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Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world.

Userplane Extends Chat App

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Santa Monica-based Userplan has extended the firm's chat applications, saying Tuesday that the firm will connect users of its chat application across different web sites, regardless of where they are on the web. Userplane is a subsidiary of AOL. READ MORE

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Userplane: We're Not Dead Yet

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Santa Monica-based Userplane , which develops web widgets used by other online community sites, including chat and other collaboration applications, told its users today in an email that the firm's future "remains bright." Userplane was acquired by AOL in 2006. Tags: userplane deadpool widget software READ MORE>>.

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including agency PBJ Digital, application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media and Myspace. We are just over a month out and we’ve been holding off on this announcement for sometime. Diamond Sponsor.

A Cocktail of LA Tech | Tech Cocktail Winter Mixer

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Userplane – A social media platform to help businesses, communities, and organizations manage their social graphs.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. 24 7pm at Coloft in Santa Monica. We

Tsavo Buys OpenSourceFood

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media , the online media venture of former Userplane founder Michael Jones, announced Thursday that it has acquired an online, user-generated recipe site called OpenSourceFood. Tags: tsavo merger userplane opensourcefood acquisition nibbledish Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team

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Jones is best known in Southern California's technology community for his success at Userplane, which he founded and sold to AOL. Tags: hirschhorn jason media sling userplane jones michael tsavo executive myspace Both are in Los Angeles. The two new appointments follow the recently appointment of Owen Van Natta as CEO at MySpace.

Tsavo Names General Manager For SEO Unit

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the new startup venture of former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said Tuesday that it has named Steve Schepke as General Manager of Tsavo Agency, a new unit focused on providing monetization services to content providers. According to Tsavo, Schepke joins Tsavo from Commission Junction. SEO unit. READ MORE

Interview with Heather Lipner, Uncovet

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At the time, he was at Userplane, which had just been sold to AOL, and we had been helping Userplane and with AOL. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall is garnering some excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night.

Goodreads Decouples From Amazon

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Goodreads is backed by True Ventures, Michael Jones (MySpace, Userplane), along with others. According to Goodreads, it is also working with other open data sources for book information on the site. READ MORE>>. goodreads amazon book limitation mobile

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

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Joining that surge last week in startup activity was Science, Inc. www.science-inc.com), headed by Mike Jones , the former CEO of Myspace. READ MORE>>.

Former MySpace Head Van Natta Shows Up At Zynga

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Jones was the founder and CEO of Userplane until its acquisition by AOL. Owen Van Natta , the former CEO of MySpace, has turned up as Executive Vice President of Business Operations at social gaming maker Zynga , according to multiple sources. Since then, Hirschorn also left MySpace, leaving the Jones at the Helm.

Tsavo Snags Percival From Docstoc

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the online media startup headed by former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said today that it has hired on Sean Percival as Director of Content at the firm. Percival was most recently at Docstoc, where he was Content Manager, and has also previously headed up social media and search engine marketing at Mahalo.

Tsavo Media Sold For $75M

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Los Angeles-based online media firm Tsavo Media , which was founded by Mike Jones, founder of Userplane and current co-President of MySpace, has been sold for $75M to a Canadian firm. According to Toronto-based Cyberplex , it is acquiring Tsavo and its 300 consumer websites for $75M. Tsavo was backed by American Capital. READ MORE>>.

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschorn As Co-Presidents, as Van Natta Leaves

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Jones was most recently COO at MySpace, and is best known in the Los Angeles area for founding Userplane , which he sold to AOL in 2006. Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said late Wednesday that CEO Owen Van Natta is stepping down from his position, and will be replaced by co-presidents Mike Jones and Jason Hirschorn.

Goodreads Launches Follow Feature

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Goodreads is backed by angels; its investors include people such as Michael Jones, now COO of MySpace, and formerly founder of Userplane. Los Angeles-based Goodreads , the online social networking site focused on book readers, told its users today that it has launched a new feature similar to Twitter's "follow." READ MORE>>.

Tsavo Launches Twitter Search Engine

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo , the online media firm run by former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said Monday that it has officially launched a new web site focused on searching the popular Twitter micro-blogging service. The new service, Twithority , allows users to search for Twitter messages, shown in order of highest ranking users and time.

Tsavo Launches Search Engine Marketing Arm

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the new startup founded by Userplane founder Michael Jones, has launched a new division, focused on search engine marketing. The firm announced the division Tuesday afternoon, saying that its new Tsavo Agency will provide search engine marketing and content monetization services for companies. READ MORE

MySpace, Ad.ly Link On In-Stream Advertising

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Finally, MySpace is co-run nowadays by Mike Jones, who founded Userplane and is an active angel investor in the area, and is an advisor for Launchpad LA. Los Angeles-based MySpace and startup Ad.ly , also based in LA, said today that they have linked in an in-stream advertising deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Goodreads Adds Status Updates

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Goodreads is backed by angel investors, including True Ventures, Userplane founder Michael Jones, James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky of Ooga Labs, Michael Birch of Bebo.com, and Chris Michel of Military.com. The new feature also allows user to synchronize the status with Facebook and Twitter. READ MORE

Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

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And no wonder, lately he and his partners are on a tear, investing out of their $200+ million VC fund. Not bad, hey? agree with him. Startup Advice

Tsavo Buys BetterPPC

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the startup headed by former Userplane CEO Michael Jones, said today that it has acquired Better Inc, the SEO and pay-per-click marketing software firm headed by Ben Padnos. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Better Inc.'s The acquisition also includes Better Inc's DONE! SEO operations. READ MORE

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Interview with Ian Swanson, Sometrics

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worked at Userplane, building social applications for sites like MySpace. As companies figure out a way to monetize social media, one of the areas which has been lacking is a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of social media advertising. The firm has also received investments from Greycroft Partners and AT&T. Thanks

Interview with Jerome Chang, BlankSpaces

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Mike's latest claim to fame was selling Userplane to AOL. One of the recent trends in the technology industry here in Los Angeles is the use of "coworking" spaces--flexible workspaces where companies can rent open office space. BLANKSPACES (www.blankspaces.com) -- which is on Wilshire Blvd.--is the brainchild of architect Jerome Chang.

Interview with Sometrics, Ian Swanson

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worked at Userplane, building social applications for sites like MySpace. As companies figure out a way to monetize social media, one of the areas which has been lacking is a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of social media advertising. The firm has also received investments from Greycroft Partners and AT&T. Thanks