The way we think about privacy and online content ownership is being transformed by social media, evident in the increasing social and political discussions and debate about social media, specifically: what defines it, how does it work, and who has responsibilities and accountability therein? …


It’s difficult today, online, if you’re paying any attention all to cryptocurrency or media innovation, to not have heard “NFT”

A .gif of Nyan Cat sold for lots and lots (and lots) of money as an NFT. These things have interest near hype from Nike, Visa, Warner Music Group, and…


There are few industries in the world in which public and private interests align as much as they do when it comes to our creators. …


Last week, a bit of a controversial, but thought-provoking, perspective about Venture Capital caught the attention of a lot of my readers and followers.

There has been a horrific rash of *VC Bad* propaganda and misinformation lately, sparking my thought that people are being misled about the what Venture Capital…


The conversation recently had started, “ Why do venture capitalists invest in startups if many of them are losing money and destroying value? “ and I had to pause when I heard the point of view because I couldn’t even rationalize how someone thinks that way. …


I found myself at Hewlett-Packard, some 15 years ago, as desktop and laptop computers still dominated our lives and the iPhone was merely a sparkle in Apple’s eye. With my PDA in hand, and Microsoft Zune spinning tunes, HP’s marketing team released a brand campaign designed to reposition the company and remind consumers that the computer is the one device in your home that’s intimately yours.

The Computer is Personal Again

The Personal Computer, the PC, ubiquitous throughout the world thanks to Dell, Acer, and so many others, had become a commodity, as technology is wont to do.

A thought tickled in the back of my brain, that losing the personal touch in our lives, whether in the technology with which…


Hosting a Show in the era of Podcasts, Clubhouse Rooms, and Livestreaming

“On the air,” whether recorded video, live, producing a podcast, or a dialing it in, you are a “host.” …


Dell is a name synonymous with Austin and Texas Innovation. While our startup scenes are booming, now, the history and experience in this part of the world with technology, in entrepreneurship, is astounding — Texas Instruments invented the calculator here back in the ’60s, the integrated circuit (which led to…


Highly risk tolerant and constantly fixated on doing things better, entrepreneurs tend not to be found running companies.

That’s not remotely a knock against entrepreneurs. Operating a company is a management skillset, it’s operational, it’s project based, it’s plan and execute…. …


In the U.S. (at least), for now, companies are protected from what other people post on their site, thanks to Section 230. Unfortunately, it is being attacked by Congress so we're at risk of losing that protection; and it's concerning that people don't really realize or appreciate the implication of…

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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