Mahalo Cuts 25 Percent

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the online content and information site run by Jason Calacanis, has laid off 25 percent of its employees, according to a report today. mahalo jobs employment layoff jason calacanisAllThingsD, which confirmed the cuts with President Jason Rapp, said the move is part of a shift to product online videos. READ MORE>>.

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

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Remember Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital? Mahalo had initially focused on creating a human-curated search engine, but had seen some stumbles after major Google algorithm changes last year which caused a dropoff in the firm's search engine traffic. mahalo educational content mobile apps smartphone jason calacanis

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Mahalo Chops Headcount, Says Report

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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: Yahoo Should Buy Mahalo For $150M

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How much is Santa Monica-based Mahalo worth? In a list of 10 acquisitions he suggested Yahoo make "on day one", Calacanis--not one to shy from self promotion--said that Yahoo could acquire Mahalo for $75M to $150M, with a chance of closing a deal at greater than 50%. mahalo merger acquisition yahoo content learning videoAccording to Jason Calacanis , in a blog post, $75M to $150M.

Mahalo's New Name, Pivot: Inside.com?

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Is Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup headed by Jason Calacanis, just about to reveal a new pivot and new corporate name? mahalo jason calacanis inside smartphone content videos ebook pivotAccording to a story from TechCrunch this morning, yes.

Mahalo Revamps Site

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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.,

Mahalo Cuts Staff

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the search and news site run by Jason Calacanis, has cut 10 percent of the firm's staff, Calacanis said in a post on his blog Wednesday. Mahalo is venture backed by Burda Digital Ventures, CBS, News Corp., Calacanis said that the moves were due to a "challenging economic environment." According to Calacanis, the firm is "fairly certain" that advertising for the next two years will be "severely depressed."

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

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Docstoc, Ken Rutkowski of MeTAL, Mark Suster of Upfront, Jason Calacanis of Mahalo--but we had to pass them up, too, in favor of some of the new folks to the scene. Daryl Bernstein , RightSignature (Santa Barbara, software). Sam Friedman , ParkMe (Santa Monica, mobile apps).

Mahalo Revs Site Design, Home Page

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the online search site headed by Jason Calacanis, rolled out version 3.0 Among other changes, the site's home page now features a prominent "ask any question" box, links to Mahalo Answers and How To pages, as well as ways to search and browse topics on the site. Tags: mahalo search engine wikipedia online of the firm's web site. The new version of the site is looking to combine search, content, and Q&A.

Mahalo Takes On Questions and Answers

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the high profile startup headed by Jason Calacanis, has launched a new questions and answers site it is calling Mahalo Answers. Mahalo is a human powered search engine which uses a team of editors to cull the web for information on the most popular search topics. The new service is similar to offerings from Yahoo with its Yahoo Answers service, Los Angeles-based Sodahead , and Demand Media's Answerbag Q&A service.

Mahalo's Calacanis Offers $500K For Twitter Spot

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the human-powered search engine run by Jason Calacanis, is in the spotlight again, this time for putting a price on being a top Twitter user. According to Mahalo head Calacanis, he is offering the micro blogging service $500,000, to have Mahalo's new Answers service featured as a "suggested user" for three years. Tags: mahalo search calacanis jason twitter

LAUNCH Conference Prize Money Hits $151K

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Calacanis--who is the CEO of local startup Mahalo, and also host of This Week In Startups--has been promoting his LAUNCH conference since a widely publicized fallout with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington over their jointly produced TechCrunch50. Mahalo is based in Santa Monica.

Calacanis Launches News Aggregation Service Inside.com

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup led by tech celebrity Jason Calacanis, apparently is shifting its focus to a new effort called Inside.com , focused on mobile news. Inside.com is the latest pivot for Mahalo, the company which Calacanis originally started as a human-powered search engine, but which most recently had been focused on YouTube "how to" videos. inside.com mahalo service aggregation news calacanis jason

Calacanis Invests In DNS Provider Dyn

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Calacanis, who lives in Santa Monica where he runs Mahalo , apparently has invested in Dyn , which operates a managed DNS and email delivery service, used by such clients as Twitter, Zappos, CNBC and Pandora. calacanis jason venture capital mahalo managed iaas infrastructureAngel investor Jason Calacanis has made another angel investment and scored another board seat this morning -- this time, all the way out in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Calacanis Takes A Bite Of Ramen's Crowdfunding Site

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No, Jason Calacanis , the Santa Monica angel investor, and CEO and founder of Mahalo , isn''t bootstrapping a new company and reverting to the hungry''s entrepreneur diet. ramen software crowdfunding finance project development jason calacanis mahalo launch conference

Savings.com Taps Calacanis For Board

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Santa Monica-based online coupon site Savings.com has tapped Jason Calacanis, founder of Mahalo and Internet celebrity, for its board of directors, the firm said Thursday. Calacanis is CEO and founder of Mahalo, a human-powered search engine also based in Santa Monica; Calacanis had his big win at Weblogs, which was acquired by AOL. Tags: mahalo executive calacanis savings.com.

Science Snags Jason Rapp

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Santa Monica-based technology incubator and studio Science has added technology veteran Jason Rapp to its team. mahalo executive incubator accelerator science scienceinc Rapp was previously President and member of the board of Mahalo.com, the app and video content developer headed by Jason Calacanis. He also served at IAC Corporation, where he was CEO of Gifts.com and headed up mergers and acquisitions. Rapp also has served at the New York Times, along with other companies.

