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2014 October

19 Oct


L.A.’s tech scene gets first Google-like luxury bus

October 19, 2014 | By |

Bay Area tech companies are known for offering their employees luxury bus rides to work. But in a new coming-of-age sign for the Los Angeles-area technology industry, YP, formerly branded as Yellow Pages, has been shuttling about 25 workers each day from their homes on the west side of the county to the company’s office in Glendale.

The service, operated by San Francisco start-up RidePal, has been operating for five weeks, but the companies officially unveiled Tuesday the first RidePal partnership in the L.A. area.

For the past decade, technology companies in Silicon Valley have provided luxurious, Wi-Fi-equipped buses to their workers as a mode of commute. Local search giant YP reached out to RidePal to bring the perk south because the competition for technologists in Los Angeles has become “more fierce” in the last two years than any stretch during the past two decades, said Darren Clark, YP’s chief technology officer. Read more on

14 Oct


Cribspot Helps Students Find Housing

October 14, 2014 | By |

Learning to solve real world problems is a hallmark of a Michigan education. Jason Okrasinski and his team of fellow alumni at Cribspot are working to solve a very real problem for students: housing.

“Helping students was our driving factor in creating Cribspot. We weren’t really looking at making a lot of money, and I don’t think that’s the focus now either,” CEO Jason Okrasinski, ’14, says. “The way we look at it, we are solving a huge problem, which is finding student housing.