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Reinventing music creation and consumption.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Nashville, TN, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2012
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Artiphon is introducing new categories of musical devices, combining emerging technologies and familiar playing techniques. We are building mobile musical instruments with universal appeal. For millions of non-musicians we are developing products that offer an authentic musical experience with zero learning curve. Watch our five-minute company intro video here: and view our short company deck here:


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    Mike Butera

    Mike draws on a background that interlaces expertise in consumer electronics, a PhD in sound studies, and life on the road as a touring musician. He also teaches Sociology at Belmont University and mentors entrepreneurs at the Jumpstart Foundry in Nashville, TN.

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    Jacob Gordon
    PR and Market Strategy

    During his years as a pro blogger and podcaster, Jacob covered green technology for major websites and magazines. He has also managed environmental programs for American Apparel’s LA factory, founded a web startup, and clocked hundreds of hours playing steel guitar in Nashville honky tonks. Now you can find him working out of General Assembly, representing Artiphon’s New York presence.

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    Aaron Shepard
    Electrical Engineering

    Aaron’s audio engineering experience led the way toward his years designing for Harrison Consoles. After this, he went on to Griffin Technology to help build their innovative audio and MIDI products. He’s a pro in a field few inhabit: right in between pro-audio and consumer electronics development.

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    Ryan Wrenn

    With an impressive background in systems engineering, Ryan is streamlining Artiphon's engineering strategy from R&D through manufacturing.


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    Bob Mendes, Frost Brown Todd
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    Kraft CPA

Previous Investors

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    Dave McClure/500 Startups
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    Eric Ries
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    2nd Generation Capital