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

Paul O'BrienDevelopment, EducationLeave a Comment

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

MediaTech Ventures in Istanbul for GEC

Andrew EscherDevelopment, Engagement, OpportunityLeave a Comment

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2018

I’m heading to Istanbul, the historic crossroads of the European and Asiatic worlds to represent the United States as a delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Beyond the amazing sight seeing, cultural experiences (Turkish Baths anyone?) and world class food I am honored to spend the next few days deep in conversation with the best entrepreneurial ecosystem builders in the … Read More

Silicon Valley Bets Big On The Indie Music Industry

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Development, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

If you haven’t heard by now, United Masters received $70mil from companies like Alphabet Inc. Andreessen Horowitz, and Twentieth Century Fox, to disrupt record labels.  United Masters is currently run by Steve Stoute, former president of Interscope Records. When you visit their website you’ll find statements like, “For too long, artists have had to surrender their independence and creative freedom to make it in … Read More

Austin MediaTech Week

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Development, Education, Engagement, Opportunity, Venture Capital11 Comments

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Want to cut to the chase?  November 6th throughout Austin, technology talks, studio tours, podcast interviews, VR and gaming events, and more.  Get right into the schedule to RSVP here. You’re asking yourself what is it about Austin, Texas?  We keep hearing about the exuberance for startups, it’s role as a music capital, SXSW and ACL, an ever growing population, … Read More

SF Music Tech Summit #19

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Development, Engagement, Opportunity, Venture Capital1 Comment

SF Music Tech Summit (SFMTS) is in it’s 19th event since it’s fruition in 2008. Founders Brian & Shoshana Zisk have provided a platform giving music technology innovation a voice, demanding attention from industry professionals from all over the world. With an increased focus on disrupting out dated industry models, and a need to on empower artists to be more … Read More

Music Community Needs to Focus on Engagement

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Development5 Comments

In the 21st century, musicians seem to have their work cut out for them.  With the ever changing consumption of media, musicians are continuously finding themselves trying to rise above the contrived noise asking themselves, “is more better than less?”  With articles that read “23 ways musicians can make money” “8 Lucrative Marketplaces for Musicians to Make Money” or books such … Read More

Culture and Buildings

Andrew EscherDevelopmentLeave a Comment

Austin has been top of mind for many in media lately.  It’s been frequently cited as the hottest places to start a business. With it’s roots in in music, film, gaming and experiences, one has to wonder what this means for the city and creative spaces both old and new. When I moved to Austin 7 months ago I started … Read More