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Helping musicians find their biggest fans is our favorite thing to do.

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What will you do with AE? Check out some of our creative case studies for inspiration.

 


Jeff

Jeff Mitchell
Co-founder and CTO at AE

During my career I’ve worked for technology companies big and small in Canada, New Zealand and the US. I believe technology solutions should help to connect people, but that it should be done in a fair and transparent manner that benefits all. Outside work I’m a lifelong video game junkie but also read quite a bit and enjoy the great outdoors for hiking and camping.

Jeff recommends…

🎶 Critical Hit by Yukon BlondeA great album to enjoy throughout the summer, and I look forward to seeing where else Yukon Blonde will go with their music.

💻 NASA’s Exoplanet Travel BureauSpace, The final frontier. Where no one has vacationed before….

🎲 EthnosThis game is a nuanced combination of earning points for playing card sets and controlling the map. It’s quick, lots of fun, and full of replay potential.

🎮 RUINER: A stylish and fast-paced top-down cyberpunk shooter, with a kick-ass soundtrack to boot. Go get ‘em, puppy!

🎶 Worm’s Heart by The ShinsClassic indie sound with an interesting twist.


Annabel


Annabel Youens
Co-founder and CMO at AE

I believe that truly successful internet businesses have to connect people. {wave} When I’m not online I’m exploring beautiful Vancouver Island. Things I love: everything sci-fi, literary fiction, coffee, Google Music, my workhorse sewing machine and board games.


Annabel recommends…

📺 The Americans on FX: Badass Russian spies, some of the best dialogue on TV, and 1980s nostalgia.

🍦 Parachute Ice Cream: Parachute is a local ice cream company based in Victoria, BC and they make THE BEST ICE CREAM I’VE EVER HAD.

📺 The Great Interior Design Challenge: If you like interior design, British accents, and contestants under pressure, this show should be your next Netflix binge.

🎲 Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game: a cold, bleak, desolate feeling with a touch of zombies. Enjoy!

📚 The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown: glamor, glitz, back-stabbing, social climbing, legendary authors and ladies trying to get it all done.

 


Mike

 

Mike Penhall
Senior Developer at AE

I hold down the southern hemisphere’s branch of AE from a farm in rural New Zealand. When I’m not programming I love travelling, playing music, collecting old video games, and hanging with wife and two pugs, Iggy and Sid.


Mike recommends…

🎶 Nasir by Nas: Hip hop‘s greatest living rapper teams up with one of its greatest producers for seven killer hip hop tracks.

🎶 Sam Cooke: Smooth soul sounds from one of the all time greats.

🎶 Love is for Losers by The Longshot:  Green Day’s singer goes (sort of) back to basics with a new side project.

🎮 Persona 5: Fight monsters whilst attending Japanese high school. A completely unique gaming experience and very highly recommended.

📚 NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis: It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the band or just great rock ‘n’ roll biographies in general, this is a must.

🎮 Xenoblade Chronicles: classic JRPG, great graphics and excellent British voice acting

 


Jennifer

Jennifer Tigner
Intermediate Developer at AE

I love indoor things like logic puzzles, Star Trek, UFC, music, and whiskey. I also love outdoor things like astronomy, geocaching, and kayaking! ✨ When I’m not off trying new hobbies, I really love to code. After all, it’s like a logic puzzle with new challenges every day. I love how AE brings a secure and unique way to connect companies to their customers, and I love that I’m a part of that!

Jenn recommends…

📺 Westworld: Fantastic ideas and concepts, great storytelling, and amazing acting from the likes of Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Woods, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, and more.

📱 Florence: Florence is a short game, but its standout design, music, and storytelling make it absolutely worth 45 minutes of your time.

🎶 Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe: This album shows a true and rare talent. It’s worth taking the time to listen in full without distractions — it will enrich your day, I promise.

🖥 OK Go Sandbox: The band OK Go created this website to teach others about all the technical work that goes into their amazing music videos.

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