2020 is the year to step up

(This originally appeared as the opening to today’s newsletter. Subscribe here.) We can do more With massive protests across the US over police brutality and systemic racism against black Americans, it’s worth us remembering how central a role media companies have always played in promoting racial prejudice. Not just news media but films, TV shows,… Continue reading 2020 is the year to step up

There are few people actually enforcing GDPR

(This was originally published in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) There are few people actually enforcing GDPRThe EU’s GDPR data privacy rules have caused fear and headaches for the media industry given the hefty fines for violating it and the costs to comply. It turns out there are very few people actually assigned to… Continue reading There are few people actually enforcing GDPR

Webinar on the state of kids media

I hosted a webinar on TechCrunch about the state of kids media amid the Covid-19 crisis. My guests were: Craig Donato, chief business officer of Roblox, the $4 billion gaming platform that counts the majority of U.S. kids age 9-12 among its active users. Nancy MacIntyre, co-founder and CEO of Fingerprint, the company behind Kidimo, a leading subscription video… Continue reading Webinar on the state of kids media

How Europe overtook the US in championing free markets

I read the new book The Great Reversal by economist Thomas Philippon then did a Q&A with him about it. It’s a fascinating analysis of a fundamental shift that began around 2000 wherein the US economy has become less competitive and more dominated by its largest incumbent companies while Europe become more competitive. The impact… Continue reading How Europe overtook the US in championing free markets

My interview with Northzone’s PJ Pärson

Today I posted an interview in TechCrunch that I did with Northzone general partner PJ Parson at the SLUSH conference in Helsinki. We talked about the core investment thesis that has guided him for 20 years, how he went from running a fish distribution to running a VC firm, his best practices for effective board… Continue reading My interview with Northzone’s PJ Pärson

SVOD and Protectionism

The Dutch Culture Council recently asked legislators to require SVOD services operating in the country to maintain libraries with at least 15% Dutch content and apply a 2-5% tax on all revenue derived from foreign content streamed in the country. It’s a protectionist move both to nurture the Dutch film/TV industry in a competitive global… Continue reading SVOD and Protectionism