Robin Sloan Bechtel
Internet Pioneer since 1993.
Internet Pioneer since 1993.
Thanks to Steve Knopper who quoted me in this Rolling Stone story about Google’s acquisition of Songza. Been a long time fan and champion of Songza —fantastic founders with great execution. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/for-google-songza-purchase-may-represent-its-musical-future-20140707
(Source: Rolling Stone)
FORTUNE. Mentioned as an early investor in Uber, Path & Everlane. http://fortune.com/2014/06/05/meet-the-uber-rich/
Speaking on a panel at Zappo’s Downtown Project with Will Young and Andy White (Partners/Vegas Tech Fund) Erik Moore of Base Ventures and one of my portfolio companies Bow & Drape.
Hollywood Reporter: 100 Most Important People in Entertainment.
How Hollywood Stars are Partnering with Silicon Valley. San Jose Mercury News profiles my company Bechtel Ventures. Called ”a pioneering matchmaker between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Bechtel makes regular pilgrimages to Silicon Valley, introducing Hollywood movers & shakers such as Britney Spears manager, to entreprenuers like Dave Morin for potential partnerships.”
Dave Morin, longtime friend and Path founder- had always asked me over the years why he couldn’t meet Miss Britney Jean Spears. So - one day we surprised him and showed up with Britney at his offices!
YouTube / New York Times. Discovered YouTube in its infancy and showed it to the Warner Music Group and explained that we needed to embrace what was popular rather than their current strategy which was to try to sue and shut innovation down. This was the first deal for YouTube and was monumental because most media companies were also thinking of suing them and our deal sent a signal that we thought it was going to be very popular and to rethink / embrace it. Also partnered Paris Hilton with YouTube for their very first “channel”.
Spotify / Britney / Wall St. Journal Introduced Spotify - in its infancy to Warner Bros. Records and tried to help Sean and Daniel broker a deal with the label. Years later when they finally got the label rights and announced they were launching in the US, I partnered them with Britney Spears as their main launch partner.
We took Britney Spears to Silicon Valley to partner her with one of our portfolio companies, Beautylish.
This is Twitter in its infancy - 2008. Worked with Tom Petty to develop his website (which was nominated for a Webby) and then got him to tweet during his performance at the Super Bowl which I integrated live into his website. Tom was actually one of the first celebrities to adopt Twitter, but it was so early on, that there isn’t much record of it besides this screen shot I took, and the feature at the top right.
Over the last four years, Robin created Britney Spears’ innovation brand by partnering Britney with prominent startups including Uber, Path and Everlane, which garnered extensive business, tech and mainstream press for both the startups and Britney. Robin grew Britney’s online platform to over 50 million in audience, as well as reaching #1 on Twitter and Google+. (Download Britney Portfolio)
Campaign I did with Green Day to create custom ringtones!
Strategic Partnership: Startup Beautylish & Elizabeth Arden. Created partnership with Britney Spears, SF startup Beautylish and Britney’s perfume brand Elizabeth Arden. Secured Beautylish their first TV feature (on Extra) which gave the startup early credibility with the mainstream and beauty brands.
Beautylish and Britney on Bloomberg TV.