Rishon Blumberg

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Rishon Blumberg
Born (1969-05-30) May 30, 1969 (age 51)
New York, New York
Nationality US
Occupation Co-Founder and Managing Partner, 10x Management, 10x Ascend and Brick Wall Management
Years active 1994-present

Rishon Blumberg (born May 30, 1969) is a technology, entertainment, and nonprofit entrepreneur. He has co-founded three companies - Brick Wall Management, 10x Management, and 10x Ascend - with Michael Solomon. He also helps administer The Kristen Ann Carr Fund for cancer research and serves on the advisory board of Musicians on Call.

With Solomon, Blumberg co-authored his first book, Game Changer: How To Be 10x in the Talent Economy (HarperCollins Leadership; September 22, 2020).

10x has been featured in The New Yorker and Inc., and Blumberg has appeared on Bloomberg Television, the BBC, CNBC and other television networks.

Early life and education

Blumberg was born on May 30, 1969 in New York City. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a degree in entrepreneurial management in 1994.

Early Career

Blumberg began his career in concert promotion, first at Nederlander Concerts and then at Delsener/Slater Enterprises, which later became Live Nation. In 1995, he co-founded Brick Wall Management with Solomon, a music management company that marketed and shaped the careers of John Mayer, Citizen Cope, Vanessa Carlton, William Fitzsimmons, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Clarks[1], Eddie Berman, Martin Sexton, Marc Broussard, Charlie Mars, Ari Hest, Christopher John Campion[2] and others. In 2007, Brick Wall expanded its roster to include songwriters, producers, and directors including Marshall Altman, Michael Counts, Jarett Bellucci, and Adam Landry and entertainment consulting clients including Young & Rubicam, The Rock Boat, Jon Landau Management, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Natalie Merchant, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Human, The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Miramax.

Brick Wall helped produce John Mayer’s music film, Any Given Thursday, which was certified platinum, and produced TV specials including Operatic Heat for PBS. Brick Wall’s roster has won four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, two Emmy Awards and multiple nominations, and sold over 10 million albums, including multiple platinum and gold records. Blumberg also produced the film William Fitzsimmons: Finding Home.

Entrepreneurship

10x Management

In 2012, Blumberg co-founded 10x Management with Solomon and a third partner who exited the company in early 2016.[3][4][5][6] Regarded as the first talent agency for tech professionals, 10x was positioned as an exclusive resource for companies seeking the most coveted freelance tech experts.[7][8][9][10] "We were talent managers working with great bands, and it seemed to us that the next rock stars were likely to be tech stars," said Blumberg in an article in Forbes magazine in June 2020[11]. "That’s what started our company."

Blumberg has since become a thought leader on addressing the challenges of the tech talent shortage[12][13][14][15] and the future of work[16][17][18], including as author of the 2016 article “Whose Job Is It To Manage Freelancers?” in the Harvard Business Review, "The Keys To Finding The Right Tech Talent" in Nasdaq, "What happens when the Trump administration ignores AI", and the cover story of the Summer 2017 edition of the Wharton Club of New York Magazine.

10x Ascend

In 2019, Blumberg co-founded 10x Ascend with Solomon, a stand-alone company whose sole focus is to represent senior level tech talent who had received W2 employment offers in negotiations on salaried compensation packages. 10x Ascend’s representation ranges from direct involvement in negotiations to advising prospective hires on specific aspects of the negotiation process such as counter-offers.[19] 10x Ascend created a free lifestyle calculator designed to help people identify and prioritize lifestyle goals such as salary, job logistics, and work-life balance with a view to informing negotiations with prospective employers.[20]

Other Entrepreneurial Endeavors

In 2015, Blumberg and Solomon became strategic advisors and investors in TestNotice, a web platform that assists drug courts and testing centers manage their programs while increasing compliance and improving user experience on both sides of the marketplace.

In 2010, Blumberg and Solomon partnered with Bruce Springsteen to create the first official app for Springsteen fans.

In 2013, Blumberg and Solomon partnered with filmmaker Josh Franer to produce My Body Belongs to Me, a short film that educates children and parents about child sex abuse. As of May 2020, the film has been viewed over 612,000 times.

Non-Profit Boards

Blumberg helps administer The Kristen Ann Carr Fund, which provides grants for cancer research and seeks to improve all aspects of cancer patient life with an emphasis on adolescents and young adults. He also serves on the advisory board of the Fund’s sister organization, Musicians on Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Personal

Blumberg has been married since 1998 to award-winning doctor Dr. Isabel S. Blumberg, MD, and together they have two sons. Blumberg lives in New York City.

Works

Blumberg is co-author with Michael Solomon of Game Changer: How To Be 10x in the Talent Economy (HarperCollins Leadership; September 22, 2020). Game Changer is about the dual impact that technology and the people who create it are having on the way companies and governments must approach their talent.

