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Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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They thought it was like MySpace and why did I need a MySpace page? Here’s the thing: If you never try new product and new networks you’ll never learn anything. In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange.

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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We want to provide our audience with not only amazing presenting startups/newly released products (submissions still open Apply Here ) but also outstanding people that can help you grow as an entrepreneur and lead a successful business. 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.

Myspace Sets Entertainment Head

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Myspace said that Mincheff will help lead internal production and entertainment efforts, developing original programming and content for the site. myspace entertainment music specificmedia specific media executive

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

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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. Mike Jones: I look for genuinely positive and happy people, who are personally connected to the problem they are going after, and who are willing to surround themselves with great people, and�at their core�are all about selling their vision, ideas, and products.

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 myspace personalization venture capital

LA Tech Success | SGN to Assemble ‘All Star Team’

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SGN, is doing so well in fact that they have begun one of the largest hiring sprees I’ve seen in years with current openings spanning design, production, product management, and more.

Cocodot Shifts Into Jewelry, Gifts

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Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations startup headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has made a subtle shift into the e-commerce sector in recent days, adding jewelry, chocolates, gifts, and more to the site. cocodot commerce ecommerce gifts invitations cards myspace

What Mattered in 2010: Mike Jones, Myspace

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Today, we're sharing the thoughts of Mike Jones , CEO of Myspace. The biggest news was a complete, new launch of a new product, strategy and brand. The third one, of course, is Myspace! mike jones myspace year thoughts 2010 2011 newyear

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms

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In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc. They love branding, and have built a brand with provides an aspirational lifestyle through their products.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded and sold numerous businesses, including agency PBJ Digital, application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media and Myspace. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace.

MindJolt Names Mobile Development Head

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Los Angeles-based MindJolt , the social gaming firm headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, announced this morning that it has hired Ulf Waschbusch as head of its internal social mobile game development. mindjolt social gaming myspace chris dewolfe executive videogame content

MySpace, Citysearch To Launch Local Site

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Los Angeles-based MySpace and West Hollywood-based CitySearch announced this morning that the two have launched a beta of a new local search site, MySpace Local, which will allow users to review, rate, and share information about small businesses. According to the firms, Coors and Outback Steakhouse are the brand sponsors for the new site, which leverages Citysearch's database of businesses and MySpace's social networking site.

MySpace Execs Leave To New Firm

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Los Angeles-based MySpace is reportedly losing three of its executives to a new startup, according to reports from a number of sources. Amit Kapur, the firm's Chief Operating Officer; Jim Benedetto, SVP of Engineering; and Steve Pearman, SVP of Product Strategy are all involved in the new venture. A widely leaked memo from MySpace's Chris Dewolfe said that Kapur, Benedetto, and Pearman will remain at the firm "for the next few weeks" to ensure a smooth transition.

MySpace Launches Developer Services Program

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace is further ramping up its efforts to attract developers, saying this afternoon that it has announced a new Developer Services program. MySpace said it has named Manu Rekhi as General Manager of MySpace Games and Developer Program as part of the effort.

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team

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News Corporation said a few minutes ago that it has added two new executives at MySpace , and is tapping Tsavo Media's Michael Jones as Chief Operating Officer and Sling Media's Jason Hirschhorn as Chief Product Officer. The two new appointments follow the recently appointment of Owen Van Natta as CEO at MySpace. Tags: hirschhorn jason media sling userplane jones michael tsavo executive myspace

How to Save MySpace

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I wouldn’t bet against MySpace. I know many of their founders and early employees, and one of the co-founders of Intermix (the parent company of MySpace) is an investor. MySpace has lost the battle as the “place for friends”. The following are my 7 Ways on How to Save MySpace.

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

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www.science-inc.com), headed by Mike Jones , the former CEO of Myspace. Mike Jones: Coming out of Myspace, I looked at both operational roles and joining a venture fund. You just left MySpace--when did you decide to start Science? There will also be lots of mobile products.

Ashton Kutcher's Blah Girls Get Distribution Deal With MySpace

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace , and Katalyst Media, the content production firm co-founded by Ashton Kutcher, said Thursday that MySpace will promote and syndicate the second season of Katalyst's "Blah Girls" title. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Blah Girls is an animated comedy based on popular culture and a trio of gossipping teens. The video content will be featured on MySpaceTV. READ MORE

Wittlebee Launches, Headed by Sean Pervical, Backed by Science

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Sean Percival, best known for founding Los Angeles tech blog lalawag, in addition to his work as an executive at MySpace, has booted up a new effort--Santa Monica-based Wittlebee , a new, online subscription service for baby supplies. the digital business incubator/studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones. Wittlebee offers up subscription packages that delivers basics like onesies, t-shirts, socks, leggings and other products to parents, starting at $39.99

Your Little Black Book | Mobile App

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” Jonathan’s passion for building great consumer products at MySpace and most recently for eHarmony can be seen in the Little Black Book. Entrepreneurship Social Media Social News Startup little black book mobile app myspace

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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Former CEO of Myspace. Most recently Mike Jones served as the CEO of Myspace. Amanda Coolong has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and influencers at every major industry conference, and is an active beta tester for many of the products she encounters.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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Carter was a co-founder/partner at Amplify.LA, and also was founder of Vertical Technologies, Thoughtstar, and S5 Wireless'' Hurff was formerly the EVP of Engineering at MySpace, and also was an EIR at Science Inc. We created a product that would allow you to print barcodes.

