Artists First

Since 2006, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers. We’ve connected artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. ReverbNation’s mission puts Artists First.

Our powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging artists from around the world access to the global music industry.

The results speak for themselves.

Our Team

Mike Doernberg

CEO and Co-Founder

Mike’s successful entrepreneurial career in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina stems from his experience in marketing and management of technology and Internet business and his BA in accounting from North Carolina State University. Past ventures include SmartPath, a marketing software company, and Marathon Partners, an Internet services organization. All told, Mike has led three successful venture-backed startups in the software technology space.

Chris Smith

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Chris has extensive experience as a financial and operating executive for growth companies, including a stint as Vice President with Jefferies & Co. (Broadview) and Venture Manager at the Epperson Group, a technology incubator. Chris received his MBA from Stanford University and has experience in investment banking, private equity, and building a startup business within a large corporation.

Robert Hubbard

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Robert thrives on the challenge and culture of the software startup scene. After receiving his MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked in many successful startups, including Burl Software as a Software Engineer, Marathon Innovations as a Senior Software Engineer, SmartPath as Director of Development, and DoubleClick as Director of Development.

Steve Jernigan

Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder

After a trip through firms large and small,domestic and international, and in various high-tech sectors; Steve has found his home managing the complexity that comes with a high traffic site. While not deciphering the matrix, he enjoys reading about application performance management and worrying about disasters that will probably not come to pass. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lou Plaia

EVP, Music and Co-Founder

Lou’s success in the music business stems from his 15 years at Atlantic Records and Lava Records, where he last served as Head of Marketing and Artist Development. Lou has worked with and/or developed artists such as Jewel, Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, George Carlin, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O.A.R., Simple Plan and many others. He was also responsible for negotiating partnerships with Nascar, Schick and Disney. Lou received his MBA from Dowling College.

Jean Michel

General Counsel

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jean moved to the Triangle to earn his LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law. Jean gained significant legal experience in a variety of practice areas as a result of his time at both international and boutique law firms. He previously served as in-house counsel for a publicly traded multinational manufacturer of semiconductor LED materials headquartered in Durham.

Our Culture

We focus on innovation and continual improvement—in our products and with our people. Our entrepreneurial roots lead us to ask tough questions and work hard to find the true answer.We believe that to create great things, to continually bring value to our musicians and the industry, we need an exceptional team. We strive to create an environment that lets each team member excel at what they do best. Yet despite this intensity, we believe that our people have lives outside of work. We not only respect that balance, we also believe that it’s our responsibility to support them there as well.The personality and drive of each employee makes ReverbNation a great place to work.