Since 2010, SoundStack has stood for the highest quality audio delivery platform in the industry. It has grown to a community of over 12,000 global publishers who rely on our platform everyday to upload, track and deliver audio in ways never thought possible. Our quest is to simplify, demystify and deliver audio at scale, in whichever “verse” audio is listened to today and in the future.
At just age 15, SoundStack’s CEO Jon Stephenson formed EmpireStreaming, headquartered out of his parents’ basement in Hermitage, PA. Over the past 12 years, he has been able to build this business from a one man startup, to now a consistent award winner of the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in America. In addition to EmpireStreaming, Jon was able to acquire Live365 under the newly created holding company, Media Creek in 2018.
In 2022, EmpireStreaming was rebranded to SoundStack, an enterprise audio-centric content delivery network, audio advertising solutions and analytics technology SaaS provider, powering some of the largest and most powerful brands in the audio space. In aggregate, SoundStack distributes content to tens of millions of end-users each day with a growing distributed team of 50+ full-time individuals around the world, while being headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.
SoundStack is simplifying audio creation, distribution and monetization, as the first Audio-as-a-Service <AaaS> company. Yes, you can pronounce it Ass — remember when working in media was fun? So do we.
Join our team of audio experts. We operate fully-distributed with a healthy mix of real-time and asynchronous, just like our platform.
Skills: Remote leadership and delivering product.
Superpowers: Communicating vision, product ideation, go-to-market strategies and technical recruitment.
Kryptonite: Can talk about vegan recipes for days.
Trivia: I’m a model railroad aficionado.
Skills: Creating revenue and increasing value.
Superpowers: Communication, revenue forecasts, and business models.
Kryptonite: Drop a beat, she will dance pretty much anywhere.
Trivia: Bassoonist — music scholarships paid for her two bachelor’s degrees.
Skills: Building teams and structure to accelerate growth. Marrying the demand side with premium inventory and innovative ad tech.
Superpowers: Making the plan and achieving the plan.
Kryptonite: Kettle chips. The entire bag. They never had a chance.
Trivia: I bought my first album at the real Licorice Pizza.
Skills: Streaming Media and AdTech & DAI.
Superpowers: Sleuthing, MacGyvering, and optimizing AdTech solutions.
Kryptonite: Solving ‘impossible’ problems (or an empty shooting range.)
Trivia: Developed one of the first audio ad insertion systems back in 1999.
Skills: Navigating between the creative and the detail-oriented mentalities in an organization. Keeping everyone on the same page!
Superpowers: No sleep needed. Always on the clock!
Kryptonite: Radio drama- Shadoe Stevens, Firesign Theatre, Joe Frank, Jack Flanders, Live365’s old time radio stations.
Trivia: A high school media mogul. Secured pro bono airtime from the local AM/TV group and sold spots for the drama club’s satirical productions of 1970’s era TV dating shows and music countdowns.
Skills: Creating remote work culture and lean methodology.
Superpowers: I can create a process out of anything. I can manage organizational priorities like no other, and I know way too much about the blockchain ecosystem.
Kryptonite: Mention Web 3.0 and hours will be gone.
Trivia: I did freelance sports journalism in college for beer money.
Skills: Driving SaaS subscriptions and sales, digital audio distribution, internet radio licensing and royalties, and streaming product management.
Superpowers: Seeing 360 views of issues and simplifying complex problems.
Kryptonite: The topic of music or books and going down that rabbit hole.
Trivia: 8 years of college but no degree to show for it.
Skills: Improving bottom lines, relationship building, and ethical selling.
Superpowers: Empathy, positivity, listening, and making deals.
Kryptonite: Starbucks and his wife — the two things he can never say “no” to.
Trivia: Moved to Chicago to study at Improv Olympic and Second City for 15 months only to find out he is not very funny.
Skills: Consultative seller and revenue driver.
Superpowers: Networking, new business development and communication.
