Music Innovation Panel |
Michael Jbara (MQA Ltd. CEO) | Justin Evans (LANDR Audio Co-Founder and CCO) | Jay LeBoeuf (Real Industry Ex. Dir.) | Jay Troop (Senior Analyst)

U-M College of Engineering alumni Mike is a senior executive with extensive background in consumer products, professional services, industrial products, and engineering. Proven leader with 20 years experience in running large operations and delivering innovative business solutions – strategic and operational – with particular expertise in: physical and electronic supply chain; sales and account management; digital operations and commerce; media asset management, manufacturing and distribution; international operations; organization redesign and leadership.


As Chief Creative Officer Justin is responsible for the conception, design and growth of our core product, as well as recruiting, building and leading a product design and marketing juggernaut that took that product from 0 to tens of thousands of paid subscribers and multi-millions in revenue in less than 2 years.
Jay LeBoeuf is the Executive Director of Real Industry, an education nonprofit that prepares its students to enter the technology industry by exposing them to leading tech companies’ practices. He is a lecturer in music technology and music business at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and he advises digital media startups such as Chromatik, LANDR, and Kadenze. As an entrepreneur, Jay founded Imagine Research, an intelligent audio technology startup that built a search engine for sound. In 2012, iZotope acquired Imagine Research and Jay joined the iZotope executive team leading research & development, technology strategy, and intellectual property. Prior to creating Imagine Research, LeBoeuf was an engineer and researcher in the Advanced Technology Group at Avid Technology. There he led research that expanded the power of Pro Tools, the industry standard for digital audio workstations. He has been recognized as a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovator, awarded $1.1M in Small Business Innovation Research grants by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and interviewed on BBC World.
Jay is the Senior Analyst at Next Big Sound, the leading provider of online music analytics. Next Big Sound aims to change the music industry using data and Jay not only takes part in the data-changing, but also is involved in the music industry. Jay has been a musician for more than 20 years and has over a decade of studio experience and competencies ranging from studio engineering to guitar, vocals, drums, and electric bass. Jay also experiments with photography, art, video, writing, and other miscellaneous projects.”

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