MAME update: Where are they now?


The MA in Media Entrepreneurship program launched in 2012; since then two classes have graduated, one in 2014 and one this past spring.

Where are they now? Here are a few updates.

Jesse Bickford, MAME ’14, reports that he started this summer as a digital analyst at Krypton Venture Capital.  He is based in Tel Aviv for the company that invests in B2C media, tech, gaming and marketplace companies, and which is looking at investing in new ways.

Jesse had been with a startup; now in his new gig he will tackle web analytics, biz ops analysis and digital marketing. He also will help with digital tasks. “MAME has prepped me for both worlds,” he writes in an email, “and without the MA, I couldn’t have been considered for the position.”

Another MAME ’14 alum now is also an adjunct professor; Chris Lewis, WAMU’s Director of Digital Media (then and now) is teaching the newest cohort of MAME AU students in Media Technology Management. Topics cover everything from strategic planning to project management, from ideation to analytics.10275365_10154063810595241_1888051797441276473_o

During his program, Chris launched at WAMU,  a site digging into the regional music scene by featuring original videos and reporting.

I’ve already written about Dena Levitz, MAME ’14, who traveled the world for startup hub 1776, listening to 400 pitches in 16 cities across the globe. Dena’s advice is here.  (400 pitches! Listen to her, please!)

Once MAME14’s Shannan Bowen Stevens completed the program, she moved from Atlantic Media Strategies to her role leading audience development and engagement at The Hill in Washington, D.C. She advises on social media strategies across the news and business departments. Web analytics and social media again play a big role.DeafTV

And of course there is the indefatigable Travis Dougherty MAME ’14; you will remember him shaking President Obama’s hand last year at a 1776 event.

Today, as marketing manager for Access Interpreting, Travis has helped beta test an on-demand, remote video interpreting app at the National Institutes of Health. He also is consulting with several small startups involved with sign language users; and last year former DC Mayor Vincent Gray named Travis to the then-DC Council for Innovation and Technology Inclusion.

These stories show the breadth of the program, which focuses as much on intrapreneurship as startups, particularly in a town where working from the inside is a highly valued skill.