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7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity Using Technology

“How to improve workplace productivity,” is a highly searched term these days. While results may reveal answers ranging from Encourage More Breaks to Limit Meetings…the reality is, every work place is different. In fact, every employee is different. What behavioral strategy or method may work on one team member, may not on the next. So, how do we come to a universal solution on the impending dilemma of elevating workplace productivity? In truth, there may not be just one answer. We suggest, however, a wise place to start is by equipping staff with the most useful and adaptable performance tools and systems available on the market. Below we have outlined 7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity Using Technology.

1. Ensure Your Workplace Has a RELIABLE, HIGH-SPEED, and DEDICATED Internet Connection

In today’s competitive marketplace, having high-speed, reliable Internet is paramount to a company’s internal productivity. Fact: In a world reliant on Internet, digital downtime can cost a company upwards of $100,000 per minute.

So, what causes downtime, and how can we avoid it?

Work in a developing area? Construction may disrupt your connection. Does your community ever experience high winds, rain or snowfall? Weather can disconnect your service for hours or days on end. Operate in a shared office space or building? Your Internet speed may be inconsistent and unpredictable simply because everyone is sharing the same fiber optic line.

Enter: Fixed Wireless.

Simply put, fixed wireless provides high speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers, and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point signals, fixed wireless technology eliminates the need for costly terrestrial fiber, satellite feeds or cable lines. Unaffected by weather, fixed wireless provides businesses with a dedicated connection that boasts faster uptime, ultra-low latency, and higher bandwidth.

2. Utilize Group Chats (We Suggest Google Hangouts)

In short, Google Hangouts is today’s modern instant messaging platform. Allowing up to 15 people in a single chat, Google Hangouts eliminates timely back and forth email chains or those “long walks across the office”. Questions can be asked and answered instantaneously and “losing” or “not seeing” an email is no longer an excuse. Accessible via desktop or mobile, group chats can even be named by department to further encourage organized and efficient communication streams.

3. Use Smartsheets to Track To-Do Lists and Monitor Deadlines

Smartsheets is a software as a service (SaaS) application designed for collaboration and work management. It allows users to assign tasks, track project progress, set priority deadlines, manage calendars, and share documents. With a spreadsheet-like user interface, managers are able to easily remind employees of approaching deadlines, ultimately driving employees to stay on-task and complete projects in a timely manner.

4. Switch to Hosted Voice—Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

By utilizing your broadband Internet connection to power your phone services, Hosted Voice, or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), offers businesses a simple solution to significantly cut down overall communication costs, improve and expand interaction between employees and customers, and ensure a more reliable quality of service.

Popular features include:

Fax-to-email
Follow Me
Voice-to-email
Conference Bridge
Toll-Free Numbers
Unified Communications
…and more!
Ultimately, Hosted Voice equips employees with advanced communication tools that allow work to follow them inside and outside of the office.

5. Host Sharable Company Files in Dropbox

Employees need trustworthy and timely access to up-to-date company files in order to remain informed and successful. Instead of connecting to VPNs or searching through emails, employees using Dropbox can quickly access team data from almost anywhere. These reliable file transfers allow field employees to manage entire projects from the field.

6. Take Evernotes

Per its slogan, “Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync,” Evernote allows users to easily create an endless number of notebooks from the palm of their hand. But this isn’t just any regular *hold on let me flip through a million pages to find what I’m looking for* notebook. With Evernote, users can quickly jot down ideas and notes via text, voice memos, real time photos or web clips. With added tag and category features, users can catalog notes for quick and easy access via search. It’s productive note taking re-invented!

7. Systemize Workflow Integration through HubSpot

Successful marketing automation relies on triggering relevant and timely actions based on a customer’s response. HubSpot has developed a “Workflow” system that allows businesses to effectively and efficiently scale both sales and marketing efforts.

So, what’s a workflow? A workflow is an automated set of marketing actions that are executed based on pre-specified conditions. For example, a workflow action could be sending out a follow-up email with your promised offer when a contact fills out certain forms. These programmable and automated “outlines” of what to do and when to do it, keep employees on task and producing results as efficiently as possible.

