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Bitwise's planned expansion into Bakersfield seen as taking the city to 'the next level'

Bitwise announcement

Jake Soberal, CEO and co-founder of Fresno-based Bitwise Industries, joins the company's other co-founder, Irma L. Olguin Jr., by video link June 19, 2019, as they announce an expansion into Bakersfield.

Anticipation was in the air as dozens of Bakersfield business and political leaders jammed into a small room on the second floor of the Padre Hotel Wednesday morning for what was sure to be a big announcement.

Once things got going, levity took over. The two presenters, one of whom stood in front of the crowd while the other spoke via video link from Fresno, made little jokes and took friendly jabs at each other.

John Cox can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf. Sign up at for free newsletters about local business.

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