OCBJ WEEKLY EDITION

MYnd Analytics Raises $2.1M to Expand Platform

Offers Telemedicine and Diagnostics Services

Mental health is a hot issue, particularly in light of the country’s declared opioid epidemic, and Mission Viejo-based MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) appears to be on the right track with its diagnostics platform and telemedicine.

Karma Taps California Root System for Campaign

Locally Shot Ads Highlight Car’s Birthplace

Irvine-based carmaker Karma Automotive started its second network television campaign promoting its new luxury Revero model as the “most beautiful electric car you have ever seen.”

Intracorp’s IBC Strategy: Sales, Not Apartments

247 Irvine Units in Works; Costa Mesa Homes, Also

Intracorp Cos. is preparing to take the wraps off the first of several for-sale, infill housing projects near John Wayne Airport.

Acacia Proxy Fight Heats Up With Board Namings

Big Shareholder Cries Foul, Cites Skills Dearth

Acacia Research Corp. has appointed two additional independent directors to its board, much to the consternation of one of its largest shareholders, which has pressed the Newport Beach-based company to replace its chairman and another board member.

Flowspace Expands Footprint to Five New States

To Offer Short-Term Lease Flexibility

There’s no turning back from shopping online. E-commerce totaled $453 billion last year, representing 13% of total retail sales and up 16% year-over-year, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Treichler Trust sold an office/warehouse building to Joyetech Inc. for $5.1 million, or $264 per square foot.

Disney Growth Plans Extend to Industrial Sites

REAL ESTATE: Largest Q1 lease for Cerritos Ave. building

Walt Disney Co. recently signed a lease for an industrial building in Anaheim, the latest notable real estate move of Orange County’s largest employer and the biggest industrial lease in OC so far this year by square footage.

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The Distinguished Businessman

Congressman Ed Royce, (R-Fullerton), took a victory lap last week before an OC Forum lunch crowd in Irvine … 36 years in office, 10 Sacto, 26 D.C. “When I was 40, putting term limits on committee chairs seemed like a good idea,” Royce joked.

Verizon Bundles Telematics Buys Into Verizon Connect

$5B Rollup Included Homegrown Telogis

The long-awaited integration of Verizon Communications Inc.’s telematics unit, which featured a key acquisition in Orange County, is complete.

Cancer-Tester LAM Exits Stealth Mode

HEALTHCARE: Launched IvyGene; to expand Irvine HQ

Irvine-based Laboratory for Advanced Medicine Inc. isn’t pursuing a magic-bullet immunotherapy drug to cure all cancers yet, but it sure is in growth mode.

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FivePoint Plots More Affordable Offerings in Irvine

REAL ESTATE: Market rate condos would start at 654 SF

FivePoint Communities Inc., the real estate firm overseeing development of the former El Toro Marine base in Irvine, has disclosed plans to build some of the city’s smallest and likely most affordable homes in years.

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Karma Company Store Fits Right in on Tony Mile

AUTOMOTIVE: Gets traffic from nearby dealers

Karma Automotive LLC’s landing in Newport Beach was a good one—so good it’s in the process of doubling its presence there.

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Laguna Jewelry Maker Gorjana Goes Boldly into Retailing

RETAIL: Couple rolling out branded stores on both coasts

Jason Griffin and Gorjana Reidel spent 12 years charming major retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. and Bloomingdale’s with their delicate jewelry line when two years ago they took on a new challenge—real estate and branded stores.

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ENJOYING THE RIDE

Publicly Traded Cos. See 15.4% Boost to Market Cap

Orange County’s publicly traded companies probably popped a lot of champagne bottles during the past year.

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Sanitation District Expands Fountain Valley Holdings

2-Story Office Next To Site It Has for New HQ

The Orange County Sanitation District has completed the purchase of an office building in Fountain Valley that it intends to use for expanding operations.

Olson Construction Seeks Boost In Multiunit Projects

Move Meant to Diversify Mix, Retain Talent

R.D. Olson Construction Inc. has made recent inroads in multiunit contract building and said it will maintain or slightly expand its work in that market as it continues a diversification drive of the past five years in a slowing hotel construction market.

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OC Architectural Marvels Include Unique Homes

Glass Walls, Bridges Make Appearances

Retractable ceilings that take the concept of high ceilings to limitless heights.

Boot Barn Follows Up-and-Down Trickle of Oil

Stock Triples; Shows How to Bust Amazon

Boot Barn Inc.’s share price has a history of riding the price of oil like one of the bronco-riding cowboys at the annual rodeo it sponsors.

