Vinitha Watson - Founder

Vinitha Watson - Founder

Vinitha is an entrepreneur, design strategist, and artist. She opened Google’s first office in India and was a fellow at Institute for the Future.  Vinitha is the founder and Executive Director of Zoo Labs, the world's first music accelerator.  Zoo Labs sits at the intersection of art and business and is about re-imagining entrepreneurship as a creative endeavor and supports teams of artists leading with their vision and craft.  With roots in Silicon Valley our non-profit brings together some of the best mentors in tech, business, and art to have a hand in shaping the future—something bigger than its parts. Sometimes people ask her if she’s crazy. And she might well be.

David Watson - Co-Founder & Executive Director

David Watson - Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dave is a music producer and computer scientist. In 2007, he co-founded The Zoo (the first incarnation of Zoo Labs), a music incubator located in Oakland, CA, where he is still an actively involved as a music producer and mentor. Prior to that, he worked for Google, Inc. as a Staff Software Engineer. David holds a B.S. in Creative Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Brad Dollar - Chief of Music Development

Brad Dollar - Chief of Music Development

Brad Brad is an inspired producer, songwriter & engineer. An SF Bay Area native, he has been cultivating music & developing artists since his youth. His passion for merging our human connection into songs that move people has carved out a place for Brad to help others achieve their greatest creative visions. This has lead him to elevate artists such as Bob Weir, Slightly Stoopid & G Eazy and connect platforms like MTV, Airbnb & Jack Daniels to the freshest sounds. Brad comes to Zoo Labs with a deep desire to infuse new energy, ideas & heart into reclaiming value for art.

Brendan Dreaper

Brendan Dreaper

Brendan is a sound engineer, band manager and musician. Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, he has embarked on numerous creative adventures including drumming for various groups, apprenticing as a studio glass artist and managing emerging artists under Mixtape Management. He is fascinated with how the process of studio and live sound engineering amplifies an artist's voice and when he's not at Zoo Labs he can be found making those voices heard as a live sound engineer at The Independent, Neck of the Woods and UnderCover Presents. 

BJ McBride - A&R

BJ McBride - A&R

Benjamin “BJ” McBride is the Co-Founder of BE-IMAGINATIVE, Artist Manager for SOL Development & Mino Yanci, and Lead Curator for Zoo Labs. Prior to taking on these positions, BJ was the Communications Coordinator for Blue Shield of California Foundation, Special Assistant to Mayor Kevin Johnson for the City of Sacramento where he worked on projects like the retention of the Sacramento Kings. He also has worked with Sony Music Entertainment Columbia Records in the A&R department and Universal Music Group, contracting and licensing department. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree in African- American Studies with a concentration in History and Political Science and a Minor in Urban Education from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  

Lance Coleman - Social Weaver & Zoo Labs Alumn

Lance Coleman - Social Weaver & Zoo Labs Alumn

Lance has worked in the music industry in a number capacities including being a digital strategist, artist, and social weaver. He has worked on projects for Kanye West, Drake, Jeezy, Jill Scott, America's Cup, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, T.I., G-Eazy, and more. As an artist he has been featured on XXL, MTV, and has amassed a large online following. His experience gives him unique in-depth understanding of new technologies, the intricacies of content creation and how to work with artists and technology companies while recognizing the nuances of their constraints and motivations.

Bosco Kante - Zoo Labs Advisor & Alumn

Bosco Kante - Zoo Labs Advisor & Alumn

Bosco started his music career music while still at USC completing his Mechanical Engineering Degree by producing the theme song to the hit TV show In Living Color. His career blossomed from there as his production, songwriting, and mastery of the talkbox led to a Grammy with Kanye West, two additional Grammy Nominations and hit records with platinum recording artists Drake, Skrillex, Big Boi, J. Cole, Janelle Monae, and many more. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, he is a Mechanical Engineer and founder of a new music tech hardware startup called ElectroSpit, a wearable voice synth that supercharges your vocals.