Posts by Horan MediaTech Advisors


I wrote this op ed piece for Digital Trends, where I am on the board, on June 1 2020. It was partially motivated by President Donald Trump’s attack on Twitter and Facebook but more significantly by the use and abuse of those platforms by a wide range of fringe groups. In this age of deep fakes, bots and trolls, we are all hard pressed to responsibly evaluate the information that is being shown to us on these platforms. Google,...

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I have long been fascinated by how good, maybe even great companies can fall flat on their face.  In spite of a strong market position.  Enviable customers. Decent products. And the considered advice and strategy of  internal executives and often high priced outside experts. And yet they flop.  They go from great to gone in just one generation. Sometimes there is an unavoidable external factor. Sometimes there is catastrophic...

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I had a very interesting chat with Julie Roehm about my life and career. She did such a great job of making the conversation seem friendly and natural that I forgot I was being recorded. Suddenly, we were talking about my childhood and how I got where I am. Fun chat but it suddenly dawned on me that these were topics that I had rarely broached in public. You can hear it here:...

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At the recent Digital Media Summit in NYC, I had a chance to sit Ash, the founder and CEO of WatchMojo. Ash is a great interviewer and we had a lively and thoughtful discussion about running digital media companies and also early stage investing. It’s up on YouTube now. You can see it here:

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I am pleased and honored to have been included in this article about the struggles of venture-backed media startups to grow and achieve profitability in the current environment. This is relevant and timely because of the well-documented struggles of companies such as Vice and BuzzFeed.  But it also should trigger a broader consideration of the overall media economy. I believe that the big disruptive factor for media...

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