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Cocodot Shifts Into Jewelry, Gifts

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations startup headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has made a subtle shift into the e-commerce sector in recent days, adding jewelry, chocolates, gifts, and more to the site. cocodot commerce ecommerce gifts invitations cards myspace

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

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www.science-inc.com), the startup �studio� led by former MySpace CEO and technology veteran Mike Jones , just saw its third acquisition out of its portfolio this year�the acquisition of FameBit by Google/Youtube. The second piece, is our theme on the disruption of brands in e-commerce, influencer marketplaces, and investments in social marketplaces, where we've been correct on the general trends in the market. Los Angeles-based Science Inc.

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StyleMint Set For July 1st Launch

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StyleMint , the newest, celebrity e-commerce site being launched by Los Angeles-based BeachMint , is set to launch July 1st, according to details sent to supporters of the site. BeachMint, the startup headed by former MySpace co-founder Josh Berman, is launching StyleMint with celebrities Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. myspace beachmint marykate olsen kate mary ashley ecommerce fashion celebrity style stylemint

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms

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In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc. We actually reached out to them, because we were fascinated with the e-commerce space. One of those sectors are marketplaces, the other is content and e-commerce.

BeachMint Gets $23.5M

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Santa MOnica-based BeachMint , the celebrity e-commerce site started by former MySpace founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said Friday afternoon that it has raised $23.5M myspace ecommerce group fashion style capital venture beachmintin a new funding round. The round was led by Scale Venture Partners and Lightbank. Prior investors New Enterprise Associates, Trinity Ventures, and Anthem Ventures also participated in the new financing round.

BeachMint Partners With Olsen Twins On New Site

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Los Angeles-based BeachMint has launched the second set of celebrity-focused, social commerce websites today, with the Olsen Twins, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen. BeachMint is the latest startup of MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, which already runs JewelMint.com, another celebrity ecommerce site with actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter. stylemint beachmint olsen twins ashley mary-kate marykate celebrity ecommerce myspace

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

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www.science-inc.com), headed by Mike Jones , the former CEO of Myspace. Mike Jones: Coming out of Myspace, I looked at both operational roles and joining a venture fund. You just left MySpace--when did you decide to start Science?

BeachMint Gets $35M More

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Santa Monica-based BeachMint , the e-commerce firm founded by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, has raised $35M in another round of funding, according to reports, led by Accel Partners, and also including Goldman Sachs, New World Ventures and Millennium Technology Value Partners, along with its existing investors. Berman was previously at MySpace.

SendGrid Sets Up Shop In Anaheim

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Albers was most recently at Direct EDI, a firm provideing e-commerce software, and also has previously served at MySpace, New Momentum, and AMG-SIU. Cloud-based, email infrastructure provider SendGrid , which develops cloud software to help businesses more easily deliver emails to customers, has set up shop in Anaheim, California, the firm said Wednesday.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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Former CEO of Myspace. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan. 24 7pm at Coloft in Santa Monica.

LAVA Honors Richard Riordan, Local Technology Firms

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ShoeDazzle.com , the online e-commerce startup headed by Brian Lee and whose co-founders include Kim Kardashian, scored top honors in the Best venture funding in digital media/e-commerce category. Finally, the Hottest startup award went to Beachmint , the e-commerce startup of former MySpace founder Josh Berman.

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Jessica Simpson's BeautyMint Set To Launch Next Week

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BeautyMint , the online commerce-and-celebrity site that was announced by BeachMint and celebrity Jessica Simpson, is getting set to launch Monday, according to emails to potential users of the site.

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

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He led and sold MySpace to Fox for $650 million. But the “monetization heart of the Internet” doesn’t stop at Overture, Applied Semantics and MySpace. Commerce: What is less known is just how important LA is as a commerce hub.

MeUndies, Backed by Science Inc., Launches Apparel Brand

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The new startup, like many other e-commerce startups emerging across Los Angeles, has combined a subscription service with a high-end, apparel brand. the business incubator/studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. In the second startup backed by Science, Inc.

JewelMint Launches Online Series, National TV Ad Campaign

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Santa Monica-based JewelMint , the jewelry service run by former MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said Thursday that it is launching an online "fashion film" series featuring Kate Bosworth , along with a national television commercial campaign. The site was the first of BeachMint's site to combine e-commerce with fashion; the company also runs BeautyMint.com with Jessica Simpson and Nerida Joy, and ShoeMint.com with Rachel Bilson and stylist Nicole Chavez.

