Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. Brian Mesic, a partner at Anthem, said Thursday afternoon that Plixi is the latest in a "string of good exits" over the past 12 months, which also included Siperian (acquired by Informatica), Wavestream (acquired by Gilat), and Demand Media (IPO).

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Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! Buzz Media--which was formerly known as BuzzNet--is a venture backed operator of a network of pop culture, celebrity, and music-focused web content properties and blogs. Buzz Media said it will use OK!'s Buzz Media is venture backed by Focus Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Don’t go on a phishing trip!

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Attackers use social media and professional pages to understand their targets. Anthem Blue Cross for example could be a phishing loser. The attack is believed to have started with custom malware sent to Anthem IT staff.

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BUZZMEDIA Boosts Sales Efforts With Hires

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BUZZ MEDIA is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, NEA, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group. Tags: buzzmedia buzz media celebuzz celebrity news publishing executive Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the entertainment and pop culture publishing firm founded by Anthony Batt , said today that it has hired on two new sales execs, as part of a push to expand its advertising sales.

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Buzznet Joins With The Superficial

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Buzznet said that The Superficial will become part of Celebuzz.com, the firm's entertainment focused and social media website. Buzznet is venture backed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Anthem Ventures, NEA, and Universal Music Group. Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online site focused on entertainment and pop culture, has linked up with entertainment site The Superficial, the firm said today.

Buzznet Hires Two, Snags NYTimes Editor

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Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online social media and networking site focused on music, said Wednesday that it has hired two editors to bolster its music editorial team. Buzznet is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Interscope, and Redpoint Ventures. According to Buzznet, it has hired former New York Times music reporter Jeff Leeds as its Editor-in-Chief, and former Alternative Press magazine editor Leslie Simon as its Senior Editor.

Buzznet Targets Tweens, Teens With New Celebrity Site

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Hollywood-based Buzznet, a venture-backed operator of social media websites, said Thursday that it has launched a new site called Just Jared Jr. Buzznet is venture backed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Anthem Ventures, NEA and Universal Music Group. focused on tweens and teens. The site is being launched in a partnership with Buzznet and celebrity blog Just Jared.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Here are four startups of them, and what they're doing: Demand Media. Venture backers : Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, Rincon Venture Partners. Tags: cocodot dewolfe chris spinout media demand demandmedia sodahead mindjolt platformg startup myspace

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Buzznet Raises $12.5M More

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and will rename itself Buzz Media. According to the company, the funding round was led by Focus Ventures, and also included Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Buzz Media said it now has more than 40 million people visiting its web sites every month. Tags: buzzmedia hollywood content venture capital celebrity culture buzznet media

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

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Big Frame had been venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Frontier, LaunchPad LA, New World Ventures, The Media Farm and Social Starts, and angels Diego Berdakin, Dave Goldberg, Peter Gotcher, Clark Landry, Adam Lilling and Dan Murray. Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV --which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame , another local YouTube network operator.

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Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

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Venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and others. MMC Media. The firm is now run by Caroline Little, the CEO of Guardian Media North America. Tags: techcrunch blog empire southern california buzzmedia mail media paidcontent contentnext News today that AOL has acquired technology news blog TechCrunch highlights the growing place of blog publishers in the online world.

Report: Buzznet Chops Staff

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Buzznet operates an online social networking and social media site focused on music and bands, and is backed by Anthem Ventures, Interscope, Redpoint Ventures, and others Hollywood-based, music-related blog and content firm Buzznet has reportedly cut employees, according to a report from Digital Music News. According to the publication, citing a representative of the firm, Buzznet has eliminated 10 employees, from a total of 89 staff.

Scopely Raises $8.5M

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in a new, seed financing round, from Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as angels. It looks like all that bacon paid off. Los Angeles-based Scopely , the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz , Eytan Elbaz , Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M

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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. 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. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

ThisNext Gets New Funding

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Los Angeles-based social shopping site ThisNext announced this morning that it has raised a new round of funding, and inked a partnership with online advertising firm Federated Media. Clearstone Venture Partners and Anthem Venture Partners also participated. Amount of the funding was not disclosed.

