Paul Murphy is a London-based general partner at VC firm Northzone who previously founded the popular mobile game Dots when he worked at betaworks in NYC. Paul looks at a range of startups but 2 of his 4 first investments at Northzone have been related to gaming. I interviewed him on his current investment theses […]
Los Angeles-based PlayVS (pronounced “play versus”) wants to become the dominant platform for amateur esports, starting at the high school level. The company raised $46 million last year—its first year operating—with the vision that owning the infrastructure for competitions and expanding it to encompass other social elements of gaming can make it the largest gaming company in […]
I interviewed Zwift CEO/Founder Eric Min in TechCrunch, discussing the virtual cycling company’s product evolution, numerous potential revenue streams, and Olympic esports ambitions. Interactive fitness startups are a hot trend right now, following Peloton’s mainstream breakthrough. As it’s preparing to IPO, other “Peloton for X” startups like Tonal, Mirror, and Hydrow are raising substantial sums. Scooter Braun and Rumble are teaming […]
We just wrapped up GDC 2019 in San Francisco so TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney and I hosted a public conference call to chat about our takeaways. We focused on cloud gaming and Google’s big Stadia announcement, the Unity and Unreal game engines, and Facebook’s Oculus Rift S. Read the transcript on TechCrunch.
Amid the global shift to streaming video, are exhibitors (aka movie theater companies) doomed? Let’s step back: what role do exhibitors play in the market? 1) They curate and host Hollywood’s new releases so mass audiences know what to see; 2) they provide social, in-person media experiences for the family, for dates, for fun; 3) […]
How do media companies make money? There are 5 overarching business models to generate revenue from content your company creates: 1) transactions, 2) subscriptions, 3) licensing, 4) content marketing, and 5) advertising. Let’s review. 1. Transactions Transactional business models are the simplest way to make money off content: slap a price tag on whatever you create […]