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Paul O'Brien

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

CMO to VC. Growth hacker, startup advisor, & fractional CMO via Passionate about CRM, financing, economic dev, & VC

CMO to VC. Growth hacker, startup advisor, & fractional CMO via Passionate about CRM, financing, economic dev, & VC

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Ad Sales
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In


Accelerate Texas
Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association

International Accelerator
Cleantech Open
SmartTouch Interactive
O'Brien Clan Foundation
Pragma Systems, Inc.
VChain Solutions, Inc.
Dachis Group
half past now.

Side Projects



Digital Strategy (Acquired by Comcast) Icontrol Networks August 2015 - May 2016
Startup Consultant: Growth Hacker / CMO, CEO Advisor, Funding, and BD SEO' January 2005 - present
Board Member VenturePoint September 2015 - present
Founder Accelerate Texas December 2014 - present
Steering Committee Member Texas Venture Growth Forum - TXVGF April 2015 - present
Advisor International Accelerator March 2014 - present
Mentor Cleantech Open May 2014 - present
Digital Strategy for Piper Icontrol Networks August 2015 - present
Marketing Advisor / Consultant Sprinklr March 2014 - present
Advisor SmartTouch Interactive September 2014 - present
Board Member O'Brien Clan Foundation January 2012 - present
Marketing Advisor Pragma Systems, Inc. January 2014 - present
Chief Marketing Officer MicroVentures September 2014 - May 2015
Mentor VChain Solutions, Inc. May 2014 - May 2015
Marketing Advisor Tuffwerx August 2013 - May 2015
Marketing Advisor / Consultant (Acquired by Sprinklr) Dachis Group March 2013 - December 2014
Co Founder FOVNDERS November 2013 - October 2014
Marketing Consultant Corvalent March 2013 - October 2014
Advisor half past now. October 2013 - September 2014
Marketing Advisor / Consultant myDocket March 2014 - August 2014
Digital Strategist AdPeople Worldwide April 2013 - October 2013
CMO (Pivoted company to Loop & Tie) The Next One's On Me, Inc. November 2012 - September 2013
Co-Founder Cospace 2011 - September 2013
Co-Founder & Advisor March 2012 - September 2012
Fractional Marketing Executive (Acquired by LinkedIn) Fliptop April 2011 - September 2012
Fractional Marketing Executive FoxTranslate November 2010 - March 2012
Marketing & Community Development (@ GILD) PAC Labs April 2011 - January 2012
Marketing & Community Development IP Commerce March 2011 - January 2012
Founder Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association 2011 - 2012
VP Marketing (Acquired by GoDaddy) April 2009 - October 2010
Founder January 1995 - May 2010
VP Marketing (Acquired by ebay's Stubhub) Zvents April 2007 - December 2008
Interactive Marketing HP March 2005 - May 2007
Advertising Solutions Yahoo! September 2000 - March 2005
VIP Sales and Accounts Insight Enterprises September 1999 - October 2000
Web Design Arizona State University December 1996 - September 1999


Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1996 - 1999
Arizona State University Business Management 1994 - 1998
Portage Northern 1990 - 1994

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

SEO • E-Commerce • Digital marketing • Sem • Startups

Key Accomplishments

A little Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Project Management, and even Product Development, I've helped businesses scale, monetize, innovate, partner, and capitalize for 15 years in diverse set of industries including eCommerce, Local, SaaS, social intelligence, blogs and communities, search, crowdsourcing, and payment services.

I bring products to market. I commercialize businesses, products, web services, and entrepreneurs.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Extensive business skill set complemented by a savvy technical background and website development talent. Connections to Silicon Valley through 12 years there through Yahoo, HP, and a half dozen startups I helped launch.

As an Advisor

Clear engagement and objectives

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

Think Paul is awesome?
Vouch for them.

Dagan Martinez-Vargas
Startup Business Mentor, Longhorn Startup Lab and COO, Peepsqueeze Inc. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
a tech connector in Austin who also has enough valuable startup info to fill two heads.
Anita Cohen-Williams
Owner, MySearchGuru, Vice President of Marketing for Northern Arizona SCORE chapter, University of Arizona grad, social media consultant
Paul is dedicated and is great at helping people with their questions.
Kevin Castello
Founder, Best Fit Capital and Adjunct Faculty, Baylor University EMBA.
Elise Krentzel
CEO, Founder smartART Coverings© & CEO,Chief Creative Officer, ek Consulting LLC - Building Brands. World traveler, author, market maker

Thomas Heatherly
They're my friends
Since meeting Thomas, I constantly am searching for the opportunity for us to work together. He's got the creative, world-changing, passion ... that makes Austin based entrepreneurs the source of the future of innovation; combined with the ambition and know-how to think big like Silicon Valley.

Nik Daftary
We worked together
Nik is that rarer breed of entrepreneur who is more interested in bringing dreams and innovations to life, than merely chasing the exit. Th ... at's the type everyone hoping to be successful should want in a co-founder: driven, tenacious, resourceful, and always moving the ball forward to find success where others might quit.

James Vinson 
They're my mentor  •  President and Founder, V-Chain Solutions, Inc.. Previously Entreprenuer / UT Staff Member, The University of Texas at Austin.
James excels through experience, perseverance, and wisdom. In his time building VChain Solutions, he leads with the experience needed to di ... srupt and innovate the Supply Chain industry through Ed Tech, with the patience and dedication it takes to see a startup succeed.

Dennis Lyftogt
They're my friends  •  Mentor, Cleantech Open and Consultant, Del Oro Consulting, Inc. @ Cisco Systems.