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Smart musical instruments that anyone can play.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Nashville, TN, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2011
  • Employees 9
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Artiphon is reinventing the musical instrument as a smart device. Like photography 20 years ago, instruments are going digital and empowering more people to create music than ever before. Artiphon is leading the way with adaptive multi-instrument platform that scales to your style and skill.

Artiphon raised $1.3M on Kickstarter, has shipped over 8,000 units, brought in $3M revenue, and is on track to be cash-flow positive this year.


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    Mike is the founder of Artiphon and the inventor of the INSTRUMENT 1. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Sound Studies from Virginia Tech, has toured the country as a multi-instrumentalist, taught as a professor of sociology, and consulted around the world as a consumer electronics designer.

  • Kevin’s 30 years of experience in the music industry include the design of the first digital audio recorder and pioneering high-resolution audio recording. He has extensive experience in hardware engineering and Chinese contract manufacturing.

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    Director of Marketing

    Content creation, advertising, e-commerce, SEO

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    Community Manager

    Customer support, artist engagement, social media.

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    Co-founder & CMO

    Jacob Gordon has spent his career in new media production, digital journalism, and web startups, working with brands including American Apparel,, and Discovery Networks.

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    Director of Products

    Neal joins Artiphon following 6 years at SpaceX, where he reported directly to senior management as a Project Lead for Falcon rockets. He has also led development for Vulcan (Paul Allen’s development firm) as well as Applied Minds. In addition, Neal runs a maker workshop in Seattle that attracts high-profile designers and engineers for interdisciplinary projects.

Previous Investors

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    Dave McClure/500 Startups
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    Eric Ries
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    2nd Generation Capital
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    Steve Case
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    Courtney Watson