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9. Nathan Hubbard’s stealth project


Age: 41
Education: B.A., politics, Princeton University, 1997; MBA, Stanford University, 2004
Career: CEO of e-commerce and ticketing platform Musictoday when it was purchased by Live Nation in 2006; named president of Live Nation Ticketing in 2007; promoted to CEO of Live Nation Ticketing in 2008; named CEO of Ticketmaster in 2010 after it merged with Live Nation; Twitter vice president of global media and commerce 2013-16; currently an occasional contributor to Bill Simmons’ The Ringer podcast.

The next career move for Nathan Hubbard, formerly Ticketmaster chief executive and Twitter vice president, is a closely guarded industry secret. Hubbard, moonlighting as an “unpaid intern” writing for Bill Simmons’ The Ringer, has indicated his forthcoming project is in stealth mode. Given his pedigree working with and for entertainment industry heavyweights such as Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino, it’s expected that it will make a major impact.

In the meantime, Hubbard’s columns, Twitter feed and occasional podcast appearances have been hugely entertaining and often provocative. They come with all the liberating freedom and insight from a smart Princeton and Stanford-trained executive not under any pressures from Wall Street, corporate decorum, contractual restrictions or other trappings. One such proclamation last summer: “The season ticket is dead.”