Team



Our purpose: We believe the road to sustained existence for musicians is too expensive, too hard, and useful information too scattered. We exist to unite musicians and fans for a fulfilling experience within local markets by providing an effective means to communicate in music genres of choice, and provide a door onto the globe with inspired fans.

Here is a tool where local and global fans can earn by sharing in a social setting within their hometowns. A win-win for musicians, and music fans.

Grow together, behind the idea of building economic diversity, empowered by underserved individuals in hometowns everywhere.

Interested in joining our team? Contact John Cole: E-mail.




Percolator at El Farole

John Cole: CEO, founder and lead developer

John is a long time graphic designer with a musical soul. He was a publisher having worked years building other publications, books, and catalogs.

In October 2015, John started to learn PHP, CSS, and MySql ... bootstrapping Muezbiz. This initial working product has everything necessary for a social media environment from posting, replying and sharing, setting up user defined clubs similar to a band page, uploading “sellable” and ”sharable” creative content; establishing stores and adding product; contacting a globe of like-minded local retailers; adding events; a buy path with barcodes for merchandise and tickets; archiving user posts, ads and purchases; self-serve advertising; sales reports; and messaging to individuals and communities.

Awards: In the summer of 2018, John was awarded ABQid’s lean startup workshop at ProjectY in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In the spring of 2020, John was awarded participation in the NMFast program — mentored by Del Macky out of the Arrowhead Center at NMSU — on how to submit to the National Science Foundation a SBIR/STTR grant. The NSF accepted our initial pitch requesting interest in the full proposal in September, 2020. On December 3, 2020 the proposal was submitted. If funded, studies will begin at NMSU, UNM and CNM in the summer of 2021.

John’s Past and Present: Publisher including content management, designer, production, quality control, writer, photographer, ad sales, and delivery of Santa Fe OneHeart magazine, 2009 – 2012. Specializing design and production for art books and catalogs for various publishers including The Smithsonian Institute Press, The University of New Mexico Press, and Museum of New Mexico Press, 1982 –. Publication designer for many local magazines, 1987 – 2009. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981 – 1985. Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1979. New Mexico Military Institute, 1971.




Malachy O'Connell: Developer at large. A full stack developer with a focus on Ruby.

Malachy volunteered time occasionally guiding this older guy some much needed help. I met Malachy at a Santa Fe Incubator start up event in 2013. We continued to meet at the Code4 Meetups. Presently, he is fully employed at Los Alamos National Labs.



Consultants

The Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University; Del Mackie, NMFast; Activate New Mexico; Santa Fe Innovates; ABQid; and Santa Fe Incubator. David King, Entrepreneur, MBA, CMA, CPA mentoring finance. Yun Li, Arrowhead entrepreneur in residence mentoring startup strategy and investment.





Music is our first vertical market

Muezbiz plans to grow beyond music with its approach to marketing and distributing with revenue sharing focused on regions within user’s interests. In the future, any digital downloadable product may have a home in Muezbiz.com.


John Cole


John’s portrait above, was taken by Santa Fe, New Mexico photographer Coad Miller.
I was playing mandolin at El Farol during Tone Forest's Tuesday night blues jam.