Scooter Braun

Entertainment Talent Manager and Entrepreneur

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Scooter Braun is the quintessential entrepreneur of the millennial generation. One of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Braun is the force behind some of today’s most well-known musical acts. As founder of SB Projects, Braun has proven himself deeply attuned to the intersection of popular culture, emerging media and technology, and social entrepreneurship. Braun engages audiences with the story of how he built his career, the way he approaches the marketing of talent, and the deep necessity of embracing failure, providing audiences with the understanding how to create impact in any endeavor.

About Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun is one of the entertainment industry’s biggest power brokers and the founder of SB Projects, a diversified entertainment and media company with ventures at the intersection of music, film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. Today, Braun has managed a roster of the top pop culture icons under his management, record label, and publishing companies that include Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Usher, Karlie Kloss, Tori Kelly, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Black Eyed Peas, and Martin Garrix to name a few.

Braun has broken more new artists than any other music executive in the last decade and now has expanded his reach by establishing a fund, which invests in some of the largest management, media, and rights companies in the industry. SB Projects houses a film and television production division which led to Braun making waves in the industry with his first documentary film, Never Say Never. SB Projects also continues to impact new verticals under its tech incubator, Silent Labs, which holds investments in Uber, Spotify, Songza, Casper, Waze, and Pinterest among others.

While in High School, Braun entered a video documentary contest for National History Day with a 10-minute piece entitled “The Hungarian Conflict, about Jews in Hungary before, during, and after the Holocaust.” The film was inspired by his grandparents, Holocaust survivors who fled Hungary shortly before the Soviet Union intervened to suppress the Hungarian Revolution. The film won in regional and state competitions and then placed third overall. A member of Braun’s family sent the film to Steven Spielberg’s office, who, in turn, submitted Braun’s video to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Braun has said Spielberg’s response was one of the most inspirational moments in his life.

As Braun continues to expand SB Projects, he remains committed to the company’s founding philosophy of giving back and designs a philanthropic element for each new initiative. Braun serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries. The organization has helped to build more than 300 schools in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is also on the board of Fuck Cancer, an organization focused on prevention and early detection of cancer, which his wife Yael Braun founded. Braun, his clients, and his companies have – together – granted more wishes for Make-A-Wish than any other organization in the history of the foundation.

Speech Topics

  • Trusting Your Gut
  • The Power of Giving Back
  • Play for Legacy — Chess, Not Checkers
  • Embrace the Power of Youth
  • Do Well by Doing Good

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