LA Tech ‘Moves’: DNEG Taps Academy Award and BAFTA Winner

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: DNEG Taps Academy Award and BAFTA Winner
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Respira Technologies, a venture-backed health tech company, promoted Brian Quigley to chief executive officer. He was formerly the company COO.

Visual effects and animation studio DNEG tapped Academy Award and BAFTA winner Janek Sirrs as visual effects supervisor. Sirrs also worked on several Marvel movies including "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" (2022).

EV company Faraday Future welcomed BMW exec Mathias Hofmann as head of global supply chain.

Michael Gilbert joined ePost Global—an international shipping solutions provider— as director of sales. Previously, Gilbert served leadership roles at Newgistics, DHL and Oracle.

Visionaire Lighting, an electronics manufacturing company, promoted former director of marketing Jeremy Streit, as vice president of West Coast and Florida sales and former lead regional sales Carter Clark to vice president of East Coast sales. The company also hired Paul Turturillo and Brian Baker as regional sales managers. Turturillo previously worked as regional sales manager at Wagner Architectural Illuminated Railing Systems, while Baker served as a contractor for Architectural Lighting Alliance.

Education technology company GoGuardian added Teach for America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard to its board of directors.

Toragen, Inc., a biotechnology company, appointed Cactus Feeders founder Paul Engler to its board of directors.

Avantstay, a short term rentals platform, tapped industry veteran Fred Tuomi for a board position. Tuomi served as CEO, president and director of Invitation Homes Inc.

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How Women’s Purchasing Power Is Creating a New Wave of Economic Opportunities In Sports

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

How Women’s Purchasing Power Is Creating a New Wave of Economic Opportunities In Sports
Samson Amore

According to a Forbes report last April, both the viewership and dollars behind women’s sports at a collegiate and professional level are growing.

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LA Tech Week Day 5: Social Highlights
Evan Xie

L.A. Tech Week has brought venture capitalists, founders and entrepreneurs from around the world to the California coast. With so many tech nerds in one place, it's easy to laugh, joke and reminisce about the future of tech in SoCal.

Here's what people are saying about the fifth day of L.A. Tech Week on social:

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LA Tech Week: How These Six Greentech Startups Are Tackling Major Climate Issues

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

LA Tech Week: How These Six Greentech Startups Are Tackling Major Climate Issues
Samson Amore

At Lowercarbon Capital’s LA Tech Week event Thursday, the synergy between the region’s aerospace industry and greentech startups was clear.

The event sponsored by Lowercarbon, Climate Draft (and the defunct Silicon Valley Bank’s Climate Technology & Sustainability team) brought together a handful of local startups in Hawthorne not far from LAX, and many of the companies shared DNA with arguably the region’s most famous tech resident: SpaceX.

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