Tsavo Enhances Daymix

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media , which is developing software which helps to make web sites more relevant to their visitors, announced today that it has added a new feature to match relevant stories with users on its Daymix information portal. According to Tsavo, the Daymix site will now begin delivering editorial content, based on the interests and previous click-throughs of users on the site. Tags: tsavo media daymix customization personalization context relevant

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Tsavo Media Sold For $75M

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Los Angeles-based online media firm Tsavo Media , which was founded by Mike Jones, founder of Userplane and current co-President of MySpace, has been sold for $75M to a Canadian firm. According to Toronto-based Cyberplex , it is acquiring Tsavo and its 300 consumer websites for $75M. Cyberplex said that Tsavo had 2009 revenues of approximately $110M and EBITDA of approximately $16.7M, and was generating over 30 million unique visitors per month.

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Tsavo Buys OpenSourceFood

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media , the online media venture of former Userplane founder Michael Jones, announced Thursday that it has acquired an online, user-generated recipe site called OpenSourceFood. According to Tsavo, it will rename the OpenSourceFood site NibbleDish. Tsavo acquired the user-generated recipe site from Egg & Co., Yongfook will join Tsavo as part of the acquisition. Tags: tsavo merger userplane opensourcefood acquisition nibbledish

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Tsavo Loses Macadaan

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo , the online media company which owns Manolith, Twirlit, Kidglue, and Nibbledish, has lost its Vice President of Product and Design, Mike Macadaan. According to Macadaan, this week is his last at Tsavo. Macadaan's departure closely follows the departure of Tsavo founder and CEO Michael Jones, who recently became COO of MySpace. Tags: tsavo mike macadaan twiistup executive content

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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. According to Tsavo, Percival will manage the build-out of Tsavo's vertical properties. 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.

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Tsavo Buys BetterPPC

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the startup headed by former Userplane CEO Michael Jones, said today that it has acquired Better Inc, the SEO and pay-per-click marketing software firm headed by Ben Padnos. According to Tsavo, Better provides SEO and PPC management to such clients at Paramount, Dreamworks, and Closet World.

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New Owner Looks To Sell Tsavo Media, Sees Yahoo Penalty Fees

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The new owner of former Los Angeles startup Tsavo Media , Canadian-firm Cyberplex , said today that it is looking for "strategic alternatives" for the unit of the firm, after a fiasco involving Yahoo's traffic quality reporting system. Cyberplex said that Tsavo Media was informed that it will be required to pay Yahoo approximately $4.8 million, due to Yahoo's indication that Tsavo was sending it "low quality" traffic. tsavo media yahoo penalty advertising cyberplex

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Tsavo Names General Manager For SEO Unit

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the new startup venture of former Userplane founder Michael Jones, said Tuesday that it has named Steve Schepke as General Manager of Tsavo Agency, a new unit focused on providing monetization services to content providers. According to Tsavo, Schepke joins Tsavo from Commission Junction.

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Tsavo Launches Search Engine Marketing Arm

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Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, the new startup founded by Userplane founder Michael Jones, has launched a new division, focused on search engine marketing. The firm announced the division Tuesday afternoon, saying that its new Tsavo Agency will provide search engine marketing and content monetization services for companies. The new unit comes shortly after Tsavo Media's acquisition of Better Inc, which runs the DONE! Tsavo is funded by American Capital.

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Mike Jones Echoes Hollywood | If You Build It, They Will Come

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He’s had multiple exits and also advises private startups (his company Userplane sold to AOL for nearly $40 million and Tsavo Media drew a cool $75 million from Cyberplex ).

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. He was most recently CEO of Tsavo Media, which is developing online publishing and advertising technology along with related online content. Tags: hirschhorn jason media sling userplane jones michael tsavo executive myspace

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Former LA Tech Champion Percival Takes Silicon Beach Experience To Norway

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500 Startups said today that it is raising a $15M, seed stage fund for Norway, covering Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, which will be headed by Percival, who ran technology gossip site Lalawag, and also had served at Docstoc, Tsavo Media, Wittlebee, Science Inc.,

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

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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. He has contributed to the success of dozens of companies, including the funding and strategic acquisitions of Movoxx, Tsavo and People Media. We are just over a month out and we’ve been holding off on this announcement for sometime.

Wittlebee's Percival Surfaces At Topix

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Sean Percival , the founder of Wittlebee and former MySpace, Tsavo Media, Docstoc, and Mahalo executive, has surfaced at hyperlocal news site Topix as VP of Marketing.

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Science's Mike Macadaan: What I Learned From Redesigning MySpace

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Macadaan--who's been instrumental in everything from AOL, MySpace, Twiistup, Tsavo, and many other local startup efforts--shared some of what he learned at the Big Kansas City event last week, talking about Dollar Shave Club, Science, and more. Before MySpace had Justin Timberlake, there was Mike Macadaan.

