By Patrick Harmon Lopez

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” — John Maxwell

The time it takes for any given individual to form a lasting habit is 18–254 days, with the average sitting at around 66 days. COVID has been affecting most of our daily lives in the US since at least March 11th (the day the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic), putting us at 217 days and counting.

It appears as though the question of whether COVID-19 will produce lasting and likely permanent changes within the fabric of our society is now moot. Beyond the changes to…


Banking in Latin America is broken. Not by accident, mind you; it was designed to be broken. Limited transparency, heavy bureaucracy and red tape, internet 1.0 technology, and hidden fees have generated a deep-seated mistrust of banks, both at a personal level and at a business level. In countries like Mexico, the unbanked population sits at 63% (and remains high across Latam at 47%). 37% of Mexicans state lack of trust as the primary reason they don’t open an account.

I’ve seen this first-hand — my wife Cecy owned a bakery in Mexico City and asked her employees to open…


By Brad Baum & Patrick Harmon Lopez

Mandatory social distancing, isolation, a lack of human interaction and socialization, and many other drastic social life changes have exacerbated a growing mental health problem in the US, particularly among GenZ and Millennials. Isolation is particularly harmful as people are left alone to stew over what feels like an endless parade of bad news. …


By Brad Baum & Patrick Harmon Lopez

High emotions around the presidential election that never seems to end, a slowing economic recovery, unpredictable job market, school reopenings getting rolled back, and new global COVID spikes have all contributed to rising anxiety levels and an overall decline in mental health. For context, according to recent reports, the percentage of Americans reporting depression symptoms has tripled during the pandemic.

COVID has pushed many of us to the breaking point, and as a result has made mental health top-of-mind among employers, employees, parents, children, and consequently investors. However, mental health is not a…


By Patrick Harmon Lopez

As stated in Part 1a, massive demand, growing content volume, and low barriers to entry all point towards continued growth in the audio content space. However, audio content still faces significant question marks and obstacles it must overcome if it wants to realize its full potential as a media outlet, including:

  • Monetization and Audience Analytics
  • Consumer Attention
  • Interactivity
  • Search and Discovery
  • Fighting off Spotify
  • Distribution

Clearly, there’s a lot of ground to cover here. However, if there weren’t significant market risk, the space would have already been flooded with capital, eliminating most possibilities to generate venture…


By Patrick Harmon Lopez

The power of [audio] is not that it speaks to millions, but that it speaks intimately and privately to each one of those millions. — Hallie Flanagan

Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless. — Steve Allen

Moving slightly away from the “COVID-shift” theme that has been the undercurrent of this series, I want to discuss what’s been a growing wave in media over the last few years: audio media.

It’s hard to imagine the world moving towards an entertainment medium that engages fewer senses. Why would you sit…


By Patrick Harmon Lopez

“During the gold rush it’s a good time to be in the pick and shovel business” — Mark Twain

Lately, it seems that everywhere I look, there’s another popular influencer popping up that’s significantly younger than I am and earning crazy money for broadcasting his or her life online. Lifestyle blogging is poised to continue its explosive growth trajectory, with 33% of children ages 6–17 stating that being a live streamer is their desired career. COVID has served to accelerate and cement this trend, with viewers increasingly turning to digital engagement for social interaction. Twitch — the biggest live-streaming platform — is a fantastic proxy for how COVID has impacted lifestyle streaming: hours wathed on…


By Patrick Harmon Lopez

One of my favorite things to do as an undergrad at Vanderbilt University was (you guessed it) going to live shows (if you didn’t already know, Vanderbilt is in Nashville AKA Music City). My favorite place to watch a show was actually at any one of three separate interconnected venues in an industrial-looking building located in “The Gulch” (Mercy Lounge, the High Watt, and the Cannery Ballroom). I love the electricity unique to live events and the thrill of not knowing what to expect.

Now, in the midst of a pandemic, I can’t imagine the next…


As stated in Part 1a, massive demand, growing content volume, and low barriers to entry all point towards continued growth in the audio content space. However, audio content still faces significant question marks and obstacles it must overcome if it wants to realize its full potential as a media outlet, including:

  • Monetization and Audience Analytics
  • Consumer Attention
  • Interactivity
  • Search and Discovery
  • Fighting off Spotify
  • Distribution

Clearly, there’s a lot of ground to cover here. However, if there weren’t significant market risk, the space would have already been flooded with capital, eliminating most possibilities to generate venture returns. High-return investments imply…


The power of [audio] is not that it speaks to millions, but that it speaks intimately and privately to each one of those millions. — Hallie Flanagan

Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless. — Steve Allen

Moving slightly away from the “COVID-shift” theme that has been the undercurrent of this series, I want to discuss what’s been a growing wave in media over the last few years: audio media.

It’s hard to imagine the world moving towards an entertainment medium that engages fewer senses. Why would you sit there listening to audio…

Patrick Harmon Lopez

Venture investor. Chicago native, LA native, Mexico City native. Former Dalus Capital, former BMW iVentures, current Morpheus Ventures. Booth MBA, Vandy BA.

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