Christopher Edmonds

Kingston, Canada

Full Stack Software Dev + AWS Certified Dev/Solutions Arch/SysOps Admin + Music Business Expert
Christopher's Skills
Programming
Business Development
Growth
Finance
Management
Marketing
Product Management
Sales
Technical
Strategy
Fundraising
Design
Operations
User Experience
Legal
Public Relations
Recruiting
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

36-55

About Christopher

The big picture:

I'm a software and electrical engineer who has been/is a music business entrepreneur, population geneticist and techno and house music producer.

I'm looking for new challenges & projects. Ideally I'd like to be involved with an early stage startup as a cofounder or team member.

I'm interested in music/media/entertainment/film/television/video, fintech, logistics, IoT, serverless and microservices, renewable energy and conservation, augmented and virtual reality, human/technology interaction or just cool stuff in general.

I like to innovate, create solutions and solve problems at the intersection where technology meets consumers. I believe in understanding both the details and the big picture. Learning and building are exciting to me. I know what I'm not good at and try and work on that too.

The details:

I'm currently the CTO and Co-founder of music distribution and publishing companies Zincbeats and Kgn Six.

I'm a software engineer with expertise in back-end and front-end development, data analysis and informatics, DevOps and systems architecture.

I'm an Amazon Web Services AWS Certified Developer, Solutions Architect & SysOps Administrator

I'm an electrical engineer with strong background in signal processing, applied mathematics and statistics.

I'm a music and media business professional with extensive experience in music distribution, licensing, publishing, royalties, accounting, copyright, technology and marketing. Thorough understanding of the contemporary landscapes of the music and media businesses. In-depth knowledge of digital media technologies and skilled in audio/video production techniques.

I'm a frequent public speaker on music and media topics.

My Stack:
• Python / Django / Django REST / NGINX / uWSGI
• MariaDB / MySQL / Celery / Redis / RabbitMQ
• React.js / JavaScript / Bootstrap / HTML / CSS
• Amazon Web Services AWS / Digital Ocean
• Java / Tomcat
• PHP / Perl / C
• MATLAB
• Git / GitHub / GitLab
• JetBrains IDEs
• Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop / Acrobat / Premiere Pro / After Effects
• Microsoft Office
• OS X / Linux / Windows
• Wordpress
• Scrum / Kanban / Lean Startup / Agile Methodologies

Specialties & Experience:
• music / media licensing & distribution
• music publishing & administration
• royalty accounting
• copyright & intellectual property law
• contract negotiation
• online marketing & promotion
• event production
• advanced user of media CMS & backend systems: iTunes Connect / YouTube / SoundCloud / Harry Fox Agency eMechanical / PRS For Music / SoundExchange / PPL / ASCAP / BMI / Music Reports / FUGA / The Orchard

Quote

If somebody tells you you can or can’t do something, tell them to fuck off. Remind them the world has been crafted by maniacs and dreamers. - Tiga

Work Experience

CTO & Co-founder

Zincbeats LLC & Kgn Six LLC

May 2009 - Today

I founded Zincbeats, a distribution and label services company, to provide the Caribbean music industry with a monetization solution focused on shifting more of the value chain activities to the region. This involved identifying and filling the gaps in local content owners' resources and abilities by providing more than just commodity distribution services. To achieve this, I have: • Architected and programmed our in-house royalty, accounting and content delivery system using Python, Django, MariaDB and Amazon Web Services • Negotiated direct deals with major digital service providers and retailers • Developed solutions to assist clients with marketing, accounting, management, legal and related issues • Identified and signed high-value clients Currently I oversee content ingestion and delivery, royalty processing and finance. I also manage a small team that handles client relationships, marketing and promotion, licensing and sales. We regularly receive DSP feature placements, stories and mentions in tastemaker publications and blogs, and master use and synchronization licenses in film, tv, web, advertising and video games.

Co-founder

Rebelmix Inc.

August 2005 - December 2008

Cofounded and managed the first digital music distributor in the Caribbean, representing 50+ labels and distributing directly via all major digital retail platforms of the time, including the Apple iTunes Store, eMusic, Amazon, Rhapsody and Napster. Developed the business model and legal framework, built the core delivery technology and negotiated all content, retail, distribution and value-add contracts. Intimately involved in brand development and marketing.

Senior Applications Software Developer

Stanford University

August 2000 - June 2005

Led data analysis and computing team in world-leading population genetics research group. Designed and implemented large-scale database and bioinformatics applications, wrote and contributed to publications for peer-reviewed journals and managed core component of US$ 5 million project grant.

Education

Harvard Law School

CopyrightX Course at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

2013 - 2013

Stanford University

Ph.D. (Incomplete, 2 years post masters completed) Electrical Engineering

1998 - 2000

Florida International University

M.S. Electrical Engineering

1994 - 1998

Florida International University

B.A. International Relations / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

1990 - 1992

Certification

AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level

Amazon Web Services

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level

Amazon Web Services

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level

Amazon Web Services