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OC 50

Our Annual Inventory of InfluenceThe Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers. The 50 entries—some made up of two or three people instead of one—are vetted somewhat subjectively by the size of the businesses they own or run, their community involvement or political clout, and the significance they have in their industries. This year’s OC 50 edition features 57 names, six of the entries made up of several executives closely bound by professional circumstances or family ties.

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Brea Food Maker Names COO

Ventura Foods LLC promoted John Buckles to chief operating officer, a new position at the Brea-based maker of branded butter, margarine, mayonnaise, dressings and dips.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 10:53 a.m. share »
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OCVA Focus: Mideast, Mexico

Orange County Visitors Association worked in the Middle East in March and plans new efforts in Mexico, through a California tourism team’s visit, to tell business travelers and tourists they’re welcome locally.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 9:38 a.m. share »
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Ex-Energy Sec. Joins Board

Former Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has joined the board of a nuclear fusion company in Foothill Ranch.

By Chris Casacchia May 18, 2017 11:18 a.m. share »
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CrowdStrike Gets Another $100M

Irvine-based CrowdStrike Inc. has raised $100 million in its latest funding round, the second time the security software maker has hit that investment benchmark.

By Chris Casacchia May 17, 2017 10:16 a.m. share »
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MSC Buys German Firm

MSC Software Corp., a unit of Hexagon AB’s Manufacturing Intelligence, said it will buy VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH to expand into automated driving technology. Terms of the deal weren’t announced.

By Peter J. Brennan May 15, 2017 12:04 p.m. share »
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Revero Hits the Road

The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 12:02 p.m. share »
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OCers Get Ellis Island Awards

Several Orange County residents, as well as others with ties to OC, are recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

By Deirdre Newman May 12, 2017 10:57 a.m. share »
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Veritone Raises $37.5M in IPO

Newport Beach-based start-up Veritone Inc. began trading today on the NASDAQ Capital Markets after raising $37.5 million in an initial public offering.

By Chris Casacchia May 12, 2017 10:16 a.m. share »
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Apparel Maker Cuts Jobs

St. John Knits International Inc. next month plans to cut 130 jobs at its facility in Irvine, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.

By Mediha DiMartino May 12, 2017 9:25 a.m. share »
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Alteryx Beats Street in Q1

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc.’s first quarterly financial report as a public company beat Wall Street expectations.

By Chris Casacchia May 10, 2017 1:55 p.m. share »
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ASICS Down in Q1

ASICS America Corp.’s sales in the March quarter declined 5.3%, according to its parent, Japan-based ASICS Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 9, 2017 3:36 p.m. share »
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FivePoint Eyes Buyback of Broadcom Campus

FivePoint Communities Inc. confirmed it is considering buying back the under-construction campus of Broadcom Ltd. at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods.

By Mark Mueller May 8, 2017 9:54 a.m. share »
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Kush Bottles Buys Distributor

Santa Ana-based Kush Bottles acquired CMP Wellness in a cash and stock deal valued at about $21 million.

By Chris Casacchia May 5, 2017 10:28 a.m. share »
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Autobytel Exceeds Q1 Forecasts

Autobytel Inc. reported March quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 4:34 p.m. share »
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Overwatch Drives Blizzard Sales

Booming sales of the first-person, futuristic shooter “Overwatch” and an uptick in “World of Warcraft” subscribers boosted revenue in the first quarter for Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

By Chris Casacchia May 4, 2017 2:48 p.m. share »