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Jan 26, 2022

We go deep into an entrepreneur’s unconventional path in this week’s episode of Getting Real. After an industry change, this business owner saw some interesting parallels that made him realize that people are really the cornerstone to your company’s success.


Michael Solomon has three businesses today, one in artist management, freelance software talent management, and compensation negotiation services. He is also the author of the book, Game Changer, which dives into how to get the most out of the talent economy.


Right out of school, Michael found himself touring with Bruce Springsteen. That was the first insight into seeing what 10xers can do with their networking ability and star power. After that experience, Michael would later go on to found his own artist management company, which is still going strong 26 years later.


In the early 2000s, the music industry got crushed by file-sharing websites. Seeing the writing on the wall, Michael knew he had to pivot. He noticed the next new rockstars were really going to be in technology and software.


After going from the entertainment industry to the software industry, Michael noticed some similarities. Although he wasn’t dealing with as many divas within the software space, his developers still wanted the same things his rockstars did; to not be treated like a cog in the machine.


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