During the tour stop in Nashville, Tennessee Dr. Mike Butera presented his company, Artiphon, to win the pitch competition and $100,000 investment from Steve Case.
Tell us about your background. What has helped to shape who you are as an entrepreneur?
Before designing musical instruments, I was a philosophy and sociology professor, sound studies researcher, touring musician, and technology design consultant. Overall, I've realized that I love designing new techniques for thinking, creating, and sharing. Some of these are products, some are companies, and some live as ideas.
What does Artiphon do?
A guitar is designed to be strummed; piano keys are pressed; drum pads are tapped; violins are bowed. But what if a single instrument could be played with any of these techniques?
That’s exactly what we’ve created – one instrument that lets you be the whole band. Our patented technology enables a new type of musical experience focused on exploration and creativity rather than skill sets and signal chains. It’s an entirely new approach to what a musical instrument can do.