Orange County Business Journal

Game Maker Takes Artsy Approach

The recent acquisition of thousands of digital jigsaw puzzles signals a new turn for MobilityWare as it diversifies revenue streams beyond traditional card games.

By Chris Casacchia December 19, 2016 midnight share »
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Peppers Wins Lott Trophy

University of Michigan standout Jabrill Peppers took home top honors at the 13th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards last night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

By Chris Casacchia December 12, 2016 10:56 a.m. share »

Firm Mulls IPO Hinged on Video Analytics, Other Lines

Irvine Sensors Corp. is exploring an initial public offering as it develops a video analytics platform that incorporates artificial intelligence.

By Chris Casacchia December 12, 2016 midnight share »

Conexant Climbs on Amazon Deal

Conexant Systems Inc.’s new deal with Amazon.com signals a comeback for the Irvine-based chipmaker, which emerged from bankruptcy organization more than three years ago under the ownership of hedge fund billionaire George Soros.

By Chris Casacchia December 12, 2016 midnight share »
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Conexant Chips for Amazon’s Alexa

Chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. in Irvine is supplying key audio and voice technology to Amazon.com as part of a deal announced this morning.

By Chris Casacchia December 8, 2016 8 a.m. share »
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Microsemi Invests in GE Spinout

Chipmaker Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo is part of a consortium of investors putting $18.7 million into an Irvine startup spun out of General Electric’s Global Research Center.

By Chris Casacchia December 7, 2016 10:17 a.m. share »
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Game App Maker Buys Puzzle Firm

MobilityWare in Irvine bought Critical Hit Software in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

By Chris Casacchia December 7, 2016 7:11 a.m. share »

Irvine Nihon Unit Lands $35 Million Defense Contract

Irvine-based Nihon Kohden America Inc. has been awarded a $35.3 million one-year contract by the Department of Defense to supply patient monitoring equipment.

By Chris Casacchia December 5, 2016 midnight share »

Western Digital Joint Venture Provides New Path in China

The much-anticipated joint venture between Western Digital Corp. and China-based electronics manufacturer Unisplendour Corp. Ltd. is up and running a little more than a year after the agreement was first struck.

By Chris Casacchia December 5, 2016 midnight share »
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Ingram Sale Gets China Nod

Ingram Micro Inc.’s $6 billion pending sale to Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. has gained a key regulatory approval in China.

By Chris Casacchia December 2, 2016 10:42 a.m. share »
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Kingston Sponsors Top Gamer

The gaming accessories unit of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Co. Inc. will sponsor one of the world’s top “Street Fighter” players.

By Chris Casacchia November 30, 2016 4:29 p.m. share »

USB Touted as Ultra-Secure Closes In on Retail Deal

Irvine startup Webcloak is nearing a deal with a national retailer to distribute its USB device, which it says allows users to anonymously browse the web and prevent viruses, data theft or identity breaches.

By Chris Casacchia November 28, 2016 midnight share »

Goldman Gets Behind Fast Grower

Irvine-based Mavenlink Inc. is scouting new headquarters in Irvine to accommodate a hiring push in the wake of raising $39 million from lead backer Goldman Sachs.

By Chris Casacchia November 28, 2016 midnight share »

Hyundai’s New Take on Tech

Here’s what the world didn’t see when Hyundai Motor America Inc. showed off its first self-driving vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week:

By Chris Casacchia, Mediha DiMartino November 21, 2016 midnight share »

NB-Based Team Tennis Franchise Up for Sale

Orange County’s professional tennis team is up for sale.

By Chris Casacchia November 21, 2016 midnight share »

Vizio Sale in Spotlight of Chinese Buyer’s Finances

Vizio Inc.’s pending $2 billion sale to LeEco bears watching as chatter picks up in analyst circles that the China-based conglomerate has hit a cash crunch as it expands product lines and markets.

By Chris Casacchia November 21, 2016 midnight share »
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Irvine Software Maker Raises $39M

Irvine-based business software maker Mavenlink Inc. has raised $39 million in a Series D round led by Goldman Sachs.

By Chris Casacchia November 15, 2016 5 a.m. share »

Team WD

Western Digital Corp.’s widespread legal team will head to Northern California this week for their annual global meeting.

By Chris Casacchia November 14, 2016 midnight share »

Will Shakeup in Chip Sector Include Microsemi?

Another big shake-up could play out soon in Orange County’s chip sector, which has lost several local headquarters over the last few years amid a growing appetite for consolidation.

By Chris Casacchia November 14, 2016 midnight share »

Blizzard Puts Spotlight on Existing Games at Fanfest

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. departed from its standard routine for Blizzcon this year, using the annual fanfest at the Anaheim Convention center to tout upcoming content releases for existing games and plans for a new e-sports league.

By Chris Casacchia November 14, 2016 midnight share »
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Microsemi Posts Record Sales

Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo reported record sales in its fiscal year, and September quarter revenue and adjusted profits that narrowly topped Wall Street expectations.

By Chris Casacchia November 10, 2016 2:06 p.m. share »

Inside Amazon

In-house game developers on one team.

By Chris Casacchia November 7, 2016 midnight share »

Computer Products Maker Shows Off Expanded HQ

The Business Journal got a sneak peek at Iogear’s new 70,000-square-foot digs at Irvine Spectrum, which are outfitted with a product showroom and training space created to drum up more business for its network of resellers and distributors.

By Chris Casacchia November 7, 2016 midnight share »

Wang’s Consumer Electronics Vision Realized Post-Sale

LeEco’s recent U.S. launch, which included a long press event in San Francisco, may have provided a glimpse into why Vizio Inc. agreed to a sale in July to the Chinese conglomerate.

