MBA Ministry

Ann Chao

Co-Founder and former CEO, Sonation

Entrepreneurship Panelist

Ann Chao was the cofounder and CEO of Sonation, an immersive media company that transformed recorded music into “live” responsive experiences. Sonation’s main app Cadenza enabled musicians to play with a full orchestra synced to their tempo in real time, and was featured by Apple as a “Best New App” internationally.

Sonation shut down in mid-2016 after running out of funding, and remains a source of many entrepreneurial and life lessons. Ann is now a product consultant at Toast, a cloud-based point-of-sale platform for restaurants. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a MBA from Harvard. Prior to her MBA, she was a strategy consultant at Roland Berger in China.