Loot Crate, BuzzFeed Launch New Crate

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Los Angeles-based Loot Crate and BuzzFeed says they have created a new "crate" to help people take a break from the noise, slow down, and enjoy some time offline. The two said the one-time only BuzzFeed crate will feature a Joy of Missing Out T-shirt, a Tasty themed non-stick baking mat, puzzle, tote bag and more, and cost $49.99 lootcrate buzzfeed consumer product crate

BuzzFeed Ramps Entertainment Coverage In LA

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The latest move in that area comes from online viral content publisher BuzzFeed , which is apparently ramping its operations in Los Angeles, as part of effort by the site to expand into entertainment coverage. BuzzFeed is looking to compete against Deadline, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter with its news coverage. buzzfeed entertainment hiring jobs employment online publishing media

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Ze Frank Games Acquired By Buzzfeed

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Ze Frank Games , the Los Angeles startup led by web video's Ze Frank , has been acquired by BuzzFeed , a social news publisher, the firm said Friday. According to BuzzFeed, Ze Frank has joined the company to build a team of video producers in Los Angeles, setting up a studio to create content native to the social web. buzzfeed frank games merger acquisition social news video content vlog

BuzzFeed Partners With CNN, Sets Up Studio In Los Angeles

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Online viral news and media site BuzzFeed is further expanding its operations in the Los Angeles area, and has set up a "social studio" in Los Angeles to help "influencers, thinkers and celebrities" to create videos for the social web. BuzzFeed said the new studio will grow to 30 people in the new few months, and will be led by Ze Frank. buzzfeed entertainment content jobs news employment social video youtube

Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral

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I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour with Jon Steinberg, president of Buzzfeed , a company who focuses on helping media companies make their content go viral. That’s why people turn up to Buzzfeed.

Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

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Column bustle Buzzfeed cheddar dollar shave club General Catalyst Google greycroft ibotta Lerer Ventures lively Los Angeles matter mighty Mobalytics musical.ly In the past year, New York has reached a tipping point as consumer-facing startups proliferate and similarly Los Angeles is gaining notice with the success of Snap and Dollar Shave Club among others.

Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

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Column silicon matter Google General Catalyst Lerer Ventures New York Los Angeles Snap dollar shave club bustle cheddar Buzzfeed refinery29 Wish ibotta Poshmark greycroft lively musical.ly In the past year, New York has reached a tipping point as consumer-facing startups proliferate and similarly Los Angeles is gaining notice with the success of Snap and Dollar Shave Club among others. Read More.

Some of the Best Reads for Casual Friday: Artificial Intelligence

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Fridays can be the most productive work day, as you look to shore up everything before the weekend starts. Or, maybe instead, it’s a day filled with long lunches and listless Internet surfing, as you seek out all the interesting articles you missed during the week.

Silicon Beach Report July 7: Snapchat Hit with Indecency Class Action

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Snapchat hit with indecency class action, J2 Global may be outbid for Gawker Media, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures show tops iTunes, and more

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 11: Snap Inc. Opens Spectacles Store in NYC

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opens Spectacles store in New York City, across the street from Apple store, NBC Universal plows $200 million more into Buzzfeed, and virtual reality video distribution platform Vrideo shuts down Snap Inc.

Report: Tinder, Other Apps Not Screening For Sex Offenders

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According to the report, from Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for Tinder's parent company, match, acknowledged that "There are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products." A new report, published this morning, says that Los Angeles-based Tinder --as well as many other dating and hookup apps--has a big problem, in that they are not screening for registered sex offenders.

Biotech Roundup: Moonshots, Pink Slips, Gilead, Brexit & More

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Buzzfeed ran a lengthy report Wednesday on the sexual harassment charges against University of Washington vaccine researcher Michael Katze. Buzzfeed reports that Katze is still drawing his UW salary, but his lab has been shut down. The word of the week was “moonshot,” as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer initiative convened a summit in Washington, DC.

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ZipRecruiter CMO Resigns After Report On Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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The Chief Marketing Officer of high flying, Los Angeles-based job recruiting technology developer ZipRecruiter has resigned from the company, after a story was published last week by BuzzFeed, detailing alleged sexual misconduct at his prior employer, Uber.

Report: Ring Working On Facial Recognition, Despite Denials

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A new report says that Los Angeles-based Ring The report , from Buzzfeed, claims that Ring has a group of researchers in the Ukraine, including a "head of face recognition research", despite its long public stance that it does not use facial recognition technology.