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Innovation Institute’s Incubator Delivers First Product

Partners With Apothecary For Full CVS Launch

Innovation Institute, founded five years ago as an incubator to commercialize internal medical innovation by doctors, nurses and other hospital care providers in its six health system-owners network, has done exactly that.

Optimism Stays Near Peak In Survey of OC Execs

Hiring Plans Goose Index Amid New Concerns

In looking to the second quarter, Orange County executives kept up the optimism. That’s according to California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey, whose composite index held near its all-time high, dipping slightly quarter-over-quarter from 95.2 to 94.4.

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Apparel Maker Seeks New Repeat-Business Realities

La Jolla Group Teams With Austrian Marketer

Irvine-based apparel maker La Jolla Group wants to get personal with customers.

SendGrid Adopts Design-Centered Tack at New Digs

Mass-Emails Specialist Triples Its OC Space

Denver-based SendGrid spent more than a year designing its new 22,000-square-foot office at 400 Spectrum Center in Irvine.

Masimo Positioned to Grow Telehealth Technologies

Hires Planned For Home-Care Frontier

Revenue from Irvine-based Masimo Corp.’s noninvasive patient monitoring technologies grew last year by 15% to $798.1 million, and Chief Executive Joe Kiani said the company plans to grow its new telehealth initiative.

Fix Manufacturing Turns Tools into Fashion Statement

“It’s How You Carry It,” The Company Advises

Tony Zentil spent 17 years managing Oakley’s accessories division—helping to grow the category from $15 million to $100 million.

Cybersecurity Firm Nubeva Grows OC Operations

To Provide Blockchain-Based Cybersecurity Solution

Take away the hype around digital cryptocurrency—some claim it’s bogus, given that the virtual coins aren’t backed by anything but the value people give them—and what’s left is blockchain technology.

Cryoport Soared to Best-Performing Stock of Bunch

FINANCE: Netlist was worst performer in TTM

Now the envelopes for the five best- and five worst-performing stocks during the year ended March 29:

Business Bites

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 6

Kia Motors America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Michael Sprague announced he’ll leave his post, effective April 17.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

3020 Pullman St. LLC sold a Tesla service center to a private individual for $16.6 million, or $425 per square foot.

Having a Record Year

17% Gains in Past Year As Leasing, Sales Climb

Another active year in building, apartment and land sales, along with solid leasing activity across all product types, made for a strong year among Orange County’s largest commercial brokerages.

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Building a Brand And A Moat in Electric Bikes

RETAIL: Don DiCostanzo powers Pedego on the 4 Ps

Tom Bock had just sold his company when he heard about Pedego electric bikes. “My friend had a bad experience with service, went to see Don, and he got him squared away.

Roadtrip Nation Plans Full Career-Search Path

NONPROFITS: Inspirational service for seekers takes new turns

Three kids, fresh out of Pepperdine University and with no set career goals, jumped into an old motor home and drove around the country, interviewing nearly 80 people, from Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Metagenics Rethinks Nutrition in Patient Care

HEALTHCARE: Focuses on practitioners; plans clinic by year-end

Metagenics Inc. Chief Executive Brent Eck says he believes the future of healthcare is moving toward lifestyle medicine and that the company, which makes medical foods and nutraceuticals, can play a bigger role in shaping personalized nutrition.

LoanDepot HQ Complex Back on Market for Sale

Last Sold for About $40M; One of Wen’s Local Assets

The Foothill Ranch office complex that holds the headquarters of mortgage lender LoanDepot Inc. and other tenants is on the market about 16 months after it last sold.

A Nod to Eric Church

Rsing tide of recovery hasn’t lifted all boats—2.9% growth and half of all industries undergoing disruption can reduce the boost.

CHOC Mental Health Inpatient Center One of Few

Targets Mid-April to Receive First Patients

“Adults with mental health [disorders] don’t just [develop them] all of a sudden,” said Dr. Hoang “Wayne” Nguyen, medical director of Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s new mental health inpatient center, which is scheduled to open this week.

PacMerc’s Vertin Looks to Complete Turnaround

FINANCE: Silicon Valley vet brings analytics to banking

Tom Vertin lost out in the competition for the top job at Silicon Valley Bank in 2011.

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Acacia Now Finds Itself in Proxy War

New York Investors Don’t Buy New Business Strategy

One of Acacia Research Corp.’s largest shareholders is waging a proxy battle to oust the company’s chairman and another director up for re-election.

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