Trained as a lawyer and a drummer in a jazz band, Jim Lucchese landed his gig at the Echo Nest after meeting his bandmate's father, Barry Vercoe, who is one of the founders of the MIT Media Lab. Vercoe was an ­investor in the Echo Nest, and Lucchese helped the company raise its seed capital in 2007. Today, Lucchese oversees all aspects of the Massachusetts-based music research company whose fortunes are rising in the current tidal wave of big data.


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