Pono: Neil Young’s Hot New Music Player. 

If you’ve seen the Pono video, you were awed by the sheer volume of big-name supporters: musicians from Elton John to Jack White and everyone in between. In addition to the time it took to collect all of that footage, the Pono team has been developing the product for over three years, and it’s paid off. Pono is breaking fundraising records on Kickstarter, and plans to ship the product this fall.

Meet the Makers

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Image by Dustin Finkelstein.

Attempting to “revive the soul of music” is no easy feat. To tackle the challenge, Neil has assembled quite an impressive team:

Neil Young
The Voice of PonoMusic
John Hamm
CEO and Team Leader
Elliot Roberts
Artist Relations Executive
Pedram Abrari
Consumer Experience leader
Phil Baker
PonoPlayer Development Leader
Ole Lütjens
Player App
Joe Rice
Player App
Charles Hansen
Audio Technology
Mike Nuttall
Industrial Design
Joe Harley
Computer Audio Technology
Steve Silberman
Computer Audio Technology
Liam Casey
Manufacturing
Andre Yousefi
Manufacturing & Engineering
Simon Gatrall
Manufacturing & Engineering
Phil Stob
Manufacturing & Engineering
William Mitchell
Graphic Design, Audio & Video
Toshi Onuki
Art Direction
Adam Hanft
Marketing Content
Franz Krachtus
Photography & Graphic Design
Vann Alexandra Daly
Kickstarter
Gigi Brisson
Investment Management
Harvey Allison
Investment Management
Rick Cohen
Legal Support
Pentagram
Website Design
Dave Paulsen
Hardware, Firmware, Electronics
Dave Gallatin
Hardware, Firmware, Electronics
Ben Johnson
Graphic Design
Kris Kunz
Graphic Design
Mark Faulkner
Graphic Design
Hannah Johnson
Graphic Design
Lucas Hanft
Marketing Content


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