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Michael Mignano

  • Age
    36
  • Title
    CEO and cofounder
  • Company
    Anchor

Industry: Tech

Inspired by the success of runaway podcast sensation Serial and a few other shows back in 2015, Michael Mignano became obsessed with the medium. A first attempt at starting his own podcast flopped when he encountered the complicated process of recording, editing, and uploading shows, not to mention selling ads. So he pivoted and with Nir Zicherman formed a startup called Anchor that would help would-be podcasters get off the ground. After a career in web development and software, Mignano persuaded his old bosses at Aviary and Adobe to put up some of the backing. Within a few years Anchor drew the attention of streaming-music giant Spotify, which was trying to break into the podcast market. In a deal in February, Mignano and Zicherman sold Anchor to Spotify for more than $150 million.

 

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List Debut
2019