By Chris Casacchia October 31, 2016 midnight share »

UCI Cybersecurity Director Named

National intelligence expert and corporate attorney Bryan Cunningham has been hired to lead the new Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine.

By Chris Casacchia October 31, 2016 midnight share »

Little Company Could Make Big Flight Milestone

A small engineering firm in Costa Mesa is a step closer to bringing the first battery-powered helicopter to market.

By Chris Casacchia October 31, 2016 midnight share »
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Ricoh Cuts 147 Jobs

Ricoh Electronics Inc. will eliminate more than one-third of its employment base at its Tustin headquarters as part of a global restructuring of manufacturing operations.

By Chris Casacchia October 26, 2016 3:50 p.m. share »
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WD Tops Earnings Targets

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. reported revenue and adjusted profits in the September quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Chris Casacchia October 26, 2016 2:57 p.m. share »
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Toba Co-Leads eSports Investment

Newport Beach-based Toba Capital invested in the booming eSports segment, co-leading a $5 million funding round for a Santa Monica company that runs tournaments and related events for amateur gamers.

By Chris Casacchia October 26, 2016 6 a.m. share »

Game Maker Plays Fast With Crowdfunder Campaign

Newport Beach-based video game maker inXile Entertainment knows how to run an online fundraising campaign.

By Chris Casacchia October 24, 2016 midnight share »

Real Estate Deals

Santa Ana HM Property LLC sold a restaurant building in Santa Ana to 99 Motel LLC for $3.7 million, or about $1,584 per square foot.

By Chris Casacchia October 24, 2016 midnight share »
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Software Maker Buys Colorado Firm

Flatirons Solutions in Irvine acquired the assets of a Colorado company that specializes in flight operations software.

By Chris Casacchia October 19, 2016 3:12 p.m. share »

Greenwave Hires Goldman Sachs, Eyes Possible IPO

Irvine-based smart technology provider Greenwave Systems Inc. is exploring an initial public offering.

By Chris Casacchia October 17, 2016 midnight share »

Aerospace & Defense Contractors Lose Altitude on Jobs

Orange County’s largest aerospace and defense contractors posted a modest drop in local employment in the past year.

By Chris Casacchia October 17, 2016 midnight share »

OC Tech Alliance Award Winners Run the Gamut

Woburn, Mass.-based chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc., which has an executive base in Irvine, and Irvine-based business software maker Mavenlink Inc. were among the big winners at the 23rd Annual OC Tech Alliance Award Gala at Westin South Coast Plaza.

By Chris Casacchia October 17, 2016 midnight share »

Software Maker Sees Bigger Future in New HQ

Security software maker SecureAuth Corp. has leased new headquarters at Irvine Spectrum to accommodate a hiring surge as it expands its services.

By Chris Casacchia October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Smith’s Toba Backs SF Software Firm

Newport Beach-based Toba Capital took a lead role in a $10 million initial funding round for San Francisco-based human resources software specialist Restless Bandit.

By Chris Casacchia October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Boost Aims to Do Good, Well at Polls

An Irvine-based unit of Sprint Corp. hopes to transform retail stores across the nation into polling places on Election Day in an effort to turn out the vote in underserved, urban communities.

By Chris Casacchia October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Skyworks Continues to Beef Up With Local Hire

Another local addition to the executive brass of Skyworks Solutions Inc. points to Orange County’s growing influence at the Woburn, Mass.-based chipmaker.

By Chris Casacchia October 10, 2016 midnight share »
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Toba Backs SF Software Firm

Newport Beach-based Toba Capital took a main role in a $10 million initial funding round for a San Francisco company called Restless Bandit, a specialist in human resources software.

By Chris Casacchia October 5, 2016 3:02 p.m. share »

Software Maker Joins Data-Breach Resistance Group

Irvine-based security software maker SecureAuth Corp. is taking a lead role in establishing a consortium of private and public entities to solve the growing problem of data breaches.

By Chris Casacchia October 3, 2016 midnight share »

Super Charged

Benjamin Park understands his customers, a likely consequence of using several different smartphones throughout the day.

By Chris Casacchia October 3, 2016 midnight share »

Cylance of the Worms

A friendly hacking wager in college ultimately led Stuart McClure into cybersecurity.

By Chris Casacchia October 3, 2016 midnight share »

Greenwave’s Latest Growth Spurt

A number of local companies and investors stand to benefit from Irvine-based smart technology provider Greenwave Systems Inc.’s acquisition of Predixion Software in Aliso Viejo.

By Chris Casacchia September 26, 2016 midnight share »

Kingston Milestone: Headset Sales Top 1 Million

Kington Technology Inc. has sold more than 1 million headsets geared for gamers since releasing its first model a little over two years ago.

By Chris Casacchia September 26, 2016 midnight share »

Fiber Optics in Cox Growth Plan for OC Operations

Sam Attisha, Cox Communications Inc.’s new regional manager for Orange County, has laid out his top priorities in overseeing one of the company’s most important markets.

By Chris Casacchia September 26, 2016 midnight share »
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Greenwave Buys Predixion

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

By Chris Casacchia September 20, 2016 5 a.m. share »

UCI Aces Test On Rams Camp

University of California-Irvine is still buzzing in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Rams holding their first training camp in Southern California in 22 years.

By Chris Casacchia September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Tablet Maker grandPad Expands to Switzerland

Orange-based startup tablet maker grandPad Inc. has partnered with Switzerland’s largest telecom in its first international expansion.

By Chris Casacchia September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Burgeoning Cybersecurity Lifts Cylance Nearly 2,000%

Cylance Inc.’s security software was lauded recently by federal officials for playing a key role in discovering and mitigating one of the largest government data breaches in U.S. history.

By Chris Casacchia September 19, 2016 midnight share »

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