FloQast Finds $6.5M For Accounting Software

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The company said the new funding will go towards product development and sales and marketing. Whitmire was previously at Cornerstone OnDemand; Zandstra worked at MySpace and OneScreen; and Sluty was at Rothstein Kass. Los Angeles-based FloQast , a new software startup developing month-end closing software for accountants, has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding, the company said today.

Here’s What President of textPlus @Nanea Reeves Has to Say on Leadership, Mgmt, Women in Tech

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Nanea help leadership roles at EA (SVP, COO Global Online), Gaikai (Chief Product Officer, Chief Strategy Officer), JAMDAT (SVP), Machinma (COO) and currently textPlus (President & COO – including leading engineering and product).

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Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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businesses and points of interests; products; and much more, plus an extensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to. Gravity--headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--developer software which presents, in real time, personalized web pages.

Specific Media Ties With Advertising Analytics Firm

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Irvine-basd Specific Media , the online advertising network which also owns MySpace, said Monday that it has tied with Nielsen Catalina Solutions , which measures advertising performance. The firms said they have launched a new product called Shopper Access, which is aimed at reaching shoppers in the consumer packaged goods category via display and video ads.

Interview with Michael Witz, Mob Science

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Michael Witz: For us to be successful, the game has to be innovative, and it has to have really high production values. Michael Witz: I originally wanted to do a game on MySpace, so we started developing a game for MySpace.

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Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been complete without our fireside chat with Mike Jones , serial entrepreneur and former CEO of MySpace. Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been complete without our fireside chat with Mike Jones , serial entrepreneur and former CEO of MySpace. Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

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Andy Wen was the CTO of Christianity.com, and the CTO of early online education firm VCampus, and he also ran the product and web security for eTrade, as well as started a company called Lighthound deals, like a Groupon. Tony Adam is an advisor, he was formerly at MySpace.

Ted Dhanik | Engage:BDR, LA Tech & the Marketing Scene

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I moved in marketing for NextTag and I was part of the team that launched consumer lending products. I became friends with Tom Anderson and I jumped onto MySpace when it first launched. After MySpace was acquired by Fox, I learned that there was a huge market for ad inventory.

Interview with Brian Norgard, Namesake

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Norgard is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded NewRoo (acquired by Fox Interactive Media/MySpace) and co-founding Twitter advertising startup Ad.ly. Brian Norgard: It comes form a DNA that I want to create product experience that wows people.

Jessica Simpson's BeautyMint Set To Launch Next Week

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The site--which is focusing on skincare products endorsed and developed by Simpson--is the latest in a string of celebrity-focused e-commerce businesses being launched by BeachMint, the latest startup of MySpace vet Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin.

Interview with Artin Nazarian, MySocialNightLife

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I connected those two about three years ago--back when MySpace was actually MySpace, and Facebook was Facebook. I was looking at a crowd at a club, and I noticed how the clubs were using MySpace's personal profiles as venue profiles.

Biz2Beach To Stream Live Here On TechZulu

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and most recently Myspace, where he ran an online marketing team focused on SEO, social media, and paid traffic acquisition. His firm works to infuse projects with the management, social and production assistance needed to break away from the pack.

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Specific Media Snags Two From Fox Audience Network

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Irvine-based Internet advertising network operator Specific Media is continuing to bolster its executive staff, saying today that it has named Fabrizio Blanco as its Chief Technology Officer, and Jason Knapp as Executive Vice President of Product. Fox Audience Network was the internet ad network side of Fox, and in particular its MySpace property. specific media audience network myspace

Interview with Heather Lipner, Uncovet

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the startup studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, launched. Uncovet (www.uncovet.com), headed by Heather Lipner , said it would help consumers discover the most sought-after items from up-and-coming designers, vintage finds from select high-profile brands and home products.

Dollar Shave Club Gets $1M To Disrupt The Razor Industry

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the business incubator and studio headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones, offers up a online, subscription service which delivers high quality razors to customers on a monthly basis. Dubin told socalTECH that the new startup is aimed at reducing the hugely expensive cost of brand name razor blades, and will supply both men and women with its products. Michael Dubin has just one goal with his new startup: to totally disrupt the razor blade industry.

Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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He defines this as new products that are dramatically cheaper, lower quality, lower margin but larger markets. MapQuest was (and is) a much shittier product than Google Maps yet people used it for years.

How Classy Is Helping Nonprofits To Attract and Retain Supporters

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We talked with Schott Chisolm , CEO and co-founder of the software company, to hear about how the company came out of all three, and resulted in what is now a widely used software product that charities are helping to reach Millennials and others.

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