Ben Drury - CEO & Founder, 7Digital
Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of dotmusic.com, an internal venture at United News and Media. Dotmusic quickly became a leading online music destination attracting over 1.8m unique users per month (in 1999).
In 2000 Ben was headhunted by BT Group to head up the broadband music efforts at their ISP BT Openworld. As Head of Music at BT, Ben successfully launched a major music channel before leading the acquisition of his old company dotmusic in 2002. At BT, Ben pioneered music and video downloads on dotmusic with the UK’s first unlimited subscription offer.
Following the partnership between BT and Yahoo! to form BT Yahoo! in 2003, Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo! for approx. £3.3m.
Ben then founded 7digital with James Kane in 2004 with the vision of creating a digital media marketplace. Tapping into the burgeoning demand for digital media, 7digital operates services that bring together suppliers and consumers of digital media.
7digital is backed by Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital Europe) – one of Europe’s leading technology venture capital firms and in January 2008 7digital raised £4.25m in its series B investor round.
In September 2008 7digital.com was the first company in Europe to launch DRM-free MP3 downloads with all four major record labels.
Ben was named by Growing Business magazine as a Young Gun 2006 – the award for leading entrepreneurs under 35 and in 2007, 7digital was awarded the prestigious Red Herring award Top 100 Europe Award as one of the most promising technology companies in Europe. In 2008, Ben was a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
As of October 2008, 7digital employs 45 people in London and Cologne and has over 1.3 million registered customers.
Ben graduated from King’s College London with BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy of Science. He is also the Deputy Chairman and Director of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and a board director the Official UK Charts Company.
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