Orange County Business Journal


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Microsemi Aboard NASA Spacecraft for Pluto Mission

Space Unit Targets Niches In Mission-Critical Work

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. has supplied several key components on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which was sent in part to study Pluto in a mission launched nearly a decade ago from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Tustin Engineering Firm Acquired

Tustin-based electrical engineering firm R.E. Wall and Associates Inc. was acquired by Los Angeles-based Morrow Meadows Corp.

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Iteris Names New CEO

Technology industry veteran Joe Bergera has been named chief executive of Iteris Inc., the Santa Ana-based data provider and traffic management software maker said this morning.

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Irvine Battery Maker Raises $30M

Irvine-based startup Enevate Corp. has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round has plans to start production of its lithium batteries.

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Kelley Boss to New Role in Atlanta

Steve Lind will move from president of Kelley Blue Book in Irvine to executive vice president of operations at Cox Automotive Media, a newly formed division of Atlanta-based Cox Automotive Inc.

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Former Hyundai Motor Chief to Google

A former chief executive of Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. plans to join Google Inc. later this month to lead the technology company’s self-driving car project.

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Employment Services Firm Adds Execs

Irvine-based Accurate Background Inc. hired President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Dowd, Chief Product Officer Alek Zdziarski and Chief Technology Officer Connie Suoo.

Global Drama, Local Grind

OC-Based Public Companies Take Share of Licks, Carry On

Orange County’s diverse crop of publicly traded companies held up relatively well as worries about China’s economy whipsawed the stock market here and in other markets around the world.

OC Companies Play Key Role as ESports Grow Up

Much of Play Devoted To Blizzard’s Game Fare

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and Kingston Technology Inc. in Fountain Valley are at the forefront of one of the hottest trends in the technology industry that’s attracting stadium-size crowds to venues across the globe and millions of online viewers.

Gamer on Cloud 9 as He Rides Lucrative Whirlwind

Players Do What They Love for Big Cash, Fame

Sean Gares is getting ready to leave his Tustin apartment to catch a 2 p.m. flight out of LAX to Germany.

South Korea-Based Game Maker Sets Sight on West

TECHNOLOGY: NCSOFT hires 100 in Aliso Viejo

South Korea-based video gaming giant NCSOFT Corp. is pouring big money into expanding its Aliso Viejo operations in a global effort to bring a roster of popular role-playing fantasy games to the West under a new business model.

Stantec Buys Another Neighbor in Irvine

SERVICES: Latest deal brings ‘unique skills’ on water work

Irvine-based civil engineering firm VA Consulting Inc. has been acquired by Stantec Inc. on undisclosed terms.

Oculus Effect: Newport Gateway Lands Tech Tenants

REAL ESTATE: Irvine Company revamps, recasts office complex

Oculus VR Inc. might not count Irvine as its headquarters any more, but the virtual reality headset maker’s influence on Orange County’s technology sector can still be seen in the buildings where its local operations are housed.

Western Digital Cuts More OC Jobs

Western Digital Corp. eliminated 81 positions from its Irvine headquarters in its second round of layoffs in the past three months.

Quality Systems CEO Reflects on Early Days on Job

Frantz Settles In, Focuses On Clients, Employees

Quality Systems Inc. Chief Executive Rusty Frantz is starting to “settle into my new role here” after replacing longtime leader Steven Plochocki in July.