Adam Farish & Bruce Pavitt

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Adam Farish & Bruce Pavitt

After founding Sub Pop, signing Nirvana, and putting Seattle on the map while orchestrating the worldwide Grunge phenomenon, Bruce Pavitt took a step back. He "retired" from the music industry to raise a family on Orcas, a remote island in the Northwest corner of Washington State. It’s a small community, so it wasn’t long before he met musician, producer and tech entrepreneur, Adam Farish. The two bonded over a shared love of music, and discussed what the future of the industry would look like. They agreed it would be participatory, interactive, and mobile.

Fast forward 10 years, and iOS technology finally caught up to their shared vision. Soon Adam began to design a new audio format and platform that would allow any listener to remix music on their phone. Adam then showed his prototype to Bruce. Bruce, given his history in promoting regional culture, immediately saw it as a way to revolutionize the music industry. They officially incorporated as 8Stem in 2015, and set out to launch music 2.0.

8Stem is a revolutionary, interactive audio format that allows any listener to remix music like a professional DJ or sound engineer. Paired with the first multi-channel playback and remixing app, 8Stem signals a new era of music that is participatory, immediate and social.

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Cormac Rabbitt

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Cormac Rabbitt

Helped influence the Government to procure national motorways instead of the town by-passes commissioned by the National Roads Authority in 1999.

Helped expedite the M50 Motorway and save €400m. This included its realignment: a) near Sandyford Village – so that the village was not enclosed by motorway type roads; b) away from sensitive areas of Finglas, Ballymun and Santry. This enabled this section to open sooner - it was to open 10 years after the Tallaght to Sandyford section but instead was opened 5 years before it; c) at Redcow to remove the last set of lights during its latest upgrade.

Played a key role in the Government decision for a Dublin Metro - assembled a Japanese consortium and in 2000 presented to the Cabinet Committee for PPPs a proposal. After the meeting the Cabinet pledged to proceed with a metro.

In 2003 presented plans to the Government Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport on how the cost of a metro could be reduced and also instigated the visit of a Spanish delegation to them. The Committee Report noted my 'undoubted knowledge and many skills that are appropriate for the building of a Metro' and that my 'extensive knowledge could be harnessed for the development of the Dublin Metro system'.

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Brian Smith

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith was born in Australia, where he developed his love of surfing. A chartered accountant, he studied at the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and with $500 of start-up money, he founded UGG Imports to bring sheepskin footwear to America. After seventeen years, as sales reached $15 million, he sold the business to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The UGG brand has since exceeded $1 billion of international sales times over.

A passionate innovator and entrepreneur, Brian is one of the most sought after business leaders in the country today. As a media guest and inspiring speaker, he is committed to teaching his breakthrough business strategies to entrepreneurs and translating personal vision and spirituality into company culture.

Brian Smith has recently written a book based upon his journey from conceiving the idea, all the way to selling the business as a national brand. The books theme is that you can't give birth to adults. Every business starts with conception, then birth...the long infancy, then toddling, youth and teenage phases. This understanding is powerful, as hundreds of people in his keynote speaking seminars tell that they were about to give up on their dream, but now they identify themselves in one of the early phases. This gripping story of ecstatic highs and crushing lows of UGG, and Brian show how you can dig deep to overcome every obstacle in your path. Called The Birth Of A Brand, the book is available on Amazon, and you can download the first chapter free from his website, www.BRIANSMITHSPEAKER.com.

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Eduardo Diaz

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Eduardo Diaz

Dr. Eduardo Diaz is a Human Factors Expert Scientist with 21+ years of experience supporting organizational development. As an effective leader and key member of management, he applies peer reviewed human behavior research findings into actionable measures to support team outcomes. He developed the Organizational Team Index (OTI) to support team efficiency, performance and success.

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Shinjini Das

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Shinjini Das

Shinjini Das, The Go-Getter Girl! ™, is the 25-year old Founder and CEO of The Das Media Group ™, a digital creative agency, Hollywood television personality fluent in Spanish, global millennial influencer, keynote speaker, engineer, and author with a 170K+ social media following and interviews on ABC, FOX, FORBES, NBC, INC, C-Suite Radio, Sirius XM, Business Insider, Marie Claire, and at the United Nations Headquarters. Shinjini is a data-driven insights expert in building television, digital, and social content with meaning to engage her global technology and lifestyle audiences. She shared her strategy to build businesses with empathy as 1 of 100 authors in 'The Better Business Book: Vol 2' published globally in 2017.

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