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Introducing HAAWK

by Ryan on September 22, 2017

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Introducing HAAWK.

HAAWK monitors, monetizes, and enforces copyrights on user-generated video and audio platforms (YouTube Content ID, Facebook, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and more). We’re building fresh technology to help bring accountability, transparency, and newfound revenue to today’s music and video rights holders. HAAWK was co-founded by myself and Ben Barger, an aeronautical engineer and operations specialist who headed up operations at our previous company, AdRev/AudioMicro, Inc..

HAAWK just closed it’s first round of funding, a $2.5M series seed round led by some of Southern California’s top VC firms and HAAWK recently acquired the assets of Dart Music, a music distribution and metadata company to help jumpstart our product offering and expand our distribution reach.

Details of HAAWK’s funding and the Dart acquisition were covered in TechCrunch, Music Business Worldwide, Digital Music News, and SocalTECH.

Thank you for your support.

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AdRev (AudioMicro, Inc.) Ranked the USA’s #5 Fastest Growing Media Company in the 2015 Inc. 500

by Ryan on August 14, 2015



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I’m pleased to announce that as part of Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Inc. 500 ranking of the USA’s fastest growing private companies, AudioMicro, Inc. (including our 4 brands – AdRev, DashGo, AudioMicro, & ImageCollect) was named as the USA’s 5th fastest growing media company (and #162 overall). This accolade is based on our actual revenue growth over the past 3 years, with revenue last year growing to $13.4 million. It’s the 3rd year in a row that we’ve made the Inc. 500 (we were #2 in media in both 2014 and 2013) and if the first part of this year is any indicator, we’re in a solid position to make the list for the 4th straight time next year.  A special thank you goes out to our customers, clients, partners, and most importantly to our amazing team for all of your hard work through the years.

BIG NEWS! Zealot Networks Acquires Majority Interest in AdRev / AudioMicro, Inc. for $20M

by Ryan on December 19, 2014

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I am delighted to announce that Zealot Networks has acquired a majority stake in AdRev/AudioMicro, Inc. for $20 Million.   This is the exit our shareholders have been working towards since the company was founded back in 2007.  A special thank you goes out to Danny and the entire team at Zealot – we are excited for our future together.   A super special thank you to the AdRev / AudioMicro team – Noah, Alex, Ben B, Peter, Brett, Jesse, Matt, Andrew, Ben P, Rod, Mischa, Yaroslav, Molly, Arlo, Josh P, Josh K, Christian, Oscar, Eric and everyone that contributed to the effort; and to our board of directors – Scott, Oleg, and Jamie.  I am forever grateful for all of your hard work, dedication, trust, and support throughout the years. I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do – day in day out – to help make our company a success.  I would also like to thank all of our clients, customers, and partners for entrusting us with your business throughout the years.  Without all of you, none of this would have been possible.

Press coverage and details of the acquisition can be found at:

The Video Ink

Variety

Los Angeles Business Journal

TubeFilter

Stream Daily

AudioMicro, Inc. Named USA’s #2 Fastest Growing Media Company by Inc. 500

by Ryan on August 21, 2013

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As part of the 2013 Inc 500, Inc Magazine has named AudioMicro, Inc. (including AdRev, ContentID.com by AdRev, AudioMicro, and ImageCollect) the USA’s #2 fastest growing media company and the #205 fastest growing private company overall.  This accolade is based on our financial performance over the past 3 years.  It’s a day we could only dream of when we started this company out of a spare apartment bedroom just 6 years ago.  Thank you to our customers, clients, and most importantly to our team for making this happen.  Onwards and upwards!

LA Startup Email Newsletters and Events

by Ryan on December 25, 2012

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A reader recently asked me for advice on getting settled in LA and involved in early stage tech businesses.  He wanted a sort of “quick way” to get involved and network his way into the scene and find out the best opportunities, companies, entrepreneurs, and investors in the LA area.  I’ve prepared a list here for those who are ever seeking similar advice.

You’re going to have to get out there and do the networking yourself, but these resources are a good place to start.  Most of them can be subscribed to via email where you’ll get alerts about news and events worth exploring.  I tried to set the links to that you’ll be taken directly to the email sign up / calendar of events pages for convenience.

So without further adieu, if you’re new to LA and looking to get involved in early stage ventures / startups, here’s a list of good places to start your journey:

  1. Amplify.LA
  2. Coloft
  3. CrossCamp.us
  4. Dealmaker Media LA
  5. Founders Institute
  6. General Assembly LA
  7. LA Startup Digest
  8. LAUNCH Conference / Jason Calacanis
  9. Launchpad.LA
  10. LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association)
  11. PandoMonthly LA Events
  12. Siemer & Associates Events
  13. SocalTECH
  14. Southern California Tech Central
  15. StartupsUncensored
  16. Technology Council of Southern California
  17. TechZulu

I know I’m missing quite a few, so please let me know in the comments here and I’ll add them.  Happy Holidays!

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