Most Innovative Companies


Since launching in 2000, Kobalt has been busy rewiring one of the most arcane and complex aspects of the music industry: publishing and royalties. The Google Ventures-backed company scours the web and music services to find unpaid royalties and collects them on behalf of 8,000 artists—getting more money into the hands of artists, more quickly and transparently. In 2016, Kobalt launched a new mobile app for artists to track their data and earnings, signed artists including former One Direction member Zayn, and began administering Elvis Presley’s catalog. Kobalt is now moving into label services, picking up more of the slack as the power of big labels dwindles. 

2017: Music
staff: 450
headquarters: New York City
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