Check out ETC’s Member Curated BIW Playlist!

Baltimore Innovation Week, which runs from September 29 to October 7, is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation throughout the city of Baltimore.

To commemorate the event, the ETC has curated a playlist of songs suggested by our members. Every song on the playlist has a special meaning for the person who suggested it. Check out what music our members listen to to get themselves keyed up for innovation and startup life!

Listen to the complete playlist here, and follow us on Twitter to help pick the official theme song for BIW17.


“Green Light”, Lorde

“This song is about ends and new beginnings. It begins on an emotional low note, but in the first pre-chorus, the song pivots, building into an exultant chorus that celebrates new potentials and possibilities unfolding.”

–Evan Fuller, Co-founder and CMO at Brinkbit


“Everything is Happening Today”, Flock of Dimes

“Jenn Wasner (also of Wye Oak) is one of the Baltimore music scene’s local treasures. In this song, she captures an expansive, visionary perspective. It’s like summiting a mountain: everything below comes into focus in one encompassing scene.”

–Evan Fuller, Co-founder and CMO at Brinkbit


“The Party”, Justice

“It’s just a really good song to play at your desk. It focuses me and puts me in the right mood to enjoy my work.”

–Sean Southerland, Director of Accounts at Kapowza


“Passionfruit”, Drake

“I chose ‘Passionfruit’ by Drake as a reminder that goals are long-distance. We (our companies) are here for the marathon, not a sprint.”

–Chris Chester, Designer at Kapowza


“A Beautiful Mine” RJD2

“I just like Jon Hamm.”

–Han Castenedo, Designer at Kapowza


“Street Fighting Man”, The Rolling Stones

“I think there are a few songs that every innovator needs to listen to, but ‘Street Fighting Man’ by the Rolling Stones is hands down my favorite. Because changing the world isn’t easy and to get out there and build your product or service and deliver it to the world takes that street fighting mentality. I listen to it a lot.”

–Jeremy Bedine, Managing Partner at GridLion


“Won’t Get Fooled Again”, The Who

“The whole meaning of the song comes together at the end when they yell out ‘Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss!’ The act of innovating is a form of rebellion against accepting the limitations of the current order.”

–Jeremy Bedine, Managing Partner at GridLion


“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, The Rolling Stones

“‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ is relatable for any startup founder since regardless of what doesn’t go away, you can’t give up.”

–Win Warfield, CEO of Homies


“You Can Go Your Own Way”, Fleetwood Mac
“The Gambler”, Kenny Rogers
“Despacito”, Luis Fonzi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

“When starting a company, you will take all of the advice you can get, some of the advice is good, and some of it not so good. But advice from musical legends is almost always the best advice, you just have to listen carefully, and sometimes on repeat, for hours. Or days. Each of these songs hold a piece of advice that our team cherishes. Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ reminds us to do whatever you gotta do to do whatever it takes. Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’ sums it all up in two lines ‘You’ve got to know when to hold ’em – Know when to fold ’em.’ And well ‘Despacito’ is just too catchy not to add to the list since we got to choose songs. Long live bad jams of Summer 2017!”

–Margaret Roth, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder of Yet Analytics


“Johnny B. Goode”, Chuck Berry

“It’s widely credited as creating rock and roll. If creating an entire genre of music isn’t innovative, then I don’t know what is.”

–Merlin Patterson, Senior Product Engineer at ClassTracks


“Automatic”, Mondo Cozmo

“Technology, when properly implemented, should always be perceived as working automatically. Everyone wants to say ‘it just works.’”

–Dedrick Siddall, Founder of MasT


“Number One”, Portugal. The Man

“A retrospective on Woodstock, it reflects on how all the suffering and turmoil of the past gets paved over and taken for granted, forming the infrastructure of the modern age. It’s the same for entrepreneurs; the novel innovations of today will be things that tomorrow, will simply be assumed to work.

Both of these songs speak to the truth that when innovation is seamless, when it’s done really, really well, it’s largely unnoticed. Innovators should be humble, and try to remember this.”

–Dedrick Siddall, Founder of MasT