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April 3, 2000 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
Joining the increasingly crowded field of Web sites offering users free lottery and sweepstakes games, Pasadena-based high-tech incubator Idealab today is launching Jackpot.com, which will offer users chances at a $1-million sweepstakes every month. The site integrates advertisers' logos into an animated slot machine on users' desktops. Users win chances to play by logging on to the site, allowing an advertising window to perch on their screens and taking numerous other interactive steps.
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April 3, 2000 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
Joining the increasingly crowded field of Web sites offering users free lottery and sweepstakes games, Pasadena-based high-tech incubator Idealab today is launching Jackpot.com, which will offer users chances at a $1-million sweepstakes every month. The site integrates advertisers' logos into an animated slot machine on users' desktops. Users win chances to play by logging on to the site, allowing an advertising window to perch on their screens and taking numerous other interactive steps.
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BUSINESS
July 28, 2000
Broadband Sports said George Platisa has signed on as chief financial officer for the Los Angeles-based online sports company. Platisa previously served as CFO of Cypress-based PacifiCare of California. Current CFO Gregory Hebner will become vice president of the company's AthletesDirect division. * Los Angeles-based online entertainment company MediaTrip.com has named James Fino as executive producer of animation. He previously was animation manager on the Fox animated series "King of the Hill."
BUSINESS
June 7, 2000 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The harsh realities of the "dot-com" world are beginning to cut into the Web's fantasy of riches. Free-sweepstakes Web site Iwin.com, one of the most popular sites on the Internet, has abruptly laid off more than a quarter of its staff, including its president, in an effort to turn a profit by the end of this year. "We're faced with reality," its chief executive, Fred Kreuger, said Tuesday. "We couldn't afford to be in the mode we're in. We had to take a very tough look at our cost structure."
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April 14, 2000 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget e-mail, online bookselling and digital pornography. For the next big thing to attract customers, the Internet's entrepreneurs have turned the clock back to one of the oldest tricks in the book: sweepstakes. It wasn't that long ago that the Web was extolled as the consummate medium for augmenting the human search for knowledge, like a limitless university library.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2000 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The latest round of venture capital financing has created a new crop of Southland technology and Internet companies to watch. Venture money continued to flow freely to area companies in recent months, even as the stock market's gyrations raised questions about the ultimate payoff from many venture bets. Data reported last week by the National Venture Capital Assn. showed that Southern California companies attracted $1.
NEWS
October 18, 2001
To fans of nostalgia TV, Penny Marshall will always be Laverne DeFazio in "Laverne and Shirley," which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. But she went on to become one of Hollywood's major directors with "Big" in 1988, the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million. Her latest film, "Riding in Cars With Boys," starring Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn and Brittany Murphy, opens Friday. COMPUTER: It's a little black thing. I don't know what kind it is. It's sitting here on the bed.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2000 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thumb through the financial statements for Idealab and you'll be left with the impression that the company is a cross between an auto dealership and a mutual fund that is hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, under Chief Executive Bill Gross, Idealab has created more than 30 Internet companies that sell everything from cars to cosmetics to cookware. And despite the fact that none of Idealab's companies is profitable, in its most recent fiscal year, which ended Jan.
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