How I Made It

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The gig: Chester J. Pipkin is the founder, chief executive and chairman of Belkin International. He started the Playa Vista company in his parents' Hawthorne garage in the early 1980s. The company capitalized on the early explosion in personal computing, selling devices that connected computers...

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    Hollywood's paymaster

    The gig: Mark Goldstein, 48, is chief executive and president of Burbank company Entertainment Partners, one of the industry's leading payroll services firms. The company processes residual checks and advises studios through the labyrinth of tax credits and rebates available around the world....

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    Business Talent Group CEO places experts in short-term jobs

    The gig: Jody Greenstone Miller is chief executive of Business Talent Group, a firm that she says is changing the way companies obtain top business talent for consultation and project-based work. Miller's company, which she co-founded with Amelia Warren Tyagi, has a talent pool of more than...

  • Designer jumped into the 3-D printing game at just the right time
    Designer jumped into the 3-D printing game at just the right time

    The gig: Diego Porqueras, 39, owns Deezmaker, one of the nation's first commercial 3-D printing shops. After two successful Kickstarter campaigns funded production of his 3-D printer, Porqueras moved his business from his garage to a store in Pasadena. He employs a handful of designers and...

  • How I Made It: John Krafcik
    How I Made It: John Krafcik

    The gig: John Krafcik is president of TrueCar, a car-buying website and app, which uses pricing data from other buyers to match consumers with a network of dealers. Krafcik, 52, previously was chief executive of Hyundai Motor America.

  • Grad student has already made a mark in consumer privacy, U.S. spying
    Grad student has already made a mark in consumer privacy, U.S. spying

    The gig: Jonathan Mayer is not a typical Stanford University graduate student. Already, at age 27, Mayer is an expert on consumer privacy and government surveillance. His research has been cited by a presidential task force on National Security Agency operations. He's also taken on...

  • For City of Hope CEO, it's about 'something bigger' than himself
    For City of Hope CEO, it's about 'something bigger' than himself

    The gig: Robert W. Stone is president and chief executive of City of Hope, a federally recognized comprehensive cancer treatment center at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Duarte. It specializes in cancer treatment and research.

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    Century Books founders Judith and Steve Marosvolgyi on the same page

    The gig: Judith and Steve Marosvolgyi are the founders of Century Books, a used bookstore on Green Street in Pasadena.

  • For her, rocket science is just the start
    For her, rocket science is just the start

    The gig: Andrea Belz, 42, is an author, nuclear physicist, business owner and an assistant professor at USC's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Most recently, she was named academic director of a master's program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation that begins this fall at USC. The...

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