On-Demand Startups Are Completely Changing the Industry

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The successor to social media, at least in terms of cultural significance, are the on-demand apps that have us reaching for our phones not just to message friends, but to make transactions. At the top of the list of the challenges these on-demand companies face is managing the labor pool.

Demand Media Names Marketing VP

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media said today that it has named Matt Gehring as the company's new Vice President of Marketing. Demand Media said Gehring will be responsible for marketing at its properties Saatchi Art and Society6. demand media executive marketing saatchi society6Gehring was most recently VP of Marketing for Touch of Modern, and previously served at Provide Commerce, Marchex, Classmates.com and Musicmatch.

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Demand Media Acquires LEAFtv

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media is bolstering its efforts to reach out towards millennial women, and has acquired LEAFtv. Demand Media also said it has hired Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, the founders of LEAFtv, and will expand the LEAFtv brand. According to Demand Media, Hirsch and Falconer will be expanding the LEAFtv brand as Executive Editor and General Manager of LEAFtv, a move which will help it enhance its position in the categories of home, food, and fashion.

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Demand Media Sells Pluck

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media has sold its social media software arm, Pluck , to New York-based Sprinklr , the companies said Thursday. Pluck, which is based in Austin, was founded in 2003, and had been acquired by Demand Media in 2008 in a deal worth $56.3M. demand media pluck merger acquisition social software Financial details of the sale were not announced.

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Mobile Styles Aims On Demand App At Health, Beauty Industry

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Glendale-baesd Mobile Styles , a new, on-demand startup focused on health and beauty, says it has launched a new mobile app and on-demand service which connects consumers with licensed stylists. According to Mobile Styles, its app allows consumers to get access to on-demand services, including hair, barber, nails, massage, tanning, as well as kids' hair and events like weddings or bachelorette parties.

Demand Media's Rosenblatt Resigns

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In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said late Monday that founder, Chairman, and CEO Richard Rosenblatt has resigned from the company. Demand Media said that it has appointed Shawn Colo as interim President and interim CEO, effective immediately, with James Quandt taking the Chairman position. Demand Media said it will begin a search for a permanent CEO shortly. demand media richard rosenblatt executive chairman

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Demand Media Unloads Cracked For $39M

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has sold Cracked , its online humor site, to the E.W. According to Demand Media, the move will give it a "more focused portfolio of businesses", and also "significantly" strengthen its balance sheet. Demand Media acquired Cracked in 2007. The sale comes as Demand Media has been seeing a steep drop in revenues from its content businesses. demand media cracked online humor merger acquisition ewscripps

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Demand Media Names Accounting Head

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Monday afternoon that it has named Wendy Voong as the company's new Chief Accounting Officer. Demand Media said Voong was responsible for Activision's SEC reporting and quarterly close cycle. demand media executive finane accounting wendy voong activisionVoong was most recently Senior Director, North America Accounting and Reporting for Activision, and also has served at Ernst & Young.

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Hulu, Disney Ink Video-On-Demand Deal

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Santa Monica-based television- and video-streaming service Hulu and Walt Disney Studios said earlier this week that the two are in a subscription, video-on-demand deal which make over 50 popular titles available for streaming on Hulu. hulu disney video demand streaming content hollywood television

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Fullscreen Media Shuts Down Video On Demand Service

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Los Angeles-based Fullscreen Media says it is shutting down its video on demand service , and instead putting its resources into its other efforts, after a two year run. George Strompolos, founder and CEO of Fullscreen Media, said "decisions like this are tough," and that continuing to fund its video on demand service "was limiting our ability to invest in our dynamic Creator, Brand, and Rooster Teeth divisions".

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Demand Media Names New CFO

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Thursday that it has named a new CFO, appointing Rachel Glaser to the position. The announcement came as part of Demand Media''s quarterly results announcement, where the company reported 2014 revenues of $172.4M. Sean Moriarty, who is now heading up Demand Media, said the company saw strong growth in its marketplace businesses, including Society6 and Saatchi Art. demand media executive

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Demand Media To Change Name To Leaf Group

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said on Friday that it will be changing its name, and will become Leaf Group Ltd. Demand Media did not say why it is changing its name, however, the company has significantly been shifting its business from Internet media, to an online marketplace business. The change also moves it away from a substantial amount of baggage associated with the Demand Media brand, all of which was associated with its prior days as a "content farm".

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Demand Media Opens TypeF

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has opened up access to its new fashion and beauty website, TypeF.com , which it has partnered with Tyra Banks to develop, the firm said today. Demand Media and Bankable, Tyra Banks' development firm, announced the deal to create TypeF in February.

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Demand Media Names Two Execs

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced late Thursday that it has named two new executives. Demand said it has named Rachel Glaser as its new CFO, and Tawn Albright as its EVP of Corporate Development. demand media executive rache glaser tawn albrightGlaser was most recently CFO of Move, Inc., and also served as COO and CFO of MyLife.com, in addition to serving at Yahoo and The Walt Disney Company.

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Demand Media Content Revenues Continue To Plunge

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported its quarterly earnings Monday afternoon, revealing a precipitous decline in the company's content revenues. Demand Media said that its Content and Media revenues dropped 40%, from $22.5M Demand Media and CEO Sean Moriarty have been looking to reshape the company in the face of strong headwinds for the company's traditional content generation business. demand media online content earnings

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Demand Media Spins Off Rightside

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media has completed its spinoff of Rightside Group , its domain name registration business, as a tax-free distribution this morning. According to Demand Media, the two companies now will trade as separate, publicly traded companies--with Demand Media on the NYSE as DMD, and Rightside trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market as NAME. Demand Media has been in the midst of spinning off Rightside Group for over a year.

