A Word From Our Founder
Pop-Daze® is here to provide you, our adoring fans, with a digital community and real life experiences to immerse yourself in the music and pop-culture of the 60’s through the 90’s along with a bit of lifestyle and Cannabis guidance for those of us over 40.
Come explore our vision for you. We are creating a universe of music and media that will take you back to your youth, and yet, let you create fresh memories, make new friends, and experience some of the best music events of your life! Within this digital universe ours you can do a myriad of things:Read a wide variety of articles on music, media, Cannabis, and life after 40Go into the forum, make friends, join in on intriguing conversations or personal message your new best friend!At work, in the car? Great! Listen to our unique Spotify play list!Come on down to one of our upcoming Flashback dinners and feed both your stomach and your soul!
We will constantly be looking for more ways to expand this universe for all of you, our fans. In time, expect to see Pop-Daze involved in festivals, cannabis and lifestyle shows. We believe deeply in the ability of today and tomorrow’s technological advances to make our past more relevant, more fun, and more real than ever before.
If you have questions, concerns or ideas, reach out to us, we love new perspectives! If you have a company that you believe would partner well with us, or if you are a writer and want to get involved with Pop-Daze, please contact us!
Until I see you all in the forums, I wish you a great and retro day!
Meet the Team
Mark Burton (Pop-Daze Visionary and Partner): Pop-Daze® was Mark’s concept. His background includes being an attorney and a partner at California Capital Partners, a Private Equity fund/merchant bank. Besides guiding Pop-Daze towards the future, he currently is in the Berklee Master of Arts in Music Business program. Mark is a passionate lover of all genres of music from the 20’s through today, but he has a particular love of music from the second half of the 20th-Century. Mark plays the drums, albeit fairly poorly.
John Nelson (Partner): John has a long and storied career as a venture capitalist, a college professor, and a merchant banker. He currently is the managing partner of California Capital Partners and in addition to his overseeing the financial aspects of Pop-Daze®, he is focusing a great deal of his time on finding and financing sustainable solutions in the housing and commercial building sectors, particularly in Latin America. John is a multi-instrumentalist, playing trumpet, guitar, bass, and keyboards.
Tami Danielson (Director of Operations and In-house Blogger): Tami is a long time professional writer and social media guru. Starting in the ‘80s, Tami wrote for the Tampa Tribune, NASCAR®, and numerous auto racetracks. Her favorite interview for a periodical was that of Shaquille O’Neal when he was picked up by the Orlando Magic. Tami has overseen social media for a wide variety of bands over the past decade and loves all forms of music but has a particular affection for 80’s rock and power rock. Tami helps coordinate Pop-Daze’s® social media, sponsorship/advertising and generally keeps the partners in line. She also drafts a substantial portion of the community’s blogs.
Danny Barros (Director of Marketing): Danny Barros is the Founder and President of Hitskope Music Group, an artist management and label services firm. He is a visionary change-maker with over a decade of successful artist management and music marketing experience. Danny is a graduate of the Music Business Program at Berklee College of Music and holds a Professional Certification in Digital Marketing from Cornell University. He is an active member of the Music Business Association and Music Managers Forum US.
Neil Collins (Director of Digital & Technology): CEO, Founder of BREAKING HITS INC. (www.breakinghits.com) a music rating platform that aggregates song reviews from consumers & verified industry professionals helping creators, management and record labels across all genres. Mr. Collins was also the founder of Web Solutions MD in 2002, a leading programming, digital media, marketing and management company. He also serves on multiple advisory boards for business development and technology.
Board of Advisors
Owen Hendricks: Daughter of the incomparable Mama Cass of the Mamas and Papas, Owen knows the music world like few others. She currently oversees not only her mother’s estate interests in music but also fronts representation for the Mamas and Papas’ band. In addition, she and her husband were involved in the drafting and advocating for the recent Music Modernization Act.
Donald Jacobs: Donald has more than 40 years of business experience in wide variety of areas from finance to marketing and in industries as varied as banking and medical devices. Donald has particular knack for helping start-ups develop into successful enterprises.
Andy Luckey: Son of the world renown animator (Pixar and Disney), Bud Luckey, Andy is player in the entertainment field himself, having produced the animated series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” directed and produced games for Virgin Interactive game company and later was President and COO of Pure Interactive Entertainment. Andy is currently overseeing the formation of a entertainment focused private equity fund.