Ticketmaster Buys Blockchain Startup, Upgraded

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Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster said this morning that it has acquired a blockchain startup, UPGRADED. UPGRADED develops blockchain software which aims to convert traditional tickets into digital assets, combined with dynamic, encrypted barcodes Ticketmaster says prevent fraud often associated with paper or PDF-based tickets. Ticketmaster says that UPGRADED's technology can be implemented without requiring a venue to replace existing access control hardware.

Ticketmaster's TicketWeb Buys Strobe Labs

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Los Angeles-based TicketWeb , the self service ticketing arm of Ticketmaster , announced this morning that it has acquired event marketing software developer Strobe Labs. Strobe Labs developed software which helped entertainment venues search and view customer profiles, build and deploy fan lists for direct marketing and email campaigns, and run social campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.

Ticketmaster Looks To Seattle For Engineering Talent

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Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster , the online ticketing service which is owned by Live Nation Entertainment, is looking north to boost its engineering talent, saying this morning that it has opened up a new software development center in Seattle. ticketmaster seattle engineering hiring talent tickets online

MarketShare, Ticketmaster Partner On Pricing Tools

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Los Angeles-based MarketShare , a provider of marketing analytics software, and Ticketmaster , the ticketing firm, said Monday that they have partnered. According to the two, they will develop a suite of dynamic pricing tools for clients, to help them price their live events. The companies said they expect to offer the products this year, via LiveAnalytics, a newly launched Ticketmaster company focused on developing rich-data analytics products.

Outbox Enterprises Takes On Electronic Ticketing, Backed by AEG

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The firm said it will be jointly run by Jean-Francoys Brousseau, owner of Outbox Technology, and former Ticketmaster CEO Frederic D. The ticketing system is the one which is used by the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, and was originally developed for Cirque du Soleil. outbox enterprises electronic ticketing ticket ticketmasterAEG , Cirque du Soleil , and Outbox Technology said this morning that they have launched a new, electronic ticketing joint venture, Outbox Enterprises.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: So, you need to develop a product?

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► February (1) Building and Developing an A++ Team ► 2008 (14) ► December (1) Develop a Culture Roadmap ► November (2) Green Week - Save the Environment and Your Cash Creating a Culture of Innovation: Cultural Values. So, you need to develop a product?

Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round

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Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round. According to the company, the funding will go towards accelerating development of its platform, for go-to-market and regional expansion, and other growth efforts.

Impact Radius Gets $30M For Affiliate Marketing Software

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Santa Barbara-based Impact Radius , which develops digital marketing and affiliate marketing software, has raised $30M in a funding round, according to the company. Impact Radius develops software which is used by brand and agencies to maximize their return on ad spend, and says its clients include Lenovo, Ticketmaster, Tommy Hilfiger, Getty Images, Shutterstock and Advance Auto Parts; the company says it already has more than 230 employees.

Bridg Names Chief Product Officer

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Horowitz previously served at Ticketmaster / Live Nation, managed producta at Google, and also advised such startups as Applied Semantics, Fetch Technologies, and Abot Labs. Bridg develops customer relationship management and marketing software specifically for restaurants and retail brands. Los Angeles-based Bridg said Tuesday that it has named Mike Horowitz as the company's Chief Product Officer.

Why Hopscotch Is Behind Your Favorite Mobile Sports App, with Laurence Sotsky

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We also do lots of things in-venue, including mobile ticketing, integrating with Ticketmaster, Comcast, and many other ticketing providers. Previous to this, I ran a custom, mobile application development shop. The platform approach we took allows teams and companies and venues to access the best functionality, at a subcription price, rather than a custom development price.

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Ocho Opens Office In Los Angeles

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Ocho , a New York-based developer of a mobile video messaging app which lets users share 8-second videos with each other, said Thursday that it has opened up a new office in Los Angeles. Schuon was most recently Chief Digital Officer at Ticketmaster/Live Nationa, and also had served as president of CBS Radio, and GM of Warner Bros.

BlackLine Systems Names New CTO

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Los Angeles-based financial software developer BlackLine Systems said today that it has hired a new, Chief Technology Officer. He also has served at such companies at Stamps.com, Citysearch/Ticketmaster, and TCI/AND Interactive and Packard Bell. According to the enterprise software company, it has named Alain Avakian as its CTO.

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Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

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The company said it has tapped Brian Pike, former CTo of Ticketmaster to the CTO role, Victoria von Szeliski, former Ticketmaster Deputy General Counsel to the General Counsel position, and former Yahoo VP of Product Management John Slade as its SVP of Product Management. Rubicon develops software which automatically optimizes the ads displayed on web publisher's web sites to increase revenues for those sites.

XAP Names Knepper CEO

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Culver City-based XAP , a developer of online college information tools and electronic college application and transcript services, announced today that it has named Peter B. and Key3Media Group, and was Senior Vice President and Chief FInancial Officer of Ticketmaster Group for ten years.

Privlo Raises $2.1M For Private Mortgage Marketplace

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Slavin was previously a developer of real estate in the Los Angeles area, and according to the firm is a managing partner at private equity firm Napias Group. In some what-did-our-spam filter eat-recently funding news, Santa Monica-based Privlo recently raised $2.1M in a seed funding round, for its online marketplace for private mortgage loans. Privlo, which was founded by Michael Slavin, said the new funding came from QED Ventures.

Lynda.com Bolsters Executive Team

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Mujumdar was most recently at QuinStreet, and also had been at Live Nation/Ticketmaster and Goldman Sachs. Carpinteria-based online education company lynda.com announced this morning that it has bolstered its executive team with four new hires.

Metacloud Debuts OpenStack Private Cloud Services

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Vice President of Technology Operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment. OpenStack is an emerging standard which lets developers create cloud computing applications which are portable across different Internte service providers, private clouds, and more. Pasadena-based MetaCloud , which provides fully managed, OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure for operating private clouds, launched today at the OpenStack Summit, with the backing of Storm Ventures.

SoCal's Cloud Dreams Surface At OpenStack Summit

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OpenStack is a new group which is focusing on establishing a standard set of applications and configurations for allowing enterprises and developers to run their cloud-based apps in a standard way across different ISPs, based on open source software spun out of Rackspace.

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Building an Online Brand - Startups Uncensored

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We are joined this month by Sean Moriarty, the former CEO of TicketMaster. During his time at Ticketmaster, Moriarty led the company through its multiple acquisitions and strategic investments. Blake led the effort to build and operate the most efficient, global Internet-scale services platform with the broadest and most profitable advertiser and developer ecosystem. Tuesday, January 19, 2010 -- Building an Online Brand - Startups Uncensored #13.

OpenX Names Idealab's McPherson As Chief Legal Officer

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McPherson had been General Counsel and VP of Corporate Development at Idealab for more than ten years; he also has served at Chief Legal Officer at Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and CitySearch, and also had served at Heller Ehrman LLP, among other positions. Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider OpenX announced this morning that it has appointed Douglas McPherson, the former General Counsel of Idealab, as its new Chief Legal Officer.

MetaCloud Raises $10M For Private Cloud Service

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Lynch and Curry are technology veterans, having managed cloud deployments for Yahoo and Ticketmaster. MetaCloud is one of a number of cloud-focused, technology heavy startups to recently gain funding here in Southern California, including cloud montoring software firm ThousandEyes, cloud application delivery firm Numecent, and open storage software developer Inktank.

Ciena Solutions Acquired By NetSol Technologies

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NetSol, which provides business outsourcing and enterprise application development, did not disclose financial terms of the buy. NetSol said the acquisition will allow it to launch a global SAP practice; Ciena's customers include such firms as Southern California Edison and Ticketmaster. Los Angeles-based Ciena Solutions LLC, a provider of SAP integration management services, has been acquired by NetSol Technologies.

LA Group Launches Effort To Promote Technology Corridor In Los Angeles

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What's the best way to encourage development of the technology industry in Los Angeles?

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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Commission Junction, MySpace, TicketMaster and many more. We’ll be conducting a series of educational programes covering: fund raising, team building, product development, sales, marketing, business development and how to prioritize your time as a CEO.

Buzz Media Names Citron President

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According to Buzz Media, Citron will oversee programming, marketing, engineering, and product development at the firm. Citron has also previously served as President of MusicNet, President of USA Networks Interactive, and was Chairman of Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, among other positions.

How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

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When you use something like Eventbrite, or Ticketmaster, it doesn't matter who is buying that ticket�they'll let anyone buy a ticket, because you're just a bar code. We also wanted access to development resources, and we have our product team here, the engineers and designers, all based in Santa Monica. In the corporate world, events are more than just an event�they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers.

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The Story Behind ScoreBig's Live Entertainment Tickets, with Adam Kanner

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The retail channel is dominated by Ticketmaster and Telecharge and Outbox, and a whole bunch of others. In summary, there are three channels - you can pay retail by going to a Ticketmaster. Ticketing and league development rolled up under me.

Interview with Jordan Glazier, Wildfire Systems

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San Diego-based Wildfire Systems , led by startup veteran Jordan Glazier , has developed software which product referrals and automatically transform them into trackable links across email, text messaging, chat, and social messaging. Jordan Glazier: Wildfire has developed a platform for monetizing social messaging. Anyone knows that word-of-mouth recommendations--whether from friends, family, or influencers--carries a huge amount of weight when you're making purchasing decisions.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

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big requirements for development, release, and QA engineers. Concert ticket promoter LiveNation--which also owns Ticketmaster--has dozens of jobs listed across the Los Angeles area, spread. Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles?

Interview with Scot Richardson, Laughstub

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For this morning's interview, we spoke with Scot Richardson , CEO of Los Angeles-based LaughStub (www.laughstub.com), which develops software which helps comedy clubs and others manage ticket sales, online marketing, and customer relationship management. For anyone that small, Ticketmaster doesn't make sense. I always ask the question, when I've brought a concert ticket, if I'm going to get an email from the venue, or from a Ticketmaster or Live Nation.

Bringing The Benefit Of Managed Cloud To Enterprises, With Metacloud

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In its simplest terms, we install OpenStack, plus two years of IP that we''ve developed here at MetaCloud, onto our client''s server, at their data center.

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Digitzs: Taking On The Pain Of Payment Processing

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Enter Santa Monica's Digitzs (www.digitzs.com), , which has an all star set of advisors and investors, including Kevin Harrington (the original "Shark" on Shark Tank), and which is developing technology to help those platforms take payments.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: The Kool-Aid Test: “Why do I need anything? Why do I need yours? Why do I need it now?"

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Interview with Michael Barton, Startup Exchange

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We merged with Ticketmaster, took it public before selling it to IAC. We've got some very, very strong companies across different industry sectors, including defense, technology, hardware development, consumer goods, and retail.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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► February (1) Building and Developing an A++ Team ► 2008 (14) ► December (1) Develop a Culture Roadmap ► November (2) Green Week - Save the Environment and Your Cash Creating a Culture of Innovation: Cultural Values.