Chris Casacchia

Technology Editor/Reporter

Chris Casacchia covers technology, aerospace and defense and sports. He can be reached at casacchia@ocbj.com.

Email: casacchia@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

Forbes Picks, Misses OC Billionaires on 2018 List

Thirteen members of the Business Journal’s annual OC’s Wealthiest report made this year’s Forbes list of global billionaires.

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Nicholas Donates $40K to UCI Crew

Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Nicholas is donating $40,000 to ensure the men and women crew teams at University of California-Irvine will participate in the 2018 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in May in Georgia.

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Swinging Back

Champions Tour Event in Newport Back With Best Lineup, Exposure

When Toshiba Classic Week begins Monday, it will mark the end of two eras.

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Kingston Headsets Helping to Drive Sales Growth

HyperX, With Gaming’s Help, Speeds to Milestones

The gaming unit of Kingston Technology Inc. has hit another milestone in headset sales.

Microsemi in Play: Report

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corp. is in “advanced talks” on a potential sale to Microchip Technology Inc., according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Ingram Chief Bullish on IoT, Cautious on Blockchain

Monie Says Packaged Vertical Offerings a Driver

Count the chief executive of the world’s largest technology products distributor among the throngs of blockchain skeptics.

This CFO Earned His Pay

Alteryx’ Rubin Managed IPO, Acquisition, Global Expansion

About a month before Alteryx Inc. filed its March 2017 initial public offering, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Rubin was on a flight to the Czech Republic with Chief Executive Dean Stoecker to hammer out a deal to acquire metadata management and oversight specialist Semanta.

TTM’s Schull is Mr. FinTech

Award Makes Statement About His 35 Years

Todd Schull’s 35-year career as a top finance executive crisscrossed the nation.

UEI Shares Pop

Shares of Universal Electronics Inc. are up 25% in afternoon trading to a market value of about $784 million, with shares moving about three times higher than the average.

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Alteryx Beats in Q4

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc. reported fourth quarter revenue and operating income that topped Wall Street expectations, with shares trading 17% higher after the release of the results.

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Kofax Returns to Buying Form After 2015 Acquisition

CEO Says ‘Almost Like Back to the Future’

Kofax Inc. is back in the buying business under the more stable footing of Chicago-based private equity parent Thoma Bravo.

Ingram Micro Says It’s Insulated From Parent Troubles

HNA Group in Cash Crunch; Debt Going Up

The ongoing financial troubles of HNA Group won’t affect operations of Ingram Micro Inc., the company told the Business Journal.

Kofax Seizes On Growing Hunger for Automation

TECHNOLOGY: Declares 2018 ‘Year of the Robot’

A 2013 acquisition laid the foundation for Kofax Inc.’s fastest-growing line of business as corporations seek to replace human workers with automated software in the digital age.

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Philly’s Nick Foles Spreads Cheer to Laguna Hills

SPORTS: Agency Athletes First, QB client just got busy

Justin Schulman’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since his client pulled off one of the most stunning performances in Super Bowl history.

Qualcomm Rejects $121B Broadcom Bid

The board of Qualcomm Inc. today unanimously rejected Broadcom Ltd.’s latest unsolicited cash and stock bid of $121 billion, or $82.00 per share.

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TTM Down on Q1 Outlook

Shares of TTM Technologies Inc. declined about 3% to a $1.5 billion market cap after the Costa Mesa-based company provided an outlook on adjusted profits this quarter that were below Wall Street expectations.

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Hill Climber

Her Resume is Loaded, Stellar, and Slated to Add One More Big Name

In a meeting last month at Broadcom Ltd.’s San Jose headquarters, Hock Tan asked Julie Hill why she wanted to join a board takeover of rival Qualcomm Inc.

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Microsemi for Sale? It’s Reportedly Pondering a Deal

Bank Apparently Helping Chipmaker Mull Options

Chatter is picking up again that Microsemi Corp. is exploring options, including a possible sale.

Irvine Manufacturer Sold for $235M

Irvine-based FMH Aerospace has changed hands for the second time in less than three years.

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One Identity Lonely Cyber Firm No More

One Identity LLC, a key element in Quest Software’s 2012 blockbuster sale to Dell Inc., which made Vinny Smith a billionaire, has closed its first acquisition as a stand-alone company.

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Kingston Says Customization Name of Gaming Game

Debuts Synchronized Memory Module Lights

Another first for Kingston Technology Inc.

Salaam Heisman Fetches Nearly $400K

Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy attracted nearly $400,000 in an auction run by Laguna Niguel-based SCP Auctions.

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Autos Lead Modest Pace of Jobs Growth

Top Foreign-Owned Cos. Still Show Some OC ‘Braun’

Orange County’s automakers helped drive a modest uptick in employment last year among the largest foreign-owned companies with major operations here.

