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An Entrepreneur’s Playlist; 19 Tracks for the Baddest Founders in Town

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Get psyched for the day with this list of  tracks our community of entrepreneurs and founders listen to.

By Jessica Schimm (Digital Audience Engagement, Women 2.0)

We’re jazzed to be hosting next week’s City Meetup Oakland launch at Pandora next Thursday, which got us thinking… what would a playlist for entrepreneurs look like?

Probably something crazy energetic, like I’m-going-to-kick-a$$ today songs that let you and everyone know you’re a boss and ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from bringing your company to IPO.

We asked our community what songs they would add to a playlist for entrepreneurs and got a variety of responses – so many  we had to break it into sections!

The tracks ranged from ‘chiller,’ steady vibes (great for pounding out work)  to classic oldies to hardcore rap and electronic. Take a listen, you may find yourself your new pump-it-up anthem. Check out the complete playlist on our Bop.fm account!

When You Kick off Your Day

Mornings are a crucial part of your day and it’s important to start it off on the right note.

“It’s a Good Day” by Peggy Lee

Makes you feel: happy, like everything in the world is pleasant, great for when you’re still in bed

Suggested by Megan Iemma (CEO, TechCoachHQ.com.au)

 

“Feeling good VERVE Remix” by Nina Simone

Makes you feel: refreshed, positive, great for when you’ve made it out of the shower and are getting dressed

Suggested by Women 2.0 staff

 

 

“Everyday I’m Hustlin’” by Rick Ross

Makes you feel: like a baller, cool, conquering, great for when you’re putting your shades and walking out the door

Suggested by Sumaya Kazi (Founder, Sumazi)

 

Bad Girls – MIA

Makes you feel: like you could do anything (this is a song about arab woman driving in a society where they are not allowed to do so -breaking the rules!)

Suggested by Women 2.0 staff

 

Before You’re About to Pitch

They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression. These songs will help you collect your confidence and your cool before stepping into a meeting with the most high-profile investors.

“Lose Yourself” – by Eminem

Makes you feel: like you’re on top, cool, hardcore

Suggested by Linda Spencer (Social Purpose Professional, http://lnspencer.wordpress.com)

 

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Makes you feel: content, fierce

Suggested by Ellen Leanse (Tech Veteran)

“Who Got it (feat. Redman)” by Break Science

Makes you feel: confident, pumped-up

Suggested by Women 2.0 staff

 

“Who Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce

Makes you feel: strong

Suggested by Antonia Donato (Social media and PR, Orchid Media)

 

“Get Low” by Dillon Francis and DJ Snake

Makes you feel: hyped up

Suggested by Shruti Challa (CEO & Founder, Mentorzen)

 

When You’re in the Zone

A collection of beats to help keep you in the zone when you’re working hard. These are great for those late nights you’re alone at your co-working space with coffee, typing like a mad-person.

“Kiss the Devil” by Bel Heir

Makes you feel: creative

Suggested by Tessa Taylor (Founder, Co)

 

“Muy Tranquilo” by Grammatik

Makes you feel like: focused

Suggested by Cy Hossain (Creator, crowdsound.io)

 

“She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer

Makes you feel like: jazzed

Suggested by Lauren Kim

 

“Livin’ After Midnight” by Judas Priest

Makes you feel like: rockin’ out

Suggested by Hannah Wright (Founder/Editor-in-chief of makeoverly.com)

 

“Spanish Key” by Miles Davis

Makes you feel: calm, sophisticated

Suggested by Everett Harper (Co-founder, TetherPad)

 

“Workin’ for a Living” by Huey Lewis

Make you feel: Like you’re not alone

Suggested by Zbra Studios

 

For the Epic Moments

These should be saved for the epic moments, and by epic moments we mean anything worth celebrating, from sending off a completed proposal to confirming the biggest you’ve investment had to doubling your team size.

“Started From the Bottom” – Drake

Makes you feel like: energized

Suggested by Kate Swanberg (Marketing Coordinator, Koombea)

 

“Happy” by Pharrell

Makes you feel: HAPPY

Suggested by Samantha Needham (Senior Digital Consultant, PwC)

 

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Makes you feel: like you can do anything

Suggested by Flying Scarfs

Song for Your Co-founder:

“Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis

Suggested by Blue Otter corp

Why did we compile this list in the first place again? Oh yes, because our City Meetup launch in Oakland is taking place next Thursday at Pandora at 6:30. Not in Oakland? RSVP to City Meetup in one of these thirteen cities!

ROCK ON founders! Check out the complete playlist on our Bop.fm account!

 

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About the author: Jessica Schimm (@JessicaSchimm) is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s topics and writes about them on her blog.