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Your Little Black Book | Mobile App

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I mean it’s tough to carry a black leather book in todays “fashionable” tight jeans. Meet today’s “little black book,” an updated, digital book that keeps track of one’s most private affairs.

Eventup Launches Venue Booking Site, Backed by Science, Inc.

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digital studio", launched today, saying that it will help people find and book venues for their parties, weddings, and more. Tony Adam is the former Director of Online Marketing at MySpace, and also worked with Science's Peter Pham at Billshrink, at Yahoo, and more. The service makes it easier for people to both book and offer up their own homes for parties, weddings, birthdays, and more. Los Angeles-based Eventup , a new startup backed by Mike Jones Science, Inc.

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EventUp Hits Eight Locations, Plans Further Expansion

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EventUp , the online marketplace which helps people find and book unique venues for their events, has now expanded into eight markets, after recently adding Washington, D.C., EventUp says it now has over 5,000 venues signed up fo rits service, letting users find and book properties where they can hold parties, wedding receptions, conferences, and much more. the startup studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones.

Stephan Paternot shares open letter to Facebook’s Zuckerberg

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Yes, we’re talking pre-Friendster, MySpace , Facebook …you get the point. However, before you pop open the champagne, please read this op-ed I wrote last summer about the death of MySpace, it’ll give you a sense about what you’re in for after you go public.

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Interview with Josh Brooks, Postcard On The Run

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We spoke with Josh Brooks , the founder and CEO of the company, about what the firm is doing, his background at MySpace, and what's next for the company. I ran program and marketing for MySpace for a little over three years. After MySpace, I did the old Burbank to San Jose commute.

Eventup Snags Groupon VP

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Eventup operates an online marketplace which helps people to book and plan events, and features all kinds of venues which can be booked for parties, retreats, and other events. the startup studio and incubator headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, and also has a significant investment from LightBank, the investment fund of Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.

EventUp Raises $1.8M From Groupon Founders, Others

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Eventup allows users to book and find event spaces, ranging from everything from art galleries to private residencies, all online. which is headed by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones. eventup science michael jones event booking venue party weddingSanta Monica-based Eventup , the online marketplace run by Tony Adam and backed by Mike Jones' Science Inc., is announcing today that it has raised $1.8M in a seed funding round.

FloQast Finds $6.5M For Accounting Software

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FloQast says it has developed software which works alongside Excel to help accountants do their monthly close of books. Whitmire was previously at Cornerstone OnDemand; Zandstra worked at MySpace and OneScreen; and Sluty was at Rothstein Kass. Los Angeles-based FloQast , a new software startup developing month-end closing software for accountants, has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding, the company said today.

Interview with Aaron Hirschhorn, DogVacay.com

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the business incubator and studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. Plus, we have a typical, transaction based review, where after you've done your booking you can review the host and experience. Do you have a pet dog, and do you travel a lot?

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

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You can now take advantage of this wisdom directly as Brad has now published it for everybody in a fantastic new book, “Startup Communities.” ” Put simply, if you care about building a successful tech community outside Silicon Valley you should read this book.

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Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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Innovator’s Dilemma – In his seminal book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,&# Clay Christensen talks about why industry leaders almost always fail to act when “disruptive change&# enters their business.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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So much so that if you read Ken Auletta’s wonderful book “ Googled ” you’ll see that Larry and Sergey had for years stated they would never do paid search results. He led and sold MySpace to Fox for $650 million.

Do you Suffer from the Urgency Addiction? It’s More Common Than you Think

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The concept comes from a Stephen Covey book called “ First Things First ,&# which is a worthwhile book ( Wikipedia overview here ) but if you haven’t read his seminal book “ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People &# you should start with that.

The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

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” Strangely, the best I’ve ever heard this exemplified is in Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential - which is really a book about startups as told through kitchen stories. Writing a book will be fun. Startups are hard. You’ve heard that a million times.

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Goodreads Launches Follow Feature

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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." The firm said the new feature allows users to see updates of books, what books people are reading, and reviews. Goodreads is backed by angels; its investors include people such as Michael Jones, now COO of MySpace, and formerly founder of Userplane.

Goodreads Ups Funding To $2M

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Los Angeles-based Goodreads , an online social networking site focused on book readers, said today that it has raised its Series A funding to $2M. Goodreads was founded by Otis Chandler, and counts MySpace COO Mike Jones as an advisor, along with Ooga Labs' James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky, as well as Bebo's Michael Birch. Tags: goodreads social networking venture capital angel investment reading reader books

StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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” The app is so easy to use that his 1½-year-old was able to figure out how to upload his photo and create his own personalized story book. The New York natives began creating short form comedy videos years before YouTube or MySpace. The iPad is perfect for bedtime books.

Interview with Aaron Hirschorn, DogVacay.com

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the business incubator and studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. Plus, we have a typical, transaction based review, where after you've done your booking you can review the host and experience. Do you have a pet dog, and do you travel a lot?

StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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” The app is so easy to use that his 1½-year-old was able to figure out how to upload his photo and create his own personalized story book. The New York natives began creating short form comedy videos years before YouTube or MySpace. The iPad is perfect for bedtime books.

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The Interaction of Our Lives | QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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These applications have quickly become a part of our daily lives from booking airfare, to social media, to streaming content, etc. There’s a good possibility there was a QR code on it offering you free tracks from the band’s MySpace page.

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

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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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This is important both to maintain a consistent user experience (think the cleanliness of Facebook UI versus that of MySpace where users controlled the UI more) as well as to have advertising be an important part of their economic future.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Books. A SoCal native and graduate of both UCLA and USC, Richard Rosenblatt led the growth of MySpace from an unknown to a household name. Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu. Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. Deals. People. Products. Culture. PandoList. Events.

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Social Networking as a Business Strategy

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Learn from an all star panel including Facebook, MySpace and YouTube on how to monetize the power of social networks. Book early as this event will sell out. Tuesday, May 19, 2009 -- Social Networking as a Business Strategy. TCOSC. We will be exploring how to make money from social networking from many angles. Seating is limited. See [link] (more

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.

Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

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It’s sort of like having an Encyclopedic history book before just launching your product and seeing whether anybody uses it. 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.

Digital LA: Digital Comics Panel Live

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Sam Humphries, comic book writer (Fraggle Rock, CBGB), architect of MySpace Comic Books. Jason Badowar, comic book illustrator (Heroes, True Blood etc.) Kapow! Join us live on July 19, 2010 8-9:30pm PST for a pre-Comic Con panel on Digital Comics!

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

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We spent a bunch of time in the video talking about “disruption” as described by Clay Christensen in his seminal book, “The Innovator’s Dilemman” which I profiled here. 22:00 Mark’s book recommendation: American Pastoral by Philip Roth.

Social Networking and Business Value

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Top officers of some of the leading social media websites and tools (including Facebook, MySpace and Yammer) will be on the Panel, and there will be panelists from the worlds of media sharing platforms (Pringo), online advertising (Stun Media) and law (Greenberg Glusker), the latter to highlight risks relating to such issues as corporate blogging and privacy. In 2005, Majid coauthored "Data Strategy" a book designed to help streamline information management within organizations.

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.

Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics

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Kurt Daradics ( Facebook , @KurtyD , FriendFeed , MySpace , LinkedIn , Delicious ) (pronounced dare-a-dix) is a great guy to know. Any sort of networking that gives more context is a plus in my book. He recently co-founded CitySourced and I think Ben Kuo nailed him when he describes him as "a connector. someone who makes things happen, and knows everyone, and does his best to make the world a better place." " Kurt has a great background in sales and marketing.

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. Orchard for e-Books”. Competitors: SmashWords , Google Books. Founded by Shawn Gold (ex-MySpace CMO).

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Interview with Eric Bjorndahl, TravBuddy.com

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At the time, there were lots of social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace, but there weren't any sites based on travel. We launched on MySpace a few months after that, and it was very, very popular. However, in terms of actual bookings we haven't noticed a big decrease.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

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I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. Just this week I met @MarshaCollier, the author of over 25 books on eBay.

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

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I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. Just this week I met @MarshaCollier, the author of over 25 books on eBay.

Is it a Good Idea to Have Ads in Tweets?

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So we ended up with “real-time streams&# in Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Blip.FM, etc. If anybody is to show ads you then need to decide: banner ads (how’d that go for MySpace?), I then remember when Amazon started selling books on the web. Just ask MySpace.

Concerns Keeping You From Social Media

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Books, websites, webinars, teleclasses, conferences, and more… all geared towards the topic of social media – Use all of them to understand this unknown. Even every platform has a help resource – LinkedIn , Facebook , Twitter , MySpace … blogging platforms… all showing you and explaining what it is about and how you can get started… Visit YouTube and type about any topic and you can simply watch unlimited number of videos about Social media.

Twiistup 6 Highlights

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LA not only produced the obvious – MySpace – but also created the whole category of sponsored search (Overture), AdSense (Applied Semantics), Local Search (City Search), comparison shopping (PriceGrabber, Shopzilla) and lead generation (LowerMyBills). ExpenseBay Wins Showoff.

Interview with George Ruan and Donald Patterson, Quub

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For today's interview, we connected with George Ruan and Dr. Don Patterson, the co-founders of Irvine-based Quub (www.quub.com), which has taken research which Dr. Patterson was working on at UC Irvine and applied it to the world of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites. Don Patterson: The phenomenon of Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter has caught the imagination, but the function that these services serve for people has been around for a long time.

Interview with Derrick Oien, Intercasting

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But, with Intercasting and our ANTHEM version of MySpace, it's a client integrated into the device. You can do additional things like access the camera, upload photos directly to MySpace, go to your address book on the phone and send direct message to friends. Not only can you send photos to MySpace, you can bring content down to your handset. If you look at MySpace, they have 2 million uniques a day on their WAP site, which is impressive--but not Internet scale.