Peter Wells left a teaching career at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey to join the professionals and entrepreneurs gathering in Silicon Valley. He began as a technical writer and editor, establishing himself at Cisco Systems during their meteoric rise between 1996 and 2000. At Cisco, he rose to head the Style Committee and was named chief editor of the vital, 12,000-page product catalog, managing it through to print and on-line production. A highly skilled pianist, Peter approached eMusic.com in early 2000 and convinced them to rethink their classical music strategy. He was brought on at the director level, and was soon one of the key players in label relations, content acquisition and contract negotiations. Peter helmed a team responsible for everything from marketing-side site development to copy to market positioning. For two years, he helped shape the destiny of eMusic until its acquisition by Universal-Vivendi. In October of 2005, Peter teamed up with Jeff Price and Gary Burke to found TuneCore.
President and co-founder of nimbit, Patrick has been a lifelong musician and technologist Prior to nimbit, he was part of a team that launched some of the very first e-commerce websites for artists such as Aerosmith and Phish during the early days of the commercial Web. In the late nineties, he led the development of BuyItOnline.com, an online shopping mall, which was then sold for $60M in 2000.
Patrick is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music and also has a background in computer science and database architecture. Over the past 20 years, Patrick has performed and toured around the globe and across the states as a professional trumpet player, arranger and vocalist.
In his words “I’ve always been a band geek. It’s great to have found such a direct application for that!”
A professional musician since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998, when he was selling his own CD on his website, and offered to let his fellow musicians use his service, too. As this hobby grew, he refused all investors and advertising, choosing to grow slowly and quietly during the dot-com boom and bust. Now CD Baby is the largest seller of independent CDs on the web, with over $60M in sales for over 200,000 musician clients. (Note that while the rest of the industry moans about piracy, CD Baby's sales have doubled every year.) Esquire Magazine's annual "Best and Brightest" cover story said, "Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold... one of the last music-business folk heroes." Sivers is Winner of the 2003 World Technology Award.