Kryptonite: Talker. You can put her in a room with anyone.
Trivia: World traveller — 36 countries and counting.
Skills: Making complex software simple on the inside.
Superpowers: Always two steps ahead, not more, not less. Likes to go deep on interesting problems.
Kryptonite: Put into a large group of people and *poof* he’s gone. 🙂
Trivia: Trained wood carver.
Skills: Driving customer success through tech, Scaling operational frameworks
Superpowers: Remote workforce leadership, professional coaching and career pathfinding, team cohesion, helpdesk ops
Kryptonite: Instant recall: mention a customer’s name, he’ll tell you everything about them from memory.
Trivia: Photographer – While he’s never profited from his creative side, he has been taking photos of urban and nature scenes for years.
Skills: perspective on how to approach problems, methodical mind, eye for details, a problem solver
Superpowers: agility and flexibility, endurance , troubleshooting and fixing problems
Kryptonite: A good and interesting topic can keep me up all night forgetting about time and space
Trivia: In order to feel acomplished in life a person must build a house, plant a tree,have a kid and work with the best. I can say I am accomplished!
Skills: Organizing projects, creative problem solving, designing and documenting processes
Superpowers: Taking initiative and communicating clearly along the way
Kryptonite: Spending hours on Google Maps and forgetting why I was there in the first place
Trivia: I dabble in every creative hobby I can (woodworking, clay figurines, knitting, bass guitar), always looking to learn from and share in others’ creative endeavors.
Skills: Building UIs
Superpowers: Making computers beep boop
Kryptonite: Drum & Base
Trivia: Competed in dancing contests as a child
Skills: Digital audio advertising, creative problem solving, and a whole lot of optimism
Superpowers: Recipe improvisation, VLOOKUPS, rewriting other people’s emails
Kryptonite: Guinness (on tap) and beer battered anything…
Trivia: My go-to karaoke song is Fat Lip by Sum 41
Skills: Customer care and advocation, bug tracking, Automation configuration and connection
Superpowers: Ad Revenue calculations, clear communication, always willing to lend an extra hand
Kryptonite: Games and Crypto, So much as a passing comment on either will open “Pandora’s box”
Trivia: Computers – Building or working on computers in any capacity is a favorite passtime
Skills: Problem Solving, Customer Service
Superpowers: Learning, Troubleshooting
Kryptonite: Chips, Spicy Food
Skills: Troubleshooting, ad insertion deployments
Superpowers: Fixing things without doing anything
Kryptonite: Public speaking
Skills: Software Development, Backend Engineering
Superpowers: Troubleshooting, Squashing sneaky bugs
Kryptonite: Griding Games, Food
Skills: Troubleshooting and research, Strategic thinking, Problem-solving abilities, Software proficiency
Superpowers: Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Curious
Kryptonite: Always jumps to a soccer game with friends if time allows
Trivia: Participated in several computer science Olympics and ranked 3rd in the chess school competition
Skills: Creating custom solutions, building relationships,
Superpowers: Metadata, automation systems, radio programming
Kryptonite: Sour gummy bears! Impossible to eat just one!
Trivia: Has played Guitar Hero competitively for the past 15+ years
Skills: Listening, Communicating and Delivering results
Superpowers: Finding ways to get things done! Attention to details – Hawkeye! Follow Ups…Follow Ups!
Kryptonite: 80s & 90s – The best decades for music. Prove me wrong
Trivia: Launched my first radio station using WINAMP at the age of 14 and took requests on an M.I.R.C. channel
Skills: Sales Growth, New Channel Development
Superpowers: Uncovering hidden opportunities under big rocks
Kryptonite: Anything done on Snow or Ice
Trivia: Invited to go on tour with Ozzy Osbourne as his assistant
Skills: Analytical, research and problem-solving. Building sustainable and complex systems.
Superpowers: Identifying risks in “flawless” designs. Automate everything and embrace change.
Kryptonite: Awesome food and new tech.
