Damian Manning is a technologist, investor and serial entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of commercial innovation and a dedication to creating groundbreaking online experiences for consumers. With his latest venture Hifi, Damian leverages the passion that fans share for music to transform the social media landscape.
Prior to Hifi, Damian was co-founder, CEO and the principal architect of Echospin, a technology company whose pioneering solutions enabled rights holders to sell and promote digital, physical and mobile goods directly to fans across the globe. Acquired in 2010, Echospin’s partners included all four major labels, Disney and Live Nation, among many others.
Damian’s extensive experience also includes serving as Managing Partner for Digital Strategy Partners, a firm specializing in media technology services for clients including Yahoo!, Citigroup, The New York Times, MediaNet and Viacom. Prior to founding Digital Strategy Partners, Damian was Vice President, Digital Media, for MTV Networks. There he was responsible for leading the global digital media strategy of the MTV Networks online properties, including more than 60 brands and affiliates around the world. It was during his tenure at MTV that Damian secured the first of many patents for his achievements over the years.
Damian began his career in 1995 at the dawn of the Internet Age, on the front lines at IDT as Senior Technologist. He helped the organization grow from hundreds to millions of customers, and from a private to a publicly traded company. He participated in the first Netscape browser distribution deal, the architecting of the Net2Phone VoIP software, and developed the company’s award-winning Internet access package. After IDT, Damian went on to assist ICES in building one of the very first global business-to-business eCommerce platforms, where he served as Director, Research & Development. He also co-founded e-Save Networks, where he held the position of Director, Technology.