Venture Capital Firm Investment in Entertainment Companies

Paul O'BrienVenture Capital3 Comments

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, 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

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

Paul O'BrienAdvocacy, Development, Opportunity1 Comment

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

Paul O'BrienOpportunity, Venture Capital1 Comment

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

The Notable Angel Investors in Media Technology

Paul O'BrienFeatured, Venture Capital2 Comments

Before considering who they are, appreciate what angel investment means by asking how one might define “angel investor.”  Raising money, be that for a band, a film, a video game, or to invest in other media or software development, requires the right sources of funding, at the right stage, with the appropriate measure of progress and potential on you part.  A … Read More