The Media Z consulting group is a San Francisco Bay Area based startup acceleration partner. We help clients reach important technical and design milestones while allowing them to focus on defining their products, growing their teams, and reaching their markets.

We design and build web and mobile applications, assist in marketing and business development, and consult on finance and operations.

Our team solves problems. Contact us to talk about your project.

We’re into elegant and powerful web and mobile application design.

  • User-centered information architecture
  • Clean and effective flow for harmonious user experience
  • Rapid prototyping in code, with a focus on functional design
  • Graphic design, typography, illustration, and media creation
  • Visualization design, making complex data understandable
  • Analytics and usability testing for improved UX

We're a full stack development company, serious about understanding the business needs and technical requirements of each project. We can advise from a distance or bring you from concept to final delivery and launch.

  • Front-end, server-side, database, and cloud service development
  • Dashboard design, visualization, media processing, video transcoding, semantic technologies, and mobile and web project management
  • Mobile development scaled to the needs of the project, ranging from responsive web design to hybrid (HTML5) or native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 8

We understand tech and media startups, and can quickly assess a client’s specific needs. We deliver results that move the product, presence, company, or marketing effort forward.

  • Market planning and go-to-market strategy
  • Technical product management for web, mobile, and media products
  • Social media campaign ideation and implementation
  • Management of content and media, including creation of marketing collateral, video, and white papers
  • Partner program development, including both business development planning and creation of automated channel partner programs

New companies have a lot to tackle. For clients who want to focus on product and market, finance and operations tasks can be off-loaded to our experts.

  • Set up accounting systems
  • Arrange for accounting and bill paying services
  • Establish procedures for complying with tax laws, invoicing and collecting from customers/partners, coordinating banking, payroll, and legal services
  • Prepare financing documentation

The Media Z leadership team draws on our local San Francisco Bay Area resources and a world-wide roster of talented colleagues to create high-quality affordable solutions for your specific needs.

David Schoenbach CEO

David drives growth of the Media Z consulting and product development practices, and headed development of its patented MediaQuery™ System.

As VP – Product Management at Exadel, Inc., he ran product definition, marketing, and business development for the Tiggzi cloud-based mobile development platform (now appery.io).

Previously, David was VP – Business Development at MobiHand, Inc., a leading app store infrastructure company, where he grew their catalog to 50,000 apps, and managed relationships including Lenovo, AT&T, and Cisco.

David earlier worked at Microsoft Corporation (Multimedia Publishing Group) and Yamaha Corporation of America (New Business Development). He’s a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

John Fleischhauer Director of Project Management

John has over two decades’ experience in software engineering. Since 1992 he has headed software projects and supervised other engineers in the production of high quality products.

He has led and contributed to development success at companies including Broderbund Software, Avery Dennison, The Learning Company, Tawala Systems, SportsDashboards and Photron.

John attended Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned a B.A., With Distinction, in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Ian Aleksander Adams Creative Director

Ian is an information architect, award-winning artist, and an insightful critic of popular culture and design. Much of his recent UI work has focused on dashboard design.

He previously served as Creative Director at Exadel, Inc. where he designed the cloud storage dashboard for Amazon S3 partner Panzura.

Ian has been recognized for his work in a wide variety of artistic media, including recognition in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards and the cover of CMYK magazine. He has exhibited internationally and was a panelist at The Tumblr Art Symposium in New York. He also contributes to the Internet Archive as Community Architect.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Adriano Chiaretta IT Director

Adriano has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. He enjoys creating and directing the development of websites, web services, and mobile applications, as well as managing the machinery behind them.

Adriano served as CTO at MobiHand, Inc., an early leader in app store infrastructure and management. Previously he was COO at iambic, Inc., creators of the best-selling Agendus mobile apps, and software developer at Reply, SPA.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the Turin Polytechnic. He lives in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, and is a regular visitor to Silicon Valley.

Richard Wood Advisor & Project Support

Rich has 20+ years’ experience in software and internet businesses, including software-as-a-service (SaaS), enterprise applications, online advertising, ecommerce and mobile apps.

He was CFO at MobiHand, SolutionCentral Media and Make Systems (acquired by Opnet), Controller at Metaphor Computer Systems (acquired by IBM), and International Controller at Oracle.

Before entering the technology industry, Rich was a Manager at "Big 4" CPA firm Deloitte. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from UC Santa Barbara, and is a CPA.

Contact us today to schedule a discussion of your project.