Our Company

The Echo Nest is the industry’s leading music intelligence company, providing developers with the deepest understanding of music content and music fans.

Leading music services (Clear Channel’s iHeartradio, MOG, Rdio, SiriusXM, Spotify), editorial, video and social media networks (BBC.com, Foursquare, MTV, Twitter, VEVO, Yahoo!), connected device manufacturers (doubleTwist, Nokia) and big brands (Coca Cola, Intel, Microsoft, Reebok) use our platform and solutions to build smarter music experiences that help fans to better discover, share and interact with the music they love. Our customer base reaches over 100 million music fans every month through more than 400 apps and sites powered by The Echo Nest.

Headquartered in Somerville, MA, The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and three co-founders of the MIT Media Lab.

The Team

Tristan Jehan, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CSO

Tristan earned a doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in 2005. His academic work combined machine listening and machine learning technologies in teaching computers how to hear and make music.

He first earned an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Rennes in France, later working on music signal parameter extraction at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at U.C. Berkeley. He has worked with leading research and development labs in the U.S. and France as a software and hardware engineer in areas of machine listening and audio analysis.

Tristan plays keyboards for Boston-based Brazilian combo Brazilnut and builds software and interactive projects for musicians.


Brian Whitman, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CTO

Brian is recognized as a leading scientist in the area of music and text retrieval and natural language processing.

He received his doctorate from MIT's Media Lab in 2005 in Barry Vercoe's Machine Listening group and a masters degree in computer science from Columbia University's Natural Language Processing Group. Brian's research focuses on the cultural analysis of music through large scale data mining and machine learning.

Brian recorded and performed as Blitter until he co-founded The Echo Nest and he currently works on large scale automated music synthesis.


Jim Lucchese


Jim has worked in digital music strategy and corporate development for about 15 years. Before The Echo Nest, Jim was a music lawyer at Greenberg Traurig, specializing in music and digital media deals. Clients included multi-platinum and independent artists, music publishers, digital entertainment companies and branded entertainment. Prior to GT, Jim held sales and corporate development positions at Hughes, where he managed market development and sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 Million. Jim was also Chief Strategy Officer of Webnoize/DMN, a digital entertainment research and advisory company serving over 500 clients.

Jim holds a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

When he’s not at the Nest, Jim plays drums and still represents a few indie artists pro bono for fun.


Elissa Barrett

Director of Communications and Operations

With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Elissa Barrett serves as Director of Communications and Operations for The Echo Nest. Before joining the company, Barret was Vice President of Strategic Marketing for independent record label Rounder Records, home to Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, Madeleine Peyroux, Delta Spirit and others. She oversaw non-traditional marketing, product management, and new media marketing, with a focus on viral outreach and harnessing new technologies to reach consumers, cultivate relationships, and develop brand identities.

Barrett also held marketing positions at BMG Canada, contributing to the growing careers of Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, TLC, Tribe Called Quest, NSYNC, Foo Fighters, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and other high-profile artists, by using street-level and traditional retail marketing to reach customers and form partnerships. When not at the Nest, Elissa also teaches Music Marketing 101 for Berklee Music Online.


Nick Durbin

Director of Technical Operations

Director of Technical Operations Nick Durbin is a seasoned veteran of building highly scalable Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure and operations. Prior to joining The Echo Nest, Nick headed up Technical Operations & IT for DataXu, a real-time digital marketing platform company. At DataXu he was responsible for designing and delivering their global SaaS infrastructure that supports many hundreds of thousands of transactions per second in addition to supporting rapid processing and analytics across petabytes of distributed data.

For the past 17 years Nick has held technical leadership positions for other high growth companies including Enpocket (acquired by Nokia), Gather.com, Endeca (acquired by Oracle), TeleSuite (acquired by Polycom), SiteSmith (acquired by Metromedia Fiber Networks), and DIGEX (acquired by Verizon).

When Nick is not moving data packets with his mind or grooving in his chair to the music playing throughout The Echo Nest office, he enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking, laughing, and spending time with his two sons.


Tim Ganss

Vice President - Sales

Vice President of Sales,Tim Ganss brings over 15 years of technology industry experience in sales, business development, and enterprise account management to The Echo Nest.

Prior to joining the company, Ganss was the founder and chief executive officer of SongSpar Productions, a social music game development start-up. In addition, he provided business intelligence and licensed large-scale data analytics platforms and “software as a service” (SaaS) solutions to Fortune 500 companies on behalf of early-stage high-tech firms Hyperions Solutions (acquired by Oracle), Cognos (acquired by IBM), and Microstrategy, growing sales in multiple technology segments and professional service fields.

Ganss holds a BS in marketing from Bentley College and spends his free time with his wife and two daughters.


Marni Greenberg

Director, Corporate Communications

As Director of Corporate Communications, Marni brings over 10 years of experience leading strategic, high-impact, results driven campaigns for consumer products and services. Marni is passionate about helping companies establish a position, tell a story and get in front of the right audience. She possesses a winning track record of communicating brand messages in every type of media outlet from national print and broadcast to industry trades and blogs.

Prior to joining The Echo Nest, Marni served as Director of Communications for MOG (Acquired by Beats Electronics LLC), where she was responsible for all external and internal communication strategy and execution. Before MOG, Marni was a Director of the Consumer Technology practice at Sparkpr, in San Francisco, CA. She developed, implemented and spearheaded media strategies for clients within the digital music and entertainment spaces.

Originally from Colorado, Marni is an avid skier and spends as much time as possible in Vail and Lake Tahoe. She loves seeing live music and attending festivals.


