The early-stage investor's case for optimism in the music business' diversifying models

Despite talk of doom and gloom for the music business, the case for optimism -- and the prospects for massive growth in the overall music ecosystem -- is strong. Fairly straightforward "traditional" business models (primarily retail) have been disrupted, but a new, multipronged "community"-based model -- with myriad new revenue streams fueled by social media and technology -- is poised to significantly increase the overall pie. This is the opportunity I see as an early-stage investor in digital media startups, particularly those that fuel deep engagement, connection and community.

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