T-Mobile ‘s Message To AT&T and Verizon

On August 28, 2018, T-Mobile unveiled the AT&T and Verizon #HallofLame sand sculpture at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition, built by Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors. The Un-carrier is applying a little “pier” pressure to get Verizon and AT&T to treat customers better, calling out the carriers for charging customers tons of extra taxes and fees, forcing them to endure frustrating phone mazes and bots when they need help and more.

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“No matter how many times I’ve told the carriers to listen to customers and do what they tell you, they just won’t listen – they’ve got their heads in the sand, so we’ll try to reach them where they’re at…in the sand,” said John Legere. “AT&T and Verizon, it’s time for change – stop gouging customers. Kill your phone maze. Give customers technology for today, not relics from yester-year. It’s time to take another page from the Un-carrier book and treat your customers like rock stars!”


The Broadway Pier and Pavilion in the Port of San Diego: 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

Video and photos of the sand sculpture will also be available today on the T-Mobile Newsroom at: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/heads-in-the-sand.


Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3

Friday, August 31 Preview Night – 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, September 1: 10am – 9pm
Sunday, September 2: 10am – 9pm
Monday, September 3: 10am – 7pm

T-Mobile thinks every customer ought to be treated like a rock star – yep, even carrier customers. And the Un-carrier takes rock star treatment seriously – T-Mobile ONE customers get unlimited LTE data on America’s best unlimited network, Netflix included on family plans, free stuff every Tuesday, incredible Live Nation and Pandora extras, free texting all flight long and a free hour of Gogo Wi-Fi…and, of course, taxes and fees included. PLUS, T-Mobile recently unveiled their revolutionary customer care model – postpaid customers now get a dedicated Team of Experts – no bots, no bouncing, no BS.

Team of Experts is for our postpaid wireless customers. Qualifying service required for T-Mobile Tuesdays.

Fusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego

Fusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego. The San Diego Art Institute brings groundbreaking art to Maker Faire San Diego, October 6-7. Distinctive programming for the weekend event will include artist lectures and interactive art activities inspired by the exhibition Beyond the Age of Reason. This exhibit features artists who use traditional media and modern technologies to contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture.

FusionFusion of Traditional Media and Modern Technologies at Maker Faire San Diego

Beyond the Age of Reason features artists who contemplate how faith meshes with contemporary life, the role of ritual and symbolism, and the metamorphosis of traditional symbols as they become immersed in popular culture. Using materials and principles of design that place them firmly in the world of contemporary art, this show incorporates both traditional media and modern technologies.
This exhibition is multicultural and addresses many faiths, as seen through the filter of artists who pose questions, make comparisons, find commonalities, challenge customs and encourage discussion. Some viewers may find parts of these works irreverent, but the presence of religious iconography in contemporary art indicates that questions of faith are still relevant. Throughout history, artists and their images have played an integral part in shaping religion and religious leaders have found power in pictures, often commissioning artists to create works to validate or nullify beliefs. Beyond the Age of Reason acknowledges these historical underpinnings of faith-based iconography as the exhibition’s individual artists put this iconography through its full range of plastic possibilities.

Heritage Global Partners to Manage Auction San Diego

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heritage Global Partners (“HGP”), a worldwide leader in asset advisory and auction services and a subsidiary of Heritage Global Inc. (OTCQB: HGBL and CSE: HGP), announced on August 20, 2018, it is managing a global online auction featuring the complete campus assets of Coleman University in San Diego, CA beginning August 27, 2018. Founded in 1963, Coleman focused on information technology undergraduate and graduate programs. The University is closing its doors after serving students for 55 years.

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Global Online Auction – Coleman University
August 27, 2018 (7:00 am PST) – August 29, 2018 (10:00 am PST)

To register for the event and/or access the complete sale catalog with photos, lot descriptions and other information, visit HGP’s website today.

Hundreds of Acer, LG, Nvida, Intel and AMD Desktop and Tower Computers
Large quantities of Lenovo, Dell and Intel Servers, Networking, Routing, and Telecom Equipment
Assorted Name-Brand Computer Monitors, TVs and Flat Screens
Training Equipment, Work Stations and Complete Theaters, Game Rooms and Corporate Kitchen
Executive Office and Conference Room Furnishings, including Desks, Chairs, Cabinets and Much More
“Everything from school memorabilia and brand-name technology equipment to well-maintained office furnishings and game room tables is up for sale at our upcoming online auction of the historic Coleman University campus,” stated David Barkoff, HGP Director of Sales. “This sale offers something for everyone, including alumni, consumers, businesses, schools, equipment lenders and resellers. As a result, we are already receiving strong interest from buyers and expect participation levels to grow as we approach the launch date.”

