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Front-End Business Lead in Los Angeles, California

allegra tepper

Front-End Business Lead in Los Angeles, California

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Allegra is the Front-End Business Lead and Head of Growth at Smiletime, a post-seed startup backed by 500 Startups and Miramar Ventures that has built pop.in, a mobile platform for real-time conversations with the mission to drive authentic, nuanced dialogue that is as inclusive as it is spontaneous.

Prior to the launch of pop.in, Allegra and her team were leveraging their full-stack interactive video platform to support everyone from high-end broadcasters like TMZ and The CW, as well as independent broadcasters (think of your favorite podcast host or YouTube star) as they created more engaging and immersive content for their dedicated audiences.

Before joining the team at Smiletime in August 2015, Allegra worked on the development team at Electus, a next-generation television and digital entertainment studio. She also enjoyed a short but vibrant career as an award-winning arts and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in Variety, The Los Angeles Times,Mashableand USA TODAY.

Allegra graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where she completed a media-rich senior thesis in which she developed prototypes that demonstrate how mainstream television can integrate transmedia storytelling into popular, relationship-driven series. The accompanying traditional thesis, "Lizzie in Real Life: Social and Narrative Immersion Through Transmedia in 'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,'​"​ was published in the June 2014 issue of Spectator, the USC School of Cinematic Arts' internationally distinguished journal of film and television criticism, as well as the Fall 2015 issue of Film Matters.

When she isn't figuring out ways to drive more authentic connection online, Allegra can be found sharing her intel on LA's best food with The Infatuation's audience, or knitting a scarf. More likely than not, she's doing both at the same time.

  • Work
    • Smiletime
  • Education
    • University of Southern California