Orange County Business Journal

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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.

By Chris Casacchia September 14, 2016 11:52 a.m. share »
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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.

By Chris Casacchia September 12, 2016 12:57 p.m. share »

WD Lays Out Plan for Global Consolidation

Western Digital Corp. will close three manufacturing plants and cut 1,900 jobs in Asia in a move that shifts more production to its sprawling Silicon Valley operation and elsewhere.

By Chris Casacchia September 12, 2016 midnight share »

New WoW Release Promises Blizzard Recovery

Expect another strong quarter for Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. with the Aug. 30 release of “World of Warcraft: Legion,” the sixth expansion set of the franchise role-playing game.

By Chris Casacchia September 12, 2016 midnight share »

OC, India Both Figure Into Lantronix Comeback Bid

Jeff Benck’s new game plan for Irvine-based Lantronix Inc. is in motion after taking the helm of the sputtering networking equipment maker late last year.

By Chris Casacchia September 12, 2016 midnight share »
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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.

By Chris Casacchia September 7, 2016 2:59 p.m. share »

Startups Get Coveted Audience With Conglomerate

Three startups housed at the EvoNexus incubator at University Research Park and another startup based in Irvine held private meetings with representatives from Huawei Technologies Co., one of the largest diversified electronics makers in the world.

By Chris Casacchia September 5, 2016 midnight share »
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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.

By Chris Casacchia September 1, 2016 3:01 p.m. share »
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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.

By Chris Casacchia August 31, 2016 11:40 a.m. share »

XUMO Uses Data, Digital to Capture Cord Cutters for LG

Technology by Irvine-based XUMO is powering a free streaming content service geared for U.S. customers of LG Electronics Inc., the world’s second largest TV manufacturer.

By Chris Casacchia August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Dwindling PC Sales Pull Down Western Digital Results

Western Digital Corp.’s hard drive sales have fallen to the lowest level since heavy monsoons and record floods shut down its Thailand manufacturing hub nearly five years ago.

By Chris Casacchia August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Better Sense of Performance Now at Pros’ Fingertips

World-class surfer and part-time San Clemente resident Jordy Smith is trying to level the playing field, not against the competition, but Mother Nature.

By Chris Casacchia August 29, 2016 midnight share »

St. Joseph Embraces Digital Change After Challenges

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health, one of the largest healthcare operators in Orange County, set out four years ago to establish a single electronic record for each patient who visits any of its 16 hospitals spread across California, Texas and New Mexico.

By Chris Casacchia August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Chipmakers, led by Broadcom, Cut OC Work Force 16%

Big job cuts at Broadcom Ltd. following its $37 billion sale in February to Singapore-based Avago Technologies Inc. and a string of divestitures fueled one of the steepest local employment drops in the chip sector in years.

By Chris Casacchia August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Kingston Joins Pokémon Bandwagon With Competition

Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Inc. is the latest OC tech company trying to capitalize on the Pokémon Go craze sweeping the globe.

By Chris Casacchia August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Gaming Content Maker Acquired

Twitch.tv, the world’s largest live-streaming site for gaming content, acquired Irvine-based Curse Inc., which creates content for gamers.

By Chris Casacchia August 22, 2016 midnight share »

$97M Army Contract to Irvine Manufacturer

A manufacturer in Irvine has won a nearly $97 million contract to supply weapon components to the U.S. Army.

By Chris Casacchia August 22, 2016 midnight share »
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Amazon’s Twitch Buys Irvine Gaming Specialist

Twitch.tv, the world’s largest live-streaming site for gaming content, has acquired Irvine-based Curse Inc., which creates content for gamers.

By Chris Casacchia August 17, 2016 10:26 a.m. share »
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Smith Micro Down After Reverse Split

Shares of Smith Micro Software Inc. are down in its first trading session after the Aliso Viejo-based company initiated a reverse stock split before the start of trading today.

By Chris Casacchia August 17, 2016 9:44 a.m. share »

Microsemi Names Rams Practice Facility

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. took naming rights of the Los Angeles Rams practice facility at the University of California-Irvine.

