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MySpace's Anderson Among Worst-Dressed Tech Moguls, Says GQ


A new article published today in GQ magazine identifies Tom Anderson , the Los Angeles resident and former co-founder of MySpace , as among the 15 worst dressed men of Silicon Valley. The article--which also ragged on such tech notables as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg--said that Anderson is a "a victim of over-layering", particularly for his penchant for wearing a "T-shirt, hoodie and blazer all at once.". fashion anderson myspace

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms


In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc. eventup meundies marketplace ecommerce studio accelerator incubator myspace science jones, a new technology studio aimed at building new businesses in Los Angeles.

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Insights and Opinions: How To Save MySpace


For our Insights and Opinions section this afternoon, Docstoc's Jason Nazar makes a proposal on how to save MySpace. He says: I wouldn't bet against MySpace. I know many of their founders and early employees, and one of the co-founders of Intermix (the parent company of MySpace) is an investor. MySpace has lost the battle as the "place for friends". Read the rest of Jason's article. Tags: myspace insights opinions jason nazar docstoc

What Makes a Successful Startup Community? Is it Possible to Build One Where You Live?

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. In Los Angeles the wins of Overture, Applied Semantics, MySpace, LowerMyBills, PriceGrabber, LegalZoom and the like have produced a large number of angels who are helping the next generation of LA entrepreneurs get started and succeed.

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What I Learned in 2014: Kevin Winston


Previously, Kevin has worked at Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, and McKinsey & Company. He was named in a recent Forbes article as one of "12 Entrepreneurs That Are Changing LA Forever."

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005. We have all the people who came out of eHarmony; who came from MySpace and Overture and PriceGrabber and and Shopzilla and CitySearch and all these places.

Why Entrepreneurs & VCs Should Focus on Basecamp, Not the Summit

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This article originally appeared on Silicon Alley Insider.

The Interaction of Our Lives | QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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There’s a good possibility there was a QR code on it offering you free tracks from the band’s MySpace page. As I’m writing this article, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better example of AR in our lives than showing thanks to our mother’s with it.

Effective Startup 360-Performance Reviews - Entrepreneurs Should Sanity Check Their Self-awareness


Remember all those terrible MySpace self-portraits? The MySpace teens liked the photos, in part, because they showed the mirror image of themselves which matched the adolescents’ self-images. . Note: This is part I of a two part series. Part II will be available soon. “He

Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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So while many articles have been written about the management changes at Twitter and what this means, I would point out that what it means to me as an investor and what you might consider as a developer is that Twitter is open for business.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. It’s true that MySpace didn’t become Facebook, but it did spawn 7 or 8 great LA companies run by founders with experience.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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Why did MySpace lose to Facebook & what can Twitter learn from this? MySpace grew faster because Friendster’s servers couldn’t scale. MySpace didn’t handle images or video well. Fox bought MySpace for $580 million.

eHow: Users Looking For Financial Advice


Santa Monica-based eHow, an online "how to" site owned by Demand Media, said Wednesday that the firm is seeing an increase in economy and personal finance related articles, due to the economy. According to the site, in the last six months, it has seen a 84% increase in searches for articles on finding health insurance after losing a job, networking, saving money on utilities, and cutting expenses.

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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This article originally ran on TechCrunch. We have all of the 2nd-time entrepreneurs from Overture, CitySearch, MySpace, etc. I’m in Seattle this week. People keep asking me if I’ve “seen anything interesting.&# Of course I have.

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Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

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This is the second article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). MySpace may not have been as successful as Facebook in the end but the executives there learned how to deal with user growth at scale.

Demand Media Launches Content Widget


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, former Chairman of MySpace, said Wednesday that it has launched a new service which automatically pulls up and links to related content on web pages. According to Demand Media, the new, self-serve widget reads content on a page and adds links to related articles and videos.

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

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This is a riveting read and tale of ego, bad business practice and shady ethical behavior – if the article is even 50% true. And I suspect that, at Myspace, he got a lot of experience on how to run a product at scale.

Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefits to freelancers creating that content for the firm. Demand uses freelancers to write how-to articles, produce videos, and other content to attract Internet traffic to its web sites.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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Why did MySpace lose to Facebook & what can Twitter learn from this? Modern Social Networking: Friendster, MySpace & Facebook. Except that MySpace didn’t handle images or video well. MySpace later bought Photobucket for $250 million + $50 million earn out.

An Investors View on Twitter’s Announcements – I’m not Abandoning the Ecosystem

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I could not do justice to’s own response, which is wonderfully put forth in this article by our CEO, Arnie Gullov -Singh. If you want to understand what the company believes about Twitter’s positioning please read the linked article.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Web-based client for user stream data including Twitter (original focus), FaceBook, MySpace, Google Buzz, FourSquare and many others. Founded by Shawn Gold (ex-MySpace CMO). Total raised: $1.74mm – Read more: TechCrunch , Wired article.

Beansprout, Where Single Businesses Find Love

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We’re going to open this article with some quick statistics on the online dating industry: The online dating industry is worth $1.049 BILLION per year. No, don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t an article on dating websites. Let’s just hope Beansprout users post their real pictures and not outdated photos with deceiving MySpace angles.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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I was recently interviewed for an article that appeared in Fast Company titled, “ Why you should start a business in LA.&# If you’re interested in the topic it’s worth a read, but I thought I’d elaborate on the topic since it comes up all the time. Los Angeles.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Diverse search results include stream updates, blog posts, news articles, photos, videos (versus Twitter/FaceBook1 only). Founded in April/May 2010 by Diego Berdakin (Ex-Slingshot Labs) and Josh Berman (Ex-Slingshot Labs, MySpace Co-founder) in Santa Monica, CA.

Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups


Weve also found that other social networks such as FaceBook and MySpace to have almost no results when it comes to recruitment. MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point Map of VC Investments Open Source Business Model Entreprenuer Network ► February (10) Southern California Tech Central Southern California Tech Central Loading

Interview with Rajeev Kapur, Greenwala


Sites like MySpace and Facebook can't provide content. So, if you're looking for some information from the community about a hybrid car, you might find an article about what a Tesla is on our site. Today's interview with with Rajeev Kapur , Chairman and Chief Wala, Greenwala (, a recently launched social networking site focused on green/sustainable topics.

The Case for In-Stream Advertising

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Think about this – bands and stars helped bring people by the millions to MySpace. Having amassed a following they realized that MySpace was able to put ads everywhere and make all of the money. What does it mean when Michael Arrington sends out a link driving you to his latest article on TechCrunch? The topic of whether in-stream advertising has heated up. I just read well written pieces on the topic by Ross Kimbarovsky , Robert Scoble , Paul Carr and the NY Times.

Why Hulu is the OPEC of Online Video

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This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Fox has already divested much of FAN (the Fox Audience Network) and has been wanting to sell MySpace for some time.