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He also designed the Farmville iPhone application (top iPhone app), and worked on corporate development deals including Microsoft, Yahoo, Zynga Japan, and Zynga corporate strategy. is a small company with fewer than 20 employees located in beautiful Santa Monica.

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. In fact, so many DID NOT that companies like Google & Yahoo!

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which became Softbank Marketing, selling ads for Yahoo before Yahoo had its own salesforce. I moved to the Santa Monica office of Microsoft Consulting Service. This last month was really building out the detail of the product, and launching our web site.

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 a month, is being launched along with partners AT&T and Target.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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NAME Yahoo. In growing numbers, Silicon Valley executives—long based in tech strongholds like Santa Clara and Palo Alto—are buying homes in Los Angeles, as the lines between the technology and entertainment businesses grow blurrier. WSJ Web Slice. Facebook. Twitter.

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. FlipGloss is backed by Forbes Media, and was started by Kerry Trainor, Mike Randall, Robyn VanTol, and Christopher Shattuck, all formerly of Yahoo Music.

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. HP launched the new printers at the beginning of the week, showing a new device which allows users to directly access web information sites from a touch sensitive display on the front of those printers.

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. Stewart joins from Next New Networks, and has also served at LAUNCH.COM and Yahoo!

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. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.

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 firm's web applications are used by music artists to market their work and connect with fans.

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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We had software executives from Google, Yahoo!, Lee Essner is formerly a senior exec from WeddingChannel and has much experience in running a successful web property. 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. You've gotten quite a bit of attention given your prior position at Yahoo -- why'd you leave Yahoo for a startup, and why Topspin?

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 was the 2-way web. I then remember when Amazon started selling books on the web. Advertising has driven the majority of Internet innovation.

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. Mediacode was sold to Yahoo. Named as one of the 20 most innovative startups in the country, based in Santa Monica.

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. Founded in 2008 in Santa Monica by Ron Goldman (former CRO of and Rahul Sonnad.

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