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Paul O'Brien

CEO, MediaTech Ventures

 Austin, TX

I've worked in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving investors and entrepreneurs, for the better part of 25 years.

With a passion for media innovation and investment, I seeded MediaTech Ventures, a media industry venture development group that created one of the world's leading startup programs. Former Venture Partner in the private equity group, Meaningful Ventures, I'm also is a Founder and Director of Funded House and of the Founder Institute in Texas.

My early career at Yahoo! and HP witnessed the emergence of the internet and corporate digital transformation, and from there, I led the early growth of startups such as Outright.com (Acquired by GoDaddy), Zvents (Acquired by eBay’s Stubhub), and MicroVentures (Venture Capital).

I built websites in the '90s while at college and continue to engineer and produce content at at my professional blog seobrien.com. Fun fact? I was featured in the book, Online Marketing Heroes, and frequently speaks at startup and media conferences.

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Michigan raised and roots, Texan sensibilities and community, Silicon Valley DNA


3 incredible kids who embody the reason for the passion behind everything I do


Got an email from The Beatles' George Martin, appreciating a website I built in college about music history


Fighting cancer every day. Beat down the real cause of it in my case, almost 15 years ago; will continue to fight it till I no longer can




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