Ryan Hoppe

Vice President - Marketing

Ryan runs marketing at The Echo Nest. He has more than 18 years of marketing experience with a concentration in SaaS, eCommerce, digital marketing, and consumer electronics.

Before The Echo Nest, Ryan ran marketing for loyalty ad network Cartera Commerce. Prior to Cartera, Ryan was a key member of marketing leadership team at ATG -- the eCommerce leader acquired by Oracle for $1B -- where he helped drive growth of the company's optimization services business. Ryan has also held senior marketing roles for Microsoft, FAST Search & Transfer, Groove Networks and Bose.

Ryan holds a BS in Communications from Cornell University, and - when he's not at the Nest - plays acoustic guitar and enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.


Paul Lamere

Director of Developer Platform

Paul Lamere brings 30 years of software development experience to his position as the Director of Developer Platform at the Echo Nest. Prior to joining The Echo Nest Paul was a researcher at Sun Labs where he was the Principal Investigator for the Search Inside the Music project.

Paul received his M.S in computer science from Boston University. He is active in the Music Information Retrieval and the Recommender Systems research communities and is especially interested in using data to help people explore, organize and discover music. A former 2nd chair trombonist with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul authors the popular Music Machinery blog and is happiest when he is writing code.


Chris McCleary

General Counsel
An experienced navigator of the music and technology spaces, Chris has spent the last 12 years representing tech startups and digital media companies.

Before joining The Echo Nest, Chris was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Rovi Corporation where he served previously as Associate General Counsel. Prior to that, Chris had served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for All Media Guide (AMG).

Before going in-house, Chris represented venture-backed and public companies at the law firms of Miller Canfield and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. In his free time, Chris is an amateur musician.


Dave Rodger

Vice President Product & Engineering

A 20-year veteran of established technology firms and start-ups, Vice President of Product Dave Rodger has held a variety of product and development roles, most recently as the senior director of consumer product for the popular travel website TripAdvisor, where he oversaw consumer-facing product initiatives.

A graduate of Cornell University, Rodger previously held executive positions at SimpleTuition and Experience, and was engineering manager of Firefly, one of the world’s first music recommendation engines.


Scott Ryan

Vice President of Sales

Vice President of Sales Scott Ryan joins The Echo Nest's business team in San Francisco, where he has developed business partnerships and generated revenue at high-growth media technology companies for 16 years before joining The Echo Nest. Scott spent over six years at Gracenote, most recently as Vice President of Sales, leading significant growth through new business acquisition and market development in North and South America. Prior to that, he spent nine years in sales roles with Autodesk's Media & Entertainment division.

Scott holds a BA in Social Sciences from the California State University – Chico. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and all things outdoors, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and music festivals.


John Sierotko

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief Revenue Officer John Sierotko is responsible for all sales, business development, and the general go-to-market strategy of The Echo Nest. He brings over 17 years of media technology experience to the company with a focus on sales execution, business development, and general management. A 6.5-year Gracenote veteran, John recently headed all Sales, Marketing, and Services there, as growth quadrupled during his tenure. Prior to that, he headed sales in the Americas for Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment division, including all profit-and-loss responsibilities and $75 million in revenue and held business development positions at LookSmart, Shockwave.com, and NBCi.

John heads The Echo Nest's San Francisco office. He holds a BA in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College, and though he plays no musical instrument, he attends as much live music as possible.


David Sohn

Director, Client Services
David "DJ" Sohn brings over 10 years of customer-focused product experience to The Echo Nest, which he joined in January 2011 to drive the product roadmap and support a growing base of customers and developers.

Prior to joining The Echo Nest, David held multiple product management positions at EMC Corporation, where his product responsibility grew from a single $500K product to a $120 million Symmetrix product line, one of the company's biggest revenue generators.

Currently, David heads The Echo Nest's Client Services department. He and his team handle pre/post sales engineering, professional services and training, customer engagements, and support. David holds a B.S. in Economics (cum laude) from the Whitimore School of Business, University of New Hampshire, and an MBA (magna cum laude) from Northeastern University's High-Tech program.

When he's not at the 'Nest, David can be found DJ-ing Boston bars, clubs and events, attending electronic music shows, and spending time with his wife Jill enjoying friends, family, and the great state of Maine.

dsohn (at) echonest (dot) com@echonest.com

Shane Tobin

Vice President - Business Development

Vice President, Business Development, Shane Tobin has been an executive in the digital music business for over 14 years. Early on he produced concert webcasts and artist interviews for House of Blues Digital. He then went on to manage Grammy Nominated Latin afro-funk band, Yerba Buena.

In 2006, Shane moved to San Francisco and was an early member of imeem where he was Director of Business Development and built out the music team. In 2009 he was recruited by MobiTV to head up their Business Development efforts in music as well as handling licensing for NBA, UFC and Fox Sports.

Shane has been known to play golf, snowboard, travel with his camera and frequent the city of New Orleans as much as possible.


Eliot Van Buskirk

Editor in Chief

Eliot Van Buskirk covered digital music and other disruptive technologies for over a decade for Wired, CNET, and others for over 13 years before launching Evolver.fm, the first publication dedicated to music apps from the listener's perspective.

Published by The Echo Nest, Evolver.fm is syndicated to Wired.com, Gizmodo.com, Business Insider, and Huffington Post. Van Buskirk is the author of two books (Burning Down the House: Ripping, Recording, Remixing and More and an iPod book, both for McGraw-Hill), and he's a regular on NPR and other media outlets. His latest articles can be found at twitter.com/evolverfm.

Van Buskirk rides a bicycle and plays the bass.


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