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Specific Media Names New Marketing VP For MySpace


Irvine-based Specific Media is bolstering its marketing team for MySpace , the company announced today, and has appointed Al Dejewski as its new Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Specific Media said Dejewski will head up marketing for MySpace, as well as the company's other consumer and business facing brands. Dejewski joins the company from Turner Entertainment Marketing, where he was overseeing strategic marketing for TBS, TNT, and truTV.

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Viant, Owner of Specific Media and MySpace, Acquired By Time Inc.


Irvine-based Viant , the parent company of Specific Media and Myspace , has been acquired by publisher Time Inc. , the companies said this morning. Viant, which is led by Tim Vanderhook, was founded in 1999 as Specific Media, and acquired Myspace back in 2011. viant specific media myspace time merger acquisition asset performance advertisingFinancial details of the asset deal were not announced.

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Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies


We've identified ten of the more technically interesting companies working on software in Southern California, using our unscientific, unproven, and undoubtedly biased informal polling. The company handles all the infrastructure required for text messaging, voice.

Justin Timberlake Backs Myspace Acquisition


Irvine-based Specific Media , the Internet advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, has released further details on the company's acquisition of Myspace , saying that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake and major role in the acquisition. myspace justin timberlake merger acquisition specificmedia specific content hollywood

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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A long-time entrepreneur, Mike founded his first successful Internet company in college and since then, has founded, built and sold numerous online and mobile businesses. His experience and expertise in both large and small companies focuses on strategy, growth, and operational efficiency resulting in many successful investor outcomes. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. Entries will be closed for company submissions at midnight of October 16th, 2011.

LA's New Wave Of Companies From Serial Entrepreneurs


LA's technology startup industry has saw a surge in new companies and efforts from its serial entrepreneurs in the last few months. Serial entrepreneurs--those who have started and successfully sold or exited startups in the past--have been outsized contributors to the local technology industry, due to the experience they had in their prior companies. Here's a quick look at just a few of the new companies who are led by serial entrepreneurs from the LA ecosystem.

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Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief


The company said Monday that it is tapping the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Fox Interactive Media / MySpace, Michael Barrett , as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, under interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, the firm said Monday. Barrett was Chief Revenue Officer at Los Angeles-based MySpace. Barrett previously served with Levinsohn working on MySpace and

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Interview with Ted Dhanik, engage:BDR


Ted was an executive at Myspace, as VP of Strategic Marketing, and was at LowerMyBills before that. What, if anything, did you learn from Myspace which you are applying here? It's funny, though I would say that a lot of the work we're doing here is similar to what we were doing at Myspace in the beginning. Initially, Myspace was competing with Friendster, and lots of influeners on MySpace were coming from Friendster, so we were doing a lot of outreach to those users.

Science Inc. Re-Ups On Wealthfront


Los Angeles-based startup studio, incubator, and investor Science , which is led by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is part of a new funding round for automated investment service Wealthfront , the company has confirmed. The company said its focus it to help mainstream investors gain access to the same kind of tools that were previously only available to wealthy individuals.

Myspace Confirms Major Password Leak

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Los Angeles-based Myspace , which is now part of Time, Inc., confirmed a major security breach on Tuesday, saying that stolen Myspace user login data had been posted to an online hacker forum. Myspace--which blamed the hack on Russian cyberhacker "Peace."--said said the data stolen included user login data from a portion of accounts that were created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform. myspace password leak cybersecurity social networking

Panda Pop passes 100 million users as Jam City readies for an IPO

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The tentpole game for Myspace founder Chris DeWolfe’s latest LA-based juggernaut of a company has certainly had its moment. Gaming TC MySpace tinyco Chris DeWolfe Los Angeles jam city panda pop

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005.

Myspace Hails Launch Response


Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, new owner, and is hoping for some new users with its brand new, music-focused, user interface--and says that so far, the response is good. Myspace also said that 34 percent of the traffic to its new site is coming from mobile users.

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

socalTECH, 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 company's other acquisitions included the $1 billion acquisition of Dollar Shave Club by Unilever, and the acquisition of HelloSociety by the New York Times. What made these three companies successful acquisitions out of all your companies?

Science Raising New $30M Fund For LA Startups


the startup incubator headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is reportedly raising another $30M in funding to put towards its startups. Science has been one of the more active acceleration/incubation efforts in the region, and has been behind such companies as DogVacay, Dollar Shave Club, Eventup, MeUndies, Uncovet, and Wittlebee. science myspace scienceinc venture capital fund funding Science, Inc. ,

Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world. Also find out when you can hear more from MySpace alumni Sean Percival and Tony Adam – two of the first entrepreneurs in residence at Science.

