We’ve all heard about how the city of Oakland is becoming a rising counterpart to Silicon Valley. It’s becoming a rising and dynamic hub of innovation and creativity that is full of visionary innovators. But how is Oakland utilizing this amazing talent of creative, productive, and tech-savvy residents? And how is the entertainment industry in California collaborating with rising tech companies in entertainment tech?
On today’s episode, we’ll be speaking with James Norman. James is a serial entrepreneur who started and launched his first company at the age of 16, an automotive e-commerce site called MJH Sound.com. While previously he has been known as a visionary in automotive product planning. In the past 7 years in the media and entertainment industry he has become a key thought leader in over-the-top media and consumer video consumption behaviors. And is currently the Founder and CEO of Oakland-Based Pilotly, an online platform that enables content creators to get feedback from a representative audience at a scale.
In this episode, James shares his personal experiences into the world of entrepreneurship and how they have influenced and defined his role as the founder and CEO of Pilotly. Along with James’s thoughts on the power of the entertainment industry in Hollywood and how his company is becoming a leader in entertainment technology. Tune in for more!
In this episode with James Norman, you’ll learn:
- What sparked James’s entrepreneurial journey
- What the tech ecosystem is like in Oakland, California
- The importance of culture at Pilotly and what it means
- James’s advice on raising capital as a beginning entrepreneur
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James Norman quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“And so if you present yourself as a talent that can create something and make it great, then they’re excited about it. They’re excited about stories.” — @MotownIni on @PowderkegCo
“Innovating in Hollywood is challenging for Silicon Valley because Silicon Valley’s always trying to disrupt, and Hollywood is like I don’t need disruption, we are a $40 $50 billion dollar industry. We know all kinds of money. We don’t really need to be disrupted, right? And so when you go in there with the mindset of Well, where do you see the problems? How can I be of help to you? It just changes the whole dynamic” — @MotownIni on @PowderkegCo
“So I think bringing in for me, my culture, I’m in the creative world, I need to bring in people who have creative sides. So that’s a big part of my culture.” — @MotownIni on @PowderkegCo
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