Ebyline Is Pleased To Announce Its Acquisition By IZEA

Bill Momary, Ebyline CEO

We are very pleased to announce that a definitive agreement document has been signed that will move forward activities to transition Ebyline into IZEA. What does this mean? Quite simply that IZEA is acquiring Ebyline to expand on the services and marketplace we currently offer you – our clients.

Bill Momary, Ebyline CEO

Bill Momary, Ebyline CEO

IZEA is a leader in social sponsorship, and has a network of more than 250,000 content creators, ranging from celebrities and professional athletes, to YouTube stars and vertical influencers. Together with IZEA, we will come together to create one of the largest online marketplaces for brands and creators to converge and create compelling content. This partnership will give us the ability to offer the highest-quality content creation to our customers, combined with the ability to reach billions of fans and followers via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

After a very deliberative planning process, it is indisputable that in order to meet our growth objectives, we need to partner with an excellent organization; IZEA is clearly that organization.  Joining forces with IZEA gives us the ability to power editorial workflow and content marketing in an expanded capacity. On the editorial side, the new organization will give us the resources needed to offer additional features and system upgrades to meet market demands. On the advertising side, your campaigns, projects and content marketing programs will be elevated to the next level, literally.

Over the course of the next year, we will slowly move our technology onto the IZEA platform. Until then, our operations will continue as they have been since the company’s inception back in 2009. Furthermore, both myself and co-founder Allen Narcisse will assume executive positions on the IZEA Leadership Team and stay intimately close to our Ebyline customers.

As always, we are available should you have any immediate questions. We will continue to keep you updated as we continue through this process.

We thank you for your support and your willingness to go on this journey together. But most importantly, we thank you for your continued commitment to our company each and every day.

Thanks,

Bill

Social Sponsorship Pioneer IZEA Acquires Ebyline

IZEA Acquires Ebyline

IZEA Acquires EbylineEbyline is thrilled to announce its acquisition by social sponsorship pioneer IZEA. Read the full press release below!

Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California (January 29, 2014) – IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA), the leader in Social Sponsorship, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebyline, Inc. in a stock purchase. Ebyline is the premier marketplace for the creation of high-quality content for publishers and brands. The acquisition expands IZEA’s services by offering clients a content marketing solution for the production of blog posts, photos, videos and infographics independent of social media distribution.

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Introducing Newsdesk

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Infographic: A history of the wire service

 

To help celebrate the launch of Ebyline’s News Desk custom wire service we wanted some way to visualize the timeline of journalism innovation. The more we researched the histories of the various big news agencies—AP, Reuters, AFP, UPI—the more apparent it was that the wires have done more to consistently pioneer new models, new technologies and new products than anyone else in the journalism biz.

They seized on the invention of the telegraph to replace steamships and homing pigeons (no kidding), were the first to use radio for news, developed the distribution of stock market quotes that we rely on today and have generally been much more open to improvisation and invention than their clients. Of course, there have been some famous gaffes, rivalries, bankruptcies and indignities.

We’re happy to include the good, the bad and the bizarre in our graphic history of the wires.

RepresentLA Puts Ebyline on the Map

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Ebyline’s on the map. Well, a map. Forbes contributor and Los Angeles tech scenester Tara Tiger Brown helped put together an interactive map of LA’s startup landscape. Where’s Ebyline? Easy to find—we’re all by our lonesomes up in Sherman Oaks, “the Valley,” kitty corner from that setting of 80′s teen movies, the Galleria.

What’s interesting about this map? A few things—even if you live far away from Southern California.

For one, it provides some vivid evidence of the boom in LA-based startups that’s the talk of the tech and investment worlds (Ebyliner Lori Kozlowski is chronicling it for Forbes here) and the subject of some poo-pooing by San Franciscans and New Yorkers. It also hints strongly that tech—really, media—is at the heart of the vast majority of startups.

Look at the clustering around Santa Monica, Venice and the areas south of LAX. There’s some thoughtful guessing as to why that is, including the presence of venture capital and angel investors. But the simplest explanation is that the majority of these companies are doing mobile apps, web sites, games, marketing and the like—not manufacturing textiles—and professionals in those code-heavy creative industries are already clustered in these areas. Mouse over the startup icons and it’s pretty clear that a lot of them end with “ly,” though there are some interesting exceptions.

LA’s substantial videogame industry is firmly planted west of the 405 freeway: market behemoth Activision is hq’d in Santa Monica, THQ in Agoura Hills, and EA has a substantial presence in Playa Vista. Google and Yahoo! have been in Santa Monica for years and El Segundo is home to a number of internet and media firms that fly under the radar. A few months back an entrepreneur friend whose tech startup is headquartered in LA’s cheap, forever-on-the-rebound downtown told me that if he needs to hire up he’ll have to move west because getting web developers to commute downtown is out of the question. (Although the new subway to Culver City might help.)

