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Dick Huey

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

DIgital Licensing consultant, Merge Records and Founder, Toolshed Incorporated. University of Michigan grad.

DIgital Licensing consultant, Merge Records and Founder, Toolshed Incorporated. University of Michigan grad.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Marketing

Involved In


Syndicated Planet, LLC
Toolshed Incorporated


Swenyo Inc.
Red Mountain Resort
Red Bull North America, Inc
Jaxsta Music
Red Bull Media House
RED Mountain Resort


US Advisor Jaxsta Music March 2016 - present
Co-Founder Syndicated Planet, LLC June 2014 - present
Independent Music Licensing Advisor 8tracks March 2015 - present
Founder/Owner Toolshed Incorporated June 2001 - present
DIgital Licensing consultant Merge Records July 2004 - present
Strategic Advisor SoundExchange January 2012 - October 2015
Strategic Advisor Red Bull Media House October 2012 - June 2014
Social Media Strategic Advisor RED Mountain Resort September 2013 - May 2014
Consulting Vice President New Media Beggars Group June 1996 - March 2013
Independent Label Licensing Consultant Spotify November 2010 - January 2012
Global Head of New Media Beggars Group August 1997 - July 2001
Sr. Dir. of New Media XL RECORDINGS 1997 - 2001
Manager/Owner Blah Blah Entertainment June 1988 - May 1997


University of Michigan International Business, Language 1981 - 1985
Leland High School German and Swedish, College Prep 1977 - 1981

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Fundraising
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Fashion
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Consultants • Digital marketing • Business Development • Consultancy • Content acquisition

Key Accomplishments

I am frequently tapped to advise companies interested in digital strategy or content acquisition in the entertainment, sports, and tech fields.

Toolshed (my company) provides:

- album release consultation, team sourcing/setup, and distribution strategy ideas
- brand / band partnerships
- strategic advice on the legality, implementation, and strategy behind music usage by brands
- music content acquisition from labels and artists by tech companies

Current/Past clients: Beggars Group, Merge Records, Red Bull Music Radio, Red Mountain Resort, SoundExchange, Spotify, The Orchard

I launched and headed the new media department at the Beggars Group (XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade) from 1997 to 2001, licensing the Group’s groundbreaking digital catalog, and set the Group’s strategic direction. I found Toolshed in 2001. I am a founding/current new media committee member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM, a current board member at Future of Music, and a past Board member representing Matador Records at Soundexchange. I have managed the careers of several music artists signed to Kill Rock Stars, Simple Machines, Beggars Banquet, and Glitterhouse Records.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I have a deep connection to the independent music industry, and am often tapped by companies looking for an outreach point into the key decision makers in that world (Spotify, Soundexchange, A2IM, Merlin, etc.)

I also enjoy sailing, skiing, and water sports, and was recently tapped to develop a social media growth strategy for Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada.

I'm interested in the fashion industry, and my company developed the initial social media plan for southern California-based room-goods brand Swenyo.

I'm a good listener and a visionary, and am brought on to products that require a solid knowledge of consumer behavior and how to apply that to product design.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Derrick Oien
We worked together  •  Committee Member, EvoNexus and Mentor, EvoNexus.
Dick has already been an entrepreneur for many years.
Charles Caldas
We worked together  •  CEO, MERLIN B.V.. Previously Consultant, 38 South Consultancy Pty. Ltd.
Dick is a self-starter, an expert in the digital sphere, and has been able to deal with a wide variety of companies in setting his business ... up. His intelligence, and undying curiosity are key elements that serve him particularly well.
David Porter
They're my friends  •  CEO/Founder, 8tracks. Previously GM and Director, Business Development, Live365. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Dick has a wealth of experience and contacts. He helped build/unite the digital folks in the independent music sector. He's also a good guy ... that people trust. All would be assets in pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor.
Audrey Faine
Marketing, Project Management & Events Consultant, Marketing Promotion. Previously Marketing Director, The UC Theatre. San Francisco State grad.
I worked with Dick more than 10 years ago when we hired Toolshed to help us market and promote some of the artists signed to Kill Rock Stars ... . He was ahead of his time then, and I'm sure he's a few steps ahead of the rest of us now. :)

Derrick Oien
Committee Member, EvoNexus and Mentor, EvoNexus.
Derrick is a creative entrepreneur with extensive knowledge in the mobile space. Well respected, long running.

Tuhin Roy
We worked together  •  Advisor, 8tracks, SXSW, Loudr, Giphy, GFF, AuthenTechnologies, Biz Dev Committee, California Alumni Assoc, former NASDAQ company director.
Tuhin is already a great entrepreneur - he started Digital Rights Agency, one of the premier audio aggregators, in the mid-2000's (I was an ... advisor). He's very connected, extremely bright, and has done very well for himself.

Art Chang
Co-Founder, Qwire; Co-founder, CUNY Tech Apprenticeship Program; Board Member, NYC Campaign Finance Board. Yale grad.
Art Chang is a fantastic addition to the FounderDating community. He's an idea person, has successfully raised money and created a multitude ... of interesting businesses, and has much to offer this community.

Anthony Zeoli
They're my friends  •  Digital strategist operating WordPress mobile responsive web design agency @dswks. Dance/Electronic music industry entrepreneur, DJ @netmix
Anthony's very solid in the Wordpress world, has a large client base.

Audrey Faine
Marketing, Project Management & Events Consultant, Marketing Promotion. Previously Marketing Director, The UC Theatre. San Francisco State grad.
Audrey is a consummate professional who knows music inside and out. She's worked with some terrific record labels. All my interactions with ... her, going back to the time when we worked together on digital marketing projects at Kill Rock Stars, were of the highest quality.