Calacanis Threatens To Sue Arrington Over TechCrunch Acquisition

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Jason Calacanis , the CEO of Santa Monica-based Mahalo.com, is threatening to sue TechCrunch , over TechCrunch's sale to AOL last month, claiming breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. Tags: jason calacanis arrington mahalo legal lawsuit techcrunch The legal letter and documents were posted by TechCrunch early this morning.

Tsavo Snags Percival From Docstoc

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the online media startup headed by former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said today that it has hired on Sean Percival as Director of Content at the firm. Percival was most recently at Docstoc, where he was Content Manager, and has also previously headed up social media and search engine marketing at Mahalo.

Calacanis: First Angels In New Angel Group

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Jason Calacanis , CEO of Santa Monica-based Internet search site Mahalo , has signed on several angels for his new angel group, the Open Angel Forum - Los Angeles. Tags: jason calacanis mahalo angel investment venture capital keiretsu forum openangel executive

Calacanis Expands Campaign Against Pitching Fees

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Jason Calacanis, the CEO of Santa Monica-based Mahalo , is continuing his crusade against angel groups and others who charge startups to pitch their groups, saying that he's now calling on groups to stop charging fees, and post what fees they were charging to entrepreneurs on their web sites. Tags: jason calacanis mahalo angel group keiretsu maverick angels

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

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There’s Santa Monica, Westside, Hollywood, Downtown LA, the Valley, and Pasadena. I may be biased, but it really feels like downtown Santa Monica is becoming the tech hub of LA. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Calacanis/Keiretsu Tiff Heats Up With Lawsuit

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A personal campaign by Santa Monica-based Mahalo.com 's CEO, Jason Calacanis, to put pressure on for-profit angel investment firms to stop charging entrepreneurs to pitch, has ramped up, as Calacanis said Tuesday that he has been informed that Keiretsu Forum is filing a lawsuit against him. Tags: jason calacanis angel investment mahalo venture capital finance

Startup Weekend LA | Recap February 2012

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This past SWLA (February 24-26) was like non other and the 5th event to take place at Coloft here in Santa Monica. Tyler Crowley, of Sqweal, Launch, ThisWeekInStartups, Open Angel Forum, and Mahalo, stopped by to give a quick coaching session on pitch prep.

A Conversation with Eric Ries

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In a very special Lean LA event, serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis from Mahalo and This Week in Startups will interview Eric Ries live on stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Thursday, September 15, 2011 -- A Conversation with Eric Ries. Los Angeles Lean Startup Circle. Eric not only created the term "Lean Startup", he has sparked a movement that is changing the way people think about startups.

Calacanis Splits With Arrington, Boots Up New Tech Conference

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Jason Calacanis , CEO of Santa Monica-based search site Mahalo , said Tuesday afternoon that he and TechCrunch's Michael Arrington have parted ways, and will no longer be running the TechCrunch50 conference. According to Calacanis, in a letter to his private email distribution list, he is starting a new conference called the Launch Conference.

Open Angel Forum Expands To Seattle

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The Open Angel Forum , the angel investment group started by Jason Calacanis , the CEO of Santa Monica-based Mahalo , is expanding into Seattle with a new event in November.

Calacanis Backs Mobile Social Networking Service

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Jason Calacanis , the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based Mahalo , is one of the angel investors in a mobile social networking service, Gowalla , the company said today. According to Gowalla, Calacanis invested along with angels Ron Conway, Kevin Rose, Gary Varynerchuck, Shervin Pishevar and Chris Sacca, and venture firms Greylock Partners, Shasta Ventures, Maples Investments, Alsop-Louie Partners, and Founders Fund in a $8.4M Series B funding for the firm.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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When I drill down on that term, you can see why with posts like: Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Lops A Third Of Company THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office Citrix Cuts 10 Percent; Santa Barbara Hit And it's also interesting to see what geographies are being associated with "Layoffs" more often than others: Layoffs Woodland Hills Layoffs San Diego Layoffs Santa Monica Layoffs Los Angeles I guess this is a sign of the times.

Tech Cocktail

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They also have a growing tech culture in Los Angeles and its adjacent cites like Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills as companies like Demand Media, MySpace and more recently Hulu, Mahalo, Callfire, DocStoc and BetterWorks have staked claim to the area. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 -- Tech Cocktail. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States.

ShopNation Raises $800K, Launches Fashion Discovery Site

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Santa Monica-based ShopNation has raised $800,000 in a seed funding, and launched a new fashion discovery site today. The firm said its team comes from LowerMyBills.com, Mahalo, and HUGE. The firm, co-founded by Travis Schneider and Luke Kervin, said it aggregates and normalizes product data from fashion retailers, and allows users to find fashion products from their favorite stores.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. 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 content comes from other places. This is mostly from bloggers, but also from pages being included by members.

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs with Jason Calacanis - Startups Uncensored #12

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We are joined this month by Jason Calacanis the CEO of Mahalo , co-founder of Weblogs Inc and publisher of Sillcon Alley Reporter. The event is free and is followed by a reception and mixer at the Docstoc Offices in Santa Monica by the 3rd Street Promenade.