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Mixhalo

Mixhalo

Mixhalo is a technology company that has created a closed wifi network capable of transmitting audio in near real-time from a sound source to an app on a smartphone. It was founded in 2016 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Overview

Mixhalo’s technology allows attendees to stream live audio in real time (<1/10 second) directly from the audio source to their own devices and headphones. The product allows users at sporting events, conferences, interpretation activities, music festivals or any live event to plug directly into the live audio source in real time using Mixhalo’s closed WIFI (not event WIFI) network, which does not interfere with nor depend upon other WIFI networks. End users access it via the Mixhalo app or as an SDK embedded in an event provider’s app. 

How Mixhalo Works

Mixhalo’s low-latency, network-based data delivery platform consists of three key parts:

· A server connecting directly to a sound mixer or public address system

· A custom wireless solution with no tax on venue requiring neither WIFI nor a cellular network

· A mobile app delivering sound directly to attendees’ own phones*

Venues and live event organizers connect the server to their sound mixer or PA system to begin the process. Mixhalo’s custom protocol is optimized for light-weight reliable delivery and is compatible with the most common live audio hardware and software platforms.

A wireless solution is deployed through Mixhalo antennas, designed for real-time data transmission. The audio data is ingested and compressed -- while preserving fidelity -- and packetized using a proprietary protocol (similar to RTP). It is then forwarded to the Mixhalo wireless solution and received by event attendees via the free Mixhalo app or the venue or organizer’s own app (via Mixhalo SDK**).

Mixhalo’s partners can monetize the platform as they see fit while providing a free, enhanced audio experience to all of their guests. One way to monetize Mixhalo includes allowing fans to pay for VIP tickets to observe the concert from the side of the stage while utilizing the product. 



History

Mixhalo was co-founded by Mike Einziger and Ann Marie Simpson-Einziger in 2016. Mixhalo closed Series A financing in 2019, raising $10.71M from Foundry Group, Founders Fund, Sapphire Sport, Defy VC, Cowboy Ventures, and Red Light Management and a group of angels who joined prior investors including Metallica, Pharrell, Rick Rubin, Jude Gomila, Another Planet, Superfly, and C3.



Timeline

July 2019

Mixhalo raises a $10,700,000 series A round from Founders Fund, Cowboy Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Foundry Group and Defy Partners.

August 2016

Mixhalo was founded by Mike Einziger and Ann Marie Calhoun.

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People

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Allison Bernal

Product Associate



Ann Marie Simpson-Einziger

Co-Founder, Co-Chairman



Chrystine Villarreal

VP of Business Development



Corey LaPlante

General Counsel and VP of Operations



Jude Gomila

Advisor



Marc Ruxin

CEO



Michael Einziger

Co-Founder, Co-Chairman



Miguel Ruelas

Event Production



Nate Pollack

Product



Paul Kramer

Product Engineer



Pharrell Williams

Advisor



Tate Galbraith

Full Stack Engineer



Ted Whitacre

Event Production Coordinator



Tiffany Hughes

VP of Design



Vik Singh

CTO



Further reading

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Incubus Guitarist Michael Einziger's Startup Mixhalo Raises $10.7 Million for Better Live Event Audio

Janko Roettgers

Web

July 23, 2019

Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger's Audio Tech Startup Mixhalo Raises $10.7M

Carolyn Giardina

Web

July 23, 2019

Mixhalo Live-Audio Tech Startup Remixes Management, Raises $10.7M From Major Bands, VCs

David Bloom

Web

July 24, 2019

Mixhalo raises $10.7M to bring better sound quality to live events

Anthony Ha

Web

July 23, 2019

Mixhalo: Making Great Strides In Democratizing Live Sound (Part One)

D. S. Bradford

Web

July 23, 2019

Mixhalo: Making Great Strides In Democratizing Live Sound (Part Two)

D. S. Bradford

Web

July 23, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Experiencing MIXhalo with Incubus and Pharrell - Part 1

May 17, 2017

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July 18, 2019
WebWire
After a successful run of Las Vegas shows in April, 1MORE, the company behind the world's first THX Certified headphones, will continue delivering award winning sound during Aerosmith's DEUCES ARE WILD Residency. Fans who purchase tickets for the onstage VIP section this summer and fall, will be treated to an unforgettable experience featuring Aerosmith, America's Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Band, and their own pair of THX Certified 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones to use during the show...

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