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2. Musicians are Natural Entrepreneurs

- EDT
Creative Technology Center 150 Massachusetts Avenue

Albhy Galuten B.M. '68
Founder/CEO, Agora Media

Record producer, musician, arranger, composer, technologist, and inventor; has been nominated for 6 Grammys and won 2; has sold over 100 million records; has a BMI Citation of Achievement; invented the Drum Loop and the Enhanced CD; 9 issued patents and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mike Cassidy '97
Vice President of Product Management, Astra

Mike Cassidy is currently the VP of Product Development at Astra which makes rockets.  Prior to Astra, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of five start-ups: Apollo Fusion, Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. 

Apollo Fusion designed and built a type of ion thruster for space propulsion and was acquired by Astra for up to $145M.  Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc., and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million. Stylus Innovation’s flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice. Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M.  Mike was also previously a Vice President at Google and was the Project Leader for several years of GoogleX Project Loon (balloon-powered Internet for everyone). 

Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School. He studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music. He has been an advisor to From the Top, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Endeavor.org, and over 300 startup companies. He was selected for the DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated for a Webby award, and named a Forbes E-gang Trendsetter. His startup products have won PC Magazine’s Top 100 Websites, Computer Telephony Product of the Year, CNET Editor’s Choice, PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice, and many other awards.

Debbie Cavalier B.M. '87
CEO, Berklee Online/Senior Vice President, Online Learning

Debbie Cavalier was part of the leadership team that founded Berklee's online school 18 years ago. Prior to this, Cavalier was the dean of Online and Continuing Education at Berklee, a music publishing executive at Warner Bros. Publications, and a music educator. She holds a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.

As a music education publishing veteran, Cavalier has penned more than 100 music education methods books and arrangements for Carl Fischer, Alfred Publishing, and Warner Bros. Publications. She is the leader of the award-winning kids/family band Debbie and Friends, performing concerts and producing cartoons for TV, cable, retail outlets, and on a host of apps for children. Debbie and Friends' music is part of the 2011 Grammy Award-winning CD for Best Children's Album.

Stephen Webber - Moderator
Executive Director, Berklee NYC/Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Berklee College of Music

Stephen Webber is an Emmy-winning composer, musician, author, speaker, producer, engineer, and a leading innovator in music and the performing arts. He founded the Music Production, Technology, and Innovation master's program at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. In New York City, he raised over $30 million and spearheaded the effort to create the public-private-nonprofit partnership to save the iconic Power Station studios and create Berklee NYC. He also serves as Berklee’s dean of strategic initiatives, working collaboratively on domestic and international projects, including in Los Angeles and China.

A former A&R consultant for Universal Music Group, Webber has produced and engineered albums for a wide range of artists. He collaborated with DJ Premier and Nas on the Re:Generation Music Project, a film in which Webber appeared alongside Erykah Badu, Skrillex, Mos Def, Pretty Lights, and the Doors.

Close to 50,000 students have enrolled in Webber's MOOC (massive open online course), The Art of Music Production(Opens in a new window), and his Berklee Online course Music Production Analysis was recognized by UPCEA as the best online course of 2010. 

Webber composed and played turntables on "Stylus Symphony(Opens in a new window)," a groundbreaking work combining a full orchestra with hip-hop, trip-hop, and dubstep; authored Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ(Opens in a new window), the first book to teach the turntable as a musical instrument; and founded Berklee's first DJ and turntable classes, attracting national attention and a visit from the Today Show's Al Roker(Opens in a new window).

As a musician and clinician, Webber has toured Australia, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and the Americas. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, NPR, and CBS, and been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone. 

Webber's innovative teaching has helped to launch the careers of numerous artists, with some of his former students going on to earn multiplatinum records as well as Grammy Awards in categories spanning pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, K-pop, classical, and Latin.

A multi-instrumentalist who often plays guitars, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, and turntables on his productions, Webber has recorded with Mark O’Connor, Kathy Mattea, and Meshell Ndegeocello, and performed with Béla Fleck, Grand Mixer DXT, and Emmylou Harris. He has designed several recording studios, conducted film scores at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch, and authored dozens of articles for Mix, Remix, and Electronic Musician.


The skills needed to make a living as a musician are the exact same skills required to be a successful entrepreneur including the ability to listen, improvise and collaborate. These Berklee alumni are successful executives who are innovating and breaking new ground in music, technology, and education. They are also amazing musicians, performers, and a Grammy Award-winning producer for artists such as Eric Clapton, Barbara Streisand, and the Bee Gees.