The Dozens of Media Oriented Corporate VCs
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 the firms are in media companies.
The data, based on the first half of 2016, notes among the 10 most active corporate venture groups Google Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Bloomberg Beta, and media oriented corporate venture capital would eclipse wholly half of the top 10 if Samsung Ventures, at #11, had made the 10 most active cut. Qualcomm Ventures is indeed a media oriented venture capital group having established a serious and intentional focus in VR with a recent forum hosting VR Austin and Owlchemy Labs.
Rounding out their list is a veritable who’s who of major media companies and a substantial reflection of the significant role corporate investment plays in MediaTech innovation, with Microsoft, Hearst, Verizon, Bertelsmann Digital Media, Nokia, and Time Warner among them.
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Austin is a hot bed of film production with directors, producers, and studios. We're also a thriving online video, VR, AR,
Austin is a hot bed of film production with directors, producers, and studios. We’re also a thriving online video, VR, AR, and 360 ecosystem thanks to our digital experience, advertising community, and startups exploring digital video.
What can we do with that to further the story of Austin? How can startups with few resources best leverage video and how can our film community thrive with the support of entrepreneurs, technology, and venture capital?
Tonight, we’re going to explore both one of Austin’s most incredible new work spaces and an amazing asset to the Austin media ecosystem and the thoughts of many of Texas’ most innovative visual storytellers. Thanks to Michael Hodson and OnlyInVR, we’ll be producing the talk in 360 Video and it’s because of SkylesBayne we’re able to again bring music and cocktails into the mix!
We’ll get out of downtown for a change and take a look at Impact Hub North Lamar with Gavin Gillas and Ashley Phillips. With this, their second location, Impact Hub is clearly the ideal spot for entrepreneurs working around town, near downtown, and with Austin’s creative class.
To produce the ideal experience, reflecting Austin’s innovative video ecosystem, we’ve asked 360 Studios founder Shaggy Welsh, Cinematographer and HD video pioneer Randall Dark, and Lyn Graft, founder and producer of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs to join us for a chat about impact of technology on their work.
SkylesBayne, supporting MediaTech Ventures and our guests, provides commercial real estate expertise to tenants, aligning real estate needs with business plans, while delivering maximum flexibility and cost savings. One look at how SkylesBayne puts MediaTech to work as they explore opportunities for clients and we knew we had to look to them to work together. The SkylesBayne Company is a commercial real estate firm specializing in office, industrial, and retail tenant representation connecting Austin’s most exciting companies to space that inspires productivity.
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For 20 years, Stone has been writing and producing award-winning content for television. Stone cut her teeth while working as a TV news reporter for ABC in Miami. Stone continues mining her storytelling skills, while generating a massive-member playground of unlimited potential. "From an early age, and by necessity, I had to learn to put strategy into action and unearth innovative solutions. It’s this very spirit that characterizes my unique connection to the story and my approach to telling it.” Stone stirs up the perfect storm of lively social interactions and serves up leading-edge content for television and the ever-evolving media landscape: self-contained shows at the complete end of the spectrum, infused with a social conscience, which reflect and align with Stone’s own precious roots.
I'm building a platform to help entrepreneurs create and tell their stories. Storytelling for Entrepreneurs is based on my last 14 years of filming and sharing the stories of over 500 entrepreneurs and producing over 700 videos, TV Shows, and Web series. Clients and projects include CNBC's first Primetime TV series, "American Made," 200 videos for Dell, 2 Most-Viewed Videos for Entrepreneur Magazine, 125 Videos for President Obama's Technology Innovation Campaign, 35 videos for Microsoft, 25 videos for SXSW Interactive, 60 videos for Sweet Leaf Tea, 240 episodes ‘On the Road with iV’, 35 Videos for RISE Austin, and 50 videos for the CLUB E(Entrepreneur) Network.
In 1986, Randall Dark was given the opportunity to view High Definition for the first time and knew it was the future of images. A few short years later, he founded HD Vision in New York City. The company later moved its headquarters to Dallas, then to Los Angeles. Its mandate was to specialize in the growth of High Definition, launching Dark into the position of a technological and creative visionary. An undisputed pioneer in the emerging industry, today, Randall is the creative and marketing force behind Randall Dark Productions, Inc. He received one of the International Electronic Cinema Festival's top honors: The Pioneer Award, bestowed in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the success of High Definition. He is a member of the Television Arts and Sciences Academy and is one of a select few members of the Consumer Electronics Association's Academy of Digital Pioneers, a group recognized for their efforts implementing Digital Television in the United States. Recognized globally as an expert in emerging technologies, Randall has spoken to audiences at events including: MIPCOM, Tokyo International Film Festival, CASBAA Hong Kong, Banff World Television Festival, National Association of Broadcaster's Convention, International Electronic Cinema Festival, Infocomm, Consumer Electronic Show, HDExpo, World Television Forum, creaTVty Zurich, Canadian Association of Broadcasters Convention, Hollywood Post Alliance, New York State Bar Association, Bear Stearns Media Conference, NATPE and Playback Forum (Toronto) where he served as the Keynote Speaker. Dark and his companies have been involved in over 2000 HD projects including feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate presentations, product launches and live events.
Shaggy Welsh is a dynamic and seasoned producer with more than 25 years of experience in film and television. He is a visionary and has a solid track record of managing creative ideas that yield successful film and video projects from inception to completion. Shaggy’s experience comes from work through globally recognized agencies like Leo Burnett and Ogilvy & Mather, and local independent companies. The breadth of his expertise includes film, television, commercials, and music video, and with clientele that spans from Ford and Chevron to Outkast and Sting. He is resourceful, innovative, and committed to provide his clientele with outstanding management, communication, and professionalism. He is competent in all aspects of the production process from seeking and securing funding, researching and organizing the production, script writing, interviewing, and editing. Shaggy was from Pennsylvania, jumpstarted his career in Los Angeles, and now the co-owner and Executive Producer of 360 Studios in Austin.
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