Trivia: Love to learn and discover new things so much that I dropped out from university in the last year because it got boring 😁
Skills: Programming, communication, teamwork, organized
Superpowers: Curiosity, problem-solving, mobile dev
Kryptonite: Coffee, a good barbeque and more coffee
Trivia: I love playing and making video games in my spare time
Skills: Creating and maintaining web applications (frontend)
Superpowers: Make stuff happen by writing code
Kryptonite: French fries, I guess
Trivia: Love/hate relationship with my guitar
Skills: Digging for solutions, defining product requirements
Superpowers: Communication and self starter
Kryptonite: History and Politics of first and Second world
Skills: Empathy, communication, leadership
Superpowers: Highly caffeinated and data oriented
Trivia: I love reading manga and watching anime.
Skills: Communication, teaching, problem solving
Superpowers: Calming angry customers, Simply explaining complex concepts
Kryptonite: SUGAR! Specifically cookie dough ice cream. Also, live music of any kind or size.
Trivia: I knocked out my front tooth when I was 16 when I fell into an empty public concrete swimming pool at about the 5 ft mark.
Skills: Troubleshooting, Audio content delivery, KB Writing, Communication
Superpowers: Finding simple solutions to complicated issues.
Kryptonite: Team oriented computer games with a nice group of people may keep me up late in the nights.
Trivia: I’ve been picked up to be part of all my high school sports teams – football, handball and bascketball – because I was the tallest guy in there (6.2” currently).
Skills: Managing networks, planning and executing upgrades
Superpowers: Keeping services online, customer communication
Kryptonite: Leave a plate of cookies out, he will eat more than he cares to admit.
Trivia: I began broadcasting online while I was in elementary school
Skills: Writing, researching, critiquing & caring
Superpowers: Making playlists, learning music-related fun facts, and being able to recite all the lyrics to every Paramore song.
Kryptonite: Put some bubble tea in front of her and she won’t do anything until she’s drank it all.
Trivia: Went to high school with Peter Parker. (Just kidding: she was an extra for “Avengers: Endgame.” Look to the left of Tom Holland’s head during the ending high school hallway scene and you’ll see her in a black hoodie.)
Skills: I design graphics, edit videos, and everything in between.
Superpowers: I can make your logo bigger and make things ✨ pop ✨
Kryptonite: “Adobe Photoshop CC has stopped working”
Trivia: The bags under my eyes are designer
Skills: Creating simplified programs to solve complex problems, building secure systems and programs..
Superpowers: Logic, deep thought.
Kryptonite: Electronic music, a good book.
Trivia: Started programming in the 4th grade.
Skills: Java backend/frontend development and cloud infrastructure.
Superpowers: Finding ways to get things done.
Kryptonite: Lego as a kind of active meditation.
Trivia: ACDC favorite band forever.
Skills: Juggling projects, writing, organizing
Superpowers: Memory, empathy, details details details
Kryptonite: Music obsessed – will stop everything to identify a good song to add to the library. Easily bored – for better or worse, needs lots of stimulus.
Trivia: As a child, wanted to be an astronaut. And, to this day would jump at the opportunity to go to space.
Skills: Communication, critical thinking, innovation
Superpowers: No need for sleep, inspiration from thin air
Kryptonite: Cold energy drinks, any kind of animal
Trivia: I’ve played my first video game before I turned two years old
Skills: Motivation, Critical thinking, Dedication
Superpowers: Determination, Overachieve, Curiosity
Kryptonite: Football (Soccer), Music
Skills: Multi tasking, QuickBooks, payables/receivables
Superpowers: The ability to make my husband do chores with just a look, I can stare at spreadsheets for long periods of time without blinking
Kryptonite: Spam calls from vehicle warranty services
Trivia: These curls are all natural
Skills: Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing
Superpowers: Running Facebook ads and playing video games way too late
Kryptonite: Being in large groups/crowded areas (anxiety) and High Humidity
Trivia: I love video games
Skills: Python, API development
Superpowers: Making integrations easy; Documenting projects as I work on them
Kryptonite: Trying out weird/unfamiliar food
Trivia: Learned piano and guitar by myself
Skills: Clouds, K8S, GitOps
Superpowers: DevOps, Automation 🙂
Kryptonite: food 🙂
Trivia: IT enthusiast
Skills: php, scripting and putting those together. Old tech.
