Posts By: Paul O'Brien

  • Development, Education

    How do Investors in Film Get Their Return? How are Movies Funded??

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    With the Austin Film Festival upon us, it dawned on me that we’re frequently consulted with on questions of funding pertaining to new ventures, startups, and constantly asked about getting a film, game, or book funded for production, but rarely is it clear to anyone how funding a startup isn’t remotely like funding a production. … Read more »

  • Advocacy

    The Online Media Where Your Startup Should be Listed

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    Often all it takes is a list. By way of the various startup programs in which our team and advisors are involved, one thing is clear, founders too frequently overlook how and where they can easily get some attention on what they’re doing. Where to List Your Startup Seriously, just run down the list and… Read more »

  • Education

    Music EdTech – Learn to Play

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    I have an ear for music.  I’m a student of music history, with my daughter named Abbey with an e in the spelling for a reason.  I took piano lessons for 6 years.  I can carry a tune and with lessons and practice, I might be a halfway decent singer; not cut out for The… Read more »

  • Education, Featured

    MediaTech Ventures Accepted into the Impact Hub Workforce Development Accelerator

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    “Austin’s economy is growing rapidly and yet this growth is not shared equitably.  Cost of living has increased 37% from 2010 – 2015. Meanwhile, there are currently over 99,000 families in Austin who are not making a living wage.” That’s a sentiment borne into the DNA of what we’re doing in MediaTech Ventures.  That, a fact of Austin, TX, recognized by… Read more »

  • Advocacy, Education

    The Future of Media for Small Businesses

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    I had the honor of sharing some thoughts with the Small Business Festival about the Future of Media, with the context being the impact of media innovation on small business owners and entrepreneurs. Of course, that includes everyone from a local realtor to the musician building their business – the topic was sparked by the… Read more »

  • Engagement, Opportunity

    Spotlight: Randall P. Dark

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    If you’re old enough to have used a cassette tape, I’d be surprised if that photo isn’t imprinted on the back of your brain as it was one of the iconic images of the 1980’s.  That anonymous man in the chair, who he was and what we were experiencing in that poster – music, speakers,… Read more »

  • Advocacy, Education

    Print Matters

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    An Ad is Worth 1,000 Words In our era of interactivity, exuberance for video, and mobile apps, I couldn’t help but find myself lost for a couple hours this weekend; winding my way through image searches after discovering a remarkable print advertisement. Yep, I said print. A Picture Says 1,000 Words I had cause to… Read more »

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