My interview with Northzone’s Paul Murphy on the next era of gaming

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… Continue reading My interview with Northzone’s Paul Murphy on the next era of gaming

Fundraising 101: How to trigger FOMO among VCs

I talk to startup founders every day, a portion of who are inevitably fundraising. I noticed successful serial entrepreneurs I know have more methodical approaches to how they raise money from VCs and create competition among potential investors. So I asked several of them to share their tactics. Read the post on TechCrunch >> Fundraising… Continue reading Fundraising 101: How to trigger FOMO among VCs

TC Interview: Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

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… Continue reading TC Interview: Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment, & gaming

In my TechCrunch column, I just posted long-form quotes from these 9 sharp VCs on their investment interests in the media, entertainment, & gaming space. If you’re an entrepreneur planning to raise money (or an investor curious what your peers are focused on), I suggested you give it a read. Cyan Banister (Founders Fund) Alex… Continue reading Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment, & gaming

Zwift & fitness-gaming’s superiority over interactive fitness videos

(This was originally a section of today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) Happy Sunday night, media friends. Great to see many of you over drinks in London and LA recently. Shout out to Hummingbird VC and Sinai VC for co-hosting those events. I’ll be at the Milken Conference this week so if you’re in town for… Continue reading Zwift & fitness-gaming’s superiority over interactive fitness videos

Interview with Eric Min, CEO of Zwift

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… Continue reading Interview with Eric Min, CEO of Zwift

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

Takeaways from the 2019 Game Developers Conference

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.