Top Innovators: B.E. Meyers Electro Optics

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In 1974, Brad Meyers began selling optical equipment—telescopes, for the most part—to astronomers and hobbyists. Thirty-six years later, B.E. Meyers Electro Optics is at the forefront of electro-optical technology, manufacturing laser-targeting systems, weapons-mounted and handheld lasers, and long-range, night-vision optics. So how did this Redmond-based firm grow from a one-man show into a booming, 180-employee defense and law enforcement contractor? The credit goes to Meyers and his ability to capitalize on rare opportunities.

Meyers’ first big break came when he coupled image intensifiers with telescopes, creating the first night-vision telescope device. Since then, the company has pioneered the development of long-range, infrared lasers for night-vision devices—and its most successful development to date is the Infrared Zoom Laser Illuminator Designator (IZLID, for short), a laser pointer that directs aircraft to their targets. In addition to the IZLID line, B.E. Meyers’ product suite now includes non-lethal, visual disruption (that is, temporarily blinding) lasers that are used around the world at vehicle checkpoints and naval bases. The company’s night-vision scopes are used by military units and law enforcement agencies throughout America, and Meyers’ line of surveillance is growing as well. With an eye toward the future and a laser-like focus, it’s clear that Meyers has his company headed in the right direction.

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Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Nadella calls it a marriage of 'leading professional cloud' and 'leading professional network.'
 
 

Microsoft on Monday announced that it is buying LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. Microsoft says LinkedIn "will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence." Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year. 

Here is Microsoft's announcment of the agreement, and here is Nadella's email to Microsoft employees, in which he describers the acquisition as bringing together "the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network."