143: Audius with Roneil Rumberg
Ethan interviews Roneil Rumberg from Audius, a decentralized music streaming service that launched a public beta recently and is already one of the biggest consumer crypto apps with more than 30,000 users onboard. Backed by some of the top VCs, including General Catalyst, KPCB, Lightspeed, and Pantera, Audius is driving mainstream crypto adoption. Roneil speaks on: His background as a seed investor into blockchain and AI companies, how he co-founded a peer-to-peer bitcoin payment company, and ultimately what led him to founding Audius. The need for a truly decentralized music platform. Platforms like Soundcloud and Spotify provide little-to-no control or transparency on how artists distribute their content. The future of music. Will artists be able to thrive in a censorship-resistant, transparent, community-driven world? How will artists and fans adapt to a blockchain-powered streaming service?