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About 7digital

Established in 2004, 7digital.com is a leading, globally operating digital media delivery company based in London. Through 7digital’s download store (www.7digital.com) and mobile applications consumers can access over 17,000,000 legal high quality MP3 music tracks from all major and indie labels at competitive prices across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.

Combining 7digital’s secure and robust technology platform with the broadest agreements in the digital media industry, the company provides comprehensive digital services to a wide range of partners around the world. 7digital partners with diverse clients across consumer electronics, carriers, music industry, artists, brands, retailers, and agencies to harness the power of digital entertainment to engage customers.

The 7digital API (Application Programming Interface) allows developers to use and license the 7digital technology platform with over 16,000,000 tracks to create new music websites, applications and devices or to integrate music into existing services.

7digital has provided digital media services to hundreds of international partners including T-Mobile USA, HP, RIM, Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Ubuntu, Shazam, Last.fm, Winamp, Songbird, HMV, Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music.

For more information visit www.7digital.com/business.

 

Executive Bios

Ben Drury – CEO and Founder

Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of dotmusic.com, an internal venture at United News and Media. Dotmusic quickly became a leading online music destination attracting over 1.8m unique users per month (in 1999).

In 2000 Ben was headhunted by BT Group to head up the broadband music efforts at their ISP BT Openworld. As Head of Music at BT, Ben successfully launched a major music channel before leading the acquisition of his old company dotmusic in 2002. At BT, Ben pioneered music and video downloads on dotmusic with the UK’s first unlimited subscription offer.

Following the partnership between BT and Yahoo! to form BT Yahoo! in 2003, Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo! for approx. £3.3m.

Ben then founded 7digital with James Kane in 2004 with the vision of creating a digital media marketplace. Tapping into the burgeoning demand for digital media, 7digital operates services that bring together suppliers and consumers of digital media.

In September 2008 7digital.com was the first company in Europe to launch DRM-free MP3 downloads with all four major record labels.

In September 2009 HMV Group acquired a 50% equity stake in 7digital with an investment of £7.7m.

Ben was named by Growing Business magazine as a Young Gun 2006 – the award for leading entrepreneurs under 35 and in 2007, 7digital was awarded the prestigious Red Herring award Top 100 Europe Award as one of the most promising technology companies in Europe. In 2008, Ben was a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

As of January 2010, 7digital employs 57 people in London and has over 1.7 million registered customers.

Ben graduated from King’s College London with BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy of Science. Ben is also the Deputy Chairman and Director of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and is a board director the Official UK Charts Company.

 

Vicki Nauman – President of 7digital-North America

Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. Vickie is President-North America for 7digital, and most recently led the global content strategy and partnerships for Sonos, the wireless digital music system for the home, and ran the consultancy CrossBorderWorks. Prior work includes creating the online strategy and service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, content development for RealNetworks/MusicNet, marketing in the National Public Radio network, and Procter and Gamble. She has a broad network and experience in Europe, China, and North America, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM.