So, see if you can follow along as we connect the dots:
Peter Gotcher, the Chairman and co-founder of Santa Monica-based music startup Topspin Media, has scored an Emmy award, for his work in co-founding firm Digidesign. The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award was given over the weekend to the founders of Digidesign, by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Mr. Gotcher was presented the Philo T. Farnsworth award for his role in the creation of the AVID digital video editor, now the non-linear gold standard for editing film and television. Somewhere along the line, AVID was merged with Digidesign, the company that also produces ProTools, the gold standard for music and audio studio production software.
Mr. Gotcher is also a principal in the a company called Topspin, which is the gold standard for "direct to fan" music merchandising and fan-base management. I just started using Topspin for a new band I'm working with, The Waymores.
So, let's see… I write a book, the academy creates an award, and now the guy who created the web-platform I've been using has won the award.
Glad I could make all those connections for you…