August 2020 Spartan Spotlight
Cristophoros Beck '16 and Blaise Telemaque '18
Meet Cristophoros Allen Beck '16 and Blaise I. Alexander-Telemaque '18, two passion-driven alumni who started out as friends and have evolved into business partners as the founders of their company, breezeshare, Inc.
Beck, a sociology major, attended UT as a non-traditional student after being medically retired from the U.S. Army following two combat tours, but took advantage of every opportunity to engage as a student. While attending UT, Beck served as a student leader within several organizations, including Greek Council president, president of UT’s National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), Student Government, Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Telemaque, a cybersecurity major, is also a pledge member of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. While attending UT, Telemaque enjoyed partnering in events that included social injustice panels and community service opportunities.
Founded in May 2019, breezeshare, Inc. aims to disrupt and change the way that music is created forever. Breezeshare is a SaaS (software as a service) platform that provides music creatives (producers, artists, audio engineers, videographers and graphic designers) with the space to collaborate with others beyond the locality of the studio. The online platform allows music creatives to host private or public sessions, create music, post and share videos, and live-stream content, as well as connect socially. One reason that their concept appeals to bigger record labels is because of the potential to save dollars in operational costs from hotel expenses to travel fees.
Beck and Telemaque continue to build traction and a following around breezeshare with music industry titans, partnerships with TampaBeat and Rolling Loud, and promotional partnerships with 1017 Gang Gucci Mane’s record label, A & R. Their first music review gained the traction of over 700 followers in less than one business day.
When asked about his mentors at UT and advice he would give any student regarding their success, Beck's mentors at the University included Bob Ruday, Sabrina Griffith and Trustee Thomas Graham. His advice to students would be to understand success is a process and to keep in mind that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Telemaque exclaimed his mentors included professors Mia Plachkinova and Natasha Veltri. His advice to students is to “network with your professors and get to know them outside of just the classroom. Many are also business owners, experts in their industry and have their own network of connections.”
As CMO, Beck refers to himself as the voice of breezeshare, while Telemaque, chief executive officer and president, is the face. In June 2020, John Whitaker ‘19 onboarded as breezeshare's director of business development. Whitaker played on UT's men’s basketball team all four years and served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) his senior year.
While Beck and Telemaque's journey has just begun, breezeshare seeks to continue gaining momentum in accomplishing new goals and exceed set milestones as they pave their way to becoming a tech giant.