Back in 2010, out of sheer frustration with the lack of cost-effective marketing tools to promote my band, I co-founded Earbits, a music startup, which was backed by Y-Combinator and dozens of incredible silicon valley investors. Over the course of four years, we grew the company to include 15,000 bands and 700 record labels, streaming 2 million songs a month, with more than 500,000 app downloads. In 2015 we got acquired by a private company, I stayed on board for another two years as the head of operations of the west coast office. In 2017 I moved to Australia and took a role as the Chief Entrepreneur in Residence at Queensland University of Technology. Through our accelerator program and other startup initiatives I had the opportunity to mentor hundreds of startup founders. I find it very rewarding to utilize my own startup learnings and experience to guide other founders through the difficult and never predictable startup journey.