N3XT CON

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Talks and panels on: AI, VR, IoT, Digital Media, Startups, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Women in Tech, Company Culture Reps from companies like: Cisco System, Intel, Digital Domain, Vizio, Disney Interactive, Buzzfeed, NBC Universal, the Port of LA, Enplug, Kind Traveler, SoGal, Spokeo and more See [link] (more Sunday, April 2, 2017 -- N3XT CON. Hear from industry leaders in technology, entertainment and startups in three rooms at the Pasadena Convention Center.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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BuzzFeed. Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate. Or perhaps you think Donald Trumps assessment that BuzzFeed is a “ Failing pile of garbage is correct?” And I have been so fascinated by the emotions that BuzzFeed arouses that I asked Jonah if I could do the interview myself.

TYT Network Names Fullscreen Vet As VP

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Los Angeles-based TYT Network has hired on BuzzFeed and Fullscreen veteran Chris Puckett as its new Vice President of Advertising & Brand Partnerships, the company said Tuesday. Puckett joins the company from Fullscreen, where he had been serving as East Coast Director of Brand Partnerships and Sales. He also had served at BuzzzFeed. TYT Network runs The Young Turks and other online properties. READ MORE>>.

How Crowdstrike Ended Up At The Center Of The DNC Hacking Investigation

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Buzzfeed takes a deep dive into the story behind Crowdstrike's investigation , and how essentially Crowdstrike has replaced the FBI in investigating the intrusion. Irvine-based Crowdstrike , the cybersecurity services and software firm led by security veteran George Kurtz, has been in the news a lot over the last year, for its involvement in uncovering the hacking at the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

N3XT CON 2017 - Entertainment, Technology, Startup

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Industry leaders from top companies such as Disney, LA Times, BuzzFeed, and NBC will share their experiences at the conference. Sunday, April 2, 2017 -- N3XT CON 2017 - Entertainment, Technology, Startup. Located in Southern California, N3XT CON 2017 will spotlight industries that embody the LA spirit - Entertainment, Technology, and Startups. Daniel Seah, CEO of Digital Domain, will give the keynote address discussing how technology drives the entertainment industry.

Report: Grindr Shared HIV Status, Location With App Optimization Services

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A report, published by Buzzfeed on Monday, says that Los Angeles-based gay dating and hookup app Grindr had been sharing information on users' HIV status with two app optimization services, coupled with their GPS data and information.

Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund

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The firm is a heavy investor in Southern California's startup community, and has had a number of exits, including Dermstore (acquired by Target), Docstoc (acquired by Intuit), CircleSt (acquired by Valassis), GradientX (acquired by SingTel), Lettuce (also acquired by Intuit), SHIFT (acquired by Brand Networks), Shoedazzle (Acquired by Justfab); and Star.me (Acquired by Buzzfeed).

Best Reads for Casual Friday: Big Tech Businesses Gets Political

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You’ve made it to Friday. Time to curl up in your cubicle, pop open one of these in-depth, entertaining reads, and catch up on some of what you missed during a busy week. This week we’re taking a look at all the political stories that are coming out of the tech world.

Best Alternatives to the Amazon Affiliate Program

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The New York Times now includes a Bookshop link alongside an Amazon one, while BuzzFeed News, Vox, and New York Magazine are all in, and Hearst, Meredith, and Condé Nast will likely start using Bookshop next month. Top Publications: BuzzFeed News, Vox, New York Magazine.

HyperLoop One Co-founder Seeks Restraining Order From Fellow Executive

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According to BuzzFeed, the lawsuit relates to harassmen of Bambrogan by Afshin Pishevar. Brogan BamBrogan , the co-founder of high profile transportation technology developer HyperLoop One , has requested a temporary restraining order against Chief Legal Officer Afshin Pishevar, and has another lawsuit pending against the company itself, plus co-founder Shervin Pishevar.

Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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data has confirmed it and BuzzFeed has built an entire business around it! 10 Tips from BuzzFeed on How to Make Content Go Viral ” See what I did there? Gabe Rivera wrote a post on why TechMeme is now using its editors to curate titles that appear on its site. Gabe’s post appears first on TechMeme’s website, which must mean Gabe has paid off some TechMeme editors to get his story to rise to the top.

Here’s What The @NYTimes Should Teach Its Writers About Social Media

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It’s no wonder Buzzfeed, Vox, Upworthy and others are growing leaps. Not everybody likes the NY Times. I happen to be a long-time fan and paid subscriber. I mostly read the op eds and have for years. I count amongst my favorite people to read from the left & the right as David Brooks, Thomas Friedman & Paul Krugman (and was a big fan of the late William Saffire).

Hyperloop Co-Founder Is Suing Former Colleague For Harassment

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Buzzfeed broke the news , offering an explanation of the Hyperloop lawsuit: “In mid-June Bambrogan requested a temporary restraining order against Hyperloop’s chief legal officer Afshin Pishevar, who also happens to be cofounder Shervin Pishevar’s brother. Brogan Bambrogan, the colorful cofounder of futuristic travel startup Hyperloop, left his position as CTO at the company less than two weeks ago. Today, he’s suing a former colleague for harassment.