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Motor Trend Updates Video On Demand Service

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Los Angeles-based online content publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network said this morning that it has launched an updated Motor Trend OnDemand , its automotive, video-on-demand service. motor trend motortrend automotive videoondemand video demand streaming content auto publishingAccording to TEN, the new site features a new and refreshed mobile app, more than 1500 plus hours of updated live and original content, support for Apple TV, and more.

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Demand Media Expands In Ireland

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Demand Media , the online publishing business led by Richard Rosenblatt, has made a major expansion into Ireland, as part of its domain name business, the firm said Wednesday. According to Demand Media, it has opened up what will be its largest, international office in Dublin, Ireland, which will serve as the international headquarters for its domain services business. demand media domain domainer ireland international headquarters expansion

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Demand Media Buys Name.com

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced this morning that it has acquired domain registrar Name.com. Demand Media said that Name.com will help the firm as it prepares for the released of new top level domains (TLDs) this year. Demand Media said that Name.com is known for its strog retail footprint. demand media name.com namecom domain domainer registration merger acquisition

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Demand Media Sells Creativebug, CoveritLive

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Monday that it has sold both its Creativebug. Demand Media said it sold Creativebug its online video business focused on arts and crafts, to Other Media , a new joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, Separately, the compay said it sold CoveritLiveto Canadian firm ScribbleLive. According to Demand Media, the move will "streamline" its approach to its business, and will help it refocus attention on its overall growth strategies.

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Fandango Launching Video-On-Demand Service

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Los Angeles-based Fandango , the online movie ticketing and information services, said Tuesday that it will launch its own, premium on-demand video service, FandangoNOW , on March 30th. The new service comes thanks to the company's acquisition of M-GO , the on-demand movie service which was backed by Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation, back in January. fandango videoondemand video demand streaming movie television hollywood movies stream

Washio Shuts Down On Demand Laundry Service

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Santa Monica-based Washio , the venture-backed, on-demand laundry startup, has shut down, according to the company. The company said that it will be shutting down its operations, as of Aug 29., and returning orders to customers. The company did not say why it decided to shut down.

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Demand Media Expands Content Offerings

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it is expanding its offerings in the content area, with an expansion of its Content Solution offerings. According to Demand Media, the expansion includes new content formats and enhanced "publishing and distribution strategies." Demand Media''s product is used by brands, publishers, and agencies to create content and drive visitors to their websites. Pricing details on Demand Media''s expanded offerings were not announced.

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Clutter Finds $2M For On Demand Storage

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Los Angeles-based Clutter , which provides on-demand, self storage to users in Los Angeles, has raised $2M in a funding round, the company disclosed Monday. The startup helps users pack up their stuff, and picks up and stores, and returns those items on demand. clutter demand ondemand storage self selfstorage venture capital seed amplifyla

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Demand Media Shifts Ad Strategy

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the publisher of online content, said late Tuesday that it is changing its advertising strategy to exclusively focus on premium programmatic ads. Premium programmatic ads are typically a controlled set of inventory of advertising only made available to brands and advertisers by a publisher through its own private exchange; it''s unclear what exactly the move means in Demand Media''s case.

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Helpr Launches On-Demand Babysitting App In SoCal

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Los Angeles-based Helpr , the developer of a mobile, on-demand app to help users find a babysitter, has launched in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Santa Barbara, according to the company. The startup, founded by Kasey Edwards and Becka Klauber Richter, said that its new, on-demand childcare apps helps connect parents with rigorously vetted babysitters in as little as three hours. helpr babysitting marketplace angeles child care childcare children mobile ondemand demand startup

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Heal Finds $26.9M More In Funding To Expand Access To On-Demand Doctors

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Santa Monica-based Heal , the on-demand doctor's house call startup, said this morningg that it has raised $26.9M Heal lets users request in-home, on demand visits from doctors, who the startup says can do anything a patient might require in a traditional doctor's visit. lifescience medical call house housecall mobile ondemand demand appointment doctors capital venture heal

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Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media (www.demandmedia.com) has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years. What is Demand Media doing nowadays?

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Rapidus Expands On Demand Delivery Service To Los Angeles

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Rapidus , an on-demand, ground courier service, said today that it has expanded into Los Angeles, offering up local businesses with one hour and same day delivery services. rapidus delivery demand angeles hour contractThe startup--based in San Francisco--says that the expansion is its first out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Demand Media Shuffles CFO

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Santa Monica-based online publisher Demand Media reported Thursday that it is shuffling its CFO, and is promoting its Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer Mel Tang to the CFO position. Current CFO Charles Hilliard becomes a Special Advisor to Demand Media's board of directors. Hilliard has at Demand Media for five years. demand media executive content publisher

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Demand Media Gets $225M Credit Facility

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Santa Monica-based online publisher Demand Media said Tuesday afternoon that it has entered into a new, $225M credit facility, split between a $125M revolving credit facility and a $100M term loan. According to Demand Media, the new facility replaces an existing, $105M revolving credit facility. Demand Media said the new facility has an option to increase the amount to $250M. demand media credit facility financing venture capital merger acquisition

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Demand Media Names Domain Spinoff, Appoints Execs

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has come up with a name for its domain name services group, which it is in the midst of spinning off into an independent company. Demand Media said the new company will be named Rightside Group, Ltd. , and will be headed by Taryn Naidu, who is current Demand Media''s Executive Vice President of Domain Services. Naidu has been head of Demand Media''s domain business since 2011.

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Demand Media Loses CFO As Revenues Decline

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Monday afternoon that it has lost its CFO, Mel Tang, who the company said will depart at the end of the year. The announcement was made as Demand Media reported its third quarter 2014 results. Demand Media reported $41.3 ‌in revenues for the third quarter, down from $50.7M demand media executive revenues quarterly

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