BeachMint Launches Jewelry Site, JewelMint

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Los Angeles-based BeachMint , the stealth e-commerce startup headed by former MySpace exec Josh Berman and backed by Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and others, has rolled out a new, fashion e-commerce site, JewelMint. Tags: jewelmint ecommerce myspace berman josh kate bosworth cher coulter jewelry celebrity startup

BeachMint Announces BeautyMint With Jessica Simpson

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Santa Monica-based BeachMint , the celebrity and social e-commerce company run by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said last night that it has launched the next in its line of celebrity-focused businesses, BeautyMint. BeautyMint is the third in a series of celebrity e-commerce sites launched by BeachMint; the company's other two brands are StyleMint (with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and JewelMint (with Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter). Berman is an ex-MySpace executive.

BeachMint Gets $10M

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Santa Monica-based BeachMint said Monday that it has raised $10M in a funding round for its social commerce site. The firm, started by MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, runs jewelry site JewelMint along with Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter. retail ecommerce bosworth kate celebrity berman josh myspace capital venture beachmint

Pinterest Marketing & Technology Firm, HelloSociety Generates $30M In Additional Sales Revenue For Its Clients

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Pinterest is also good for brands as it holds the number 2 spot for largest social network, ties with Twitter but bigger than Instagram, Tumblr and Myspace.

Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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Real-time information drives commerce. 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.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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based start-up incubators, and former CEO for Myspace. You all remember that one summit, you know the one where Kate Middleton and Prince William attended. Yup That’s the one!

TopFloor Takes $6M For Flash Fashion Sales

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The firm is building a celebrity influencer based fashion and e-commerce site, geared around flash-sales of products. Jones is the former CEO of MySpace, and Science Inc. Science, Inc. , the startup incubator headed by Michael Jones, has debuted another fashion-related startup out of its incubation efforts this morning.

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.

Retention Science Gets $1.3M For Ecommerce Software

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The firm, which is developing big data software for helping e-commerce sites to attract and retain customers, said the funding came from Baroda Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Double M Partners, as well as angels Bong Koh (Lifecrowd), Clark Landry (GraphEffect), Kunal Anand (BBC; MySpace; Gravity), Mike Greenfield (Circle of Moms), Paige Craig, among others.

ShopIt Acquired By Altrinsic

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Los Angeles-based ShopIt , which develops online, e-commerce software which allows people to buy and sell products through social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, has been acquired by Altrinsic. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. ShopIt was venture backed by Emerson Ventures and Propulsion Ventures, and had raised $2.5M in a Series B in October.

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? We were looking for what I call the “6 C’s of Social Networking&# – Communications, connectedness, common experiences, content, commerce & cool experiences (fun!).

Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal

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Demand Media / Richard Rosenblatt / Los Angeles - Rosenblatt's last big win: MySpace, where he was Chairman, brokering its sale to News Corp.

How An Acquisition Is Helping Wittlebee Break Into The Clothing Industry

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and co-founder Sean Percival is a MySpace vet and a familiar face in Southern California's social media circles. But, prior to all of that, I had run e-commerce sites and an e-commerce agency, building sites for fifty to a hundred properties.

Interview with Jonathan Shokrian and Barak Diskin, MeUndies

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Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based MeUndies , debuted its subscription, e-commerce service for underwear and other basics. the digital studio/accelerator headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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And we’re left with a city with idyllic weather, major commerce, the media center of the world, and a great emerging technology scene. A great team from MySpace has created Gravity. Los Angeles. People either love it our hate it. All the stereotypes and caricatures are overblown.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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Preliminary details: Social e-commerce site, based around celebrity and influencer-curated recommendations. Founded in April/May 2010 by Diego Berdakin (Ex-Slingshot Labs) and Josh Berman (Ex-Slingshot Labs, MySpace Co-founder) in Santa Monica, CA.

Interview with Brandon Hance, Audiolife

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Van Nuys-based Audiolife (www.audiolife.com), a new startup focused on providing e-commerce tools to musicians, recently raised $1M in angel funding. We provide artists with e-commerce infrastructure that fulfills digital and physical orders, anywhere on the Internet.

Beansprout, Where Single Businesses Find Love

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Beansprout’s services cover a large range of companies from different industries including IT solutions, e-commerce services, biotech, SaaS, and international telecom companies. Let’s just hope Beansprout users post their real pictures and not outdated photos with deceiving MySpace angles. 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.