Stephen Blackwell
Stephen Blackwell

Stephen Blackwell, a digital media-focused entrepreneur, founded and launched the popular music and lifestyle platform Death and Taxes nearly a decade ago. Having grown the company into a major media entity with a millennial focus, Stephen Blackwell engineered an exit after five years.

After the 2014 acquisition of Death and Taxes by SpinMedia, which encompasses properties such as SPIN and VIBE, Mr. Blackwell became the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He guided SpinMedia to an acquisition by Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group two years later and oversaw that company’s operations as Chief Strategy Officer. His areas of leadership included revenue operations, business development, programmatic revenue and marketing and digital strategy.

Stephen Blackwell’s accomplishments include directing and producing major partnerships with global brand leaders such as American Airlines, Toyota, Microsoft, Ford, Brown-Forman and more. At present, he is an investor and serves on the board of the peer-to-peer influence start-up Rep and is an adviser to the LiveXLive, the leader in live-music streaming.