Cymbal: When the Music Stops
I record each episode of Early Stage with the hope of discovering someTHING special: a tip for raising capital, a secret strategy for growth hacking or closing big deals, or the even the best way to manage a growing staff.
Today, I present to you someONE special. It's not easy to share a narrative of your startup shutting down, but that's exactly what Charlie Kaplan is here to do. I was going to use the word failure to describe Cymbal, the “Instagram for music” startup he led with founders Gabriel Jacobs, Amadou Crookes and Mario Gomez-Hall, but that wouldn't quite do it justice. How can you measure the professional growth of Cymbal's young leadership team over the past three years, the deep connections forged on their platform over a shared passion for music, and Cymbal comments that turned into relationships and even, as you'll hear soon, marriages?
Charlie's incredible stories often left me speechless, and his beautiful answer to my final question was the most profound 5 minutes of my year.
Enjoy listening to the life and times of this intrepid startup. Long live Cymbal.