The SXSW ’19 – 19 Things to Do in Media

Paul O'BrienEngagement, OpportunityLeave a Comment

I’m not one for brevity and since we’re all racing to prepare, get settled, and get organized for SXSW 2019, I’m going to do my best to try, and get right to the point. The SXSW 19 Request access to the Inc Founders House – running for a few days Request access to the Fast Company Grill – also a few days … Read More

Serving Celebrities in Venture Capital

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LOUD Capital, a Columbus, Ohio-based alternative investment venture capital firm, announced this week the launch of Legacy Entertainment Ventures, a company providing venture-focused services to “celebrities” in the music, eSports, and influencer markets. Reflective of the work we’re doing with companies and in corporate innovation, we’re thrilled by what LOUD Capital, and other venture groups like it, are doing as … Read More

Intelligent Photographs

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Computer science today is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in media; and more tangible than the excitement for blockchain, AR, or monitization is the simple fact that the internet continues enabling data in ways never before possible. I caught on a flight to Naples, Florida, an article (in print) about a Civil War era enthusiast who happens to work … Read More

SXSW 2019 Hackathon Details and Opportunity

Paul O'BrienEducation, Engagement, Opportunity

[2018 Hackathon photo by Randy & Jackie Smith] We’re weeks away from media innovation from throughout the world, descending on Austin, as it does every spring, for SXSW. If you’re on your way to Texas, make sure we connect; our team is involved in SXSW Pitch, supporting SXSW EDU, and hosting dozens of venture capitalists and startups at Funded House.  … Read More

The Playlist Guaranteed to Make You Happy (Science Says So)

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science says so

I have to admit, there is something magical and entirely enjoyable about working at the heart of innovation in music.   With all the work being done in AI, machine learning, and things like predictive analytics, we know what you’re going to love. Well, perhaps it’s not that exact a science; but it is nothing short of awesome when one’s work … Read More

Is Advertising Marketing? The Best Marketing Advice to Give a Startup Founder

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education2 Comments

Given the work that we do (that many of you do), I want to challenge our peers in media to teach this.  Share this.  Be explicit.  Through our work in media innovation, Collective, our incubator is talking with startups daily and not to presume you’re aware, I’ve personally been working with startups for 15+ years directly and throughout incubators such as … Read More