Michelle You: Live Music’s Modern Muse

October 21 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Let the Music Move You

There’s nothing more hilarious and adorable than seeing a little toddler bee-bop to music. Pretty early on, us humans just got to shake our groove thang. In our younger years, we dance like no one’s watching and let the music speak to us.

Today is all about melodies and harmonies and embracing the music that moves you. So, turn up the speakers and put on that song that brings you back to the days of jumping around wildly and singing into your hairbrush.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: More Than 7 Million

Speaking of music that moves you, chances are you’ve secretly cried into your pillow when listening to this singer belt it out. Yep, that’s right, I’m talking about Adele. This Brit’s pipes are unstoppable, and her album sales follow suit. Adele’s latest record, called 25, sold more than 7 million units during the last six weeks of 2015, easily making it the best-selling digital and physical album of that year. When a woman leaves that kind of mark on the music industry, there’s nothing to do but keep singing her praises!

WOMAN TO WATCH: Michelle You, Co-founder of Songkick

Don’t you hate it when you roll into the office Monday morning only to overhear your co-workers chatting about how great that weekend concert was—and it’s your favorite band? Darn it, how did you miss that one? Determined to never let that happen to me again, I discovered my favorite music resource: Songkick, which alerts me about concerts near me, and even syncs with Spotify. And when I learned a woman co-founded Songkick, I was pretty jazzed. Her name is Michelle You, and obviously, she rocks!

Michelle has always been an avid music lover, and worked as a writer and magazine editor before co-founding Songkick. When two of her guy friends wanted to create a company but were unsure of what kind of business to form, Michelle suggested they make a platform that could scan her iTunes and alert her when her favorite bands were scheduled to play concerts near her. The guys got to work, with Michelle helping in every moment of her spare time. Before long, Songkick was a full-time gig, and Michelle hasn’t looked back since.

On Songkick, artists are able to manage and publish their own events for fans to see, and you can even get notifications for when ticket boxes open, so you’ll never miss your favorite band again! Millions use the site globally.

Michelle credits the courage to make the leap into the startup world to her ambitious and strong mother, who worked full time for technology companies and encouraged Michelle to pursue her dreams. That sky’s-the-limit attitude stuck with Michelle, and it’s a sentiment she now shares with others. Her suggestion for enterprising businesswomen is straightforward: just get started. You can’t possibly know what the future holds if you’re not giving yourself permission to dive in.

For female entrepreneurs, that advice is music to our ears!


As poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said:

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us!

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