“HGP continues to be acknowledged as a leader in pairing tangible and intangible assets with qualified global purchasers,” stated Kirk Dove, Heritage President and Chief Operating Officer. “HGP has deep experience effectively monetizing surplus or complete campus assets on behalf of a number of career education organizations, such as Westwood Colleges, Art Institutes and Mattia. As a San-Diego based Company, Heritage is honored to conduct this sale on behalf of Coleman University, an outstanding higher-education institution that served IT professionals across the region for 55 years.”

Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021

Del Mar Breeder's Cup

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the host site for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. This will be the second time that Del Mar – where the Turf meets the Surf – will serve as the event’s host site – after last year’s successful debut as host of the Breeder’s Cup. Continue reading “Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Return to Del Mar in 2021”

California Virtual Academy @ San Diego Starts Classes August 23

California Virtual Academy @ San Diego Welcomes Students for 2018-19 School Year

California Virtual AcademyStudents Return to California Virtual Academy Online Public Charter School on August 23

Students at California Virtual Academy @ San Diego (CAVA @ San Diego), an accredited, full-time online public charter school, will begin their school year on August 23, simply by turning on their computers. Combining innovative technology with a rigorous and engaging curriculum led by state-credentialed teachers. CAVA @ San Diego offers each student a personalized learning experience.

Students at California Virtual Academy @ San Diego head #backtoschool on August 23 – simply by turning on their computers! #onlinelearning #publicschoolathome

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Pharmaceutical Marketplace Posts Revenue Growth

Scientist.com, the world’s leading pharmaceutical marketplace for outsourced scientific services, announced on August 16, 2018, that it ranked no. 9 on Inc. magazine’s 2018 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing, privately owned companies in America. Scientist.com ranked no. 2 nationally in the Health category and no. 2 in the state of California. The San Diego-based company builds private marketplaces that connect life science research organizations with a global network of over 2,600 contract research organizations (CROs) and providers of scientific services.

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“Our mission is to empower and connect scientists worldwide and make it possible to cure all human diseases by 2050,” stated Kevin Lustig, Scientist.com’s CEO and Founder. “On Scientist.com, a single, highly trained scientist can run an entire drug discovery program from concept to clinic from his or her laptop without ever physically entering a laboratory.”

The pharmaceutical industry spends about $150B a year on medical research and produces about 25 new medicines in an average year. There is a desperate need for more effective approaches to medical research that reduce costs, speed timelines, and help create innovative new drugs for thousands of common and rare diseases.

“We are pioneering a new, dramatically more efficient approach to medical research in which scientists outsource everything but the genius,” stated Christopher Petersen, Scientist.com’s CTO and Founder. “We are thrilled that Scientist.com is being widely adopted across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.”

Uber and Serko Partnership for Better Travel and Expense

Serko Ltd and Uber are proud to announce a new partnership that will give Serko Zeno users an even easier way to process expense claims for Uber trips.

Serko and Uber Partnership for Better Travel and ExpenseUber

The integration enables trip information to be sent directly from an Uber for Business account to a Serko Zeno user’s expense report and removes the burden on travellers to capture or forward email receipts.

The deal means Serko Zeno users can manage their door to door travel experience and post-trip expense management seamlessly in Serko Online or Zeno.

Serko CEO Darrin Grafton said “Our focus is all about making corporate travel and expense smarter, by reducing friction for the traveller, maximising data integrity and giving the CFO greater visibility on the entire cost of travel. We’re excited to partner with Uber to bring a whole new level of simplicity to corporate expense management. This integration is a smarter way for organisations to enable their people to be mobile, as the whole payment and reconciliation process happens seamlessly.”

Georgia Foster, Head of Uber for Business, Australia & NZ, added: “More and more businesses are realising the benefits of using Uber for corporate travel. We operate in more than 60 countries globally and enable safe, affordable and reliable trips around a city – no matter how familiar you are with the local language or road rules.

“This integration with Serko Zeno makes it even easier for businesses to have transparency and control over their employees’ ground transportation spend, while delivering a better employee experience. Taking away cumbersome administration elements to streamline expense reporting where possible is better for everyone. This means no more having to sift through your email or wallet to find your receipts, and users can easily set up personal and business travel profiles to balance their travel needs.”

With more than 6,000 organisations around the world using Serko’s platforms for travel management, the integrated expense management solution in Serko Online and Zeno is an intelligent way to gain visibility and control over corporate expenses such as Uber trips.

About Serko
Serko is a leading travel and expense technology solution, used by over 6,000 corporate entities and Travel Management Companies (TMCs) who combined book more than AU$6bn of travel a year through Serko’s platforms.

Zeno is Serko’s next generation travel management application, using intelligent technology, predictive workflows and a global travel marketplace to transform business travel across the entire journey.

Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (NZSX:SKO) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:SKO). Serko supports customers in 35 countries worldwide, with its HQ in New Zealand, and offices across the US, Australia, China and India.

