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The Echo Nest Dramatically Ramps Up Sales and Marketing with John Sierotko and Scott Ryan

Two longtime music data veterans to drive continued global growth

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Echo Nest, the global leader in music intelligence, powering smarter music apps across the web and devices, is announcing significant talent acquisition as part of its global sales and marketing expansion.

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John Sierotko joins The Echo Nest as Chief Revenue Officer, bringing 17 years of media technology expertise, most recently at music and media data company Gracenote. In nearly seven years there, Sierotko was in charge of all sales, marketing, and services with annual revenues quadrupling during his tenure. He is now responsible for sales, business development, and go-to-market strategy for The Echo Nest.

Also joining The Echo Nest is Scott Ryan, as vice president of Sales. Scott also spent the past six years at Gracenote, managing its Americas division to significant growth through new business acquisition and market development. Ryan was responsible for the company's strategic agreements and relationships with many of the largest music providers in the world, and helped pioneer the company's "Scan and Match" business, which mirrors users' music to the cloud.

In mid-2012, The Echo Nest announced a $17.3 million financing to fund global sales and marketing expansion. These management-level additions drive ongoing momentum for the company, as we continue to define and dominate the fast-growing music intelligence space with a customer base comprised of industry leaders such as the BBC, Clear Channel, eMusic, MOG, MTV, Nokia, Rdio, Spotify, VEVO, and dozens more.

"John and Scott are probably the two most experienced sales and marketing executives in the music intelligence space," said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. "We're thrilled to have them on board as we continue to expand globally, and work to put a deeper understanding of music and fans into the hands of our customers around the world."

"The Echo Nest has gained considerable traction and attention in the market," said Chief Revenue Officer John Sierotko. "The company's music discovery and Taste Profile technology far exceed what anyone else is doing, either internally or through third-party licensing, and the implications are enormous across a wide array of industries -- including advertising."

We're happy to welcome John and Scott to our new San Francisco office. For John's expanded statement, see blog.echonest.com.

About The Echo Nest:
The Echo Nest is the global leader in music intelligence powering smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 100 million music fans every month. Over 350 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world -- over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and three co-founders of the MIT Media Lab.

SOURCE The Echo Nest Corporation

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