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Irvine Company’s Major Revinestment In Newport Gateway Attracting Tech Companies

Cie Digital Labs is the fourth tech company in six months to lease at the 570,000-square-foot campus at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road

IRVINE, CALIF. (August 2015) – Irvine Company Office Properties today announced that Cie Digital Labs, an interactive development firm and technology startup studio, has signed a five-year lease for 13,054 square feet of office space at tech-friendly Newport Gateway in Irvine.

Cie Digital, which had been headquartered in Long Beach, is the fourth technology company in six months to lease at Newport Gateway, a 570,000-square-foot campus that features two 14-story office buildings at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road.

“The city of Irvine is quickly growing into a hub for tech startups,” said Anderee Berengian, chairman of Cie Digital Labs. “There are both mature and young tech companies that call this area home. The growing technology sector in Irvine combined with one of the best areas to live in Southern California will make it easier for us to attract quality talent, which will be important for us as we rapidly scale our core business and create new ventures.”

The Irvine Company recently completed a major reinvestment at Newport Gateway that provides a coastal California lifestyle experience for those working at the 12-acre campus. New features include a sleek, timeless design; indoor common areas with café-style seating for collaboration; a modernized lobby; a revamped conference center; revitalized outdoor spaces with soft seating and complimentary Wi-Fi; an expanded fitness center with training studio; a game room with ping-pong, Foosball and pool tables; and more.

“We are creating gathering places for our customers to innovate, create, collaborate and socialize in a more relaxed way,” said Steve Case, executive vice president, leasing, Irvine Company Office Properties. “The buildings now offer more of a next-generation ‘vertical campus’ experience and the result is we’re attracting companies from across Southern California in a variety of industries, including technology companies.”

Three other technology companies recently leased at Newport Gateway: Mfour, a mobile market research company leased 14,105 square feet; Click Software expanded and now occupies 9,400 square feet; and Oculus, a technology company that was recently acquired by Facebook, has subleased 30,000 square feet to Acorn Group, a company that has created one of the fastest growing mobile investment applications. Oculus still maintains 10,000 square feet of space at the project.

Cie Digital Labs, which started as an interactive development firm, has evolved into a startup studio. Cie Digital uniquely leverages the experience and market insights from its interactive development side of the business to identify new startup ventures. The company carefully selects new opportunities from initial idea, designs the initial product and technology, provides operational resources, and then brings in highly qualified entrepreneurs when the ventures are ready to become their own independent companies. Cie Digital has already spun out two companies: Cie Games was acquired for $100 million by Glu Mobile, and Nativo has raised $32 million to date in total funding as a leading player in advertising technology.

NAI Capital Senior Vice President Tom Nguyen represented Cie Digital.

“I am excited to be part of Cie Digital’s move to Newport Gateway in Irvine,” Nguyen said. “It’s a big win for the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company to attract such a seasoned tech company and team to the property.”

About Irvine Company Office Properties
Irvine Company Office Properties owns and operates a portfolio of approximately 500 high quality buildings in some of California’s most prestigious locations, including Orange County, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and San Diego. The company’s long-term ownership and reinvestment philosophy ensures companies operate in buildings maintained to the highest levels possible. It also assures a rare environment of stability, consistency and on-going quality with unmatched, comprehensive customer service.
About Cie Digital Labs
Cie Digital Labs (CDL) is a hybrid interactive development firm and technology startup studio. Founded in 1998, CDL creates leading-edge digital solutions, serves as an innovation lab for a variety of prominent global brands, and acts as a platform to develop ideas and turn them into new technology ventures.

Cie Digital Labs blends Silicon Valley know-how, startup dynamism and speed with the business maturity of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists, and Fortune 500 executives. This combination gives CDL a deep understanding of how to apply the latest technology to solve strategic and operational business challenges. CDL’s unique hybrid model also enables the company to identify new opportunities that CDL’s startup studio incubates, develops, and accelerates into new products and companies. The leadership team at CDL collectively has played key leadership roles at a multitude of successful startups, including Overture (acquired by Yahoo!), Nativo, StyleHaul (acquired by RTL Group), and Cie Games (acquired by Glu Mobile).

Visit www.ciedigital.com to learn more.