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

Tackling Skills Based Technical Training for Austin Area Labor Force Shortage

Randy BlankenshipEducation, Featured

“STEAM is the new STEM” Our non-profit education arm, Collective, is leading the way for short term, low cost, and free training in the what’s called S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, entertainment, arts, media). Very few individuals are ready, willing or able to spend four to six years and thousands of dollars to pursue a degree in STEM.  Most don’t have an interest in being … Read More

Preparing for the European Union GDPR

Scott PoniewazAdvocacy, Education4 Comments

We are less than a month away, but May 25, 2018 is a date we’ve had marked on our calendars for some time. It’s the date that the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. It means significant changes in how businesses across the EU and the rest of the world collect, handle and store electronic … Read More

Music EdTech – Learn to Play

Paul O'BrienEducationLeave a Comment

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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

The Future of Media for Small Businesses

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education2 Comments

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 fact that the pace of … Read More

Print Matters

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, EducationLeave a Comment

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 observe an unusual trend of … Read More