Sometrics Names Bisdev VP

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Schepke was most recently Agency General Manager for Tsavo Media, and has also previously served at Commission Junction and Proceed Interactive. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, announced today that it has appointed Steve Schepke as its Vice President of Business Development. Sometrics is venture backed by The Mail Room Fund, AT&T, and Greycroft Partners. READ MORE>>.

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Sometrics Names Bizdev VP

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Schepke was most recently Agency General Manager for Tsavo Media, and has also previously served at Commission Junction and Proceed Interactive. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, announced today that it has appointed Steve Schepke as its Vice President of Business Development. Sometrics is venture backed by. Steamboat Ventures, The Mail Room Fund, AT&T, and Greycroft Partners. READ MORE>>.

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DONE Ventures Gets Trial Date In NBC Suit

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Padnos sold BetterPPC in September of 2008 to Tsavo Media, the startup which was started by current MySpace president Michael Jones. Los Angeles-based DONE! Ventures , the Internet marketing firm headed by Ben Padnos , the former founder of BetterPPC, said today that it has received a trial date in its lawsuit against NBC Universal.

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Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board

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Jones, who is CEO of Santa Monica-based Science, was formerly CEO of MySpace, and also founded Tsavo Media and Userplane. Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online service which allows anyone to list and rank things on any topic, said today that it has named Mani Dhillon as Chief Operating Officer, and tapped former MySpace CEO Michael Jones for its board. The company, headed by Clark Benson, said that Dhillon was most recently the GM of Urbanspoon, and has also served at EA Mobile and Cisco.

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Lalawag, LA's Technology Gossip Blog, Shuts Site

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Sean is currently VP of Online Marketing at MySpace, which he joined at the beginning of the year, and had previously been at Tsavo Media and Mahalo.

Reflections on 2018: Michael Jones, Science Inc.

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He started his first company in college, and he was previously the CEO of Userplane (acquired by AOL), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), PBJ (acquired by JB), MySpace (acquired by Specific Media), Myspace Japan (acquired by Softbank), and FIM (acquired by Rubicon Project). Editor's note: All this week, and into the start of next year, we'll be featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community.

AudioMicro Acquires Audioo

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Padnos, whose last startup, BetterPPC, was acquired by Tsavo back in 2008, will remain an advisor to the company, and Audioo will become a separate division of AudioMicro. AudioMicro , the Los Angeles-based online marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects, said today that it has acquired Manhattan Beach-based Audioo , an online voicemail sharing service which was founded by Ben Padnos. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

VC Outlook 2009 - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles - GIVING AWAY A FREE TICKET

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Speakers: Mike Jones , CEO, Tsavo. My dear friend Debbie Landa, supreme queen of DealMaker Media is hosting another kick ass event in Los Angeles, and… I’M GIVING AWAY A TICKET TO THE EVENT (keep reading below).

DONE Ventures Sues Sedo Over Women.com, Women.net

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Padnos is a serial entrepreneur, who sold his last startup, BetterPPC, in September of 2008 to Tsavo, the media startup headed by current MySpace head Michael Jones. Manhattan Beach-based DONE! Ventures , the Internet marketing and publishing firm headed by Ben Padnos, has sued domain name broker Sedo , over the firm's role in a mishandled sale of the domain names Women.com and Women.net. According to DONE!

DONE Ventures Sues NBC Universal Over Failed Domain Name Sale

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Padnos was the founder of Better PPC , a pay-per-click technology firm which helped small and medium sized businesses manage, optimize, and report on their PPC campaigns; Padnos sold BetterPPC in September of 2008 to Tsavo, the content startup headed by now-MySpace co-President Michael Jones.

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Twiistup Sold To New Owner

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In a statement, Macadaan -- whose full time gig is as a VP at Tsavo Media -- said "I'm thrilled that Twiistup will get the dedicated time and focus it needs to become bigger and even better.". Twiistup , the popular Los Angeles technology showcase and networking event started by Mike Macadaan, is announcing today that the event has been sold to a undisclosed, private investor. Financial details of the ownership change were not disclosed.

Reflections On 2017: Michael Jones, Science Inc.

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He started his first company in college, and he was previously the CEO of Userplane (acquired by AOL), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), PBJ (acquired by JB), MySpace (acquired by Specific Media), Myspace Japan (acquired by Softbank), and FIM (acquired by Rubicon Project). During the holiday season, our tradition over the last few years has been to post reflections on the past year and some predictions from Southern California's "movers and shakers" in the technology industry.

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

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A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded, advised, invested and sold numerous businesses, including application platform Userplane, which he led from startup to its acquisition by AOL, Tsavo Media, Movoxx, PeopleMedia, Brizzly and Myspace.

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.

Interview with Jerome Chang, BlankSpaces

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Jerome Change: A couple of the typical clients here are Tsavo Media, the new company from Michael Jones and Twiistup founder Mike Macadaan. One of the recent trends in the technology industry here in Los Angeles is the use of "coworking" spaces--flexible workspaces where companies can rent open office space. BLANKSPACES (www.blankspaces.com) -- which is on Wilshire Blvd.--is is the brainchild of architect Jerome Chang.

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