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Panos Panay
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Panos is the Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. He led the company from its inception through its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC, in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.

Panos speaks regularly about entrepreneurship at universities including MIT, Boston University, Northeastern University and Bentley College, as well as at industry events like SXSW, MIDEM and CMJ. He serves on a number of boards, including being the Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Presidential Advisory Council, and he actively mentors young entrepreneurs around the world.

Awards include: Fast Company’s “Fast 50″ honor; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Mass Hi-Tech All Stars; Berklee College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”

Panos is a native of Cyprus, holds a Music Business & Management degree from Berklee College of Music, and lives with his wife Kimberly and twin daughters in Watertown, MA.

Entries by Panos Panay

Tetris: The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Admittedly I am not much of a gamer, though I couldn't help but feel wistful when I heard on the radio that today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Tetris, that beloved and popular game of '80s childhood.

And even though I have not played the game...

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Advice for College Graduates: Treat Your Career Like a Startup

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Though technically this is a blog about startups, I want to take a bit of a divergence this week and talk to an audience that is soon to join the professional world after this month: the graduating senior.

Careers launched in 2014 will hardly follow the straight-arrow path of...

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8 Things to Consider When Starting a Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:19 PM

I get asked all the time about tips for starting a business. Truth is, there are no shortcuts. Launching and operating a new business is all about putting in the time, taking one step further each day than the day before, and above all, being open to learning from all...

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What Fatherhood Can Teach Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:05 PM

I became a successful startup founder before I became a father, but in many ways, I wish it was the other way around. My wife and I recently welcomed our newborn twin daughters, Lydia and Zoë, and I admit that, just like there's no substitute to learning the entrepreneurial ropes...

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Entrepreneurs, Pick up the Guitar

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:32 AM

It's important to remember that launching and building a business is a marathon, not a sprint. Finding ways to stay energized, focused and motivated through the highs and lows of startup life is vital for success. Preparing yourself for the long term game can make all the difference in the...

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Does Age Matter in Entrepreneurship?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 3:14 PM

We live in a youth obsessed culture. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have replaced rock, film and even sports stars as our modern-day pop culture celebrities. And since youth is the currency of celebrity we inevitably assume that entrepreneurship is the provenance of the young.

I launched my company at 28...

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Long-term Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:31 PM

The company that I founded turned 13 years old recently. I guess in this environment, that's like lasting for 100 years. Did I think that first day, when I woke up both excited and scared, that this little idea of mine would take me on this long, wild, crazy journey...

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Can Politicians Afford to Be Tech Luddites?

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Marty Walsh, one of Boston's two mayoral candidates, said in a forum on innovation last week that he is "not a high-tech person, personally." President Obama's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and his subsequent I-didn't-know-how-bad-it-was public shrugs also speak of someone who, despite his image...

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5 Ways to Measure Startup Progress

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 3:59 PM

A company's first 18 months are by far the most critical of its existence. This is the period of time when concrete signs of progress send clear signals to founders and investors alike that the company is more than just another idea. Successful early steps also reinforce confidence in everyone...

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Before You Consider Crowdfunding: What to Look For in an Investor

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Not long ago, raising money from angel or institutional investors was the exception, not the rule. Today, it's become a badge of honor to talk about the amount of money that a startup has raised -- to the point where fundraising has become a primary focus for many founders. This...

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Does Location Still Matter for Startups?

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 10:10 AM

I've been handing out my "Sonicbids, Founder & CEO" business card for thirteen years now and just about every time the first reaction and question I get is a reference to where my company is located: "Boston? Why Boston?" (Admittedly, street addresses and even phone numbers are quickly disappearing from...

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