Oracle Founder Larry Ellison's Latest Investment: Malibu Real Estate

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The LA Times said this weekend that Ellison has spent an estimated $200M to $250M acquiring at least nine properties in Malibu. oracle larry ellison malibu real estate realestate silicon valley mogul In the latest Silicon-Valley-tech-mogul-buys-into-SoCal story, it looks like Oracle founder Larry Ellison has been making some big investments in Southern California--in the real estate area.

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D&B Credibility Builds Executive Powerhouse in Malibu

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On a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Internet veteran Jeff Stibel has quietly been assembling a powerhouse team of executives, gathered from his experience building companies like Web.com and United Online. The company has since doubled its worldwide staff to more than 500, and grown its Malibu headquarters by five times. bradstreet dandb credibility corp credit employment jobs expansion malibu

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New App Promises to Unlock Hidden Public Beaches in Malibu

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Malibu beaches are famous for stunning views, dolphins playing, great surf and quiet sunbathing spots nestled among some of the most expensive homes in America. The new Malibu Beaches app being developed via crowdfunding on Kickstarter aims to bring you intel on how to claim your rightful place on the beach of the rich and famous. The deal is in an effort to keep out the riff raff ­— you and I ­— the Malibu community has deployed many subversive tactics to scare away the public.

Homebound Gets $35M More For Home Rebuilding

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Homebound , a startup which rebuilds homes after disasters--and which has offices in Malibu--has raised $35M in a Series B funding, the company disclosed this week, bringing its total raised to $53M. The startup--which is split between Santa Rosa, California and Malibu, California--said the Series B was led by Los Angeles-based Fifth Wall Ventures, and also included Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, and Thrive Capital.

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Spot Runner Ties With CoreMedia Systems

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Los Angeles-based Spot Runner , a developer of Internet advertising technology and services, announced this morning that it has integrated its Malibu Media Platform with CoreMedia Systems product, CoreDirect. According to the two companies, the move will allow users to optimize the effectiveness of their campaigns in the Malibu Media Platform. Spot Runner's Malibu platform allows media buyers and sellers to buy and sell their advertising online.

Newest Tech Mogul in Town: Microsoft's Paul Allen

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The report says that Allen has purchased beachfront property in Malibu, which was listed at $29.5M. It's unclear--and perhaps highly unlikely--that Allen, who also owns the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks, intends to have anything to do with the local technology industry, as Malibu is known for many a vacation home of a jet set technology executive from out of the area. Tags: microsoft paul allen realestate malibu technology

Amazon's Bezos Spends $165M For Beverly Hills Mansion

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Other tech notables with homes in Beverly Hills include Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) and Markus Persson (Minecraft); over in Malibu, tech mogul Larry Ellison owns a significant amount of property , having apparently invested over $250M in properties in Malibu since 2002. In the latest move by a tech billionaire into the neighborhood, Jeff Bezos , the founder of Amazon , has paid a record $165M for a mansion in Beverly Hills.

Yahoo Taps Pepperdine Prof As Chief Product Officer

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Online search portal Yahoo said yesterday that it has named Blake Irving , most recently a professor at the Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu, as its Chief Product Officer, heading up the company's product strategy and direction. Irving, who had been a professor at Pepperdine since January of 2009, was teaching classes at Pepperdine's full time MBA program in Malibu.

Snapchat Rolls Out Geofiltering Feature

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The feature--which includes highlights of locations in Los Angeles like Disneyland, Malibu, Santa Monica, LACMA, and elsewhere--features snaps that change depending on what neighborhood you are current at. Los Angeles-based Snapchat said this morning that it has rolled out a new feature called geofiltering, which highlights snaps taken in special locations.

CurtCo, Founded By Former Robb Report Owner, Launches Podcasting Venture

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Malibu-based CurtCo a new startup founded by a veteran of the magazine business, is taking on the podcasting market, and has launched what it says is a new "podcast platform". The startup, led by William (Bill) Curtis, says it has launched six original series, and will be introducing several more focused on such areas as politics, medicine, Hollywood filmmakers, luxury cars, wines as well as engaging scripted narratives and comedies.

