Peer Mentorship for Media Founders

Media Founders Initiative

From streaming tech to podcasting, the Media Founders Initiative brings together founders driving media innovation. We provide full-lifecycle support to emerging media startups, from marketing and monetization to distribution deals.

Since 2014, U.S. companies have made $700B in media deals
- Deloitte

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  • Personalized onboarding with Lead Mentor

  • Peer network of 600+ founders

  • Pitch practice with Tier 1 VCs

  • Global and local founders-only forums

  • Trusted Partner Directory

  • Exclusive Founders Network events

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Media Founders Leadership Committee

Meet experienced and knowledgeable startup leaders driving innovation in media

Michelle Crames
Founder, Rush TV & Pogo
John Santiago
Founder, 1PR Brands, Inc.
1PR Brands, Inc.
Shannon Atkinson
Founder, CHNL
Paolo Danese
Founder, Storya
Tanyette Colόn
Founder, InFuuse

Leadership Positions Available

In Africa, there is a saying: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' The great thing about the Founder's Network is that it's not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it's way more fun ;)
Alexandra Greenhill
Founder of Careteam
The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it's a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it's just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.
Lisa Shields
Founder of Fi Span

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Media can be a tough nut to crack, but the consistent, high-level feedback from Founders Network helped to sharpen my startup’s business plan and helped me to see problems as simply obstacles to overcome.
David Cramer
Founder of Sentry
The perks alone make Founders Network worthwhile, but the personalized support and access to mentoring and useful introductions are what keep me coming back. Thank you, Founders Network!
Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack
Founders Network was exactly the sounding board I needed building my first startup, and why I eventually secured a lifetime membership, There’s simply no better community of passionate and dedicated founders.
Charity Majors
Founder of Honeycomb

Upcoming Events

During COVID, we’re making our virtual events available to healthtech founders everywhere. Register for a complimentary ticket to learn from fellow founders, investors and partners. Already used your free guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.

Past events



Ultimate Guide to Startup Idea Validation: Test, Learn, and Launch with Confidence

Every startup begins with a spark – a brilliant idea that promises to revolutionize the market. But before diving headfirst into development, a crucial step awaits: validation. Startup idea validation …

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VCs vs. Angel Investors: Which is Right for You

Securing funding is a critical step for any aspiring entrepreneur. However, navigating the diverse landscape of investors and understanding their unique characteristics can feel overwhelming. Two prominent options, angel investors …

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Growth Hacking Your Way to Success: Top Strategies for Startups in 2024

As we venture into 2024, traditional marketing strategies may feel out of reach for startups with limited resources. This is where the concept of growth hacking, a creative and cost-effective …

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Unveiling Your Target Audience: A Guide to Market Research for Startups

Every entrepreneur dreams of a product that resonates with customers, but how do you know if yours will? The answer lies in market research, the key to unlocking valuable insights …

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2024 Venture Capital Trends: Opportunities and Challenges

The past year painted a turbulent picture for the venture capital landscape. 2023 saw a dramatic shift from the exuberant funding splurges of 2021, leaving many startups and investors navigating …

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