Friday, May 13, 2016
TriNet Inspire - May 17 - Marina Del Rey
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May 17, 2016
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TriNet Inspire delivers ground-breaking ideas in today’s competitive work environment. Engage with leaders and visionaries across industries, gain new perspectives on people strategy and connect with peers in Southern California. Leave with a fresh outlook that will transform your organization to stay ahead of the curve. This conference was created for C-level executives, business owners, entrepreneurs or HR professionals. It is a must-attend event if you influence, shape or implement your company’s human capital management strategy. Space is limited, RSVP today!

HyperLoop One Shows Off Open Air Propulsion Testing
Los Angeles-based HyperLoop One showed off its first, open air testing efforts near Las Vegas this week. The company release a video showing the test, which sent a prototype of its vehicles across its test site and to a stop down a test track, in the open air. Eventually, HyperLoop One hopes to do the same--but inside a tube, and between cities. The company just raised $80M in funding to try to bring that vision to reality.

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RLH Equity Sells Bluewolf Group To IBM
Los Angeles-based private equity investor Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners (RLH Equity), has sold one of its portfolio companies, BlueWolf Group, to IBM. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Bluewolf provided IT consulting and cloud computing for, and had more than 500 employees spread across 12 offices in the US, Europe, and Australia. RLH Equity is the private equity investment company founded by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, outgoing USC At (More info...)

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City of Los Angeles Ties Into High Speed, Internet Research Backbone
The City of Los Angeles--which has been building very close ties to the technology world since the election of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti--said today that it has tied into the ultra-fast, 100Gbps research and education network run by CENIC, which will give researchers, educators, and students high speed access to the city's databases and computers. The two sai the connection provides a network 1000 times faster than was available previously to access that city data. CENIC (Corporation for E (More info...)

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Blizzard Goes Big With Overwatch Beta
Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said its recent beta release of its new title, Overwatch: Origins Edition, has ended up being its largest, opening beta ever, with more than 9.7 million players around the world taking part. The title officially launches on May 24th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Blizzard said its beta users have already racked up more than 4.9 billion minutes of play time on the game. In a move which stretches the definition of a "beta" release--making it more of a marketing blitz (More info...)

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DreamJobbing, The Clymb Partner On Dream Instagram Gig For Photographers
Los Angeles-based, the startup founded by Lisa Hennessy, Alex Boylan and Burton Roberts, which offers up true "dream jobs" to its users, has tied with outdoors product site TheClymb on a set of dream jobs for Instagram photographers. According to the two, it will be offering up "dream jobs" and trips to Peru, Ecuador (Galapagos), Nepal, Antarctica, Tanzania, and Alaska, to six different Instagram photographers. The photographers will be selected via DreamJobbing's platform, and (More info...)

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Maxwell Technologies Names Semiconductor Vet As New Board Member
San Diego-based ultracapacitor and energy storage systems developer Maxwell Technologies said Thursday that it has named Steve Bilodeau to its board of directors. Bilodeau was previously CEO of Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMSC), where he held that position between 1999 and 2008, and also serves on the board of Cohu. He previously served on the boards of NuHorizons Electronic Corp., Conexant Systems Inc., and Gennum Corporation.

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Safire Partners Executive Search
Safire Partners has completed 500+ retained executive searches since 2006 working with emerging businesses in Southern California. Please visit our website to see an updated list of our clients and searches completed at We are always interested in meeting new candidates and potential clients, so feel free to email our Managing Partner, Todd Gitlin at

Stradling, Attorneys At Law (

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth (“Stradling”) is a premier business law
firm with over 125 attorneys and 10 offices in the western US. The offices are: Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco - SOMA, San Francisco - Financial District, Sacramento, Reno, Denver, Seattle. The Firm’s corporate, litigation and public law practices are well known for their expertise and depth. Stradling's clients include emerging and high growth public and private companies as well as private equity funds, venture capital groups and their respective portfolio companies. Widely recognized for its expertise, responsiveness and outstanding client service, the Firm's size, structure, and culture allow it to provide the highest quality representation while maintaining the responsiveness and relationships commonly associated with smaller firms.

TechCXO - Los Angeles
TechCXO is a professional services firm that provides experienced,
C-Suite professionals to deliver strategic and functional consulting
services for technology companies. We answer your critical issues
around obtaining capital, increasing revenue, entering new markets and
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For TechCXO Los Angeles, please contact:

Tim Noonan
Managing Partner, LA Region

SAM Precellerator Program Now Accepting Applications!
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is one of the leading business law firms in Southern California. We pioneered a fixed fee start-up package making the formation and organization of your start-up as seamless as possible. Our Preccelerator® Program is a platform offered to select start-up companies out of our Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping you grow your idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator® Program provides free co-working space and other perks for 5-6 promising young startups.

The perks include:

Free 24/7 access to our co-working space on a rolling basis, including free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for meetings and presentations
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Perks package worth approximately $150K!

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Clear Capital Advisors Advisors Advises Extrameasures
Clear Capital Advisors is pleased to announce that it has served as
exclusive financial advisor to extrameasures in its sale to Blackhawk
Network (NYSE: HAWK). On March 31, 2016 Blackhawk Network, a leading
prepaid and payments network, announced it has acquired extrameasures,
a prepaid consumer promotions and incentives company. Through its
customized rebate programs, extrameasures offers Visa prepaid cards
and private label merchant-specific reward and gift cards with a
proprietary platform to help businesses drive consumer acquisition,
engagement and loyalty.


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