Geni Adds Free Trial

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Los Angeles-based Geni rolled out a number of enhancements to the site, plus told its users late Wednesday evening that it will now allow all of its users a 14 day, free trial of the firm's premium offering, Geni Pro. Tags: genealogy premium trial geni

Geni Connects With Facebook

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Hollywood-based Geni , the venture-backed firm which has developed an online, Web 2.0-style genealogy and social networking web sites for families, has connected the company's service with the popular Facebook social networking web site.

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Geni Adds Filters

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Hollywood-based Geni , which operates an online site for networking with family and tracking family trees, released a new feature Wednesday that allows its users to filter out cousins on the site. Tags: tree social family web2 geni networking genealogy

Geni Enhances Service

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Geni is backed by Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. Tags: geni genealogy family tree web2 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni.com said Friday that the firm has made a number of updates to the firm's services.

Geni Launches New Facebook App

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Hollywood-based online family networking and family tree site Geni officially announced late last week that the firm has launched a new, Facebook application. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund.

Geni Enhances Service

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West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that the firm has improved the firm's site, which allows users to create family trees and network with family members. Geni's Web 2.0 Tags: geni genealogy family tree networking social web2

Geni Enhances Privacy Controls

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Geni operates an online site which allows users to create family trees and share family news, and is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. Tags: history social family online geni networking genealogy

Geni Enhances Collaboration Tools

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West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni has rolled out a slew of updates for the service, saying today that it has added features to help users collaborate with others, map out locations, and see recent photos. Tags: geni genealogy family tree social networking web2

Geni, Yammer Both Raise Funding

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West Hollywood-based Geni, and instant messaging spinout Yammer have both raised $5M in funding from the firms' existing backers, Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund, according to regulatory filings and reports. Geni and Yammer have both been fundraising since the middle of last year.

Geni Adds Tabs, Search Tools

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West Hollywood-based Geni , the venture-backed, online family tree and networking site, said today that it has added a number of new features to its site, including the ability to search for similar profiles on the site, and improved access to popular features.

Geni Creates Lab Effort, Translation Support

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West Hollywood-based Geni.com , the online family tree and genealogy site backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures, told its users today that it has created a new "Geni Lab" for experimental features from the firm. Tags: geni family tree genealogy translation software

Geni Bundles Gifts With Pro Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the Web 2.0 According to Geni, all Geni Pro subscriptions now include unlimited virtual gifts, the firm's virtual items which can be sent to other members of the service. Geni is venture backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures.

Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. Geni allows users to create online, Web 2.0-style family trees, along with other social tools.

Knowledge Genie Launches Publishing Tool

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Los Angeles-based startup Knowledge Genie is launching a new, online site today which allows people to publish, share, and sell their knowledge online. The startup, headed by authors and husband-and-wife team Milo and Thuy Sindell, allows book authors and other experts to follow some basic steps to take their expertise and convert it into an online, organized knowledge base--which the firm calls a "genie."

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then.

Interview with Milo Sindell, Knowledge Genie

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This morning, Knowledge Genie (www.myknowledgegenie.com) launched a new web site that helps experts and authors publish online information to the web. What is the idea behind Knowledge Genie? Milo Sindell: Knowledge Genie is a software platform that anybody can use to capture, package, and publish what they know into an interactive online software application. We call this a "Genie," and you can build a Genie using Knowledge Genie.

Geni Among Firms Hit By Data Center Fire

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Los Angeles-based Geni was one of the firms hit by a fire in Seattle, which took down the firm's payment processor, Authorize.net on Friday. According to Geni, due to the issue with Authorize.net, it was unable to process payments for the firm's virtual gifts and subscriptions on due to the downtime. Geni was just one of thousands of companies hit by the downtime at Authorize.net, which is a major provider of payment processing for ecommerce retailers.

Yammer Bails On Los Angeles, Heading To Silicon Valley

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Sacks said that Geni, which spun out Yammer, remains in West Hollywood. The firm was spun out in September 2008 from Geni, and is backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. Tags: microblogging geni sacks david move valley silicon angeles yammer West Hollywood-based Yammer , the corporate microblogging site inspired by Twitter, is moving from the Los Angeles area to Silicon Valley, according to founder David Sacks.

AppleTree.com Targets Online Family Trees

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Social Networking and Business Value

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Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. He has performed this role since the company’s inception after Yammer was spun-out of Geni Inc. (a Prior to his roles at Geni and Yammer, David was the National Manager, Business Development & Business Affairs at LoopNet, Inc.

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After this was my panel (co-hosted by Christian Gammill who had to leave mid-way to race off to Hawaii to get engaged and by Tony Adam), with Mike Jones (COO of MySpace), David Sacks (founder of Geni and Yammer) and Jamie Montgomery (CEO of tech investment bank Montgomery & Co).

GumGum Confirms Investment Round

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Advisors to the firm include David Sacks of Geni (formerly of PayPal) and Vince Thompson (formerly of AOL and Facebook). Santa Monica-based GumGum , the online startup headed by Ophir Tanz which licenses photos on a CPM basis to online publishers, confirmed it had raised $2.6M in a venture round Wednesday, telling socalTECH that the Series A-1 round was led by GRP Partners , with participation by First Round Capital.

Earned Media: What is it & how can it benefit or harm your brand?

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In 2009, two rogue employees filmed themselves spitting on pies and sticking cheese up their nose before placing it on the doughy pizzas. The social genie is well and truly out of the bottle and brands who ignore its impact will do so at their own peril.

Earned Media: What is it & how can it benefit or harm your brand?

From the Venture Trenches

In 2009, two rogue employees filmed themselves spitting on pies and sticking cheese up their nose before placing it on the doughy pizzas. The social genie is well and truly out of the bottle and brands who ignore its impact will do so at their own peril.