Hollywood is getting a huge boost from a cloud technology superstar, who is promising to invest in over 100 startup businesses — a few right here in tinsel town!
Stephen Garden announced he is making his move towards funding and partnering with a bunch of businesses, especially in the cloud computing and data analytics sector. If you don’t know the name, you should, and his story is right out of a movie.
Garden, who is a UK national, found his lifetime opportunity in the United States. But long before settling down in America, he experienced the first tingling of the entrepreneurial itch early on. In 2000 at the tender age of 16, Stephen set up a “pirate” radio station as his first business project that survived for three years before the UK government closed it down for violating the 1909 UK Wireless Telegraphy Act.
Hollywood Is Getting A Huge Investment From Cloud Tech Millionaire
The allure of independence must have stayed with Stephen since that time, through his college years and his first paid job in technology with a Japanese firm in their London office. At the age of 27, he felt he needed a break from the work routine and decided to take an MBA course at the London Business School, ranked as one of the world’s best business schools, where among other useful subjects, he spent endless unforgettable hours listening to successful people’s stories about building great companies. The decision to get an MBA turned out to be quite the right one for Stephen’s mindset.
In 2013, after graduation, he launched a specialist consulting company in the promising cloud technology field the following year. By focusing on a fast-growing era of expertise (Amazon Web Services Cloud Platform), his company—Onica—was able to scale rapidly. The new company was founded after Stephen’s move to Los Angeles.
Stephen attracted investors to fund Onica which he named after the city where it was founded—Santa Monica. The new cloud computing business turned into a success. In only six years, it grew to 350 employees in 14 offices in four countries, becoming one of largest Amazon’s partners. Having raised Private Equity funding and made two acquisitions.
With the invaluable experience gained during the six years of building, growing, and managing Onica, Stephen decided to take a respite from the six stressful years of grit and self-deprivation of the entrepreneurial rollercoaster. Stephen has set himself a goal to seed invest in over a hundred world-changing startups.
This story may provide inspiration and guidance for those who reject the 9-5 work routine and want to go on their own but are still wary of taking that step toward independence.
Obviously, his expertise also makes him a great business advisor who is best qualified and willing to share his invaluable experience with up-and-coming entrepreneurs, especially in the field of cloud computing and data analytics.
As you know, with the television and movie business relying heavily on analytics and streaming — it appears Hollywood might be the next big place for technology investment. Also, media outlets rely heavily on day-t0-day analytics and are always looking for a new platform to gather advertising information.
Actually, we are ending this story and calling him right now!