ABOUT US

Meet The Crew

The Main Stage is led by a group of experienced and dedicated individuals with a diverse range of investment and technological expertise. We are here to provide strategic support to companies and investors as they navigate the fundraising process.

Brian Smith

Founder & CEO

My Story

Background & Expertise

Brian is a highly experienced investor and the Co-Founder and CEO of RedCrow™ Inc., a direct investment and marketing platform that specializes in cutting-edge healthcare startups.

In the past, Brian cut his teeth in business working as a product marketing specialist with Newbalance and Reebok, before stints with Abbot Labs and then as a high net worth wealth manager at Morgan Stanely's Boston office. As an investor and entrepreneur, he has dedicated his career to transforming traditional ways in which companies raise capital and tell their story. He spends his days enjoying the California sunshine with his wife Jessica and two daughters.

What has been the highlight of your entrepreneurial journey?

Starting two companies in a space that needed to bring more support and exposure to amazing innovations, and to do it with partners who I enjoy going to work with every day.

What was your best gig?

Being a Dad to my Daughters!

Favorite Song Lyric

"All I want from Tomorrow, is to get it better than today."
- Huey Lewis and the News, "Jacob's Ladder"

Aishlin Harrison

Founder & COO

My Story

Background & Expertise

Hailing from the Bay area, Aishlin is not only the Co-Founder of The Main Stage but a passionate entrepreneur, artist, and musician. An alum of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she earned her BFA from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

She is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology from USC. Her other professional roles include serving as RedCrow’s Creative Advisor, an investment marketing platform for healthcare companies.

What was your best gig?

My band played Bottle Rock, the music festival in Napa...that was pretty sweet.

Favorite Band/Artist

PJ Harvey

Ben Osheroff

Founder & CTO

My Story

Background & Expertise

Ben began writing code at the age of 13 and was already working with internet startups by 19. As a Principal Engineer of the infrastructure group at Zendesk, he developed the popular MySQL change-data capture tool Maxwell's Daemon.

He possesses highly extensive expertise in streaming systems, databases, and scalable architectures. Always expanding his skill set, he is currently learning the basics of Machine Learning and working on a musician-focused side project that you can learn more about here. On a regular day, you can find him spending time with his wife and demanding cat in Lagunitas, California.

How do you channel creativity into your work?

I find that my work is often a matter of throwing my mind against a problem, repeatedly, until cracks begin to form and I gain enough understanding of the matter to continue.

Favorite Band

Probably Tom Waits if we're going for all-time. It changes sometimes.

Jerry Harrison

Founder & Chairman of the Board

My Story

Background & Expertise

Jerry is a veteran in the investment and crowdfunding world, as well as the Co-Founder of companies such as RedCrow™, Orphirex Inc., and the record label GarageBand. GarageBand was one of the first companies to leverage crowd-sourcing and the internet to identify up-and-coming artists that were signed and later released. He also served on the Board of Directors of early Silicon Valley companies including MicroUnity and IODA.

As a legendary keyboardist and guitarist, you may recognize him from beloved rock bands such as Modern Lovers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Talking Heads. His unyielding passion for music has led him to release several solo albums and produce songs for well-known bands like Foo Fighters, Live, Crash Test Dummies, and Fine Young Cannibals. In addition to living out his rockstar and music producer dreams, Jerry is a loving family man with a wife and three children.

What gets me up in the morning?

Espresso

1st Concert

Herman’s Hermits and the Animals — I went to see the Animals July 31, 1966

Keith Newman

Director of Business Development

My Story

Background & Expertise

Keith is an accomplished media and technology executive who has worked with many successful tech and media organizations. He has held management roles for companies such as Nasdaq, ReCode, PodTech, IDG, and CMP.

His professional pursuits have evolved over the years. He first began his career as a writer and editor and then transitioned into an innovative media and technology consulting firm with leading B2B media companies. He currently works with early-stage companies looking to scale and expand. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and has completed graduate coursework at San Jose State and Stanford University.

What makes you get up in the morning?

I have this loop playing in my head every morning -> How we gonna change the world, how we gonna change the world, why are we here? Let's make it happen

First Concert

My Aunt took me to see The Temptations when I was like 10. Life changing. Parts of my body moved that I didn't realize could move!

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