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Zuckerberg’s Reality

Facebook Inc.’s eye-popping $2 billion acquisition of Irvine startup Oculus VR Inc. is a long-term bet on the future of computing, Mark Zuckerberg told analysts last week.

Gordon’s Opus

From Recapitalization to $4B in Assets, Eye on More

Stephen Gordon was unabashedly proud of the company he kept at the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

Map of American Dream

Sunil Tolani Eyes Coast-to-Coast Portfolio of Hotels

A U.S. map on the wall of Sunil Tolani’s office in Fullerton is dotted with pushpins marking the hotels his company owns and operates.

Call Your Mom!

Incipio’s Fast Growth Keeps Fathollahi Busy

Andy Fathollahi characterized Incipio Technologies Inc. as “the famous case maker that makes everything and cases.”

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

Tourism Promoter Starts Site in Chinese

A new website of the Orange County Visitors Association promoting the county’s tourism industries and attractions to Chinese travelers is now running.

Vans Skatepark Project Investment in Its ‘Heritage’

Partners With City to Give Back to Fans, Donates $2M

The Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach opened March 22, thanks to a $2 million investment from the Cypress-based shoe and apparel company.

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Hotel Happenings: Renovation Celebrations; Embassy Suites GM Switches

The 335-room Wyndham Irvine-Orange County Airport held a launch party Thursday evening following the completion of several property improvements.

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Local Corp. Tests Retail Ad Tool in 2 Markets

Irvine-based advertising technology provider Local Corp. introduced a new mobile ad service for retailers at ad:tech in San Francisco.

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Facebook to Pay $2B for Irvine Startup

Irvine-based start-up Oculus VR Inc. has agreed to a $2 billion sale to Facebook Inc.

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OCVA Website for Chinese Travelers Goes Live

A new website from the Orange County Visitors Association promoting the county's tourism industries and attractions to Chinese travelers is now running.

Wall Street Backer for Cruttenden’s Main Street Micro-Investing App

FINANCE: Looks to link mass market, money managers

Walter Cruttenden, an investment banking pioneer in Orange County, has secured $5.5 million in funding from a Wall Street fund manager to bring his latest business venture to market.

Robinson Eyes GM; Santa Ana Name Game; OC Hoop-La

Don’t be surprised if Mark Robinson surfaces once again as a key player on the national stage, now that General Motors is facing the legal music on a defect in ignition switches that appears to have kept some airbags from working and has been linked to 12 deaths.

Startup Raises $4.5M in 1st Round

Irvine startup Bitvore Corp., which mines information from email, social media and websites for business customers, closed a $4.5 million inaugural fundraising round.

5 Entrepreneurs Honored for Excellence

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners of the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards last week.