Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

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and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company.

Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

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Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums. On social media, players would take screenshots of their playlists and post them to platforms like Twitter or Instagram, Fox said.

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Social Networking and Business Value

SoCal CTO

Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Individuals use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo as career-advancing tools, even more useful in a down economy. Can social networking be a money-maker for companies?

Los Angeles-based Talespin nabs $15 million for its extended reality-based workforce training tools

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Traditional venture capitalists may have made it rain on expensive Hollywood studios that were promising virtual reality would be the future of entertainment and social networking (given coronavirus fears, it may yet be), but Talespin and others like it are focused on much more mundane goals.

Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

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Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

DreamJobbing: Melding Online And Media To Create A Platform For Dream Jobs

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We spoke with Lisa Hennessy , one of the founders of DreamJobbing and an entertainment industry veteran, to learn more about the startup. Lisa Hennessy: I come from a network television background, and my two business partners are from a digital background.

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

Tech Zulu Event

Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. Brian has over a decade developing and deploying cutting-edge technology within the entertainment industry.

Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

Tech Zulu Event

Since its inception into the mainstream fabric of people’s lives, social media and the concept of social networking has gone through a rather peculiar evolutionary transition. The capability for a social app to monetize is now the new standard – like it or not.

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

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They want a means of representing themselves that is animated, and changeable, and actively communicates in places like MySpace, Facebook, and other social networks. It doesn't matter if someone is narcissistically motivated, or they just have a social affinity. Pasadena-based BigStage (www.bigstage.com) is one of those rare companies that has taken technology developed from university research, and is now bringing that technology to the commercial market.

Wave Creates VR Driven, Live Concert Product

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According to Wave, it has launched a new, mulkti-channel virtual entertainment platform, specifically allowing artists to perform live for fans in online games, social networks, live-streaming channels, or entertainment networks. The company said the new offering provides "immersive, virtual concerts" across a number of platform, allowing those artists to reach fans wherever possible.

Popbase helps YouTube stars build closer relationships with their fans

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Entertainment has changed. New platforms led by YouTube have emerged to change the dynamic of broadcast media — once dominated by the rigid programming of TV — while the internet has enabled new media stars to engage with their audiences in new, high-touch ways.

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Doppels Is the Birthday Matching App You’re Going to Love

Tech.Co

On your birthday, something special happens on social media: you receive hundreds of likes and well wishes from friends, family, high school classmates and people you haven’t talked to for years on Facebook.

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Mobile Internet Apple Facebook

SoCal CTO

They talk about: 5 Trends Converging (3G + Social Networking + Video + VoIP + Impressive Mobile Devices) which is more than what I think of as mobile internet. social networking, etc. I’m not so sure that a bet on Facebook as the platform is a good one

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TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Topics of discussion will be Wearables Technology, Bitcoin, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2014, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building a sensible businesses.

Playsino Gets $1.5M For Casino Games

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The firm said the firm will go to support building the largest, social casino game publisher on both social networks and mobile platforms. playsino venture capital casino games social gaming titan content brock pierce

Social Search – What Entrepreneur Needs To Know

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It is no secret that Pinterest and other social commerce sites have begun to dial in the commerce equation. Search Meets Social = Commerce. The combination of Search and Social is redefining the way marketers are allocating their ad budgets.

CreatorUp Links You With Top Filmakers & YouTube Creators To Make Awesome Web Series

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Following graduate school, he worked in Film Finance and Sales at CAA, Creative Development at Vuguru (Michael Eisner’s multi-platform studio), and Content Partnerships at Blip Networks. Advertising Entertainment Marketing Blip CreatorUp Mike Tringe Sara Akhteh Vimeo YouTube

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Kabam Launches The Godfather: Five Families Exclusive to Google+

Tech Zulu Event

Big news in the social gaming sphere as major interactive gaming player Kabam announces the launch of The Godfather: Five Families out of beta and into commercial exclusively with Google+ Games. This is the first social game based on a major movie franchise on any social platform, period.

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

Tech Zulu Event

TVSync’s parent company Voible , has provided fingerprint protection technology to most major movie studios and TV networks since 2005. The platform allows users to sync content and commands across all four screens — the smartphone, tablet/pad, computer and TV.

Streaming Live from NMX & NAB All Week!

Tech Zulu Event

NAB Show is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment.

What Mattered in 2012: Aber Whitcomb, io/LA

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We've also invented and patented a new technology called "MasterKey" that allows people to play our games natively on all relevant social and mobile platforms. We chose Hollywood because we wanted to put top talent from the Entertainment and Technology industries under one roof.

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Chill.com | A Place To Chill And Watch Online Video

Tech Zulu Event

Chill.com , from the makers of Namesake , is a video community sharing platform. Everything from hip hop music videos to entertainment news and gossip, there is sure to be a lounge to suit your taste. I was inspired by the combination of content, social networking and gaming.

Let’s Get Weird, a SXSW Interactive Recap (2014)

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Well, thanks to a fantastic partnership with the good people at crowd fun ding platform, Indiegogo , we were able to do just that! Addison McCaleb – Mediahound , making it easier for you to discover entertainment. I know what you’re thinking. A recap? Of SXSW?

