CarsDirect Refreshes Website

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In the latest makeover of one of the original, Web-based automotive sites, Los Angeles-based CarsDirect has updated its website. CarsDirect is owned by Internet Brands, which recently went private in an acquisition by Hellman & Friedman.

CarsDirect Launches Buying Outlook Feature

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Los Angeles-based CarsDirect has launched a new feature today, aimed at helping consumers figure out if it's a good time to buy a new car. CarsDirect said it is tapping its own database of vehicle buying and pricing data for the estimates.

CarsDirect Targets Former Chrysler, GM Dealers

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El Segundo-based CarsDirect , the online automotive shopping and information site owned by Internet Brands, said Thursday that the firm will offer free online used car inventory listings to the unfortunate Chrysler and General Motors franchise dealers who were recently terminated by those auto brands. According to CarsDirect, the firm hopes to help those dealers drive sales during the transition period, explaining that a number of those dealerships are shifting to used cars.

Amazon.com Challenges SoCal's Automotive Sites With Amazon Vehicles

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amazon vehicles automotive research purchase auto carsdirectE-commerce giant Amazon has made a move into the automotive research area this morning, challenging such local automotive information providers like Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com , Irvine-based Autobytel , Santa Monica-based TrueCar , Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book , plus El Segundo-based CarDirect.

Zag Spins Out TrueCar

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Santa Monica-based Zag, the online car buying software firm headed by former CarsDirect CEO Scott Painter, has spun out a new company called TrueCar, the firm said late Wednesday. According to TrueCar, it will provide information about new car pricing, using the actual price people have paid for cars.

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Swagbucks Taps Shopzilla's Weinrot As COO

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Weinrot also previously has served at such companies as CarsDirect, DIsney Online, and BonusMail (MyPoints). El Segundo-based Prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , has named a new COO, naming former ShopZilla executive David Weinrot to the new position. Weinrot was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Divisional President for Shopzilla/Bizrate, where he had been for over 14 years.

SharesPost Hooks Up With NASDAQ On Private Shares Market

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Brogger was at CarsDirect with Scott Painter, who heads up TrueCar.

SharesPost Raising $3.3M

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Scott Painter is the CEO of TrueCar/Zag, and was also previously CEO of CarsDirect, and has been incubating a number of companies out of his Santa Monica-based BrightHouse incubator. SharesPost , the online marketplace for private company stock founded by Greg Brogger, has raised $3.3M in a funding round, but appears to also have moved its headquarters to Northern California.

Zag: "Strongest Sales So far This Year"

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Painter was previously CEO of CarsDirect, and is now involved with such firms as TrueCar and SharesPost. Santa Monica-based Zag.com , the online automobile buying service headed by Scott Painter, is reporting today that it had what is calls its "strongest sales so far this year" in June.

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Zag Gets Investment From USAA

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Los Angeles-based Zag , the online car buying software firm headed by former CarsDirect CEO Scott Painter, has scored an investment from financial services firm USAA , USAA disclosed Thursday.

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SharesPost: Sales In Escrow, New Research

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Brighthouse is a technology incubator headed by both Brogger and Scott Painter, who also co-founded Zag and CarsDirect. Santa Monica-based SharesPost , which has created on online marketplace for sellers and buyers of private company stock, reported to its users late Friday that the firm now has sales of LinkedIn, Linden Lab, Tesla Motors, and SugarCRM going into escrow.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Scott’s first big foray into industry-changing companies came with CarsDirect, an IdeaLab company where he was the initial founder & CEO.

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Zag Adds Another AAA Group

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Zag is headed by former CarsDirect CEO Scott Painter, and is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Capital One Auto Finance, GRP Partners, Arcturus Capital, Callaway Cars and the Skoll Fund.

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SharesPost Launches Private Equity Marketplace

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SharesPost was founded by Greg Brogger; the firm is one of the companies incubated by Scott Painter and his BrightHouse incubator; Painter is the former CEO of CarsDirect, currently founder at Zag, and has been quietly helping to fundraise and incubate a number of local startups through BrightHouse.

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Internet Brands Brisco: Deal Will Allow More Focus On Long Term Growth

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The firm was originally known as CarsDirect, the automotive buying site of Idealab, and was headed by Scott Painter--who is now head of both Zag Automotive and TrueCar. Los Angeles-based Internet Brands , which operates a suite of online, advertising driven websites across a wide range of verticals, said Monday that it would go private in a $640M, private equity deal, bucking the trend of Southern California companies filing to get to the public markets.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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Scott Painter , founder of CarsDirect has created two new generation LA startups (Zag and TrueCar, both backed by GRP Partners). Los Angeles. People either love it our hate it. All the stereotypes and caricatures are overblown.

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

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Scott Painter , founder of CarsDirect has created TrueCar (backed by GRP Partners). This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country.

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Sponsor post: Discount to tomorrow's DFR, and win a ticket to digiday:APPS

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Interview with Jose daVeiga, KlickSports

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I started as a tester, but in six months, I had risen to assistant project manager at CarsDirect.

Interview with Greg Brogger, SharesPost

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We co-founded Zag together, and I was the COO of CarsDirect. Yesterday, Santa Monica-based SharesPost (www.sharespost.com) launched a new service of particular interest to the venture capital and high tech startup market, a new, online service which facilitates the buying and selling of private company stock. We caught up with Greg Brogger , the firm's CEO, to understand the service and how it might help private investors. Explain how your service works?

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