Austin’s 2019 ChangeMakers

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, EngagementLeave a Comment

So, I took a holiday break, as I hope you did, and during that time, what more wonderful surprise could one ask for than finding that their partner, one of our founders, is being recognized, among some incredible Austin leaders, as a “ChangeMaker” of 2019. December 21st saw the announcement by the Austin Young Chamber of 12 finalists for the ChangeMaker … Read More

Venture Capital Firm Investment in Entertainment Companies

Paul O'BrienVenture Capital3 Comments

Investment in “entertainment” (worded as such) is tough to explain and guide.  Appreciate that the production of entertainment (a film, music, or game) is a creative asset and rarely considered the opportunity in wealth might invest – generally that’s considered financing and we shared a bit about getting a film financed, as an example, here. Note, investors seek a return … Read More

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

Paul O'BrienDevelopment, Education2 Comments

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.  And that’s what a movie … Read More

The Online Media Where Your Startup Should be Listed

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy1 Comment

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 promote what you’re doing.  Drop … Read More

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 Voice mind you, but well … Read More

MediaTech Ventures Accepted into the Impact Hub Workforce Development Accelerator

Paul O'BrienEducation, FeaturedLeave a Comment

“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 the pivotal leaders of Impact … Read More