Brown points out in her original post that the map only includes a portion of the LA startups listed on databases like CrunchBase and AngelList but it’s safe to assume this is a representative sample—go to an accelerator or VC event in LA and the people you meet will inevitably be either near the beach or around Caltech in Pasadena and the handful of other pockets you see on the map. And if you think that’s clustering, see this startup map of New York City, which makes it look as if the outer boroughs have been infected with Plague. So much for hip Brooklyn.

What else catches the eye? Gaming, shopping, data, and advertising. Some of the firms on the map have been around for quite a while and others barely qualified as startups when they were new. There’s more than a few journalism-related and content-writer outfits on this map, sort of unexpected for LA given the industry’s gravitational center in New York. Hollywood news site TheWrap.com is on there. Gravity works with publishers to customize content. Notably absent up in Pasadena is Perfect Market, which does something similar for newspapers. (If we missed  any, holler.)

Back to us. You’re thinking Ebyline is either a cheapskate company that couldn’t stump for A office space on the Westside or we’re too cool for school. It’s a mystery to all who work here but I suspect it has something to do with our founders’ living on opposite sides of the LA area with Sherman Oaks close to the middle. In fact, it’s seems to be about equidistant from all our homes. My drive is just about the typical 28-minute LA commute. And the Valley’s kind of nice. There. I said it.

Jobs of the Day: NPR Tech Reporter, Wine Journalist, Reuters Bureau Chief, Entertainment Blogger

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Want a new journalism job? Sure you do! We’ve been combing the interwebs today to provide you with new journalism and media opportunities. Today, we have some jobs for techies, entertainment junkies, and lovers of the good life. Whether you’re interested in heading up a news bureau or drinking wine for a living, we’ve got some sweet opportunities on our Jobs of the Day:

Reuters, Bureau Chief, U.S. Southeast & Caribbean – Miami
Reuters is looking for a superb writer and manager to run the Southeastern United States and Caribbean, one of the busiest regions in the world for general news stories that are of importance to clients across the asset classes. From covering hurricanes and earthquakes to space missions, Koran-burning pastors and international fraudsters, the southeast U.S. and Caribbean beat offers one of the most varied and busy files in Reuters Americas, including fast-breaking spot news and opportunities for “deep-dive” investigative stories. In “Sunshine State” Florida, huge wealth, high finance and financial fraud often go hand in hand and in recent years the territory has loomed large in some of the world’s biggest and most notorious fraud scandals — Bernard Madoff’s victims included many of his Palm Beach neighbors, while Texas billionaire Allen Stanford is accused of using Florida and the Caribbean island of Antigua as hubs for the $7 billion Ponzi scheme he was charged with operating. Florida is also a key political swing state in what is already shaping up to be a hard-fought 2012 U.S. presidential election. Miami’s varied file includes covering political developments and natural disasters in a string of Caribbean states from Cuba and to Trinidad and Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was Reuters Story of the Year. The bureau oversees the file from Cuba where the cautious reforms and advancing age of the leaders of the Cuban Revolution is setting up one of the most fascinating international political stories in decades.

 

Reporter/Correspondent, Business-National Desk

The National Desk is seeking a Reporter/Correspondent to cover technology from Silicon Valley. This is a high profile business reporting position that will focus on information technology, innovation and the Internet. The successful candidate will cover globally influential companies based in Silicon Valley and will report on the myriad ways technology affects the US economy and its citizens. The successful candidate will develop sources inside and outside of the industry and is expected to produce stories as well about privacy, social media, venture capital and cyber-security. A thorough knowledge of technology and high level reporting and storytelling skills are essential. Radio experience and a proven track record in covering technology are strongly preferred. The selected candidate will report on air for NPR shows and newscast segments, and online for NPR.org.

Wine Industry Journalist

Wines & Vines, a leading wine industry magazine based in San Rafael, Calif., seeks an experienced journalist and technical writer to fill a full-time staff writer position in our office. We need a self-starting, team-playing reporter who knows and loves the wine industry, to write business news, product news, lead our social media writing efforts, and most importantly research and write in-depth technical articles on winery and vineyard equipment and processes. For monthly print magazine, daily news website and digital editions.

The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree or more, at least five years of journalism experience, and a scientific/engineering bent as well as excellent writing skills. He or she has also spent enough time in vineyards, wineries or industry supplier companies to understand our target readers, who work in grape and wine production. The winning candidate enjoys learning more about winery technology, enology and viticulture.(via writerjobs)

Entertainment News Writer

A multimedia entertainment news website, Hollywire.com is seeking a dedicated, pop culture savvy writer to join our team!

Qualifications:
• Journalism Degree or background
• Knowledgeable of AP Style guidelines
• Proficient in spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Ideal Candidate:
• Previous writing experience
• Dedicated
• Must be a team player
• Must be willing to drive in the LA area to attend red carpet events to take pictures and collect sound bytes for editorial content
• Must be in-the-know about Young Hollywood and all aspects of the entertainment industry

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