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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

Co-Founder, Board Member

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

Co-Founder, Creative Advisor

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

Engineer Extraordinaire

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.

Jessica Smith

Principal Partner

My Story

Background & Expertise

As Principal Partner, Jessica oversees business development and operations for The Main Stage's digital Story Vault investor platform.

Prior to joining The Main Stage, Jessica served as COO for Westlake Realty Group and its affiliate companies. She also held various leadership positions in Boston, Seattle and the Bay Area with the RMR Group, (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company, and Westcore Properties based out of San Diego. She is also an advisor to Music and Medicine, an initiative that connects innovative healthcare startups to musicians to help tell their story and facilitate impact.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Franklin Pierce University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends in Mill Valley and working on her creative writing projects.

Jerry Harrison

Co-Founder

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

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