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Four Sites To Add Adventure To Your Summer Travel Plans

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AdventureLink is backed by Allegis Capital, Anthem Ventures, and the Mailroom Fund, and is run by adventurer Jeff Dossett. Demand acquired Trails as a part of its buy of Hillclimb Media back in 2006. Planning out the rest of your summer travel plans?

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Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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It’s becoming harder to distinguish tech companies from media companies. In LA the VC shift is clearly to Santa Monica / Venice, home of Rustic Canyon, Greycroft, Anthem and just about every incubator (Amplify, Launchpad, Mucker, Science). Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Current round: $5.0mm in Series A by NEA and Anthem Venture Partners. Structured data asset creation works in on demand in real-time across multiple data sets Including web, e-mail, internal databases, documents, and media. To see the video of This Week in VC click on this link.

Vator Splash LA

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This upcoming Splash will showcase 10 up-and-coming startups, prominent VCs and founders of the leading LA-based companies - Demand Media and ReachLocal. Hear Shawn Colo, co-founder and EVP of MandA at Demand Media, share his lessons and advice on building Demand from scratch in 2006 to one of this year's hottest IPOs. Thursday, May 26, 2011 -- Vator Splash LA. On the evening of May 26, Vator will be holding its inaugural Vator Splash LA event at The Highlands Hollywood.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Customer are primarily large media companies (publishers) and their media agencies. Current round: $2mm in Series B from Anthem Venture Partners and Rincon Venture Partners – Total Raised: $3mm – Read more: TechCrunch.

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The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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Plus there are amazing LA tech events put on by DealMaker Media , DigitalLA , Twiistup , and many more. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Buzznet Puts Focus On Celebrities

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Los Angeles-based Buzznet , the venture-backed operator of a network of entertainment-focused social media sites, is making the rounds with a new feature on its Celebuzz celebrity web site this week. Celebuzz is one of a number of sites owned by Buzznet, which is venture backed by Interscope, Universal Music Group, Anthem Ventures, NEA, and Redpoint Ventures.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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2.6mm in Series A : Canaan , Anthem. They help speed up the network by pushing the highly viewed and large media files to the “edge&# of the network (e.g. I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis.

Zag Makes Exec Hires, Promotions

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Brenner has served at 1-800-CARSEARCH, PromiseMark, and CARFAX; Pributsky joined Zag in 2006 and served at eVox Productions and Malldecker Media; Easterby was most recently at Yahoo!;

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Southern California Venture Totals Drop in Q4

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Most sectors saw drops in investment during the year, with the exception of few--including a couple of sectors where Southern California has a significant presence, in Clean Technology and Media & Entertainment. Media & Entertainment also saw an increase, up 3 percent to $2.0

Vator Makes A Splash In LA!

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The event includes keynotes from Shawn Colo, co-founder of Demand Media, one of the hottest IPOs of this year, Zorik Gordon, co-founder and CEO of ReachLocal, one of the hottest IPOs of 2010. Vator is bringing its popular Splash event to LA. The inaugural Splash LA event will be held on the evening of May 26, 2011, at The Highlands Hollywood. The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship.

6 Top Trends For The Digital World In 2016

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Top media giants Facebook and Alphabet are determined to grow this number with the introduction of various airborne devices designed to bring internet to the far corners of the globe to boost their revenues. The global online audience currently stands at some 3.2

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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TechCrunch, Forbes, PandoDaily, and other national and local media covered the fest, centered in Santa Monica and Venice at venues with views of the beach on picture-perfect sunny days. Thx party hosts Siemer & Associates, JuntoBox Films, Wiredrive, Giant Media, 31Ten & Areal.