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Mikhael Porter

CEO & Co-Founder at Needle Music

Mikhael Porter is a third generation entrepreneur who lives in Miami and grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he worked as a real estate broker in both California and Florida, before starting a luxury tequila and mezcal business with a close family friend.
 
Once the pandemic hit, he took a step back and had time to explore what he was truly passionate about. Through organic conversations with friends about wishing that there was an easier way to find and share music, he brought together Shane and Wyatt, to pursue this vision and build Needle Music. They have been working tirelessly to build the product of their dreams since then and have never looked back!
 
Needle was first conceptualized in the spring of 2020, and development on the platform officially started in September of 2020. They tested the product in a 3,000 person closed Beta from January 2021 – October 2021, before launching on the AppStore (for both iOS and Android) in October of 2021. The growing Needle Music community is one that fosters positivity and connection through the only universal language: music.
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BOOK NOW FOR your podcast

Mikhael Porter

CEO & Co-Founder at Needle Music

Mikhael Porter is a third generation entrepreneur who lives in Miami and grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he worked as a real estate broker in both California and Florida, before starting a luxury tequila and mezcal business with a close family friend.
 
Once the pandemic hit, he took a step back and had time to explore what he was truly passionate about. Through organic conversations with friends about wishing that there was an easier way to find and share music, he brought together Shane and Wyatt, to pursue this vision and build Needle Music. They have been working tirelessly to build the product of their dreams since then and have never looked back!
 
Needle was first conceptualized in the spring of 2020, and development on the platform officially started in September of 2020. They tested the product in a 3,000 person closed Beta from January 2021 – October 2021, before launching on the AppStore (for both iOS and Android) in October of 2021. The growing Needle Music community is one that fosters positivity and connection through the only universal language: music.
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“Enter Needle Music, a ‘platform designed to foster positivity, creativity, and collaboration through music, while at the same time enhancing people’s ability to find music easily.’ The idea for the platform—described as a sonic ‘audiobiography’ of sorts—was inspired by three friends with a deep love for music and a shared desire to create a better method to consume it. On the app, users have the capacity to create a ‘Top 8’ songs playlist that sits on their homepage. They can also select a ‘Song Of The Day’ that will go straight onto a timeline that displays your choice as well as your friends’ picks.”

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“Needle Music offers a better way for people to find and share music. Currently built on top of Spotify, Needle is a social platform centered around curation, discovery, and connection with like-minded music lovers.

Founders Mikhael Porter, Shane Ertz and Wyatt Keith saw a clear need in the market for a more streamlined way to share and discover music, and built a platform to disrupt the inefficient status-quo. The app affords its community of users the ability to follow each other, thereby not only establishing a streamlined platform for finding new music, but also assigning music taste a social currency for the first time.”

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Timeline

Aug 2020 - Present

Needle Music

CEO & Co-Founder

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Aug 2020 - Present

Jan 2017 - Present

Wisdom VC

Limited Partner

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Jan 2017 - Present

Jun 2018 - Present

Encantadora – Tequila & Mezcal

Partner

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Jun 2018 - Present

Aug 2018 - Apr 2020

Luxe Living Realty

Real Estate Advisor

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Aug 2018 - Apr 2020

Jun 2017 - Aug 2018

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Global Real Estate Advisor

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Jun 2017 - Aug 2018

Ask me

For consumers, what is the value in Needle compared to a Spotify or even a Tik Tok / Instagram?
How many songs / day are you really finding on Needle?
Have you met anyone through Needle that you wouldn't have otherwise met?
Tell us about your idea of the 'Music Influencer.'

Podcast agent: Tommy W

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