Mark R. Goldston, a renowned businessman, and TuneGO®, a multi-platform music discovery network that connects independent artists with the music industry, have combined forces. Goldston, Chairman and CEO of The Goldston Group, a venture capital and strategic advisory firm located in Los Angeles Century City, has become a board member, strategic adviser and investor of the innovative music discovery platform.
“I am always interested in new ways of doing things and working with companies that are shaking up the status quo. TuneGO is taking a new approach to how artists and bands get fans, get connected and get discovered, which I found intriguing and wanted to be involved with on many levels. Not only am I an investor, but I am on the board and a strategic adviser, working with the executive team,” said Goldston.
TuneGO cuts through traditional barriers of entry into the music industry by enabling artists to find and connect with fans, secure licensing deals, distribution and media exposure, and get their music in front of well-known producers and music labels. Producers currently signed on to work with artists include industry greats such as Desmond Child, Ron Dante, Peter Asher, and John “Jellybean” Benitez, among others. There are also distribution and licensing deals with Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon, APM Music and other partners.
“Of course we are thrilled that Mark is ‘all in’ and involved with TuneGO in a big way. An extremely successful executive and entrepreneur like him with his diverse experience will no doubt have a positive impact, and we are confident that his input will help us to expand our platform within the industry with more strategic partnerships,” said John Kohl, co-founder and CEO, TuneGO. “As we continue to grow and gain more interest, now is a great time for musicians who are interested in really getting their music heard and working with some of the biggest names producers in the business to check out TuneGO.”
The TuneGO platform creates an entirely new music experience for artists, providing legitimate opportunities to connect with big names in the industry, while also fostering an intimate artist-to-fan relationship that is difficult to cultivate online.
Goldston is focused on emerging growth companies in both early stage and subsequent round financing. His philosophy with The Goldston Group model is centered around “Venturepreneurship,” making a direct investment and providing guidance, mentoring and strategic advice to companies in a variety of industries such as internet-based models, consumer products, technology, medical devices, multi-unit retail and restaurants, health and wellness, athletic footwear, fitness, etc. From 1985-2013, Goldston was a highly-accomplished CEO of major corporations and startup companies, taking two companies public (IPO) as CEO as well as leading four separate public companies during that time frame. He is also one of the longest-tenured CEOs in the history of the internet with 14 years as the original Chairman and CEO of both United Online (Juno, FTD Flowers, Interflora, Classmates, MyPoints, Stayfriends, etc.) and its predecessor company, NetZero. Specializing in growth companies, turnarounds and complex, multi-divisional global corporations, Goldston also held Chairman, President and/or CEO roles in the consumer products, beauty, fragrance, athletic footwear and apparel, multi-unit restaurants, Internet connectivity, e-commerce and social media industries. Goldston spent several years at Odyssey Partners, a major private equity firm and founded a highly successful turnaround/strategic advisory firm.
Goldston is a named inventor on 66 U.S and foreign patents, including revolutionary inventions such as inflatable pump athletic shoes, lighted shoes, energy return systems, spring-loaded propulsion systems, internet search technology and online advertising and connectivity processes. He is the author of a highly acclaimed business book entitled “The Turnaround Prescription: Repositioning Troubled Companies” (MacMillan Free Press) in 1992. Additionally, Goldston was a member of Young Presidents’ Organization from 1992-2005 and is a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization since 2005.
TuneGO is a multi-platform music discovery network that connects independent artists with legendary music producers, songwriters and promoters as well as consumers worldwide. Its interactive online community helps independent musicians and singers build their international fan base and grow as artists through personalized career development tools, community and industry feedback, and analytics of their music listening trends. For more information visit www.TuneGO.com or contact TuneGO at info@TuneGO.com.