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Wireless-Earbud Startup Doppler Labs Raises Funding from Live Nation, WME and UMG

Doppler Labs, a startup that has developed a wireless-earbud audio system, announced that it has received investments from Live Nation Entertainment, WME and Universal Music Group.

The New York company’s latest funding follows its launch on Kickstarter earlier this month, topping its $250,000 30-day goal in less than two days.

“Support from these music-industry leaders helps position the Here Active Listening System to revolutionize live entertainment – especially for concerts and live music,” Noah Kraft, CEO and co-founder of Doppler Labs, said in a statement.

Doppler Labs touts its Here Active Listening system, which uses the Bluetooth wireless standard, as letting users augment live, real-world audio with customized audio controls and tune out extraneous ambient noise. Via the Kickstarter campaign, which runs through the beginning of July, consumers can purchase the Here buds and app for $199 price before it becomes more widely available.

The company was founded in 2013 by Kraft, a former film producer and consultant for Google, and Fritz Lanman, an investor and former Microsoft exec who is co-founder and chairman of DWNLD Media. Doppler Labs inked a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group’s Goldenvoice division to distribute more than 100,000 free pairs of its Dubs-branded earplugs at this year’s Coachella music festival.

Info on Doppler Labs’ Kickstarter campaign is available here.

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