 

“I’m most grounded on the role of technology. Ultimately to me it’s about the human capital and the human potential and technology empowers humans to do great things. You have to be optimistic about what technology can do in the hands of humans.” — Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, USA

GeoLinks Earns its Place on Inc. Magazine’s 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

California Internet L.P. dba GeoLinks Ranks No. 604 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 748%.

CAMARILLO, CA (PRWEB) AUGUST 17, 2017

Inc. magazine today ranked California Internet L.P. dba GeoLinks NO. 604 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

Since inception in 2011, GeoLinks has consistently achieved more than 300% growth in yearly annual revenue. While GeoLinks places 604 on the list overall, the company earned 5th place for Fastest Growing Telecommunications Companies, and 2nd place for Internet Service Providers.

GeoLinks Makes Inc.5000

“Myself, and the entire GeoLinks’ team, are thrilled to have achieved this incredible recognition,” said GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “It’s crazy to think that I started GeoLinks out of my home in Ojai, California back in 2011. However, even from the beginning, I’ve always known that we’d go big and disrupt the industry. While many have congratulated our success along the way, I’ve always known that the best is yet to come. We’re on track to grow another 100%+ this year, and plan to maintain this trajectory for the next five years, and beyond. I want to thank the entire GeoLinks team for their outstanding contributions in accomplishing this company milestone. Without each and every one of their hard work, dedication, and passion for innovation, we wouldn’t have gotten to where

we’re standing today.”

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%—although, GeoLinks smashed the average with a three-year sales growth of 748%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success,

and I believe them.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mullaly, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks.com.

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About GeoLinks

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless ISP in California. Proud to service the largest coverage area of any single fixed wireless provider in the state, GeoLinks expanded its territory in 2017 delivering enterprise-grade internet, layer 2 transport, and turnkey construction expertly tailored for all business and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on consistently delivering the industry’s best Service Level Agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the country, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media:
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

For more information contact:
Inc. Media
Drew Kerr
212-849-8250
[email protected]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Appoints GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Recognizing GeoLinks as an industry thought-leader in the country’s evolving broadband discussion, the FCC formally appointed Skyler Ditchfield, CEO, to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group.

News Verified via FCC Public Notice GN Docket No.17-83

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, officially appointed California Internet, L.P., DBA GeoLinks’ CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC or Committee). Ditchfield will represent GeoLinks as he serves on the BDAC’s Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group (SFSWG), 1 of 5 internal task forces operating within the overarching committee.

Established by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on January 31, 2017, the BDAC provides advice and recommendations to the FCC regarding how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. This Committee is intended to provide an effective means for stakeholders with interests in this area to exchange ideas and develop recommendations for the Commission, which will in turn enhance the Commission’s ability to carry out its statutory responsibility to encourage broadband deployment to all Americans.

The SFSWG is specifically charged with developing recommendations to improve the process of siting on federal lands and federally managed properties by:

Recommending standard procedures for facility siting
Examining and providing recommendations on how to standardize the duration of leases and easements
Considering whether to recommend a shot clock for the processing of applications for facilities siting on federal land by federal agencies
Exploring and reporting on possible methods for federal agencies to identify and report on coverage gaps and deficiencies
Recommending procedures for creating and maintaining a publicly accessible inventory of space that can be used to attach or install broadband infrastructure
“I am honored that Chairman Pai selected me to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee,” said Ditchfield. “Appointing a nimble, mid-sized, fixed wireless ISP like GeoLinks to the committee further proves his dedication to making progressive moves towards closing the digital divide. Pai recognizes that this is a critical moment in our country’s social and economic broadband discussion, and I am thrilled to offer GeoLinks’ insight and expertise on how to accelerate national broadband deployment. Furthermore, GeoLinks will be working relentlessly with the Microsoft Whitespace Projects, pushing for more rural and urban wireless spectrum, ultimately driving competition. We are passionate about getting things done as quickly as possible. Like Chairman Pai, GeoLinks realizes that the time to procrastinate is officially over—we’re ready to take action and create visible change now.”

Sitting alongside Ditchfield on the committee are industry-leaders such as Daniel Jorjani, Principal Deputy Solicitor and Acting Solicitor of the Department of Interior, Kellie McGinness Kubena, Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff Rural Utilities Service Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, John Saw, Chief Technology Officer of Sprint, and more.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Skyler Ditchfield, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks.com.

