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When a behemoth swallows a giant or two, it is worth a moment to pause and think about what it means for the industry.

In this case, the acquisitions of Gimlet, Anchor, and Parcast by Spotify have sent a shockwave through the industry. MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez sat down with Matt Hartman from betaworks, which invested in both Gimlet and Anchor, to hear his thoughts on what the acquisitions mean for audio. (Note: This episode was recorded prior to the announced acquisition of Parcast.)

Matt Hartman is a partner at betaworks ventures. Prior to joining betaworks, Matt built ReferBoost (licensed to, and was at Hot Potato (acquired by Facebook). He began his career building the technology platform for Trammell Crow Company (acquired by CBRE) and is the inventor of Patent #8189781 related to the protection of digital images. 

Matt studied Cognitive Science and Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

You can find Matt’s writing and contact information at

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