Blumberg has presented at SXSW, NYU and for the Wharton Alumni Association, was a speaker on the music industry panel "How Labels and Managers Can Come Out Ahead When the Dust Settles" for Isolate or Innovate! A Music Tectonics forum for pivots, adjustments, and doubling down, and delivered the talk “Managing Tech ‘Rock Stars’ like Real Rock Stars” at TEDxFultonStreet in Manhattan.

Blumberg writes about the future of work and the talent economy on Medium.

References

  1. Taylor, Charles (Aug 17, 2019). "The Clarks: Rock Star Marketers From Pittsburgh". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/charlesrtaylor/2019/08/17/the-clarks-rock-star-marketers-from-pittsburgh/#331780765088. Retrieved 4 June 2020. 
  2. Campion, Christopher John (December 29, 2009). Escape From Bellevue. Penguin. ISBN 9781592405305. https://books.google.com/books?id=Y4LYqBlFzH0C&pg=PT155&lpg=PT155&dq=rishon+blumberg&source=bl&ots=aOBbbpp0qp&sig=ACfU3U0n4YeYKC0Q38q9_WBv1MIuUaxMhQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjHwZG9mOnpAhVsl3IEHY16D684MhDoATABegQICxAB#v=onepage&q=rishon%20blumberg&f=false. Retrieved 4 June 2020. 
  3. Zimmerman, Eilene (September 8, 2014). "Representing Programmers as if They Were Celebrities". The New York Times. https://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/representing-programmers-as-if-they-were-celebrities/. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  4. Vance, Ashlee (April 10, 2013). "Silicon Valley Goes Hollywood: Top Coders Can Now Get Agents". Bloomberg. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-04-10/silicon-valley-goes-hollywood-top-coders-can-now-get-agents. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  5. Lagorio-Chafkin, Christine (July 22, 2013). "Rock Star Treatment: Meet the Agency That Reps Programmers". Inc.. https://www.inc.com/christine-lagorio/rock-star-agency-represents-programmers-10x.html. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  6. "Agents: Representing tech talent". CNBC. November 21, 2014. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2014/11/21/agents-representing-tech-talent-.html. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  7. Widdicombe, Lizzie (November 17, 2014). "The Programmer’s Price: Want to hire a coding superstar? Call the agent.". The New Yorker (November 24, 2014). https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/programmers-price. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  8. Chang, Emily (February 5, 2016). "Is There a Tech Talent Shortage in Silicon Valley?". Bloomberg Technology. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016/2/06/is-there-a-tech-talent-shortage-in-silicon-valley. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  9. Maher, Michael (March 14, 2015). "Why computer programmers need agents". BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-31841690/why-computer-programmers-need-agents. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  10. Younger, Jon (January 28, 2016). "Managing On-Demand Talent". Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2016/01/managing-on-demand-talent?utm_campaign=HBR&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social. 
  11. Younger, Jon (13 June 2020). "Small Can Be Beautiful: Three Up And Coming Curated Freelance Platforms". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyounger/2020/06/13/small-can-be-beautiful-three-up-and-coming-curated-freelance-platforms/#2567f6384a39. Retrieved 13 June 2020. 
  12. Blumberg, Rishon (3 June 2016). "When Finding Talent - Everyone Needs a Personal Shopper". Huffington Post. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/everyone-needs-a-personal_b_10263324?guccounter=1. Retrieved 14 June 2020. 
  13. Blumberg, Rishon (January 11, 2018). "9 Secrets From Tech Talent". Talent Quarterly. https://www.10xmanagement.com/9-secrets-tech-talent/. 
  14. Neil, Shane Paul (May 11, 2016). "3 Companies That Show the Human Touch Still Matters in Tech". Huffington Post. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/3-companies-that-show-the_b_9895898?guccounter=1. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  15. Daisyme, Peter (August 12, 2016). "5 Things to Have in Place Before Hiring Freelancers". Entrepreneur. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/280651. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  16. Younger, Jon (April 19, 2020). "The Big Freelance Skills Needed As Companies Rebuild After COVID 19". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyounger/2020/04/19/the-big-freelance-skills-needed-as-companies-rebuild-after-covid-19/#187d43c72528. Retrieved 4 June 2020. 
  17. Malloy, Daniel (April 22, 2017). "Could the Biggest Win for Taxpayers be Artificial Intelligence?". Ozy. https://www.ozy.com/news-and-politics/could-the-biggest-win-for-taxpayers-be-artificial-intelligence/79771/. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  18. Chang, Emily (April 22, 2016). "What You Need to Know About the Uber Settlement". Bloomberg. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-4-22/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-uber-settlement. Retrieved 3 June 2020. 
  19. Ha, Anthony (July 17, 2019). "10x Ascend aims to help tech talent with job negotiations". TechCrunch. https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/17/10x-ascend/. Retrieved 2 June 2020. 
  20. Blumberg, Rishon (27 December 2019). "How to Negotiate a Better Raise if You're a Tech Professional". Cheddar. https://cheddar.com/media/how-to-negotiate-a-better-raise-if-youre-a-tech-professional. Retrieved 14 June 2020. 

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