Visit www.serko.com for more information.

Turkish Airlines and Skift Release 2018 GBT Report

Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, and Skift, the largest industry intelligence platform providing media, insights and marketing to key sectors of travel, launched on August 15, 2018, the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report.

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Based on industry feedback and interviews from U.S.-based corporate travel managers and international business travelers, the report examines how factors ranging from disruptive new technologies to personal preferences continue to impact the rapidly-evolving world of corporate travel planning and policy.

The report aims to show ways that corporate travel managers and business travelers can find balance in their common purpose and mutual mission despite the gaps and differences in their objectives, expectations, priorities and realities.

M. Ilker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, said the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report was an important part of their research and development process to continually improve the quality of the airline’s services.

“We regularly monitor existing and future aviation trends, and consumer demands, to develop and evolve our products and services,” he said. “The results from this business traveler research provide an invaluable glimpse into the important motivations in the corporate travel space that will contribute to our growth in the years ahead.”

“Changing traveler habits and disruptive technologies are impacting all aspects of today’s business travel experience,” said Skift President Carolyn Kremins. “This new report that we conducted with Turkish Airlines provides data-driven insights to help travel suppliers and corporate travel managers evolve their corporate travel offerings for this new environment.”

Key corporate travel trends for 2018 identified by the Global Business Traveler Report include:

Employees are taking control over their business travel: Increasingly self-reliant on mobile technology and personalized tools in planning and managing personal travel, corporate travelers increasingly want the same freedom and flexibility for their professional trips. Showing no signs of slowing, this macro trend of consumerized business travel is irresistibly shifting travel management trends and policy.
There is a new partnership model for managers and travelers: Disruptive new technologies and other resources are emboldening employees to be more assertive in their travel planning and decisions, including stepping outside of company policy. Rather than looking to fit this new reality into existing policy norms, travel managers have the opportunity to architect flexible new frameworks that protect company objectives while providing employees with the freedom they desire.
The frontiers for technology-supported travel are expanding: Corporate travelers are not quite ready to go full-tech. While embracing automated and digital solutions for basics like checking travel details and checking in for flights and hotels, they still want live, real-time human support for more advanced or urgent needs and concerns. As use and acceptance of improving chatbot, artificial intelligence, and other next-generation technologies grows, however, greater traveler dependence on tech is foreseeable.
The sharing economy is heading into the mainstream: The disruptive power of the “sharing economy” cannot be ignored, as business travelers increasingly embrace the alternative transportation and lodging options offered by leading players like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. With major corporations and travel management companies beginning to formalize their relationships with these operators, CTMs, along with the taxi and rental car industries, will face a mix of new opportunities and challenges.
A deeper understanding of loyalty is emerging: Business travelers are rethinking and reassessing why they should be loyal to travel industry suppliers and brands. Among the ties that bind: a deeper understanding of their priorities and preferences, and personalized, customized rewards. For brands, it’s a prime opportunity to listen to the corporate customer and evolve new ways to strengthen and further relationships in this important segment.
The 2018 Global Business Traveler Report presented by Turkish Airlines and Skift can be viewed here.

JMI Equity Promotes Two Operating Executives

JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies, announced on August 14, 2018, the promotions of Krishna Potarazu and Vincent Prajka to Partner. Potarazu and Prajka co-lead the firm’s Operational Excellence Group and are based in Baltimore. They will continue to work closely with their colleagues and management teams to enhance JMI’s portfolio companies’ operations, talent recruitment and retention, and sales and marketing to enable accelerated growth.

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In addition, JMI announced the promotions of Sureel Sheth, Jackie Coombe, and Melissa Guttman to Principal, and Ryan Russell, Chase Thomet, and Mac Williams to Vice President. Sheth and Thomet are based in San Diego and Coombe, Guttman, Russell and Williams are in Baltimore.

“At JMI, we have a long history of recruiting and developing talented professionals across all levels and functions, both on the investing side and in other essential areas such as investor relations, talent management, and finance,” said Harry Gruner, Founder and Managing General Partner of JMI.

“Each newly promoted professional reflects JMI’s collaborative culture and investment focus,” added Paul Barber, Managing General Partner of JMI. “We are pleased to recognize these talented individuals and look forward to their continued contributions.”

SpotHero for Business and BCD Travel Announce New Partnership at GBTA 2018

SpotHero for Business and BCD Travel Announce New Partnership at GBTA 2018

SpotHero GBTANew SpotHero integration into SolutionSource marketplace makes it easier for business travelers to find and reserve parking

SpotHero for Business, a corporate parking reservation service, and BCD Travel, a global travel management company, have announced a partnership at GBTA (the Global Business Travel Association) Convention 2018 in San Diego.

“Navigating cities by car while traveling is difficult enough without having to worry about finding a place to park”

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