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About GeoLinks

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) in California. Proud to service the largest coverage area of any single provider in the state, GeoLinks expanded its territory in 2017 delivering Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, and Turnkey Construction expertly tailored for all business and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on consistently delivering the industry’s best Service Level Agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the country, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

About The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

On January 31, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC or Committee), which will provide advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. The Commission intends to establish the BDAC for a period of two (2) years, with an expected starting date during the spring of 2017.

The BDAC’s mission is to make recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. This Committee is intended to provide an effective means for stakeholders with interests in this area to exchange ideas and develop recommendations for the Commission, which will in turn enhance the Commission’s ability to carry out its statutory responsibility to encourage broadband deployment to all Americans.

Meet GeoLinks’ Chief Strategy Officer, Phillip Deneef

Phillip Deneef

Exclusive Q + A with GeoLinks’ Newly Appointed CSO Phillip Deneef

GeoLinks: Let’s start with the basics, what is your role at GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: As a chief strategy officer (CSO), I oversee the four different sales channels—direct, indirect, wholesale/carrier relationships, and government education— public relations, marketing, and customer success. This role is a new title that has been created as more technology and monthly recurring revenue companies have come about. Essentially, a CSO is responsible for generating the company’s revenue and making sure processes are in place to support your customers and prevent churn.

GeoLinks: What got you to the position you are in today…what came before GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: I got my start about 17 years ago in telecommunication space working in the mobility sector. From there, I developed a passion for technology and business development, I learned old school sales tactics, and then started venturing out to learn additional skills such as operations, marketing, and customer success. Right before I began working at GeoLinks, I was at an advertising firm called Giant Partners out of Westlake, California. There I worked in an operations role delivering data and marketing campaigns to Fortune 500 companies.

GeoLinks: What is your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite part about working for GeoLinks is the culture. I get to have a work-life balance where I can spend time with family and still feel fulfilled whether I work an 8-hour day or a 12-hour day. I also always feel like I’m having an impact on moving the needle in a positive direction.

GeoLinks: What’s something that most GeoLinks’ clients might not know about the company?

Phillip Deneef: We’re awesome! Just kidding, I hope they know that. We are heavily vested in a variety of different avenues that aren’t just about making money. We care about our people, and about people in general. We want to see more individuals, including our team members, feel fulfilled in their day-to-day life. We also care a lot about our environmental impact, which is why we strive to power our sites with solar power and wind turbines. We want to have an impact on this world by closing the digital divide and providing Internet access to everyone.

GeoLinks: GeoLinks new headquarters is making headlines…what is your favorite part?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite part is the basketball court. I’m a die-hard basketball fan. I love shooting hoops, and I love the fact that many of my team members like to as well.

GeoLinks: Outside of work…what is your favorite past time or hobby?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite past time is spending time with wife and daughter. Second to that, is basketball.

GeoLinks: What’s something that most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

Phillip Deneef: Perhaps that when I retire, I want to live on a farm.

GeoLinks: You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do and where do you go?

Phillip Deneef: I would want to experience the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls with my family. One of the greatest joys of traveling with my daughter is seeing her face light up.

GeoLinks: Alright pressures on….give us your best or favorite motivational quote?

Phillip Deneef: Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

GeoLinks: What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: I am most excited for being able to continue to invest in our local economy and grow the company so that we can rebuild the middle class.

 

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SHLB Coalition Welcomes GeoLinks as Newest Member

Original Release

GeoLinks provides direct layer 2 transport connectivity and voice services to anchor institutions throughout the state of California and beyond.

GeoLinks became the newest member of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse partnership of 98 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non­-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high­ capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.

“GeoLinks, formerly California Internet, is both thrilled and honored to officially join the SHLB Coalition,” said GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “Driven to continuously advance innovation in broadband delivery, GeoLinks plans to support the coalition by continuously contributing innovative ideas and issuing real world application of full turnkey network solutions to anchor institutions nationwide via our fixed wireless technology, ClearFiber™.”

