Dean Newton

Dean is an Investment Manager based in Nashville, TN. Dean serves as an adviser to portfolio companies to address strategic and operational challenges, especially as they relate to social networks, information technology, intellectual property and social media. In addition to Relevance, Dean serves as Asst. General Counsel at Blackboard Inc., with responsibility for the company's "Connect" mass communication and "Collaborate" web conferencing divisions. Prior to Relevance, Dean was Chief Operating Officer of Emotive Communications, a company he co-founded in 2006 to enable the peer-to-peer distribution of media through social networks using mobile devices. He first joined Emotive co-founders Anthony Stonefield and Shane Dewing as General Counsel at Moviso, the first and largest ringtone company in North America, where he authored the first licensing structures that brought music to mobile phones. Many of his licensing regimes continue to govern mobile media revenue models. InfoSpace Inc. acquired Moviso, where Dean continued as Vice President of Business Affairs and Entertainment at InfoSpace Mobile, serving on its senior management team and managing the Entertainment Media group, where he was responsible for structuring and negotiating entertainment content, new media and technology-related transactions, as well as distribution agreements with carrier, handset manufacturer, retail and online portal partners. He is a music and technology attorney by training, having worked at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown in Beverly Hills, California where his practice included representing recording artists, music producers, writers, entertainment and new media companies in entertainment-related transactions. He began his career in corporate practice with Los Angeles-based firm Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP. Dean is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received both B.A. and J.D. degrees.