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

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

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

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

Paul O'BrienDevelopment, Education3 Comments

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

OMG Startups: Earning an Investor is the Same as Earning Media

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Education, Venture Capital8 Comments

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Next week, for Austin Startup Week, I’m hosting Austin American-Statesman Technology writer and I Love You So Much podcast host, Omar Gallaga, Melinda Garvey, Magazine Publisher and Owner, ATX Woman, and Storytelling for Entrepreneurs’ Lyn Graft, Film and Video Producer, in a discussion of the role of media in tech (RSVP HERE).   We wanted to put together an atypical panel for entrepreneurs; rather than just … Read More

The Dozens of Media Oriented Corporate VCs

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One of our seed articles, written as we laid the groundwork for MediaTech Ventures, highlighted the need for and role of corporate investment in video game development. As though the analysts behind that article were prescient, tech market intelligence platform CB Insights announced recently the 55 most active Corporate VC firms and I’m pleasantly surprised to see nearly half of … Read More

Corporate Investment Fuels Game Development

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As gaming continues to see explosive growth in console and PC, mobile, and VR, evident in the shocking explosion of the E3 Conference (Electronic Entertainment Expo) – it’s the entities from other major industries to which we should be turning for resources and opportunity.  It’s no secret, though it still confounds many, that the audience for gaming is an astoundingly large but … Read More