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Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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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. But lets face it, when you think of Los Angeles, Internet startups are not the first things that spring to mind.

Myspace Hails Growth In Users

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Los Angeles-based Myspace said today that it has seen its user base, with 36 million people now using the website after the site''s big revamp in June. Myspace also detailed some of the demographics of its user base, saying that 70 percent of its users are 35 and younger.

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MySpace Chops 47 Percent

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Amid rumors for weeks that Los Angeles-based MySpace has been planning massive layoffs, the firm said today that it is cutting 47 percent of its staff globally, or roughly 400 employees. MySpace has been undergoing major structural changes over the past few years, as the firm's core social networking business shifted to competitor Facebook. myspace layoff jobs employment social networking content entertainment

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

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Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. Myspace said it has automatically upgraded profiles from the classic Myspace to the new platform.

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. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. In this role, Mike oversaw global business strategy and operations for Myspace, Myspace Music, and Myspace Mobile, which included board and strategic roles with Myspace China and Myspace Japan. Demeter Interactive is a digital marketing and communications firm based in Los Angeles, California.

MySpace's Anderson Among Worst-Dressed Tech Moguls, Says GQ

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A new article published today in GQ magazine identifies Tom Anderson , the Los Angeles resident and former co-founder of MySpace , as among the 15 worst dressed men of Silicon Valley. fashion anderson myspaceThe article--which also ragged on such tech notables as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg--said that Anderson is a "a victim of over-layering", particularly for his penchant for wearing a "T-shirt, hoodie and blazer all at once.".

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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The Interaction of Our Lives | QR Codes and Augmented Reality

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There’s a good possibility there was a QR code on it offering you free tracks from the band’s MySpace page. For mother’s day, Daqri partnered with the premier bakery company Goldilocks of Los Angeles to launch the Magical Augmented Reality Cakes.

RocketFrog Launches With $2M, MySpace's Anderson

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Los Angeles-based RocketFrog , a new startup developing casino games on Facebook, launched Tuesday, saying that it has raised $2M in angel funding, and also added MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson as an advisor. rocketfrog venture capital gambling casino blackjack games videogame facebook social anderson myspace

Los Angeles Technology Connector – Kurt Daradics

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Kurt Daradics ( Facebook , @KurtyD , FriendFeed , MySpace , LinkedIn , Delicious ) (pronounced dare-a-dix) is a great guy to know. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to? Besides Tony Karrer for technology, who are some of your go to people in Los Angeles? He recently co-founded CitySourced and I think Ben Kuo nailed him when he describes him as "a connector.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The bottom line is that Los Angeles Tech is trying to help find and navigate that content.

Science Inc. Re-Ups On Wealthfront

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Los Angeles-based startup studio, incubator, and investor Science , which is led by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, is part of a new funding round for automated investment service Wealthfront , the company has confirmed. wealthfront venture capital rebalance index finance financial stock trading investing investment scienceinc mike jones myspace

Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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Mike Jones may be known for his most recent role as CEO of MySpace , but this Internet entrepreneur is no stranger to the startup world. Also find out when you can hear more from MySpace alumni Sean Percival and Tony Adam – two of the first entrepreneurs in residence at Science.

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).

Postcard on the Run Turns Mobile Snapshots Into Mail

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A new, Los Angeles startup, Postcard on the Run , started by MySpace veteran Josh Brooks, has launched today, allowing users to take a photo with any mobile device, and instantly send it as a real, printed postcard.

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. myspace accelerator incubate incubator acquisition merger exit investment financial investor dollarshave shave dollar google famebit michael science jones mike

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

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Santa Monica startup, Gravity --headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M Gravity said the new funds will help it expand its operations in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, as well as scale its publishing partners and deploy its platform.

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.

Pervical: Why MySpace Was A Spaghetti-Ball Mess

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Wonder why once dominant social networking site MySpace --once the poster child for the Los Angeles technology startup world failed under News Corp? Former MySpace VP Sean Percival says it was a "spaghetti-ball mess". The Guardian shares Pervical''s lessons drawn from his time at MySpace and talks about what went wrong. Percival--now in the Bay Area--also talks about MySpace''s failed attempt to purchase Spotify, and why bureaucracy killed MySpace.

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.

StyleMint Set For July 1st Launch

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StyleMint , the newest, celebrity e-commerce site being launched by Los Angeles-based BeachMint , is set to launch July 1st, according to details sent to supporters of the site. BeachMint, the startup headed by former MySpace co-founder Josh Berman, is launching StyleMint with celebrities Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. myspace beachmint marykate olsen kate mary ashley ecommerce fashion celebrity style stylemint

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Myspace In Sponsorship Deal With Chevrolet

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Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, and a new brand sponsor, the first since its redesign and relaunch over the last few months. Myspace said the new brand promotion includes original content and Chevrolet advertising across Specific Media's digital network.

MySpace's New iPhone App: Drawler

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Los Angeles-based MySpace has launched a new iPhone app, the site has announced. According to MySpace, its new 'Drawler' application allows iPhone users to draw, color, add stickers, art, and other decorations to mobile phone photos.

MySpace Launches Browser Toolbar

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Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that it has officially launched its new MySpace Toolbar, an add-on for Internet Explorer 6.0 which directly connects MySpace users to their accounts.

Altly Posts Anti-Facebook Manifesto, Gets Funding

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Los Angeles-based Altly , the latest startup of Dmitry Shapiro , the founder of Veoh and former CTo of MySpace Music, has officially thrown down the gauntlet, saying in a blog post this week that it there is a need for an alternative to Facebook--and the firm is going to create that alternative.

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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

MySpace Connects To TV

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Wednesday afternoon that the firm has launched a new offering which will allow users to link to the site while watching TV. Tags: yahoo intel myspace widget

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.

MySpace Syncs With Facebook

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Monday that it has added a new ability to synchronize MySpace updates with competitor Facebook. MySpace said its new Sync with Facebook synchronizes status updates, and also allows users to share their music, videos, links, and photos with friends on Facebook. Tags: myspace facebook sync synchronize update twitter

“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.

Anybeat Opens To Public Access

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Los Angeles-based Anybeat , the alternative social networking site created by former MySpace Music VP Dmitri Shapiro, has opened up broad, public access to the service. Anybeat is backed by a long list of angels and venture firms. anybeat social networking myspace linkedin facebook dmitri shapiro startup

MySpace Buys Threadbox

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has acquired Threadbox , a developer of email messaging software, according to Threadbox. According to Threadbox, it sold certain assets of the firm to MySpace, and key members of the firm's team have moved over to MySpace's team. According to Michael Cerda, the firm's co-founder and CEO, the team will be applying the firm's technology at MySpace.