I help startups get funded. In my past: VP Marketing, growth hacker, startup advisor, and Yahoo! I work as a partner in venture capital and a founder of MediaTech Ventures; the name implying exactly what it means, we support ventures in the tech and technical side of the media industry.
This, SEO’Brien, is my professional creative outlet; a forum for some big ideas, thought provoking concepts, tips & tricks, and inspiration. I have made one significant branding mistake in my career; SEO’Brien is neither written by “Brien” nor about SEO (exclusively). I don’t do SEO (though I can).
I wear the moniker with pride though, having once been introduced before speaking at Web 2.0 as the man with the best personal & professional blog title; given my work with Search at the time. For over 15 years I’ve been working with entrepreneurs, startups, and medium to enterprise sized businesses to grow through search, marketing, business development, web design, commercialization, conversion optimization, and e-commerce. This blog is a random walk through my mind. A few posts completely off topic while others float from social media to local search, SEM to advertising, industry research to conferences and events. My goal is to learn from you through the discourse here; the hands-on experience I get building this site is evident as to what, too, I can do for you.
I help entrepreneurs understand why they are going to fail so they can
figure out how to prove me wrong.
Have you ever met someone and they’re a little Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Project Management, and even Product Development and you aren’t quite sure how to fit them in a conventional organization? I’m of the new order of human resource; one focused on growth through scale, monetization, innovation, partnerships, and capital. The distinction between B2B and B2C, for a growth hacker, is dead; I work in eCommerce, Local, SaaS, Social Intelligence, Economic Development, Content and Communities, Search, Crowdsourcing, and Payments. Some call that growth hacking, I tend to prefer the idea that I’m a growth architect.
I’ve held a few formal roles, from VP of Marketing for Zvents and Outright, to managing interactive marketing for HP and designing online advertising for Yahoo!. I am honored most of all to be one of the 25 distinguished marketers featured in the Michael Miller book, Online Marketing Heroes, as well as appearing in or writing for Forbes, Techcrunch, Silicon Hills, Internet Retailer, KGO Radio, SXSW, Webmaster Radio, and DM News.
I hope to help you round out core internet concepts, enable strategic marketing, develop your business, efficiently and effectively use technology, and foster relationships that will help you create profitable, scalable opportunities.
Prior Speaking Engagements
|Online Market World||Stanford University – Web 2.0||Ticket Summit|
|Webguild’s Web 2.0||Shop.org||Search Insider Summit|
|eTail||Affiliate Summit||AMA Hot Topic Series|
|CEA San Francisco||IASP Summit Austin||Startup Week Austin|
Paul O’Brien Speaker Bio
Long time Silicon Valley technology and startup veteran, Paul O’Brien is known as SEO’Brien for his extensive past in the search industry. Now Texan, O’Brien works in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving the investment and venture capital economies directly, through thought leadership, consulting, and startup development. He’s the founder of MediaTech Ventures, a founder and managing director of the Texas Technology Council, partner in 1839 Ventures, and mentor in such programs as Founder Institute.
Notably O’Brien is a seasoned marketer with an early career at Yahoo! and HP. From there he led the early growth of startups such as Outright.com (Acquired by GoDaddy), Zvents (Acquired by eBay’s Stubhub), and MicroVentures (Venture Capital). With technical expertise, O’Brien has consulted with various web properties, designed and developed sites, online communities, e-commerce stores, and web services. Paul was featured in the book, Online Marketing Heroes, and continues to blog at seobrien.com.