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Blake Irving, Yahoo!

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Irving most recently was a professor at Pepperdine Universitys Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu, California. Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- Blake Irving, EVP and CPO, Yahoo! Pepperdine Dean's Executive Leadership Series. Blake Irving is executive vice president and chief product officer at Yahoo! Previously, he served as corporate vice president of the Windows Live Platform group at Microsoft. See [link] (more

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GM Car Sharing Program, Maven, Launches In Downtown LA

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According to GM, it will offer up Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe and Volt, GMC Acadia and Yukon, and luxury Cadillacs such as the ATS, CTS, CT6, XT5 and Escalade in the program, which lets people rent cars starting at $8 an hour. Maven , the car sharing program run by General Motors (GM), has made its first expansion into Los Angeles, the company said this week.

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Beats Music Inks Deal With Chevy

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The two announced at SXSW over the weekend that Beats Music will show up as an app in Chevy Corvette, Impala, Malibu, Volt and other 2015 models which has OnStar 4G LTE capabilities. Los Angeles-based streaming music service Beats Music has extended out its reach, and will show up on Chevy models, via a deal with General Motors.

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JAKKS Pacific, Microsoft Team On Halo Toys, Costumes

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Malibu-based JAKKS Pacific undoubtedly will have a costume featuring the iconic Halo character, after a deal between JAKKS and Microsoft this morning, covering both costumes an "large scale" action figures. Thinking of dressing up as Master Chief next Halloween? Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however, the two said that the grants JAKKS worldwide rights to produce large-scale action figures based on Halo, including the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians title.

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SpotRunner Shifts Local Ad Efforts To Yodle

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According to the firms, Spot Runner said it is shifting the local advertising operations to Yodle to focus on its Malibu Media Platform. Spot Runner's Malibu Media Platform automates buying and selling TV and video advertising. Los Angeles-based Spot Runner announced today that the firm has partnered with Yodle, an online advertising network, where Yodle will handle local online advertising services for Spot Runner's clients.

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Pepperdine University, 2U In Online MBA Agrrement

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Malibu-based Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School and online education provider 2U , which has one of its major offices in Los Angeles, said last week that the two companies are in a expanded partnership. According to the two, 2U will power Pepperdine's existing online MBA degree, starting in January of 2020. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, 2U will support Pepperdine in development, launch, and management of the degree.

NexSteppe Raises $14M For Biofuels Tech

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Malibu-based NexSteppe , a firm developing renewable feedstocks for the biofuel industry, announced today that it has raised $14M in a Series B round of funding. The funding was led by Braemer Energy Ventures, along with CYM Ventures and Zygote Ventures. As part of the funding, the company said that Dennis Costello of Bramer has joined its board. NexSteppe was founded and is headed by Anna Rath. Rath was previously at VP at Ceres. READ MORE>>.

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Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Backs Startup America Effort

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Malibu-based Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. , set up shop in Malibu last year, after private equity firm Great Hill Capital partnered with Stibel to buy D&B's credit rating unit. the business credit and services firm headed by Internet vet Jeffrey Stibel, said Thursday that it is backing the Startup America Partnership , an effort to accelerate entrepreneurship and grow new jobs in the U.S.

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Dun & Bradstreet, Pepperdine Link on Entrepreneurship Effort

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The collaboration includes paid internships at Dun & Bradstreet's corporate headquarters in Malibu, specialized executive education, and more, and will see Dun & Bradstreet executives serving as guest lecturers at Pepperdine. Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet said this morning that they are launching a new partnership to bolster entrepreneurship and the emerging business community.

