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

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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

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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

Reporters Without Borders, Virtually

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Meet The Uncensored Library Yes, it looks like a Minecraft world because it is. This is a Minecraft server made by a team 24 builders from 16 countries dedicated to the importance and freedom of the press. Easily one of the most ambitious Minecraft projects to date, design studio blockworks worked with Reporters Without Borders, MediaMonks and DDB to create … Read More

MediaTech Ventures’ Collective Takes Home A Scootee!

PaulEducation, 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