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AudioCommon's Founder on Why Business School Is Worth It

Philip Cohen
Philip CohenCourtesy Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen has a colorful résumé. The co-founder of AudioCommon, a new online platform that gives artists tools to work with collaborators and helps fans find new music, enrolled at the MIT Sloan School of Management after a seven-year tour as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Before that, he had designs on a career in professional hockey that were derailed by an injury. But at heart he’s a musician: He has played guitar and written songs since his teens.

His business school goal? To learn how to make a small idea into a business. Last week, AudioCommon, his answer to the technological limits facing musicians, launched at technology festival South by Southwest. Cohen spoke with us about writing songs in Afghanistan, the real value of business school, and why you should never be afraid to start a company. Here are edited excerpts.