Mahalo Chops Headcount, Says Report


Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the online human-curated news and search site headed by Jason Calacanis, has cut 10 percent of its staff, according to reports. Citing an email sent to Mahalo's "Guides", who develop content for Mahalo, the report said that, so far, the Google changes have led to a "significant dip" in traffic and revenues. The move also includes a suspension of Mahalo's Guides program, which solicited content from freelancers.

Calacanis Drops TechCrunch50 Lawsuit


Jason Calacanis , the CEO of Santa Monica-based , and organizer of the recent Launch conference, has dropped his lawsuit against TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington , according to Arrington himself in a news story.

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Mahalo Revamps Site


Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the high profile "human-powered search engine" run by Jason Calacanis, rolled out a new, revamped site late Tuesday evening, offering to split advertising revenues with users who help to create pages on the site. Mahalo will allow users to claim and build pages for any topic on the site, supplementing the firm's use of employees and contractors to create pages. Mahalo has received funding from Sequoia Capital, Elon Musk, and News Corp.,

Calacanis Launches News Aggregation Service


Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup led by tech celebrity Jason Calacanis, apparently is shifting its focus to a new effort called , focused on mobile news. According to Calacanis, will offer up curation of news via a mobile app, aimed at highlighting the top news stories for users and summarizing the key facts of those stories. mahalo service aggregation news calacanis jason

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content


In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it introduced last year. New channels listed in the preview of YouTUbe's new content effort include channels developed by My Damn Channel, EQAL, Big Frame, Katalyst, Mahalo, Demand Media, Maker Studios, DECA, and many others.

Lalawag, LA's Technology Gossip Blog, Shuts Site


Sean is currently VP of Online Marketing at MySpace, which he joined at the beginning of the year, and had previously been at Tsavo Media and Mahalo. Tags: angeles news blog gossip percival sean laurie lalawag

Wittlebee's Percival Surfaces At Topix


Sean Percival , the founder of Wittlebee and former MySpace, Tsavo Media, Docstoc, and Mahalo executive, has surfaced at hyperlocal news site Topix as VP of Marketing.

Startup Challenges and Failures

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There’s also a good post from last week by Jason Calcanis of Mahalo, What to do if your Startup is About to Fail. Although Jason’s been in the news this week for not fully vetting a prospective employee and accidentally hiring a felon, don’t discount the worthiness of his advice. By now everyone has seen the infamous Sequoia presentation, R.I.P. Good Times.

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Demand Media / Richard Rosenblatt / Los Angeles - Rosenblatt's last big win: MySpace, where he was Chairman, brokering its sale to News Corp. Mahalo / Jason Calacanis - Calacanis, often known better in Silicon Valley than Southern California, had his last success in Weblogs, Inc.,

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In July 2005 News Corporation bought MySpace parent company eUniverse for $580 M, of which approximately $327 M was the valuation of MySpace. Jason Calacanis – Mahalo Jason Calacanis was CEO and co-founder of Weblogs, Inc.,

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We are also home to DemandMedia (Richard Rosenblatt) and Mahalo (Jason Calacanis). He started off the session of breaking news of the most important product announcement of his life to date – the pregnancy of his wife with his baby daughter. ExpenseBay Wins Showoff.

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Get users immediately into valuable content that engages them in the site: featured video, music, news; video, popular trending items in my network. Local News Online & More Valuable User Generated Content. I wouldn’t bet against MySpace.