DA Wallach is different from other disruptors — he’s a serial investor. The 31-year-old musician (his former band Chester French was on Pharrell’s label) has invested in everything from SpaceX to PopChips to Spotify. In fact, he served as the latter’s artist-in-residence from 2011-2015, traveling the country with Napster founder Sean Parker and convincing artists to stream their music on the now ubiquitous platform.
“But then I started to feel Spotify had achieved its major goals,” Wallach says. “That streaming had taken over, as both the Spotify team and I predicted it would, and music culture was on the right trajectory… I did my part for that industry and now want to dedicate my energies to more deeply impacting people’s lives.”
For Wallach, that meant cashing out of Spotify in 2015 to focus on the $3 trillion dollar healthcare industry — one even our brightest politicians can’t figure out.
“Healthcare is a business like anything else,” he explains. “Their startups need financing and investing, too. And if that’s where I can have the largest impact, that’s where I want to be.”