• July 5, 2022

The convergence of software +music + entrepreneurship

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak to students of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. No, I wasn’t there to show a group of future Grammy winners how to lay down some tasty guitar riffs. Instead, I was invited to talk with a group of 20 students about software and entrepreneurship.

That intersection is a key component of the new Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), which launched last year to encourage students to build start-up companies in the music space. The institute’s mandate is to foster entrepreneurship within the Berklee community and beyond (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, and more) and prepare graduates to be professionals at the “intersection of creativity, technology, and business.”

That’s exactly what we try to do at Rocket every day. So when Panos Panay, the Institute’s founding managing director (and founder of a music/tech company), invited me to sit in on Monday night, I jumped at the chance. The class meets once a week in the very cool offices of innovation and design firm IDEO, just across the bridge in Cambridge.  The students were smart, curious, very engaged and asked challenging questions – and then stayed after class to talk even more.  I feel honored to have been in the presence of the next generation of entrepreneurs who will make their mark on our world.

Thanks to Panos Panay and Ken Zolot (Senior Lecturer, MIT School of Engineering) for allowing me to share my perspectives, experiences, and stories on entrepreneurship.  Looking forward to our next gig together!

Andy Youniss at Berklee
Me with Panos and the BerkleeICE students

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


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