Venture Capital Landscape and Entrepreneurship in Media
What is the current landscape of venture capital in the Media & Entertainment space? What are the specific challenges inherent to content investment from a valuations perspective? What are the specific entrepreneurial opportunities in digital media and entertainment today?
Director, RSE Ventures
Uday is responsible for sourcing, reviewing and optimizing new business opportunities for RSE Ventures, a growth capital firm that invests in and incubates entertainment, media, food and technology companies. Prior to his current role, Uday was the CEO at FanVision and now serves as a member of the board of directors.
Uday spent several years at Goldman Sachs prior to his tenure at FanVision. Initially, as part of the Investment Banking Division, where he focused on Mergers & Acquisitions and financing advisory for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. Subsequently, Uday worked in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman, investing debt and equity through various structures. Uday holds a BBA from the Stephen M.Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Managing Director, BDMI
Urs is the Managing Director of BDMI. He is also a founding member who joined BDMI as Chief Financial Officer in 2006 from the Corporate Controlling and Strategy group at Bertelsmann where he was “chief of staff” to the CEO and worked on strategic projects for all of the media company’s divisions including TV, radio, music, books, magazines and services. Urs has led investments in CrowdTwist , Mojiva (acquired by Pubmatic), Skimlinks, StyleHaul (acquired by RTL) and Zergnet. He is actively pursuing new investments in online video and next-generation publishing. Urs speaks at digital media conferences around the globe and is an active supporter of the arts and various philanthropic organizations. Urs was a Ph.D. Candidate at the Handelshochschule Leipzig and holds a Dlpl.Kfm degree in finance and strategy from the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. He also earned an M.B. A. in finance from Tulane University. Urs was named a 2014 Power Player in Digital Media by AlwaysOn and was on the Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Charge Ventures
Brett Martin is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Charge Ventures, a pre-seed focused venture fund based in Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.
A 2x founder and 3x investor, Brett has spent his entire career building or investing in technology startups, including stints as an EIR @PrimaryVC (NYC-based seed stage fund with >$100MM AUM), Co-Founder @Switchapp (mobile recruiting), Co-Founder @Sonar (pioneering location-based social network), Director of Investments @Appfund (NYC-based incubator and seed stage fund), and @Vice (the multi-billion dollar media company). Brett and his companies have received awards such as Ad:Tech Best Mobile Startup and TechCrunch Disrupt Runner Up and have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Atlantic, TIME, Financial Times, and Ad Age. He began his career on Wall Street as an equity research analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners.
Outside of technology, Brett has published his Fulbright research in Harvard Business, founded an indie rock band, started a non-profit, and sailed 6,000 miles on a 30ft sailboat. He graduated from Dartmouth College and proudly hails from Ocean City, MD.
Wendy Xiao Schadeck
Investment Manager, Northzone
Wendy joined Northzone in 2016, where she specializes in blockchain, ecommerce, and media. Prior to joining Northzone, Wendy worked at A. T. Kearney and Accenture, a time she often refers to as “speed reading for corporate America” and took away two main themes: 1. Outsiders create truly disruptive innovation, and 2. Work requires purpose. This propelled her towards the world of startups. While studying for her MBA at Columbia, she became a mother and became deeply enthralled in the dichotomy of roles women are expected to play, without much societal support in the U.S. In pursuit of work-life integration for all parents (herself included) she founded CoHatchery, a co-working space with onsite childcare.
Currently at Northzone, she is really tuned into the human side of founding a startup and is looking for technologies that create huge societal efficiencies by dramatically and fundamentally altering human behaviour. She has spent a lot of time studying the fundamental issues in blockchain tech as well as what makes digital brands thrive. In her free time, Wendy enjoys making herself feel uncomfortable by getting in way over her head into a seemingly random selection of hobbies. Current and past endeavours include: snowboarding, volleyball, hip-hop dance, jewellery-making, and classical flute. She is also on a pursuit to travel the world with her family.