Female Founders To Watch Disrupting The Entertainment Industry

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Where are the women disrupting the way entertainment is produced, consumed, distributed?

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Entertainment is a huge industry traditionally generated by Hollywood. From concerts to movies, we’re always looking for things to do, places to go, people to see.

Museums, shopping, art galleries, even food are part of the big entertainment business for people to consume, purchase, experience.

Where are the opportunities for disruption in entertainment? We’re also curious to find female-founded startups that disrupt the way consume entertainment?

We came up with a few entrepreneurs who fit the bill. Know more women disrupting the way entertainment is produced, consumed, distributed? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Danae Ringelmann (Founder & COO, IndieGoGo)
With the idea to set up an investment fund for independent films, Danae Ringelmann went to UC Berkeley for her MBA where she met her co-founders for IndieGoGo and developed an online marketplace for filmmakers to raise financing. Follow her on Twitter at @gogodanae.

Julia Hartz (Co-Founder & President, Eventbrite)
A former television executive at MTV and FX executive, Julia Hartz co-founded Eventbrite with her husband and moved to the Silicon Valley to disrupt the way tickets for events are sold, from classes to music concerts. Follow her on Twitter at @juliahartz.

Michelle You (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Songkick)
A frequent concert-goer, Michelle You co-founded Songkick to make it easier for fans to go to concerts and is now the second-largest live music website behind LiveNation. Songkick has raised $6.5M in venture funding. Follow her on Twitter at @wreckingball37.

For the purposes of this list, we thought about how female-founded startups are disrupting the old entertainment industry – specifically radio, television, film and theater. Entertainment broadly would include shopping, eating, media… but this week we looked at how Hollywood could be disrupted by innovation coming out of Silicon Beach or anywhere around the world.

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Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.