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FEBRUARY 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 43 CES Dispatches: Opening Day at Pepcom E On Monday, January 11, Nolan Johnson attended the launch of the CES 2021. Well, more precisely, he attended the Pepcom pro- gram, one of the multitude of ways to connect with CES in the virtual environment. Pepcom is a regular at CES, functioning a bit like a show-within-a-show. Your Greatest Competition is Yourself E It really doesn't matter who you think your external competitors are, because the only competitor that really matters is you. Of course, you will look externally to stay on top of lat- est trends, but when it comes to competition, just competing with yourself is a win. When you look at yourself as your greatest competi- tor you will start with a huge advantage: you already have great intel on how "your competi- tion" thinks. Ask yourself, "What can I do to displace my 'competitor' and create something much better?" Bruce Mahler Discusses Ohmega Technologies' Acquisition by Arcline Investment Management E I-Connect007's Nolan Johnson catches up with Bruce Mahler, vice president and general man- ager at Ohmega Technologies, about urs- day's announcement that Ohmega Technolo- gies has been acquired by Arcline Investment Management. Mahler outlines the new oppor- tunities this presents for Ohmega Technolo- gies and discusses how this change in owner- ship will benefit existing customers and mar- kets as well. Punching Out! The 'Dream' Business Exit E Almost all business owners have a "dream exit": a well-financed buyer flies in, offers up a suitcase full of cash with no strings over a steak and lobster dinner, and the next day the owner is sitting on a beach with a mai tai. ese kinds of dream exits do occur, but they are extremely rare. Tom Kastner explains. IPC CEO and President John Mitchell Discusses New Membership and Dues Structure E In this video, IPC CEO and President Dr. John Mitchell discusses the organization's move from a site-based and enterprise membership dues structure to a company revenue-based model. Mitchell explains that this change will go into effect upon each member company's renewal in 2021, and he points out that many of the existing member discounts will remain unchanged. I-Connect007 Editor's Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week E In this week, we have a variety of news and articles to share, and it's all positive. We have a new president, and he's pledging to help American businesses. December PCB sales were up 4.5% over the same period a year ago. Atotech is just about ready to launch an IPO. Sunstone has tweaked its free CAD tool, PCB123, to make it even easier for designers to receive their Gerber files. And columnist John Watson breaks down what we all learned during the chaos that was 2020.

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