I’ve always suspected there was a connection between music, art and business.
Some of the greatest entrepreneurs I’ve known (or known about) came out of an art background. Paul Graham, founder of Viaweb, which was later sold to Yahoo and turned into Yahoo Stores was trained as a classical painter. Paul Lemberg, also an accomplished tech-entrepreneur and business coach painted before learning to code and eventually build companies.
And, musicians, in particular, especially classically-trained ones, often see and hear patterns, relationships and dynamics so many others miss. They get how things go together in a way that creates something bigger than the pieces. Which fascinates me, in part, because so many are also so disinterested in business, yet could make such extraordinary contributions from exploring the pursuit of their art on a very different type of canvas or instrument.
So, when I had a chance to sit down with classically-trained pianist, Whitney Johnson to find out what inspired her to move to New York City and make a giant splash, not at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, but…on Wall Street, I jumped.