Meet the team behind Kendraio.
Daniel is currently leading Kendraio, which he founded in 1999, to promote an open content marketplace for the Internet. The aim is to drive interoperability between and within every link in the content value chain – enabling artists to manage their digital assets, metadata and workflow more efficiently – driving increased revenue to content owners and a more pleasurable buying experience for consumers. Having raised over 1M EUR in research grants from Europe, UK and Google, Kendraio is funded into 2021.
Daniel has worked extensively in the UK Internet industry. In 1996, Daniel co-founded Cerbernet and served as CEO till late 1998. Under his watchful eye, Cerbernet grew to become the UK's leading independent broadband Internet Service Provider. Cerbernet was acquired for over 4M GBP by First Telecom early in 2000 – at the height of the dotcom bubble. Daniel then worked for Atlantic Telecom as their Content Delivery Adviser till early 2001.
In 1994 Daniel co-founded Cerberus, whose CDJ (Cerberus Digital Jukebox) was the first system for copyright protected Internet-based music distribution. Drawing on video broadcast experience, Daniel specified MPEG compression, encryption and distribution technologies for the CDJ. The CDJ went on to influence a whole generation of online music stores.
Daniel is a keen environmentalist. He is co-founder of NoPlasticApp – an app for shoppers to campaign for living plastic-free. He is CEO and owner of Freewheelers - the international lift share website, matching passengers to car drivers, to reduce journey costs and pollution from car travel. Daniel was educated in art and design at London's Camberwell College. He currently lives in many places and nowhere in particular.
Darren first heard about the Kendraio (then Kendra) Initiative when working as head of digital for an independent record label in the early-mid 2000s. He then went on to be a co-founder of a successful digital music startup, before joining the Kendraio Team as a developer during the P2P-Next project. Darren now leads the development. In the past has built large-scale systems for mass-transcoding of audio and management of metadata. And worked extensively with video and audio online.
Antonio has worked in the music/tech sphere for the past 3 to 4 years as an artist manager and industry relations manager. He connects artists and streaming platforms with new technology and speculates on what the future of music can and should look like. At Kendraio, he syncs various people in the industry with the technology offering and coordinates partnerships and products with them.
Lena is a soon-to-be-graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Business from the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, a programme with a wide scope encompassing business, marketing and communications, all from a human-centered and international viewpoint. Having worked as anything from record store employee to artist PR and journalist for 6 years, she’s pursuing a career at the cutting edge of the music industry.
At Kendraio, Lena’s main responsibilities are marketing and communications, especially managing social media accounts and the Kendraio website. Furthermore, Lena also helps with applications for funding, as well as strategy and business advice.
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