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The Most Interesting Online Video Trend

Both Sides of the Table

TV will enter the era of “participation” which is a much more important trend than “social video” even if it seems less sexy or less fundable. The problem with the “long tail” content is that only the platform provider (ie YouTube) makes money.

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Marketing The Funniest Site On The Internet With Patrick Starzan of Funny or Die

Tech Zulu Event

He is a marketing professional with over 8 years of extensive online and social media marketing experience. Immerse yourself in data and become an expert in all online marketing strategies from social media to search. No social network has stood the test of time.

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Sometrics Launches New Product

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Los Angeles-based Sometrics, the venture backed developer of analytics products for the social networking and social media industry, has launched another product, the firm announced this morning. The firm said it has launched what it is calling a "virtual currency platform" to handle virtual currency. The firm said the new product will manage virtual currency from Super Rewards, Offerpal, and SocialMedia Networks.

Meet the 25 Startups Competing at SXSW Startup Night 2018

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The event is open to tech enthusiasts who want to join an event filled with some of the top leaders, investors and mentors from tech industry to network, find mentors and build their companies. If the user shares the add on social media, they earn an extra $.25.

Content World Turned Upside Down

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Every aspect of the business of entertainment media and other content providers, and their traditional sources of revenue, are under assault by disruptive business models. From GoogleTV to iTunes and YouTube to the rise of social networks to e-book readers to cloud computing and free software, the worlds of newspapers, books, music, platform games, film, television and even software have seen the sales of physical media such as DVDs plummet.

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

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With the proliferation of social media, how do you--as a brand--manage all of those various websites, content, and media? It's extremely noisy out there, and right now consumers are essentially being forced to drink from the social media fire hose.

Content World Turned Upside Down

SoCal Tech Calendar

Every aspect of the business of entertainment media and other content providers, and their traditional sources of revenue, are under assault by disruptive business models. From GoogleTV to iTunes and YouTube to the rise of social networks to e-book readers to cloud computing and free software, the worlds of newspapers, books, music, platform games, film, television and even software have seen the sales of physical media such as DVDs plummet.

Interview with Babette Pepaj, BakeSpace

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Our interview this morning is with Babette Pepaj , CEO and founder of BakeSpace (www.bakespace.com), a local Los Angeles startup focused on social networking around food. Babette Pepaj: BakeSpace is a food social network and recipe swap.

Interview with Allison Dollar, SnapCuts

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One way is to create your own, custom video clip which you can share via email, text message, or through a social networking site like Facebook. Allison Dollar: SnapCuts is a digital media marketing platform, which uses social video messaging.

How FilmBreak Is Bringing Data and Analytics To Hollywood, with Darren Marble

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One of those is Hollywood-based FilmBreak (www.filmbreak.com), which is applying the world of social networking, media, and the Internet to help film-makers gain access to the analytics and insights they need to better market their films.

You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind

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They got us to fill out the details of where we worked in the past and the network effect compels us to keep it updated. The second obvious value drive is that it was one of our first true “social graphs.&# This article first appeared on TechCrunch.

Interview with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, PromoJam

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What's the best way to get the word out about your brand on social media? We spoke with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton , the brother and sister team behind PromoJam, to hear more about the company's platform. Matt MacNaughton: Our mantra, is to reach social media users everywhere.

Kaleio Integrates National and International Job Listings via Indeed.com | Founder Interview Jim Riley

Tech Zulu Event

Industry-specific networking site Kaleio , has partnered with Indeed.com to include both national and international job listings within the Kaleio Marketplace in a move that is expected to make it a one-stop professional networking and business tool for students and the non-executive workforce.

Twiistup 6 Highlights

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I believe that Twiistup is now a platform from which to grow and highlight what is uniquely LA. Jason’s cutting wit and insightful commentary made for entertaining listening on topics ranging from the Microsoft / Yahoo! ExpenseBay Wins Showoff. Twiistup 6 has come to an end.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

SoCal Delicious

Team Rubicon unites the unique skills America’s returning veterans offer with the expertise of medical professionals; all while interactively engaging donors through social media. Lisa and her team create media projects designed to move the social progress agenda forward. Social Media.

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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It’s not uncommon for incredibly smart and talented Phd’s or CS majors from Stanford to raise $10 million on an early-stage “platform&# that if it succeeds it will be huge. Los Angeles. People either love it our hate it. All the stereotypes and caricatures are overblown.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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dealing with how digital or analog signals are actually transmitted for point A to point B), the network layer in the middle that deals with routing packets of information, to the presentation and application layer at the top end. I see the same again with the entertainment industry.

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BeLinked: How Professional Networking Can Improve Your Dating Life

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Max Fischer: BeLinked, formerly LinkedUp, is the first, mobile dating app that has the popular swipe left, swipe right feature, but which is based on the LinkedIn platform and LinkedIn API. Max Fischer: There definitely is the idea that LinkedIn is a professional networking site.

Solaborate: Professional Connections | Founder Interview Labinot Bytyqi

Tech Zulu Event

Solaborate is a blend of great social network platforms, by taking in all the greatest bits and putting it all into one. Consumers all have access to social networks, but the business-side has never really caught on. Each task has a different platform being used.

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