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Kinney gets LMA kudos

Shannon Kinney, long-time senior consultant for the AIM Group, and founder of Dream Local Digital, has been honored by Local Media Association as Local Digital Innovator. Here’s the announcement: Shannon Kinney Named a Top ‘Local Digital Innovator’ Local Media Association Announces Best in Digital Media Award Winners Shannon Kinney, Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local...

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JobR app gets $2 mil seed fund, advisor

JobR app, a mobile startup we just reviewed as a notable niche-y recruitment tool, has landed $2 million in seed funding.   Ellen Levy, managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, has joined JobR as advisor as well as investor. “We are proud to announce that we closed an oversubscribed $2M round of funding from some really impressive investors: Lerer Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Eniac...

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Quarles joins NextDoor as CBO

Christa Quarles, recent Disney SVP and GM of mobile and social games, has been named chief business officer for hyperlocal social community and marketplace NextDoor. Quarles will oversee human resources, recruiting, finance and legal. This is NextDoor’s  second senior executive hire for 2014. NextDoor has grown to 38,000 U.S. neighborhoods, representing approximately one of every four...

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EBay ad GM to be LivingSocial CEO, prez

Gautam Thakar, nine-year EBay and Shopping.com veteran and GM of EBay advertising for nearly two years, is leaving the online marketplace giant to become CEO and president at the mightily-struggling deal-focused LivingSocial.   Thakar replaces Tim O’Shaughnessy, who announced his leave-taking back in January.  Here’s the announcement:  LivingSocial Names Gautam Thakar as CEO and...

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Trader.com gets a new CEO

Agora appointed Magdalena Wasilewska-Michalska as the new CEO of Trader.com. The company is in charge of Agora’s auto portal Autotrader.pl and real estate portal Domiporta.pl. Magdalena Wasilewska-Michalska (LinkedIn profile) has been associated with Agora since 2000, and since 2006 with the company’s Internet division. She was responsible for the development of such lifestyle sites...

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Will Lorenzo take on Avito?

As the biggest shareholder of the Russian classified site Avito, Kinnevik always holds the chairmanship. Avito has had Henrik Persson, former head of investment at Kinnevik, as chairman since the start, but he has now left Kinnevik. There is lots of speculation in the market on who will step in as chairman in Persson’s place. Cristina Stenbeck, the executive chairman of Kinnevik and the...

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