Comparably Snags eHarmony Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Comparably , the startup which helps employees and employers track compensation and company culture data, has snagged a high profile hire this morning, hiring on eHarmony veteran Armen Avedissian as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Comparably--which is led by serial entrepreneur Jason Nazar--offersup an online salary comparison site which also helps companies to find candidates for jobs, among other services.

eHarmony Taps Zynga Vet As New CEO

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Santa Monica-based eHarmony , the online dating and matchmaking site, announced this morning that it has named Jeremy Verba as its new Chief Executive Officer. The site said that Verba will help the firm as its expands its markets internationally and via mobile. eharmony zynga executive dating matchmakingVerba joins the firm from Zynga, where he was founding General Manager of that firm's Treasure Isle title.

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eHarmony Names VP

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Los Angeles-based eHarmony has named a new VP to head up its new job matching service, Elevated Careers , according to the company. eHarmony says it has promoted Dan Erickson to Vice President, ElevatedCareers, after he helped spearhead the development of the new platform for the company. eharmony elevated careers jobs recruiting employment executive erickson

eHarmony Names Chief Product Officer

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Los Angeles-based eHarmony said Tuesday that it has named Ken Walker as Chief Product Officer of the company. The company said Walker helped grow ZipRecruiter from a bootstrapped startup to its first $100M in revenues. eHarmony operates an online and mobile matchmaking service, and also recently launched a service called Elevated Careers, which uses the company's algorithms to match job seekers with companies who are hiring.

Convertro Taps Avedissian As COO

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Avedissian also was at eHarmony. Convertro's offers up technology to track marketing conversions, helping companies to optimize their marketing efforts to drive sales. convertro executive avedissian eharmony mylife jeff zwellingSanta Monica-based Convertro , the venture backed, advertising analytics and optimization firm run by Jeff Zwelling, said today that it has hired Armen Avedissian as its Chief Operating Officer.

Of Catfish & Fickle Lovers: Aste CEO Talks Online Dating’s Downsides

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Some claim they know celebrities or have a more glamorous job than they actually do—anything to help them stand out or seem more attractive. There are millions of fish in the sea, and dating apps have made it easier to quickly find and connect with a lot more of those would-be catches. But the ease of creating an online dating profile—and the lack of oversight by the companies running such services—means that users can, and often do, misrepresent themselves.

eHarmony Adds Personal Counseling, Matchmaking Service

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Santa Monica-based eHarmony is going beyond the algorithm, and into personalized counseling, saying this morning that it has launched a new service it calls eH+ , which will join a personal counselor to its algorithmically driven services to present users with personalized service. eHarmony said the new offering will provide a "higher level of service" and privacy to users. eharmony counseling matchmaking therapist matchmaker algorithm dating online realationship

eHarmony Launches Gay and Lesbian Web Site

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Pasadena-based eHarmony has launched a gay and lesbian web site, Compatible Partners , which the firm says will help gay and lesbian singles to find long-term relationships. eHarmony said that pricing for Compatible Partners will be the same as eHarmony.com. eHarmony said it would launch a same-sex web site back in November of 2008, after reaching a deal with the state of New Jersey to settle charges that the firm was in violation of that state's discrimination laws.

HipGeo Launches Updated iPhone Travel Blogging App

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Fullerton-based HipGeo , the location tracking and social sharing software developer headed by Rich Rygg, has launched a new iPhone app, looking to help users track, document, and share their travels.

DinnerDate.com Launches Group Dating Service In San Diego

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The service helps to arrange gatherings of six to 12 singles at top restaurants in a city. Among the firm's executives is former eHarmony executive Grant Hosford, who is heading up the firm's efforts to launch the service.

Rexter Finds Funding To Help Professionals Manage Relationships

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A new, Altadena-based startup, Rexter , has scored some funding to help it build its software algorithms and tools to help manage a user's professional relationships. Rexter's advisors notably include Dr. Galen Buckwalter (founder of eHarmony), Kamran Pourzanjani (Pricegrabber), Jim Armstrong (Clearstone Ventures), Ted Meisel (Overture/Elevation Partners), Sean Moriarty (Mayfield/Ticketmaster), Paul Weiskopf (Adobe), Jarl Mohn (Liberty Digital), and Todd Tappin (Gores Group).

Triptrotting Looks To Connect Travelers, Locals

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Pasadena-based Triptrotting , a new startup funded by Idealab, is launching its service today, to help match travelers to like-minded local hosts. Triptrotting uses an algorithm to match travelers and locals, to help them on their trips. The firm said the algorithm was developed with the help and expertise of former eHarmony Chief Scientist Galen Buckwalter.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

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eHarmony for me fell into that camp. In this talk, we spent most of our time on Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One and how they should be helping you: Specify the right things to be built.

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HipGeo Launches API

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Fullerton-based HipGeo , the developer of location-aware website applications backed by Morado Venture Partners, eHarmony's Galen Buckwalter, and angel Robert Bingham, said today that it has released its new public Application Programming Interface (API). HipGeo is headed by Scott Daniel, develops software which helps track where users are traveling, and allows them to map those travels and share it with others.

HipGeo Targets Travelers With iPhone App

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The firm said its new "Trips" feature helps iPhone users to take pictures and track their travels, allowing them to share those travels and locations with their friends. The firm said the updated app helps users record and share those trips with friends via Facebook, Twitter, email, text, or within a blog or other web page.

Love Lab Looks To Add Trust To Online Dating Apps

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The new startup--backed by longtime area startup veteran Jon Kraft, and run by TV stars Steven and JoAnn Ward (Master Matchmakers, VH-1)--said it is looking to help online daters gain a level of trust in online profiles, and to help conquer the issue of daters "seriously misrepresenting" themselves on their profile. lovelab online dating trust smartphone love relationship date match eharmony Tired of swiping left and right with people you''re not quite sure about?

Three Southern California Startups Setting You Up For Valentine's Day

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BloomNation , led by Farbod Shoraka and one of the companies out of Muckerlab, is helping to connect local florists -- with unique, not cookie-cutter creations -- for local delivery. eharmony bloomnation tinder flower floral thebouqs california southern valentines

Payoff.com Launches Personal Finance Site, Backed By $3.5M

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In particular, the firm is looking to help consumers pay off their debt and meet savings goals, with a social twist. Among the notable advisors to the firm is Dr. Galen Buckwalter, founder and Chief Scientist at eHarmony. Los Angeles-based Payoff.com , a new startup led by Scott Saunders, said Tuesday that it has officially launched its free, social finance site. The firm said it is backed with $3.5M

Koupon Kitty Launches Coupon Code Software

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A new, online coupon software "bookmarklet" called Koupon Kitty --backed by Juvo Capital, the investment firm of Talmadge O'Neill and Harry Tsao--said it launched Wednesday, to help consumers find the best coupon codes for various e-commerce sites. Juvo Capital says it has invested in such firms as BeachMint, Chegg, eHarmony, eSalon, Gogobot and LoveIt, with exits in such companies as Facebook, LinkedIn and Tesla Motors.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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That includes events and activities helping to connect inventors, scientists, and reachers, and encourage them to look more horizontally, and less vertically. If we can help kick the friction out of event, we can help improve programs and create a portfolio of activities.

How DinnerDate.com Takes Online Dating Offline, with Andrew Connell

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The startup--created by Robert Earl (Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood), Grant Hosford (formerly of eHarmony), and Connell (formerly of Nokia)--is using the Internet to arrange group dates at local restaurants, to connect people in person and offline.

How Let's Date Is Taking On Mobile Dating, With Sean Suhl

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Computer dating apps, like eHarmony and OkCupid, which is traditional, computer dating taken into mobile, and apps very focused on proximity, finding people close to you. And it's not an eHarmony questionnaire with life questions. What also helps us stand out, is we're not doing search.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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Mark Douglas, Steelhouse President and CEO, is formerly from Oracle and was the VP of Technology at eHarmony. Silicon Valley? That’s so yesterday. Today’s startup innovators come from about six hours south of Silicon Valley.

Entreprenuer Network

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 1, 2007 Entreprenuer Network Great post by Ben Kuo - The Importance of the “Network&# to Entrepreneurs - the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level. Ben asks for help finding the people who would be good for entreprenuers to know. He has been the CTO for several start-ups, most notably eHarmony.

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Payoff.com Gets $2.0M

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Los Angeles-based Payoff.com , the online personal finance website aimed at helping consumers pay of their debt, has raised $2.0M The site, headed by Scott Saunders, uses social networking, gamification, and connections to social networking sites to help inspire users to pay of their debt and improve their finances. The firm's advisors include Dr. Galen Buckwalter, founder and Chief Scientist at eHarmony.

Congrats To All The Winners and Thanks To Our Speakers at #REACHNeXT!

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Recent alliances in both the emergency responder and warehouse space will allow us to deliver a best-in-class solution to help manage teams, workflow, and efficiency through our wide-screen, large battery, full OS, wearable. Sensay is the most helpful person you’ve never met.

Startup CTO Speaking

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Most notably, he was the original CTO for eHarmony for its first four years making him partly responsible for more than 4% of the marriages every year. Matching for Startups Having been involved in eHarmony from the start, Tony has naturally consulted with startups who are making matching a core aspect of their product including matching for social networks, careers, clothes, jobs, projects, college, tutoring services, doctors, service companies, investments, and many more.

OnGreen Ties With Chinese Science Park

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OnGreen said it has partnered with Zhongguancun Science Park (Z-Park), which operates a science and technology center housing more than 20,000 companies, to help match clean technology companies between Chinese companies and the rest of the world. OnGreen looks to be ramping its Chinese efforts, saying at it has now based Stanley Holt--previously at eHarmony--in its Shenzhen offices.

Interview: Mark Douglas, President & CEO, SteelHouse Media

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Former Vice President of Technology at eHarmony and Vice President of Engineering at the Rubicon Project. In this interview, Mark discusses how his experiences at Oracle, eHarmony and the Rubicon Project contributed to the creation of his latest venture, SteelHouse Media.

TrulySocial Launches Flirting App In LA

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Truly Social Apps , a UK-based mobile app development firm, launched its new flirting app for singles here today, saying that its new apps-- Flirt Planet Meet and Flirt Planet Play --are targeted at helping people practice their flirting skills.

How Rexter Is Turning Connections Into Business, with Andy Wilson

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We spoke with CEO and founder Andy Wilson about how Rexter is looking to help business professionals further develop their relationships. The thesis of Rexter, is that essentially, we're helping you to developer your network and turn those into relationships that drive success.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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The city has, however, quietly been home to some of the most successful online companies to date, including CitySearch (sold to Ticketmaster for $260 million in 1998), Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $2 billion in 2003), eHarmony and LowerMyBills (bought by Experian for $330 million in 2005).

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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And Mark Suster has been fostering an environment to help find and grow the best and brightest new LA tech companies with LAunchpad. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.