The SHLB Coalition was created in 2009 to address the shortage of adequate broadband for schools, libraries, health clinics, and other community anchor institutions. The coalition, which includes the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the American Library Association (ALA), California Telehealth Network, Google, and Cisco, works with the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal, state, and local government agencies to close the digital divide and create future­ ready communities.

“GeoLinks is an invaluable partner in promoting digital equity,” said SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen. “Not only is GeoLinks diving into cutting edge wireless technologies, it has also shown its strong commitment to connecting schools and libraries.”

The Internet has become a cornerstone of American life, learning and economic growth. It is the key infrastructure that anchors need to provide 21st century education, information, and health services to the public. To learn more about the SHLB Coalition and membership, visit http://www.shlb.org.

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About GeoLinks:
Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless Internet Service Provider in California. Proud to service the largest coverage area of any single fixed wireless provider in the state, GeoLinks expanded its territory in 2017 delivering enterprise­grade internet, layer 2 transport, and turnkey construction expertly tailored for all business and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting ultra­low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4­hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on consistently delivering the industry’s best service level agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K­12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the country, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

About SHLB:
The SHLB Coalition is a non-­profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high­ capacity broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, DC and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-­commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.shlb.org

Local internet service provider relocates to Camarillo, creates job openings

Original Article

A local internet service provider is expanding throughout the region and aims to become one of Ventura County’s leading technology businesses.

GeoLinks, which was created by Ventura resident Skyler Ditchfield in 2011, began as a two-person team interested in providing internet service to rural residents overlooked by the nation’s larger internet service providers. Since then, GeoLinks has hired over 50 employees and shifted its focus to providing internet packages to large businesses, including Amgen Inc. and several regional McDonald’s restaurants.

Although the privately-owned company’s internet services are largely restricted to businesses, GeoLinks’ continued growth has resulted in a steady stream of job openings for people with technology and customer service skills, according to Ditchfield.

“We started with two people, have over 50 now and are still hiring nonstop,” Ditchfield said in an interview. “We’ve got everything from sales opportunities to customer service, to field tech opportunities, installation and infrastructure technicians, help desk and eventually those jobs can open up to middle and upper-level positions in the company.”

The Camarillo-based business relocated from Ventura to 251 Camarillo Ranch Road last week to house its rapidly growing staff. The building, which was previously owned by mobile video game developer Zindagi Games Inc., includes amenities such as an exercise facility, basketball court, game room and kitchen. GeoLinks’ expanded office matches its growing coverage. The business services companies from northern Ventura County to San Diego and is beginning to spread to other states, such as Arizona.

Beyond job opportunities, Ditchfield considers GeoLinks’ expansion to be an important example of how local businesses can provide compelling alternatives to national companies. Ditchfield stressed that customer service played a major role in his company’s success, and said that GeoLinks’ local focus allowed the business to thrive despite competition from larger internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon.

“People are fed up with the poor customer service and tech support from the big guys,” Ditchfield said in an interview. “The whole methodology is to get off the phone and move you away, while we’re actually trying to solve the problem. Customer service is why we win (business) accounts, so it’s incredibly important to us that we maintain that level of service.”

Going forward, GeoLinks aims to begin providing internet options to California residents, as opposed to just businesses, in early 2018, with a particular focus on rural communities. For more information about the business, visit GeoLinks’ website.

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GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield is shown at the basketball court in the new building the company recently moved into in Camarillo. The local internet company is expanding and hopes to provide internet services to individuals as well as businesses. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield talks about the expansion of the internet service business. The company was launched in 2011 as a two-person enterprise and now has over 50 people working at its Camarillo facility. It is continuing to expand and hire. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

The sales and marketing department of GeoLinks in Camarillo is a busy place. The local internet service provider is expanding and hiring more staff. After starting a a provider of internet services to rural areas not served by the bigger companies it it now focused on serving business like Amgen Inc. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

The GeoLinks recreation room has pool tables at the new building the internet service provider recently relocated to in Camarillo. The internet company is expanding after moving from Ventura. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield is shown near the main conference room of the company’s new building in Camarillo. The internet company is expanding and hiring as it focuses on providing internet services to area businesses. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield talks about the company’s expansion and the new headquarters it recently moved into in Camarillo. After starting in 2011 with two people, the internet service provider now has more than 50 employees and anticipates more hiring. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR