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Pokémon Go Craze Creates Buzz for Startups, Other Local Companies

One deal signed, talks under way on additional augmented reality workAugmented reality has always been in the shadows of its more famous parent, virtual reality. That all changed in a big way in July when Pokémon Go took the world by storm. OC startups with an AR focus have since seen a surge of interest from clients and investors.

By Deirdre Newman August 15, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Auto Show Makes Room for Trucks

This year’s Orange County International Auto Show will occupy 25% more room at the Anaheim Convention Center for its Oct. 6-9 run.

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Carrick Capital Buys in Philadelphia

Carrick Capital Partners in Newport Beach has invested $50 million in InstaMed in Philadelphia.

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OCTANe, OC Tech Group to Merge

OCTANe in Aliso Viejo will merge with Orange County Technology Alliance in Mission Viejo.

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Microsemi’s Peterson to Chapman Board

Chapman University said Microsemi Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive James Peterson has been elected to its Board of Trustees.

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Greenwave Buys Predixion

Irvine-based smart technology provider Greenwave Systems Inc. bought Predixion Software in Aliso Viejo on undisclosed terms.

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Mapping Software Maker Draws $36M

Irvine-based Digital Map Products, a provider of cloud-based spatial technology, has secured more than $36 million in funding, the company said today.

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UCI to Open eSports Arena

University of California-Irvine next week opens the first eSports area run by a public university.

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Ex-Blizzard Exec in Irvine Startup

Former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Creative Director Rob Pardo has started a gaming studio in Irvine that aims to build the types of interactive worlds that made his former company a pioneer in the industry.

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Karma Sticker: $130K

Karma Automotive LLC in Costa Mesa set the price for its Revero sports car at $130,000 but it was unclear when the car would be delivered to the 80 buyers who’ve placed initial orders.

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JD Power Sale Complete

The $1.1 billion sale of J.D. Power and Associates, a Costa Mesa-based unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., to XIO Group in London is complete, the consumer data and analytics firm said today.

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Netlist in $15M Offering

Netlist Inc. will sell $15 million in common stock, the Irvine-based storage equipment maker said today.

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Smith Micro Gets $4M

Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software announced today that it’s raised $4M in funding from Unterberg Koller Capital Fund L.P. in New York, along with William Smith, the company’s founder and chief executive.

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Smith Micro Avoids Delisting

Smith Micro Software Inc. has regained compliance with the NASDAQ Stock Market’s minimum bid price requirement, the Aliso Viejo company announced today.

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FantasyAces Acquires More Players

The parent company of Aliso Viejo-based startup FantasyAces LLC has entered an agreement to acquire a database of fantasy sports players from Gaming Nation Inc.

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Lantronix Narrows Loss

Irvine-based Lantronix Inc. reported lower net losses in its most recent quarter and year; shares rose 15% after-hours Tuesday but declined on a sell-off in Wednesday trading