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He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a JD from Southwestern University, and suffers from an addiction to cheeseburgers.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Further to the south are the legendary companies of Cisco, Apple, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, These days it’s Santa Monica and Venice. The costs of building a company have gone down dramatically, from $5 million to get to launch in the late 90’s to $500,000 (or even lower) today for web companies. Palo Alto is home to Stanford.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


which became Softbank Marketing, selling ads for Yahoo before Yahoo had its own salesforce. What is Bruce Brown: Exactly.

Beats Music Launches Streaming Music Service


Beats Music , the streaming music service which is being developed by Santa Monica-based Beats Electronics, officially launched this morning on the web and via an iPhone application. Beats Electronics is being run by Ian Rogers , the former head of Topspin Media and GM of Yahoo! The service, which costs $9.99 Music.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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I live in the city of Santa Monica. You don’t have the founders of eBay, LinkedIn, and Yahoo! Los Angeles.

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FlipGloss Ties With Variety


Santa Monica-based FlipGloss Media , a developer of visually driven, photo-centric web technology aimed at the fashion and news industry, announced today that it has launched a new web site for entertainment news provider Variety. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

DocStoc Links With New HP Printers


Santa Monica-based DocStoc , the online professional document sharing and marketplace startup headed by Jason Nazar, is one of the web services features on HP's new line of web-enabled printers. No other details on the new printer app from DocStoc were detailed by HP. READ MORE>>.

Demand Media Hires Ad Sales Head


Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired a new executive to head up the firm's advertising sales, the firm disclosed Tuesday. The firm said that Stewart will build a sales team to increase sales revenue of Demand's eHow,, Cracked,, and other web sites. READ MORE

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List


This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. 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.

Topspin Media's Gotcher Gets Emmy


Peter Gotcher , the Chairman and co-founder of Santa Monica-based music startup Topspin Media , has scored an Emmy award, for his work in co-founding firm Digidesign. Topspin, is run by Ian Rogers, the former GM of Yahoo Music, and is backed by Redpoint Ventures and The Foundry Group. The Philo T. READ MORE>>.

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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We had software executives from Google, Yahoo!, DataPop : DataPop was founded by performance marketing veterans from Yahoo!,

Interview Ian Rogers, TopSpin Media


Ian Rogers is the CEO of Topspin Media (, a venture backed, Santa Monica-based startup developing web applications for the music industry. Rogers is the former GM of Yahoo Music, and sat down with us to talk about the company and his view of the music business and where it is going. Thanks

Is it a Good Idea to Have Ads in Tweets?

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Web 1.0 was the “static&# web. Traditional media companies published their stories on the web. Web 2.0 In the

Guide to the LA Startup Community

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Ian Rogers – Topspin Media Ian Rogers was the GM of Yahoo Music before heading to Topspin Media in April 2008 as CEO. LowerMyBills, Inc.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Rumored to have turned down acquisition offers from Yahoo and Facebook. Analytics also extend to iPhone and web apps using Facebook Connect.