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The District by Hannah An Hosts NBA All-Star Weekend Benefit Party

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Hannah An interviewed by KTLA-5 at the “Let It Fly” Event.

“Let It Fly” NBA All-Star Event 
Thursday, Feb. 15, 8:30 p.-midnight
The District by Hannah An, 8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 

All-Star isn’t just about cool dunks or three-pointers, as proven by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Johnny Stephene (a.k.a. Dribble2Much), who are co-hosting the “Let it Fly” event to raise money and awareness about the Precious Dreams Foundation. “It’s about supporting kids in foster homes to let them know that if they have a dream and vision, they can become something in the world and have an impact,” NBA skills trainer Stephene told TheWrap about the non-profit founded by Nicole Russell. “A lot of them come from one-parent households or were raised by someone other than their family, like a YMCA coach. I know from experience how far it got me getting help from people weren’t my parents,” he said, having spent time in a foster home himself. Read More

Restaurant industry startup Miso Robotics gets $10 million in financing

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Miso Robotics’ hamburger-flipping robot, “Flippy.”

Miso Robotics, a robotics and artificial intelligence company for restaurants and food providers, has secured $10 million in series B financing and will soon debut its hamburger-flipping robot, “Flippy,” at CaliBurger’s Pasadena, California, location.

The funding round was led by Acacia Research Corp. (Nasdaq: ACTG). Participating strategic investors included sports and entertainment hospitality company Levy RestaurantsOpenTable Chief Technology Officer Joseph Essasand founding investor Cali Group; and six members of Cali Group’s management team and its subsidiary, CaliBurger.

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Cali Group’s Restaurant Operating Subsidiary Announces Global Expansion Plan For 2018

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PASADENA, Calif.Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cali Group announced today that its restaurant operating subsidiary, CaliBurger, will expand in 2018 throughout North America, the Middle EastAsia and Latin America. The company also announced that its face-based loyalty and payment ordering kiosks as well as Flippy, the burger flipping robot, will be available at multiple CaliBurger locations this year. Read More

IDPE is Hiring!

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idpe_logoIDPE is hiring for the following positions. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with desired position in the subject line to info@IDPrivateEquity.com. Don’t see your perfect job but still interested in becoming part of the team? We are always looking for the best and the brightest to join us on this adventure, so send us your cover letter and resume anyway!

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CALI GROUP DEMONSTRATES FACE BASED LOYALTY PROGRAM PILOT IN ITS RESTAURANT OPERATING DIVISION

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caliburger_left*New AI-Enabled Self Ordering Kiosks Available at CaliBurger Pasadena, Showcase at NRF 2018*

PASADENA, CA – December 19, 2017 – Cali Group and NEC Corporation of America today unveiled new AI-enabled self-ordering kiosks at CaliBurger, Cali Group’s restaurant operating division. The kiosks use NEC’s NeoFace® facial recognition software to identify registered customers and pull up their loyalty accounts and order preferences. The kiosk pilot program is now at CaliBurger’s Pasadena location, where the Quick Serve Restaurant chain showcases new technologies developed by its parent company. If customers are pleased with the new ordering experience, the kiosks will be rolled out to CaliBurger’s global locations next year. Also in 2018, the platform will be used to allow customers to pay using their faces. Read More

Phenomenon’s New President Is a Former TBWA Vet With Global Branding Experience

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Business transformation agency Phenomenon will start 2018 with a new president after hiring Erica Hoholick to fill that role.

“The fact that they are not just a traditional ad agency … I think that’s the thing that … is the most interesting to me,” Hoholick told Adweek. “I’ve worked in the agency world for so long at really big, amazing companies on huge global brands and those have all been incredible experiences, but this really gives me a totally different opportunity and the ability to partner with clients in a completely different way.”

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