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Jon Vanhala

Thesis Ventures
Jon Vanhala is self-described as "always creating, building, and curating teams of creators and builders." He's co-founder of Thesis Ventures, an early-stage, hands-on company builder that invests intellectual, financial, and network capital in unique startups. He's former Head of Digital & New Business at Universal Music's largest label group (275 artists across Island/Def Jam, Republic, Motown...) where he oversaw new digital business, digi/social marketing, brand partnership, digital experiential, film, TV, commercial licensing, and more. He's launched Crossfade Partners, a next gen strategy group for media, entertainment, brands, and startups. Vanhala's first startup was the first band he formed back in high school. A former full-time professional musician and trained improviser, he has deep respect for the entire creative community and believes in STEAM over STEM any day of the week.