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Jon Vanhala

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Co Founder, Crossfade Partners, Angel Investor/Advisor, Board Member

Co Founder, Crossfade Partners, Angel Investor/Advisor, Board Member

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Product

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Thesis Ventures
517 Partners


Klink Technologies, Inc.


Advisor Klink Technologies, Inc. August 2015 - present
Advisor CrowdAlbum January 2015 - present
Member Board of Trustees EMP Museum January 2015 - present
Managing Partner Crossfade Partners LLC May 2014 - present
Investor/ Board June 2013 - present
Venture Partner/ Co-Founder Thesis Ventures March 2013 - present
Head Of Digital & New Business - UMG East Label Group Universal Music Group July 2011 - February 2013
Head Of Digital & New Business Island Def Jam Music Group February 2010 - June 2011
Founder 517 Partners March 2007 - February 2010
SVP Digital Initiatives & Content Development Festival Network March 2008 - February 2009
SVP Digital & Strategic Marketing Universal Music Group December 2006 - March 2007
VP Digital & Strategic Marketing Universal Music Group September 2000 - December 2006
Multiple Universal Music Group July 1995 - November 2006
Natl Director Sales & Field Marketing Universal Music Group/Verve Music Group August 1997 - September 2000
Professional Musician Jon Vanhala May 1979 - January 2000


Columbia College Chicago Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Millikin University Music

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Events
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • entertainment
  • • content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Sales • Marketing • Content marketing • Creative Strategy • Strategic Partnerships

Key Accomplishments

I believe that fans & content creators have the power of choice, that smart companies that wake up driving value to creators and fans first can win. I am used to and comfortable wearing many hats, marketing, sales, partnerships, etc. I am great at the extemporaneous, and creative at solving problems.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Nathan Heber
We worked together  •  Founder/CEO, Previously CEO, Concept Park.
When it comes to advising entrepreneurs, Jon is as good as it gets. He has a wealth of experience working with startups and is uncommonly ge ... nerous with his time. He will fight for what he believes in, but is not dogmatic in his advice. He would be a huge asset to any startup...if you are lucky enough to get him.
Evan White
They're my friends  •  Co Founder, Beach Mobile, Inc. and President, Evan White PR.
I met Jon at CES a few years back, and we spoke at length about how digital media is changing the landscape of the music industry. From that ... conversation and others I have learned a lot from Jon, and I'm happy to have him in my circle. He is smart, articulate, and can see the future.
JonMichael Bukosky
Managing Partner @ Ultimate Media Ventures an eSports & Gaming Innovation Company.
Music industry visionary, great leader...
Mark Politi
MP Public Relations - PR, Licensing and Marketing for Startups, Technology, Entertainment, Product Launches, Company Launches and Brands.

Nathan Heber
Founder/CEO, Previously CEO, Concept Park.
Nathan has a killer blend of intellect, future strategic vision, operational know-how, curiosity, and pure scrappiness. He has the perfect s ... ensibility for his brand's voice and believes deeply in the highest quality service to his customers and business partners. He lives up to his promises, and his honor is unquestioned. He's built a truly unique company in and his skillset as an entrepeneur is driving real growth. Its an honor to be a small part of his success.