roon Labs


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Cultural Industry: Music

Founded: 2015

Employees: 45+

Why are they a Brand to Watch? How do you make being an audiophile cool? Make a product that’s not only high-quality, but easy-to-use, even for the tech-illiterate. Combine that with a savvy partnership strategy, and it won’t be long until they’re the system of choice for the discerning music listener.

I got on the horn with Marat Berenstein, the Global Music Partnerships & Artist Relations Lead for Roon Labs and we talked about: Roon’s growth despite the staff never meeting each other IRL, how Roon’s tech makes being an audiophile easier than ever, how “audiophile” gets a bad rep,artist ownership of companies, platforms, apps, what “partnerships” roles should look like in cultural industries and much more!


One week left until the start of the MLB season = perfect time to read/listen to the Brands to Watch interview with the Chicago White Sox!

B2W: Chicago White Sox


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