Christmas Talk and Networking Party: How is Tech Changing Music?

Dec 17, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Wework, 8 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YD

We invited Rian Liebenberg, CTO of Kobalt Music ($400M revenue, 700 employees) and Stephen O'Reilly a digital music expert to share with us their views on the fasting changing world of music. Kobalt Music represents the artists behind 20% of the top 100 songs in the U.S. Impressive! Join our Christmas party and learn how tech keeps transforming the world of music.

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About this event

We invited Rian Liebenberg, CTO of Kobalt Music and Stephen O'Reilly to share with us their views on the fasting changing world of music.

What is Kobalt Music? It has taken off as streaming music has gone mainstream across the US, Europe, and East Asia. In the final quarter of last year, it represented the artists behind 38 of the top 100 songs on U.S. radio. Impressive!

Rian is the CTO at Kobalt Music, a technology-focused music "scale-up" focused on empowering creators in a rapidly changing industry. 

Prior to joining Kobalt, Rian was the CTO at Schibsted Media Group, served as CEO for a 3D mapping and location services startup, having previously worked as Director of Engineering at Google, and before that led all Engineering initiatives for Rian studied Computer Sciences in Cape Town, and served as an Officer in the South African Navy."

Stephen O'Reilly

A veteran of the digital music business Stephen O’Reilly is head of marketing and a director at London based management company ie:music and managing director at ie:ventures.

ie:music was established in 1992 by two industry veterans, David Enthoven and Tim Clark. The company is focused solely on the management of artists and its philosophy is that their artists’ interests are paramount. ie:music manage artists including Robbie Williams, Passenger and Lily Allen amongst others.

As digital technology throws the music industry into turmoil, ie:music believes that great opportunities come from disarray. The company embraces digital technology as an extraordinary facilitator of artist – fan communications, as a means of encouraging transparency and of making everything from ticketing to downloading and streaming more effective and efficient.

Clark and Enthoven’s mantra: the artist and the fan are the two most important parts of the music industry, everything else is just the gloop in the middle!

Join us and come learn from the experience of Rian and Stephen and come hear their vision of where the music industry is headed. 

Check out what happened


  • Rian Liebenberg

    Kobalt Music


  • Stephen O'Reilly

    ie:music | ie:ventures

    Managing Director



Tuesday, December 17, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM UTC


  • Prem Sangeet Petar Savic

    Supreme Factory

    London Director

  • James Lethem



  • Sam Adekunle

    Grone Collective

    Head of Special Projects & Initiatives

  • Gabriel Pizzolante

    UK GAP Consulting



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