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Okay okay… so the snap your fingers and half the population disappears isn’t the right analogy for the mission you have as an entrepreneur to improve the world (or is it….?). My head and heart are frequently drawn to stories evolved from culture, that help us appreciate what it takes to start a venture.

We can’t escape the fact that founders often wish a snap of their fingers would get that product done, that funding in the door, or that deal to close. …


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photo: “Idea Bulb” by qisur

Looking to the future, and emerging from the quarantined haze of 2020, Andreessen Horowitz’s Margit Wennmachers announced that they would be, “building a new and separate media property about the future that makes sense of technology, innovation, and where things are going.”

Building upon their existing network of podcasts, a16z (Andreessen Horowitz), one of Silicon Valley’s illuminated venture capital firms, welcomed Sriram Krishnan to the team just days ago, bringing in-house as a Partner, one of social media’s most well-regarded professionals.

We want to be the go-to place for understanding and building the future, for anyone who is building, making…


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[Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash]

Working with startups and companies as we do, we see a great [too] many that seek to promote before being ready: Running AdWords with a terrible website, sponsoring events while lacking Google Analytics, or starting YouTube videos without a landing page to convert interest.

Since the dawn of the internet, engaging forms of media, as basic as blog posts or forums, have given us a glimpse into where to find interested and participating audiences; but in this early-2021 era of questioning social media, I fear we’re going to lose sight of the benefits of connected media, as we raise ire…


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Nothing, it happens all the time. Yet, the question is common, frequently asked; begging a question its own — what are startups struggling with that they think that foreign investors won’t invest?

Start with this appreciation: investing in startups is the riskiest use of capital, in the world. Gambling at a casino is more likely to win.

Most founders overlook this and jump to the conclusions that “good business” = due funding.

No matter how great your business, 90% of startups fail, 74% of funded startups fail, and 54% of businesses fail in 5 years (if not sure the difference…


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Startups all, struggle with a question of what’s called, “valuation.” What is the company worth? To put together a pitch deck, negotiate terms with investors, or just to share with potential team members and advisors what you’re doing, people will want to know what it’s worth now.

Before you take money from a venture capital firm, you’ll agree to a valuation and that valuation will also affect how much of your company you continue to own, depending on how you part with shares of the company in order to raise that capital. …


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The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I share that for context. Presumably you know it, certainly if you live in the United States. The Constitution and Amendments exist to protect us and our rights, from government and laws that could limit those rights, or criminalize our actions if the government was to legislate them.


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Chief Executive Officer. The responsibilities of a CEO are set by the organization’s board of directors because technically, a CEO is the Chief Executive among many, referring to the fact that companies are largely run by the CxOs of their respective business (CMO, CTO, CIO, etc.). Managing a leadership team and meeting the expectations of stakeholders and shareholders (represented in that Board), means that a CEO is, in most respects, something distinctly applicable to that Company, and established and operating Corporate entity.

Begging the often asked question, what distinguishes that role in a startup?

A “startup” is technically not yet…


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Photograph by SevenStorm Photography // The Trees of a City

Perhaps one of the most important financial decisions a forest landowner will make is determining when to harvest timber.

That, the opening of a PennState article exploring the financial decisions land owners consider in this use case, including how to determine and calculate when to maximize financial returns, prompted a thought about investing in property and how real estate investors and developers might better appreciate investing in startups.

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Put yourself in the shoes of a City planner, a property owner, or real estate developer.

Driving through town, perhaps a booming town like where I live in Austin, TX, you see…


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I was asked recently if Facebook and Google are competitors, and the question being asked, struck me with as much alarm as hearing a startup founder say they don’t have competitors.

What most frequently gives an investor pause is a slide in a pitch deck that communicates that you’re not paying attention to your market and threats looming from alternatives.

Yes, without question, Google and Facebook are competitors.

Finding Success Starts with Avoiding Failure

The provocative claim has been made, “ competition is for losers,” begging a question not of whether or not that’s true but rather why it was said.

Every firm in a…

Paul O'Brien

CEO of MediaTech Ventures, CMO to #VC, #Startup Advisor. I get you funded. Father, marketer, author, #Austin. @seobrien & @AccelerateTexas. https://seobrien.com

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