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Kickstarted Launches Site For Successfully Crowdsourced Projects

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The site was founded by Candice Georgiadis, a jewelry designer based in Malibu. Kickstarted , a new online community focused on successfully crowdfunded projects, launched today, in an effort to connect the organizers of crowdfunded projects from such sites as IndieGogo, Kickstarter, and other projects with customers.

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Wildfire Losses In California To Cost $400 Billion, Says Report

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AccuWeather did not say if it is only including the impact from the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California and the Woolsey Fire, which hit Calabasas, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Malibu, and surrounding areas, or if it tallied up losses for what have been many large wildfires in California this year. The devastating string of wildfires in California in 2018 will cause a total economic loss of $400 billion, according to numbers calculated by weather forecasting company AccuWeather.

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Dun & Bradstreet Opens Business Credit Data For July After Brexit

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D&B's online business credit business--which is run out of Malibu by technology veteran Jeff Stibel said it will give free access to up to $5,000 in business credit reports in the U.S., Los Angeles-based Dun & Bradstreet said today that it is making its business credit reports available at no cost, as a result of the big Brexit vote in Britain to exit the European Union.

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Codesmith Raised $1.1 Million Funding Round Lead by Test Prep CEO

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And one well-known coding bootcamp has made an effort to focus on engineering thanks to a huge investment from a Malibu CEO. Coding bootcamps have proven to the cure for a workforce that isn’t qualified to handle the complicated technologies that rule the business world today. They are relatively short, they are taught by experts, and they provide an avenue to employment after graduation.

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Tastemade, Jaunt Tap Ryan Seacrest, Conan O'Brien For Tour Through LA

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According to the two, A Perfect Day in Los Angeles is a virtual reality travel experience which takes viewers through a tour of LA's most iconic sites (Stan's Donuts, Universal Studios Hollywood, The Rock Pool at Malibu Creek State Park, etc.)

MalibuIQ, HRL Team On Commercialization Effort

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Malibu-based MalibuIQ and HRL Laboratories , the former research and development arm of Hughes Aircraft which was previously known as Hughes Research Laboratories, said Tuesday that they have tied together to commercialize inventions and IP from HRL. MalibuIQ is co-located at HRL's hillside campus, which overlooks the city of Malibu.

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Elon Musk Settles In With New, Bel-Air Mansion

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Other tech moguls with homes here include Larry Ellison ( purchased a Malibu estate for $34.9M It looks like Elon Musk , the tech mogul behind Hawthorne-based SpaceX , is settling further into Los Angeles, and has purchased a $17M mansion in Bel Air. The buy was first report by the LA Times. Musk--who has been splitting his time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley--is also head of electric car company Tesla Motors, and solar leasing firm SolarCity.

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JAKKS Pacific Launches Xbox 360 Kinect Accessory

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Malibu-based toy manufacturer JAKKS Pacific said this morning that it is launching a line of plush toys that interact with the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360. According to JAKKS Pacific, it is in a licensing agreement with Microsoft to manufacture interactive plush toys that interact with the Kinectimals video game for Kinect. The first two toys in th eline will be King Cheetah and Maltese Tiger, which will sell for $59.99 at select game retailers.

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UNITE Unconference

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You're invited to an 'Unconference' moderated by proven pros, at a world class digital media venue in Malibu. Tuesday, November 18, 2008 -- UNITE Unconference. Like BarCamp and other MashUp events, UNITE was created to do-away with long, drawn out powerpoint presentations to create a space where people take part in discussion groups focused on the topics that are important to them. See [link] (more

Zillow CEO Buys House In LA

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It's unclear how Rascoff's presence in the city might or might not benefit the local tech community, as Los Angeles is a popular location for homes for jet-setting technology executives and entrepreneurs, including Oracle founder Larry Ellison (Malibu), Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson (Beverly Hills), and Google chairman Eric Schmidt (also Beverly Hills)--none of whom have had much interaction with the local tech community since their home purchases.

