Ian Hogarth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ian Hogarth is the co-founder and Chairman of Songkick.[1]

Hogarth studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.[2]


Hogarth founded live music startup Songkick with friends Michelle You and Pete Smith in 2007.[2] Smith and Hogarth met at Cambridge, Hogarth and You met in Beijing; they shared a love of live music and formed Songkick, which was part of the 2007 Y Combinator program in Boston.[3] They chose to set up the company in London because it "is the gig capital of the world. London has more concerts than anywhere else."[4]

Hogarth and his fellow Songkick co-founders were named to Inc. magazine's 30-under-30 list in 2010;[5] the same year, Hogarth won the British Council’s UK Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year award.[6][7] He was also named as one of Forbes magazine's 2012 music 30-under-30.[8]

In 2013, Songkick launched Detour, a crowdfunding platform for concerts.[4]

In June 2015, Songkick announced its merger with direct ticket vendor CrowdSurge and a $16.6m Series C investment round. Hogarth became co-CEO of the combined company, alongside Matt Jones the former CrowdSurge CEO.[9]

Silicon Milkroundabout[edit]

In 2010, Hogarth and Songkick COO Pete Smith founded Silicon Milkroundabout, a career fair for high tech startups in East London.[3]


  1. ^ "MediaGuardian 100 2013". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Ben Sisario (1 May 2011). "A Go-to Site for Tracking Music Acts". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Gabriella Griffith (23 February 2012). "Songkick founder Ian Hogarth on making money in music and east London tech scene trends". London Loves Business. 
  4. ^ a b Will Smale (17 June 2013). "Organise a concert by your favourite band". BBC. 
  5. ^ Jason Del Ray. "Michelle You, Ian Hogarth, and Pete Smith, Founders of Songkick". Inc Magazine. 
  6. ^ Rishi Chowdhury (21 June 2010). "Songkick's Ian Hogarth". Your Hidden Potential. 
  7. ^ "Songkick founder scoops young music entrepreneur gong". Music Ally. 20 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Zack O’Malley Greenburg. "30 under 30: Music". Forbes Magazine. 
  9. ^ Stuart Dredge (June 4, 2015). "Songkick and CrowdSurge merge to make a splash in live music market". The Guardian. London.