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

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

Fred Wilson: It’s a Good Time to Invest in Media Companies

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Among Venture Capitalists I read, Fred Wilson ranks among the highest. A venture capitalist since 1987, he is currently a partner at Union Square Ventures; formerly having founded Flatiron Partners. USV should come to mind among the many venture firms familiar in media, Union Square had billion dollar exits every year from 2011 to 2017 including Zynga in 2011, Tumblr in 2013, Twitter in 2013, … Read More