Ben Drury. 7Digital
We are the UK’s leading digital media delivery company, and power over 1,000 digital properties, including our own 7digital download stores in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Portugal.
Our B2B division powers services for record companies, artists, brands, film and TV companies as well as other digital media owners throughout the world. We have a wide variety of services to suit every budget and offer everything from DIY download stores through to fully customized managed services.
Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of dotmusic.com, an internal venture at United News and Media which attracted over 1.8m unique users per month (in 1999). In 2000 Ben was recruited by BT Group to head up the broadband music efforts at their ISP BT Openworld where he successfully launched a major music channel. Following the partnership between BT and Yahoo! to form BT Yahoo! in 2003, Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo! for approx. £3.3m. Ben then founded 7digital with James Kane in 2004 with the vision of creating a digital media marketplace. 7digital operates services that bring together suppliers and consumers of digital media. In September 2008 7digital.com was the first company in Europe to launch DRM-free MP3 downloads with all four major record labels. In September 2009 HMV Group acquired a 50% equity stake in 7digital with an investment of £7.7m. Ben was named by Growing Business magazine as a Young Gun 2006 – the award for leading entrepreneurs under 35. In 2007, 7digital was awarded the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award as one of the most promising technology companies in Europe. In 2008, Ben was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Currently 7digital employs 68 people in London and has over 2.5 million registered customers. Ben is also the Deputy Chairman and Director of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and is a board director of the Official UK Charts Company.