Los Angeles-based deviantART is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts. Images in social media may have exploded over the last several years, but deviantART, founded in 2000, was way ahead of the curve.
Los Angeles is known for much more than the entertainment industry. A hub for startups, there’s no shortage of up-and-coming social and tech businesses.
Great businesses frequently come from the sheer virtue of working on something else. And no one knows that better than Angelenos. Two years ago, Kyla Brennan was working at a company in Santa Monica-based incubator Science, when she developed the idea for HelloSociety – a Pinterest marketing and technology firm that represents the most-followed users on Pinterest. Read more
LA’s Tech scene is growing and, along with it, the number of LA-based social media sites. One of the most recent additions is cyPOP – a new type of social media platform which connects people through common interests.
Co-founder and president Josie Baik started the company when she was a student at the University of Washington. Now, an MBA student at the University of Southern California, Baik continues to learn, as her company – which relocated to Los Angeles earlier this year – grows. Like many passion projects, cyPOP, still in beta, grew out of the founder’s need: she took her childhood loneliness and attraction to social media communities and build a business. Read more
Many startups are on the move, but they’re not coming to San Francisco anymore, they’re choosing Los Angeles. Here’s why cyPop co-founder, Josie Baik, chose Los Angeles as cyPop’s new home after leaving Seattle.
Groupon today launched “Reserve,” a platform that allows users to get discount pricing at upscale restaurants by booking at off-peak times. The feature, which is live in 10 major U.S. metropolitan markets, will also soon include discounts at other upscale venues, including spas, salons, hotels and entertainment brands, Groupon said.
With elements of social media in most of the panels, Silicon Beach Fest exemplified the convergence of online and real-life social at its best! Here are 5 cool takeaways – social media and tech – from the 2013 Silicon Beach Fest.
The City of Los Angeles is the latest to tell ride-sharing apps SideCar, Lyft and Uber that they are operating car services without a license and must cease and desist immediately.
Today is an exciting day for YouTube creators, specifically those in the Los Angeles area. YouTube has officially opened YouTube Space Los Angeles – a free production facility built exclusively for YouTube partners.
If Time Out and “Girls” moved out West, they might meet up for a drink with Fling Girl LA. Part online magazine, part comic book, Fling Girl LA is all about dating, life, and relationships in Los Angeles. In it, writer Dina Gachman and artist Amy Saaed follow newly single Maggie as she dates her way through the city’s dive bars, bowling alleys, and convenience store snack food aisles. Here, Gachman gives us the back story and explains how the duo makes the most of social platforms like Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr to share their stories with a wider audience.
Yesterday I wrote about how Waze, a social crowdsourced traffic information service and mobile app (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry) is teaming with KABC (aka ABC 7) in Los Angeles to try to deal with the traffic nightmare expected next week for what is being called Carmageddon. You can learn more about the planned weekend shutdown of the 405 freeway starting at 7pm PDT July 15 at this site sponsored by Waze:
Here’s what’s going to happen: The northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101 (10 miles), and southbound 405 between the 101 and Getty Center Drive ramps (4 miles) will be closed for 53 hours!
To learn more about how Waze’s crowdsourced nagivation service and mobile apps are going to participate in helping to provide traffic information during Carmageddon, I spoke with Di-Ann Eisnor, VP Platform & Partnerships for Waze. You can listen to our 20 minute conversation in Podcast 50 embedded below (and also available in iTunes as the “MobileViews Podcast.”
CORRECTION NOTE: In my July 5 blog, I said that Waze is powered by INRIX. Di-Ann told me that I was mistaken and that Waze is crowdsource powered. My apologies for not double-checking this.