By Chris Casacchia August 15, 2016 midnight share »

Liftoff for Growth

An acceleration sled propelled by two compressed air tanks has just concluded one of its first thrusts down a 120-foot runway in a renovated wing at the Huntington Beach headquarters of EnCore Aerospace LLC.

By Chris Casacchia August 15, 2016 midnight share »

Telecoms Reverse 2 Years of Job Cuts With 4% Gain

The continued growth of T-Mobile USA Inc. and Mobilitie LLC’s local operations boosted the employment of the largest telecommunications companies in Orange County over the year ended July 31.

By Chris Casacchia August 15, 2016 midnight share »

US Patent Chief Sees Momentum on Cybersecurity

Michelle Lee, a senior economic adviser to President Barack Obama and the country’s top patent official, in a recent interview with the Business Journal highlighted the importance of new technologies related to cybersecurity, a growing area of specialization in Orange County.

By Chris Casacchia August 15, 2016 midnight share »
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Microsemi Name for Rams' UCI Field

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. has taken naming rights of the Los Angeles Rams practice facility at University of California-Irvine.

By Chris Casacchia August 10, 2016 9:55 a.m. share »

Tech-Exec-Turned-VC-Leader Eschews Corner Office

The allure of taking over the business software unit he grew to about $1 billion in annual revenue until its $2.8 billion sale in 2012 to Dell Inc. wasn’t enough to win over Vinny Smith.

By Chris Casacchia August 8, 2016 midnight share »
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Irvine Gets Google Fiber

Irvine will become the latest U.S. market to feature Google Inc.’s new super-speedy Internet service for businesses and residents—with a caveat: The Mountain View-based tech giant initially is rolling out the service only to select Irvine Co. properties, the companies said today.

By Chris Casacchia August 2, 2016 10 a.m. share »

Kobe’s Transition Game

Kobe Bryant has enlisted some Hollywood big men to craft the next chapter of his life after basketball.

By Chris Casacchia August 1, 2016 midnight share »

On Vinny’s Table: Impact Investing

The dining room table is Vinny Smith’s preferred office these days.

By Chris Casacchia August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Big Wheels, Big Deals

This year’s crop of OC’s richest residents managed to outpace the market by a longshot, thanks to a number of additions and several deals that helped boost the combined wealth of the 45 entries to $72.5 billion.

By Chris Casacchia, Jerry Sullivan August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Purchase of Quantum Fuel Could Bring Turnaround

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide’s recent sale to Douglas Acquisitions LLC may provide the runway and resources to finally put the Lake Forest-based company on solid financial ground after years of tweaking its business model and product lines.

By Chris Casacchia August 1, 2016 midnight share »
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WD Sales, Profits Down

Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. reported lower annual sales and adjusted profits.

By Chris Casacchia July 28, 2016 2:22 p.m. share »
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WD Leads VC Round

Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. co-led a $77 million funding round for a Redwood City startup with noted Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.

By Chris Casacchia July 27, 2016 12:33 p.m. share »
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Vizio in $2B Deal

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. has been acquired for $2 billion by LeEco, a conglomerate based in China.

By Chris Casacchia July 26, 2016 11:53 a.m. share »

Equipment Firm Hopes Seimens Deal Signals Turnaround

A new licensing and manufacturing deal with Dresser-Rand could bring profitability to Irvine-based Ener-Core Inc. after nearly a decade in the red.

By Chris Casacchia July 25, 2016 midnight share »
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Ingram Sale Hits Bump

Ingram Micro Inc.’s pending $6 billion sale to Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. has run into its first hurdle that could ultimately derail the deal.

By Chris Casacchia July 21, 2016 12:43 p.m. share »
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Quantum Fuel Bought

Lake Forest-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. was purchased by Douglas Acquisitions LLC, an affiliate of second-position secured creditors.

By Chris Casacchia July 21, 2016 10:42 a.m. share »
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Silicon Valley Software Maker to NB

Newport Beach-based startup Predictive Inc. has acquired a Silicon Valley software maker developing advanced learning applications.

By Chris Casacchia July 19, 2016 10:21 a.m. share »

OC-Rooted Software Makers Acquired Behind Scenes

Two software makers with deep roots in Orange County that helped develop the industry here quietly changed hands in private equity deals.

By Chris Casacchia July 18, 2016 midnight share »

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