LatinoLA to Become LatinoCities in 2013

LA-based website to become national website for Latinos in-the-know, using IndieGogo.com to help raise funds. 4 Days To GO!

By Anthony Montoya
Published on LatinoLA: January 4, 2013

LatinoLA to Become LatinoCities in 2013

[UPDATE] LatinoLA's crowd funding effort on IndieGogo raise funds for the launching of LatinoCities has ended. You can click on the link below to learn details. You can also learn about other ways to help LatinoLA become LatinoCities by liking and following our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HelpLatinoLABecomeLatinoCities

LatinoLA.com, a leading community based website for acculturated Latinos in Southern California, is reaching out to its friends and followers for help in achieving its goal to become LatinoCities.com, a new national website that will showcase localized news and community events for Latinos throughout the U.S. (Just like LatinoLA already does, but only bigger and better.)

In an attempt to raise $15,000 by January 7, 2012, LatinoLA has created the Help LatinoLA.com Become Latino Cities! Webpage on crowd funding websource Indiegogo.com. Here supporters can contribute in the amounts ranging from $1 to $450. Supporters of LatinoCities will receive premiums for their financial help.

To date, LatinoLA has raised almost $1,636 from 39 of its loyal, dedicated and no doubt good-looking friends and supporters. "We gladly accept any and all levels of support, but to make it more compelling to our supporters, we're offering premiums for various levels," said Abelardo de la Pena, Jr., el editor of LatinoLA.com.

Sample of premiums include, a signed poster by Lalo Alcaraz, La Cucaracha cartoonist, author, satirist and jefe of Pocho.com, a unique LatinoCities t-shirt produced by Homeboy Industries, the only program of its kind that gives high-risk youth an alternative to gang life, or a house-call by East LA Revue DJ Frankie Firme, who will spin oldies for 3-hours at your home or other location.

Will LatinoLA go away?

The pioneering Latino community website, founded in 1999, will become part of LatinoCities. It will continue to be a user-generated voice for Latinos, where people can post their stories, points of view, events and more to share with the community.

It will be one of the first of four cities that will launch LatinoCities (we're deciding on the other three) with a new design and many new features, including the capability of our contributors to post their blogs, video, podcasts, music, images and more. The calendar will be easier-to-use and customizable. There will also be a directory, where individuals, organizations, venues, galleries, businesses and more can post their information.

What will LatinoLA do with your contribution?

Contributions will help LatinoLA/LatinoCities with research, insights, strategy, design, programming, testing, marketing, outreach and more. With the help and guidance of Sensis, a full-service interactive agency, LatinoLA is committed to complete and fine-tune LatinoCities during these next few months. The target launch for LatinoCities is during the first quarter of 2013 with a handful of city sites, growing steadily from there.

Individuals who are interested in helping LatinoLA become LatinoCities can visit http://www.indiegogo.com/LatinoCities ?c=home. Deadline for support is midnight, January 07, 2012.

The LatinoCities team

Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr., is LatinoLA's co-founder and el editor, a communicator who connects the Latino community by using digital and social media to keep Latinos informed and give them an online voice.

Richard Koffler is also LatinoLA's co-founder and CEO of LatinoCities, Inc. A born-and-raised peruano, he is a seasoned C-level high-tech entrepreneur who has been successfully launching and nurturing technology ventures for over 25 years.

Carl Kravetz is on the board of directors of LatinoCities. He's founder and CEO of Vida y Salud Media Group Inc., publishers of VidaYSalud.com, a Spanish-language consumer health information and education website.

Jos?® Villa is an advisor to LatinoCities. He is the founder and president of Sensis, a precision advertising agency using digital thinking to reach the multicultural mainstream.

Nonny de la Pe??a is an advisor to LatinoCities (and a distant relation to Abelardo, we think). She is a pioneer in the area of immersive journalism and co-founder of Stroome.com, a collaborative video editing & sharing site.

Luis Ayala is an advisor to LatinoCities. As Chief Wow Officer for Conexion and YSN Entertainment, he produces and promotes national and local events through an extensive network of vendors, sponsors and media channels.

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