Kirk Cornelius, Managing Director US
I am a co-founder of Thought5 and lead our US initiatives from the Portland, Oregon office. I most recently served as the Managing Director of Strategy & Innovation for Ziba Design, an award winning multi-disciplinary design consultancy based in Portland. While at Ziba, I led early stage discussions with innovation teams and incubator groups for some of the most innovative brands in the world, helping them identify, design and validate potential future products and/or service offerings. As the Managing Director for Thought5’s US initiatives, I am focused on design innovation for the arts, specifically as it pertains to the music and media industries.
“New technology has re-calibrated the spectrum for new music and media experiences, enabling artists and content creators to connect with their audience in a more personal and meaningful way. Our mission is to help artists and organizations identify new opportunities that will transform their art, products and service offerings in the wake of perpetual disruption.”
Allen Bargfrede, Managing Director Europe and US
I am a Managing Director of Thought5 and lead our European Initiatives from its offices in Paris, France. Formally an American lawyer, I now focus my work on innovation at the intersection of art and technology.
"Good design helps to create a path for where an artist, company, or business should go. Strategy informs how to get there. Together I believe they help our clients become some of the leading innovators in music, media, and technology."
I am also the founder and executive director of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, a thinktank which focuses on the future of music and the industries surrounding it, an advisor to the Open Music Initiative, and an adjunct faculty member at Berklee's Valencia, Spain campus. From 2013 to 2014, I researched new business models for music as a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Damien Laurency, Designer
As a graphic designer with experience working in English and French, I work on Thought5’s visual layout needs. My focus is on understanding the art direction and the client needs, and then delivering a unique layout or identity which connects with the client's market and brand.
In 2017, I finished advanced design courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art, after spending a year in extensive graduate design study at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA. Prior work has included deliverables for Rethink Music, Berklee College of Music, Societé Generale, and Jellybean Group in Ireland.
Lucas Carbonneau, Project Manager
I manage Thought5's project pipeline from it's offices in Europe. I graduated from Berklee College of Music studying Music Business and Professional Music, trying to blend a focus of entrepreneurship and artist development. There I was selected for an exclusive course to work with global design company IDEO and began my venture into design thinking.
“Design innovators are tinkers and testers, optimists and makers, experimenters and creators. Similar to our artists and the companies we provide for we think big and often our approach pushes creativity to its full-potential and it leads us to solutions we never dreamed of when we started."
I am also a partner at Love Survive LLC , a Boston based company whose focus is connecting US and China's Music Markets by bridging media, artist development, and events/concerts. I also work as a day-to-day and tour manager for artist management firm Deerlily.