Los Angeles’s Secret to Startup Success

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s other startup advantages include: A long media history: Companies such as Netflix and Buzzfeed are based in L.A. When Los Angeles, CA was listed as the fastest-growing tech startup region in 2014, many guesses were raised about the root cause of its success. Could it be the large number of new companies? Is it the culture or community atmosphere? But trying to boil it down to a single trait minimizes its impact.

The Future of Advertising will be Integrated

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And as Jon Steinberg of Buzzfeed points out, the CTRs for social media banner ads are just 0.08%. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Banner Ads. They first started in 1994 and are therefore almost as old as the Web itself.

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

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Is it any surprise to see Zulily in Seattle, Wayfair in Boston, ExactTarget in Indianapolis, TrueCar in Los Angeles, GroupOn in Chicago or BuzzFeed in NYC? An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch. If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market. “There’s something going on in LA.”

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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Buzzfeed? I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse. I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future.

To Survive, Reddit Must Move Beyond One Size Fits All

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BuzzFeed and other sites have adopted this approach, focusing their site on providing a single unified editorial voice. The fringe voices are still there – Buzzfeed, for example, still has a large community of content creators – but the power of the amplification engine for that content lies firmly in the hands of the editorial staff. The recent uprising and subsequent meltdown of Reddit can be attributed to the age-old problem of letting customers run your business for you.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

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BuzzFeed. Our guest this week on #TWiVC was Dana Settle , partner at Greycroft Partners , a venture capital firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

AllSay: Using Mobile Apps To Engage Users With Decisions, with Geoff Campbell

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One thing with AllSay, is it looke like Buzzfeed did in the early days. Editors use Buzzfeed and read the news, to find proposals and decisions, and use the news as a source. How do you combine the world of online and mobile apps with the world of community and political decisions and discourse?

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Has Facebook Achieved What AOL Could Have A Generation Ago?

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Facebook started with the biggest publishers in the game: BuzzFeed , Huffington Post , New York Times , Washington Post. BuzzFeed has seen their Instant Articles engage more people than any of their standard link posts and Gawker ’s founder tweeted that instant articles boosted daily uniques to their website. Facebook opens up Instant Articles to all publishers.

Render Media: Creating A Digital Publisher In The Social Age

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It will be less about celebrities, but more along a Wired or more intellectual Buzzfeed, and we'll also further our reach into gaming, music, and elsewhere in our same format. It's a brand new world out there for publishers of all kinds � whether you are a cable channel, or even a traditional online publisher. What's the right strategy for reaching your audience?

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Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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So you have GM investing $500 million in Lyft, BMW starting a $530 million venture fund, Comcast/NBCU investing $200 million into BuzzFeed and even Sesame Street now has a venture capital fund! It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them.

How to Get YouTube Views and Become a Professional Content Creator

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There are tons of social platforms and he does his best to be on as many as possible because there are people who are only do one social network, maybe only twitter, only tumblr, only chive, only facebook or only buzzfeed. Today attention spans flicker in and out of focus every other second, so to maintain a captive audience is a huge feat. Video creators who take their YouTube business seriously have millions of viewers who tune in every week to engage with a new 3ish minute webisode.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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Usually I tell them to study Upworthy & Buzzfeed. I live in LA and fund startups. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. Most will fail. I repeat the same mantra to every one I see. “You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” ” I try to explain this to every team I see and I’m not being flippant.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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In the online world the ecosystem is being fragmented into those that primarily produce content (Mitu, Vice, BuzzFeed) and those who primarily distribute it: YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo!, Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America.

Snapchat 101 for VCs and Old Folks

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It has Vice, Tastemade, Vox, ESPN, Comedy Central, BuzzFeed and more. As the human ear ages it loses its ability to hear high-pitched sound frequencies (above 15-16 kHz) through a condition known as presbycusis that starts at 18 years old. There’s an old parlor trick where a sound is played at a higher frequency than adults can hear while kids are left smiling and laughing at us because for once it’s US who are out of the loop.

Assignmint: Freelance Work Available | Founder Interview, The Future of Journalism & The LA Startup Scene

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It doesn’t matter who you are; you can be writing long-form journalism for Rolling Stone, doing advertorials for BuzzFeed, or you can be writing the menu for the restaurant down the street. Freelancing is a tough gig for many writers. Pitching stories and getting your name out to various companies and editors requires a lot of work. It is also a problem for editors who are looking for the right writer. This is where Assignmint comes in.