On today’s show, we’re joined by Michael Karnjanaprakorn (@mikekarnj), who recently moved into the Executive Chairman role at Skillshare where he has served as CEO since founding the company in 2010. We caught up with Michael last month to hear how Skillshare has moved into the scaling phase over the last twelve months after raising a $12M Series B round in 2016.
EVERY STARTUP HAS A STORY
Increase your brand's value by letting us spread it
With a deep understanding of the startup ecosystem, Beantown Media Ventures (BMV) leverages our expertise in PR and content marketing to help startups in Boston, Los Angeles and across the country grow. Simply put, we ensure your startup story gets heard and engaged with all with an eye towards driving leads, accelerating growth and increasing valuations.
“In addition to supporting us in securing PR, driving inbound leads with content marketing and attracting hiring companies like Facebook to our platform, BMV played a crucial role in enabling us to rapidly distribute our prototypes within the market to analyze scalability.”
– Tom Leung, Director of Product Management, YouTube
“From strategically planning our PR launch out of stealth mode, to positioning us as the most innovative company at the forefront of the indoor location space with our Series A round, and ultimately through our successful exit, BMV was an integral partner in driving ByteLight’s growth.”
– Dan Ryan, Co-Founder & CEO of ByteLight
PR is a powerful tool for startup brands. When combined with our passion for creative storytelling, firm understanding of narrative development, and well established media relationships, that power is exponentially increased. Our team knows what will get you the most visibility and how to get you there.
Prove your value to customers with data-driven, engaging and expertly crafted content. Our team is adept at producing and distributing thought leadership narratives, blog posts, newsletter copy, graphics and short-form videos that build awareness, improve SEO and drive inbound leads for your startup.
No matter who your target market is, the best way to earn credibility is through third-party validation from influencers. Using our BrandCirc platform, we’ll identify and engage the bloggers, social personalities and celebrities that are relevant to your startup so they can tell your story and turn their followers into your customers.
The “always-on” nature of social media means that conversations are happening around the clock with or without your brand. With a steady stream of branded content fueling your startup marketing efforts, we make sure that you are part of these conversations, whenever and wherever they are taking place.
Implementing a successful media and influencer relations campaign with no retainer and only a one-time, $1,500 payment? It’s possible to do it yourself with BMV’s DIY package designed for bootstrapped and seed stage startups. Find out how here.
Retain the team at BMV to ensure that your company gets into the early conversations it needs to be in! Our Beta package is ideal for seed stage startups, which have found product-market fit, and are just beginning to allocate budgets towards marketing and growth.
Your Seed or Series A stage startup will receive a strategic mix of PR and content marketing. Whether it’s distributing data stories and infographics through the media, or engaging influencers on social media, we make sure your company doesn’t go silent.
Designed for Series A to B startups, or brands with established marketing budgets, the BMV Growth package is a full-court press of PR, content marketing and influencer relations that will help get you to the head of the pack and keep you there!
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OUR SENIOR TEAM
Founder & Managing Partner
Kyle is an entrepreneurially-minded, digital marketing & PR consultant with a track record of creating, executing and managing integrated campaigns for startups to Fortune 500 companies. When he’s not building startups and stories, or mentoring at MassChallenge, he enjoys playing soccer and snowboarding. He holds an MBA from the Babson College Olin Graduate School of Business.
Partner, VP of Content & Strategy
With a background that includes developing and executing PR programs for some of world’s leading financial services and technology brands, John is a creative communications professional with a deep passion for storytelling. When he’s not helping companies connect with their audiences, John enjoys riding motorcycles, playing basketball and moonlighting as a screenwriter.