Michelle Bourke ( @michellebourke ) is an entrepreneur, public speaker and CEO of Artlivemedia. She’s an incredibly honest and deep thinker who’s clearly well read. Her driven attitude maintains a passion for learning to consume all available knowledge, but her extraverted nature ensures that she’s understanding and humble about it.
Artlivemedia and Michelle have built a reputation as an award winning digital agency in Australia over a very short period of time. From inception of the business it won the 2016 Telstra New Business award, Michelle has sat on the board of Startup Vic (of which she recently left) and has spoken at numerous events including a panel with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
In my assessment, Michelle is a very fair and honest entrepreneur, who has built a brilliant business. We share many personality traits that sometimes push us to the brink mentally - so I enjoyed being able to bounce ideas and learn from someone like this.
This episode is a great conversation to share with anyone who’s in an early stage startup (or at least thinking of starting one) to provide a refresher on their thinking, preparation and motivations. Michelle uncovers how she works and what she finds motivating and productive, and I believe we could all benefit from her insights.
In particular we covered:
Her background in singing
Extroversion and over sharing
Dealing with perceived prominence
Public speaking and preparation
Politics and women in business & tech
Balance and time management
Recording family history
Women's movement and having children
Her interest in health, sleep, and nutrition
Carnism and the transition away from meat
Futuristic literature, social change and sci-fi
Business: how she got started, and how she manages it
Acquiring clients, generating business
Enjoy the episode!
02:47 - Introduction
06:04 - Is she still singing and her past & present online persona
08:03 - Extroversion & over sharing
09:24 - Dealing with perceived prominence
12:30 - Public speaking and preparation
14:18 - Politics and women in business & tech
17:05 - Balance and time management
20:02 - Recording family history
26:37 - Women's movement and having children
32:07 - Her interest in health, sleep, and nutrition
36:53 - Carnism and the transition away from meat
44:03 - Futuristic literature, social change and sci-fi
47:38 - Business: how she got started, and how she manages it
56:40 - Acquiring clients, generating business
01:04:59 - Morning & evening rituals
01:08:25 - If she could have a billboard anywhere