Lessons from Media: The Realistic Growth of Revenue for an Average Startup

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It struck me over the recent holidays that founders and entrepreneurs have far more they might learn from Media than is readily apparent. Among startups, investors, mentors, advisors, and incubators, such as Collective, are queried again and again on the question of revenue and what founders and teams should expect (or the expectations they should set) regarding that coveted of … Read More

Improving Organizations’ Communications

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education, Engagement11 Comments

It’s a stale and boring headline but I’ll be honest, I really couldn’t come up with a more buzzfeed-worthy attention grabber, nor SEO targeted phrase, because the root of the thought here is really this simple: Today’s organizations suck at communications. According to a survey of 4,000 employees, almost half were unsure of what was being asked of them. HR magazine Bear with … Read More

Disney’s Strategy is a Study in Pivots through Market Development

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In 2017, August, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company would be pulling shows from Netflix and similar streaming services; the news, highlighted by Thrillist, shed light on their plans to make their way into that already crowded streaming market with the launch of their own direct-to-consumer service for shows and movies. We now know a lot about Disney+ and that it … Read More

MediaTech Ventures’ Collective Takes Home A Scootee!

Paul O'BrienEducation, Innovation, Opportunity8 Comments

There are few awards as coveted as the Golden Scooter. Artisan crafted by the recherché Alexandria Marr, Scootee holds it’s place among Oscar, Nobel, and Palme d’Or. And last week, Collective, our incubator, rode home on the inaugural Golden Scooter. Born of impassioned startup advisors and program Directors from throughout Texas, Marr took upon herself the mission of creating an … Read More

My Kids had the Audacity to Setup a Podcast Studio

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education14 Comments

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Being the computer geek that I am, our house is littered with old computers, monitors, dvd players, and cables. Nothing gets thrown away, on the off chance that that 500 MB hard drive from 2002 needs to be used. Being a dad … Read More

Start Me Up; The Rolling Stones’ Big Idea

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Universities are the spark of so much more than workforce ready graduates and life experiences. We’ve explored a bit the incredible media work being done at Arizona State University and while in class, so to speak, Ally Brzezinski gave us snapshot to USC; so it was when the University of Houston shared a big idea, just as I was hanging … Read More