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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. In the years since, he’s become a successful investor with Actarus Funds , started a production company, and just recently launched Slated , a sort of AngelList for film funding.

io/LA Shuts Down


A number of companies which were located in io/LA have now moved to coworking space CrossCampus in Santa Monica, according to those companies. io/LA was best known for being co-founded by former Myspace Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb; the space was hoping to bring together both the technology and entertainment industry in its space. iola hollywood incubator accelerator coworking myspace

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets


Los Angeles-based MySpace has been among the most visible of Southern California's Internet era success stories, although the site--now owned by News Corporation--has had its own share of ups-and-downs, as well as questions about its future.

Broke Girl's Guide Gets Funding


The firm--started by Erin Bunch, Michelle Vick, and Rita Ravindra--notably lists former MySpace SVP International Marketing and MySpace Music SVP Jamie Kantrowitz as an advisor. The company says its purpose is to "make living large and spending small easier for busy Broke Girls everywhere." broke girls guide venture capital angel investment funding daily deals retail advertising coupon myspace

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MySpace Launches Android App


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that the firm has launched an application for Google's Android mobile operating system.

Interview with Josh Brooks, Postcard On The Run


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. I did content for that company.

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“Built In L.A.” the New Online Community for Startups

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Keeping track of all the new companies, funding, networking and events going on across town is challenging. One the key features of BILA is the online directory of companies. This directory is a living historical record of all companies that have launched out of L.A.,

MySpace Names Bizdev Exec


Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that it has named Tom Cox as the firms' Senior vice President of Business Development. The company said that Cox will be responsible for the company's overall business strategy, as well as identifying and negotiating critical partnerships. Tags: myspace bizdev business development executive

MySpace CEO DeWolfe Leaves


News Corporation, the parent firm of Los Angeles-based Myspace , said late Wednesday that MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe is leaving the firm. DeWolfe will not be renewing his contract, and will be stepping down in "the near future" at the company, while remaining on the board of MySpace China and acting as a strategic advisor. In a statement announcing DeWolfe's departure, MySpace said that News Corp. Tags: myspace executive chris dewolfe

Report: MySpace Raising $50M For Music Domination


A report this morning from Business Insider says that Irvine-based Specific Media , the parent company of MySpace , is seeking to raised $50M to turn MySpace into a "Spotify killer". The report says that Specific Media is hoping to re-launch MySpace as a competitor to both Pandora and Spotify, two popular streaming music services. myspace specific media venture capital music streaming leak

Report: MySpace Acquiring iLike


A report today from TechCrunch reports that Los Angeles-based online social networking site MySpace is in the process of acquiring iLike , which operates an online service that allows users to share their music playlists and recommendations with friends. Neither company has confirmed the deal, which TechCrunch puts at "around $20 million." Tags: myspace merger acquisitoin ilike music

MySpace Confirms iLike Buy


Los Angeles-based MySpace confirmed Wednesday that it has purchased Seattle-basd iLike , a venture funded firm providing a way for users to share playlists and information on music. No additional information about the buy was announced by the company, nor was any further detail on a rumored $20M price tag provided by the company. Tags: ilike myspace merger acquisition music

MySpace Chops 30 Percent


Los Angeles-based MySpace has chopped 30 percent of the firm's staff, saying Tuesday that the company is laying of 30 percent of its employees, or 400 people. According to a widely released memo from CEO Owen Van Natta, the moves were made "for the long-term health" of the company, and will cut the number of employees at the firm to 1,000. Tags: myspace employee jobs layoff employment

OpenX Names Chief Customer Officer


Los Angeles-based online and mobile advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has named Tish Whitcraft as the company''s new Chief Customer Officer. Whitcraft was most recently Chief Customer Officer at Tagged, and also was an executive at MySpace/Fox Interactive Media, in addition to serving as an executive at Yahoo. openx chief customer officer executive myspace tagged online advertising

Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board


Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online service which allows anyone to list and rank things on any topic, said today that it has named Mani Dhillon as Chief Operating Officer, and tapped former MySpace CEO Michael Jones for its board. The company, headed by Clark Benson, said that Dhillon was most recently the GM of Urbanspoon, and has also served at EA Mobile and Cisco. ranker executive list rank listings myspace

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LA Tech Success | SGN to Assemble ‘All Star Team’

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Attempting to expand their company by 30% in just a six month period, they’re looking to hire top design, production, product management, and engineering talent for their new ‘All Star Team’.

MySpace Partners With IODA


Los Angeles-based MySpace said today that independent music distributor IODA will provide its catalog to MySpace music. According to MySpace, the partnership with IODA--the Independent Online Distribution Alliance--will add over one million new songs to its platform. IODA is a digital distribution company which helps record labels negotiate licenses, encode data, and track royalties.