Superpowers: Bug hunting. Prototyping. Cat whisperer.
Kryptonite: Coconut, being asked to dance
Trivia: Amateur electronics engineer. Subnautica playtester. Vintage moped club member.
Skills: Making things pretty. Thinking of the user.
Superpowers: Knowledge of board games. My Rapunzel-like locks of hair.
Kryptonite: Cute indie games. A warm singing voice. Puppies.
Trivia: I walked a catwalk once.
Skills: C++ and Linux Enthusiast, Fast Learner
Superpowers: Can exit VIM
Kryptonite: Long meetings and people who don’t understand why capybaras are so awesome
Trivia: Has a black cat named Nyx
Skills: Problem solving, Goal setting, Motivation
Superpowers: Attention to detail, Communication, Collaboration, Dedication
Kryptonite: Stopping everything I’m doing and cranking speakers to 11 when a favorite song comes on.
Trivia: First experience in a Radio Station studio was at age 7.
Skills: IT infrastructure management, tech support
Superpowers: Adaptability, scripting
Trivia: Enjoy mountain hikes
Skills: Radio Programming, Project Management, Troubleshooting
Superpowers: Work Ethic, Patience
Kryptonite: FIFA – It’s a love hate thing
Trivia: Had my own radio show at the age of 14
Skills: Web Design, Graphic Design, Web Development
Superpowers: UI Design
Kryptonite: Back-end technologies
Trivia: Enthusiastic about new technologies
Skills: Organization, Helping broadcasters, Social Marketing
Superpowers: Wicked fast writer, Multitasking,
Trivia: Rodeo- I’ve been competing in rodeo since I was 8 years old, and have been riding horses my whole life.
Skills: Building brands and marketing disciplines for evolving tech businesses.
Superpowers: Communicating what’s important about tech in regular-person talk. Getting everyone to talk about it the same way.
Kryptonite: Entire Radiohead shows on YouTube. And the Royal Tenenbaums.
Trivia: Opened up for Dave Davies (Kinks). Harmonized with him on a Kinks song.
Skills: Jira, customer success & workflows
Superpowers: OCD, training others & deeper technical things
Kryptonite: Feed me any Star Trek content and I’m good to go.
Trivia: Received the one “most likely to take over the world” award at one company.
Skills: Empathy, writing, customer support
Superpowers: Herding cats, world building, finding ALL the bugs.
Kryptonite: Knowing a ton of things that has nothing to do with the current conversation.
Trivia: Sleeping can be considered a hobby.
Skills: Accounting and clerical support.
Superpowers: Accurate financial records, great customer service skills
Kryptonite: Fresh ideas and creative strategies a plus!
Trivia: I wrote a children’s book called United Eggnations!
Skills: Technical support, Documentation and Testing.
Superpowers: Versatile and have excellent capacity to retain new things.
Kryptonite: Cats – I want to take them all home.
Trivia: My name came from cough syrup lol
Skills: Boiling things down (tomato sauces, user interfaces)
Superpowers: Font identification
Kryptonite: Rich Hickey’s talk on simplicity
Trivia: Won a handwriting award when he was 6
Skills: Supportive, honest
Superpowers: Organized, attention to details
Kryptonite: Chinchillas, puppies
Trivia: The terror of devs
Skills: Coding, dodging circular dependencies
Superpowers: Solving obscure problems, communication
Kryptonite: plants, kitties and old cameras
Trivia: Bonsai -> this is how I balance indoor and outdoor activities