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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. Thats not Los Angeles. company called Applied Semantics.

Specific Media Pares Staff As It Digests MySpace

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Irvine-based Specific Media has cut a small amount of its staff, as it continues to absorb its buy of Los Angeles-based MySpace. In a statement, the company said it has identified "sales and operating synergies that exist between itself and Myspace" and is "consolidating forces" to align the workforce with the direction it is headed. with a pointer to a number of open positions at the company, including a few at MySpace itself.

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MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

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Los Angeles-based MySpace , the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network, in a deal reportly worth $35M. As part of the buy, current MySpace CEO Mike Jones will be leaving the company after a transition period. The acquisition of MySpace has been rumored for months, as the site transitioned into a music- and celebrity-oriented site after failing to gain ground against Facebook.

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

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Mike Jones is an Internet executive, investor and advisor located in Los Angeles. 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.

Yahoo Taps Former MySpace Exec For Revenue Chief

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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 FoxSports.com.

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

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Los Angeles-based Science Inc. 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 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. Are you still investing and creating new companies?

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 networkin

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

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Chance Barnett , Crowdfunder (Los Angeles, crowdfunding). Allison Beal , StyleSaint (Los Angeles, fashion). James Borow and Clark Landry (shared position), SHIFT (Los Angeles, Santa Monica, advertising). Greg Cohn , Burner (Los Angeles, mobile app).

Myspace Hails Launch Response

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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.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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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.

OpenX Names Chief Customer Officer

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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

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

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There is a plethora of tech innovation going on in Los Angeles right now, and not only in Silicon Beach — but all over from downtown to the valleys to everywhere in between. Keeping track of all the new companies, funding, networking and events going on across town is challenging.

MySpace Launches Android App

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

Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board

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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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Interview with Josh Brooks, Postcard On The Run

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However, Los Angeles-based Postcard On The Run (www.postcardontherun.com) is trying to recapture that sense of value of physical photographs, with its new service, which turns digital photos into postcards. I ran program and marketing for MySpace for a little over three years.

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. www.science-inc.com), a new technology studio aimed at building new businesses in Los Angeles. Can you talk about the companies you launched this week?

MindJolt Buys Two Firms

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Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based online gaming service MindJolt , which is run by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired two companies, according to a report today. myspace videogame content acquisition merger mobile gaming social mindjolt

Dollar Shave Club Acquired For $1 Billion By Unilever

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In another, stunning exit for Southern California's technology startup community, Los Angeles-based Dollar Shave Club has been acquired from a reported $1 billion by Unilever. The company had raised around $147M in total funding. led by former MySpace CEo Mike Jones, which seeded Dollar Shave CLub back in 2012.

Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog

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Although Worlize may be news to some they have been around for just over a year and they are based right here in Los Angeles. Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall is garnering some excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night. Mike Jones , Investor and Advisor Located In Los Angeles. OrangicStartup’s is a company that helps Internet startups start.

MySpace Names Bizdev Exec

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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

Report: MySpace Acquiring iLike

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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 CEO DeWolfe Leaves

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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.

Cocodot Adds Jim Davis As CEO

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Los Angeles-based Cocodot , the online greeting card firm founded by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, appears to have hired on Jim Davis as its new CEO. Davis has served in a wide variety of advisory roles for such companies as Miles Electrical Vehicles (now Coda Automotive), Propser Capital Partners, PeopleJam, Authenticlick, and others. cocodot executive myspace greetings cards

MySpace Confirms iLike Buy

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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

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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

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

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Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. the digital business incubator/studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. Wittlebee is the third company from Science inc.

MySpace Partners With IODA

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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.

MySpace Creates Custom iPad Page

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Among the many companies launching iPad-focused applications and content over the weekend, Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said that it is now presenting a custom, home page for people visiting the site through the Apple iPad browser. According to MySpace Co-President Michael Jones, the custom iPad site features customized content for the iPad, including 1080p HD trailers, and will be updated weekly.

SGN Buys TinyCo For Mobile Games

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Los Angeles-based SGN the mobile gaming company led by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, said late Tuesday that it has acquired TinyCo , a San Francisco-based mobile game developer. TinyCo is the developer of the Family Guy and Marvel Avengers mobile games, and was backed by Andreessen Horowitz. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. SGN said that the 125 person team at TinyCo will continue to be led by TinyCo CEO and co-founder Suli Ali.

MySpace, MTV.com Team To Stream From Comic-Con

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace and MTV.com said Wednesday that the two are partnering to stream the Comic-Con International conference to their users. The broadcasts will stream on both MTV's home page as well as a MySpace page devoted to comic con.

MySpace Inks Advertising Deal With Orange

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today along with French firm Orange that they are in an advertising and content partnership. According to the companies, Orange Advertising Network will manage both premium and performance advertising sales for MySpace in France. Tags: myspace orange france telecom advertising

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

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The Los Angeles area has seen a surge in the last month in companies and organizations looking to bolster entrepreneurial activity and startups in Southern California. www.science-inc.com), headed by Mike Jones , the former CEO of Myspace.

MySpace, Ad.ly Link On In-Stream Advertising

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Los Angeles-based MySpace and startup Ad.ly , also based in LA, said today that they have linked in an in-stream advertising deal. According to MySpace, it will use Ad.ly to enable content creators to reach fans in the MySpace stream. The deal comes shortly after Twitter said it would not be allowing other companies to automatically insert ads into its service, which looked to most direclty impact Ad.ly. The link with MySpace pulls Ad.ly

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. According to Dualstar Entertainment Group, the Olsen's lifestyle and brand company, they have partnered with BeachMint to launch StyleMint , an online apparel site. stylemint beachmint olsen twins ashley mary-kate marykate celebrity ecommerce myspace

Postcard on the Run Links With Hotel Group

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Los Angeles-based Postcard on the Run , the mobile app startup which allows users to take a photo on their smartphone and turn that into a real, physical postcard, has inked a partnership with a hotel and resort operator.

MySpace: We're Not Selling User Data

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Los Angeles-based MySpace , under fire for selling its user data, said today that it is not selling its data. MySpace said that the data has been available through the MySpace Developer Platform, and allows software to pull publicly available, real-time data such as status updates, or when a user adds music, photos, or videos to their profile. Tags: myspace user data infochimps scandal

Rotohog Powers MySpace March Madness Brackets

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Los Angeles-based Rotohog , the online fantasy sports software firm headed by Kelly Perdew, told its users and supporters today that the firm is powering MySpace's bracket application for the upcoming March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. The win came as part of an update from the company about its recent customer additions. Tags: rotohog online fantasy sports videogame game ncaa march madness myspace

MySpace Faces Challenge From KPCB's sFund

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Emphasizing the challenge that faces Los Angeles-based MySpace in taking back the initiative in the social networking industry, competing social network Facebook has seen a significant boost to its efforts to dominate social networking, as it aligned with Amazon.com, Zynga, Comcast, Liberty Media, and Allen & Company in funding a new venture fund from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Thursday.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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David Carter and Allen Hurff are two startup veterans, who believe they have a new formula to help create early stage, technology companies, through their new "startup studio", Zuma Ventures (www.zumavc.com). David Carter: Zuma Ventures is a company that makes other companies.