VALIDATE BEFORE YOU BUILD!

John ZozzaroAdvocacy, Education, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring dozens of startups through various innovation programs, and continue to do so through our incubator Collective, and beyond. I’m also very fortunate to work alongside mentor veterans Paul O’Brien & Ted Cohen who have collectively mentored hundreds of startups over the years. What I’ve come to realize, is that most programs and entrepreneurs tend to think backwards … Read More

Connecting with Professionals Virtually

John ZozzaroEngagement, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

GAMERJIBE’S WORLD By now you’ve binged all the latest shows, learned how to cook something, played way more video games than you ever thought you could, became your children’s teacher, and let the world know the top 10 albums that influenced your life, of course. While these have become the quarantine norm, there are organizations out there helping us connect more meaningfully despite … Read More

6 Technology Trends to a Digital Transformation

John ZozzaroInnovation, Opportunity, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

ALAMO ON DEMAND Every organization in the world, no matter the industry, is shifting right now. Whether that’s jewelry store Jared hosting virtual weddings, late night hosts telling jokes to a silent cameraman, to Italy adopting AR thermal scanning helmets, we continue to see organizations rise above the current circumstances and try their best to innovate within their space. The recent launch … Read More

How AR Allows Retail To Become Digital First

John ZozzaroInnovation, Opportunity, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

I KNOW HOW TO THRIVE ONLINE The world has been pushed over the digital transformation edge by COVID-19, forcing all ‘non-essential’ businesses to either be online, or perish. As uncertainty continues to grow among small and medium sized businesses, it’s efforts like what our good friends Rao Mubariz “Not That Moby,” Austin Larson, and CJ Finley are doing that help make all of this, a little bit … Read More

The Future Of Location-Based Entertainment

John ZozzaroInnovation, Opportunity, Venture CapitalLeave a Comment

CAN’T MISS OPPORTUNITY Applications close April 29th for the #NextStageChallenge. This 2-week #virtual #hackathon will focus on reshaping live experience in the digital space. Two winning projects will go through a 2-month acceleration program supported by Wallifornia MusicTech, TheLynk, Music Innovation Hub, Music Norway, STHLM Music City, Technoport SA, Sacem, and Teosto. HOT OFF THE PRESS Turnt In Texas Dive deep with creative badass Tamara Deike, into the eerie silence that swallowed the “live music … Read More

Venture Capital Firm Investment in Entertainment Companies

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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