JAKKS Pacific, NantWorks In Toy Joint Venture

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Los Angeles-based NantWorks , the technology incubation and investment firm run by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Malibu-based toy firm JAKKS Pacific announced this morning that the two are in a join venture to create anew company, DreamPlay Toys.

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EventUp Hits Eight Locations, Plans Further Expansion

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EventUp's selection of properties covers a wide range of venues, and has been known for such locations as Malibu beach homes, art galleries, and many other locations outside of the ordinary, in addition to banquet halls and similar locations. EventUp , the online marketplace which helps people find and book unique venues for their events, has now expanded into eight markets, after recently adding Washington, D.C., to its list of cities.

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Spot Runner Launches Media Platform

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Los Angeles-based Spot Runner , a developer of services which help advertisers buy TV advertising, announced today that it has launched its Malibu Media Platform, which the firm says will help improve the process of buying and selling television advertising.

NantWorks, JAKKS Pacific Tie On Interactive Toy Venture

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Los Angeles-based technology thinktank NantWorks , which is owned by Los Angeles billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Malibu toy manufacturer JAKKS Pacific have signed a letter of intent to create a new joint venture around next generation, interactive toys, the two said this morning.

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Google Executive Chairman Buys House In LA, Says Report

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Elon Musk--who splits his time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley-- recently expanded his own mansion in Bel Air; Oracle founder Larry Ellison owns extensive real estate in Malibu; the Winklevoss twins bought a mansion a few years back in the Hollywood hills, and there are countless other Silicon Valley moguls with less obvious second homes in the area.

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IPO Slowdown? Not For This Market: Santa Barbara

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in Malibu for $350M, as well as an IPO of Match Group , the parent firm of Tinder. Amid hand wringing about an IPO slowdown in 2015, there's one shining region which had a banner IPO and acquisition year last year: Santa Barbara. The city and surrounding region, which has been a long time technology hub, had a huge IPO and exit year, according to an analysis conducted by socaltech. There were five exits north of $100.0M along the Central Coast, including three IPOs.

The Getty, LACMA Link With Google Art Project

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Paul Getty Museum, or drive up to Malibu to visit the Getty Villa? Don't have time to ride up the hill to the J. Not planning to hit the Miracle Mile anytime soon to see LACMA? Well, techies can just jump over to the Google Art Project today and browse the collections for the two museums online. According to the the J.

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eHarmony Gets A Makeover

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The Santa Monica-based company said that it has launched a next generation site, which it had codenamed "Malibu", to drive new growth and new members for the service. Online dating and matchmaking asite eHarmony is looking to update the company''s image, and has gotten a makeover--looking to prove that it''s still in the dating game.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Ramps Outreach To Small Businesses

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the provider of business credit information which was acquired last year in a private equity deal, and shifted to Malibu, looks to be ramping its outreach to small businesses. Los Angeles-based Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. , The firm--previously a staid, hundreds year old company which had been plodding along as a nondescript credit rating service for business-to-businss finance types--said Monday that it has launched a new "small business starter" kit for its services.

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Spot Runner Names GM

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Los Angeles-based Spot Runner , which operates an online service to help businesses buy and sell TV and video advertising, said late Friday that it has promoted Gus Warren to General Manager of the firm's Malibu Media Platform unit. Warren has been VP of Media Partner Sales and Development for the last three years. Before Spot Runner, Warren was at Time Warner Investments Group, and has also served at Granite Ventures, NetMarket, and Internet Profiles. READ MORE>>.

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How You Can Catch A Glimpse Of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Today

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According to NASA, the Space Shuttle will be passing over such regional landmarks as the California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Disneyland, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice Beach.

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Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

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You literally feel like you’re perching over the most beautiful beaches in the world and you see all the way up the coastline from Ranchos Palos Verdes in the south to Malibu in the North. I’m often asked about the differences between being at a VC and being an entrepreneur and whether I prefer one or the other. The biggest difference I cite is that Venture Capital often feels like an “individual sport” while startups are a “team sport.”