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Posts Tagged ‘Alan Van’

Maker Studios Co-Founder Acquires NewMediaRockstars

Not too long ago, like everyone else in the Web video content media space, newmediarockstars.com was covering the turmoil at Maker Studios and the exit of CEO Danny Zappin. Today, Zappin is on the site again but this time in a completely different context, under the headline “I Guess That Fortune Cookie Was Right”.

Zappin has purchased all assets of NMR from founding investor Ryan Devitis. And he’s got big plans:

NMR original CEO Benny Luo, who had left to work on other startups, returns to the site as president, and will retain an ownership stake in the business. NMR editorial chief Alan Van will continue at NMR in the editor role.

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Former Crack Cocaine Kingpin Credits Mark Zuckerberg as His (New) Business Inspiration

As with all unfamiliar bylines, the first thing FishbowlLA did upon landing on a fascinating newmediarockstars.com interview with ex-con Rick Ross was to try and find out more about the article writer. Here’s the mini-bio for author and site executive editor Alan Van:

Alan is a mystery to everyone, including the staff at NMR. All that’s known of him is that he is the epitome of a brilliant writer. Accordingly, his works are often misunderstood and always under-appreciated. Expect to see his novels for sale on a bookshelf near you one day, but only if the bookshelf near you happens to be his bookshelf, and loose-leaf Xerox copies of his handwritten journals filled with the erotically charged tales of one Astronaut Johnny Danger Hughes and his sidekick, Pancho the Chow Chow, can be considered “novels.”

We’re not sure about those “novels,” but there’s no doubt the Ross Q&A is well worth reading. The high of a $2 million incoming daily west coast drug business cash flow followed by the low of 20 years in jail can produce a lot of hard-knocks wisdom. (Ross was released from prison in 2009).

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