Acorns Gets Fresh Fuel; Talked Up as Possible Exit

TPG Fund Gives Secret Figure, Its First in Fintech

Irvine startup Acorns Grow Inc. is in rare company after securing an investment from TPG’s social and environmental investment fund.

New Owner, New Ingram One Year After Buyout

Life hasn’t changed much for Ingram Micro Inc. since it was taken private a year ago for $6 billion by Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co.

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CES: Snapshots of a Marketer’s Dream

Trade Show Boon to Pro Pitchers

CES has evolved greatly in the past five years from a predominant drone, PC and TV showcase amid the 4K buildup to an increasingly inclusive show promoting the latest in autos, health and wellness, sports, apparel, music and food.

CES Heavy on Security Tech As Firms Answer Cyberjitters

TECHNOLOGY: Kingston, D-Link to intro new lines, partnerships

Several Orange County technology companies at the CES trade show last week promoted new security enhancements and related partnerships in an era when mobile devices and networks are on the front line of targeted cyberattacks.

Chipmaker 2nd to Edwards in Public Company Ranks

Skyworks, Now Run From OC, Increases Sales

Skyworks Solutions Inc., which is run from Irvine, enters 2018 as Orange County’s second-most valued public company, with a recent $18.5 billion market cap.

CES 2018: Universal Creates for DISH

Universal Electronics Inc. helped develop a new voice remote control for DISH Network Corp., the Santa Ana-based company said this week in Las Vegas at CES, the nation’s largest electronics trade show.

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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

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CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

Irvine-based Insteon said its line of connected home devices is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled products, such as Google Home speakers and select Android and Apple smartphones.

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CES 2018: Kia’s EV Concept Car

Kia Motors Corp. and its Irvine-based North American unit Monday in Las Vegas introduced a concept electric vehicle that can travel 238 miles on one charge.

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Firms Full of Anticipation About CES Appearances

TECHNOLOGY: Small OC group plan debuts, hope for deals

CES, the largest trade show in the country, kicks off this week in Las Vegas with dozens of Orange County tech companies angling for a strong start out of the gate in the new year.

Toshiba Unit Keeps Big Printer Contract as Diversifies

Two-Year LAUSD Deal Worth $60 Million

Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. will remain the multifunction printer provider for the Los Angeles Unified School District until at least November 2019.

Boardriders to Buy Billabong

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. has signed a deal to acquire all shares of Billabong International Ltd., creating one of the world’s largest action sports companies.

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OC Lawyer Named Interim U.S. Attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has named Orange County lawyer Nicola Hanna as interim U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, which encompasses Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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Hyundai Sets Date to Go Autonomous

Hyundai Motor Co. in Seoul today announced a partnership with Palo Alto-based Aurora Innovation Inc. to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2021.

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BPOY 2017 Technology: Dean Stoecker

How Alteryx and Dean ‘Stoecked’ an OC Industry and Its Dormant IPO sector

A March initial public offering, two acquisitions, and three strong quarters.

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So Much 2017 Tech News, We Needed Another Issue

Year Brought Deluge of Deals, Raises and More

Last year Orange County’s diverse tech sector produced big headlines, some of which we highlighted in our recent year-in-review issue.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,682.18.

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Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Nominees

The board of San Diego-based Qualcomm Corp. won’t nominate any of the 11 candidates recommended by rival Broadcom Ltd. and investor Silver Lake Partners, the latest turn in the hostile takeover attempt.

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2018 Preview: Technology

Two of Orange County’s closely watched technology stories of 2017 should find resolution in the new year.

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TTM Envisions Growth Via Anaren Purchase

TECHNOLOGY: Would bring new markets, bolster others

TTM Technologies Inc.’s proposed $775 million buy of Anaren Inc. from affiliates of New York private equity firm Veritas Capital would bolster product offerings in the aerospace, defense and networking communications sectors while providing growth opportunities in the industrial, medical and automotive markets.

Time for Ephesoft Boss to Run His Own Company

Kavas Founded Software Maker With $1,000 in 2010

Ike Kavas, who took the top post last week at the Laguna Hills software company he co-founded seven years ago, has laid out an aggressive strategy to ramp up Ephesoft Inc.

Hyundai Gets Smart With On-Demand Service

Allows Providers To Remotely Access Vehicles

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley and Silicon Valley-based Smartcar Inc. will launch a pilot program early next year in Southern California to provide Hyundai car owners with on-demand services from various businesses, including mobile car washes, and grocery and fuel deliverers.

Toshiba Unit’s StubHub Win May Lead to Bigger Deals

TECHNOLOGY: Digital work makes up for print decline

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s multimillion-dollar contract to outfit the StubHub Center in Carson with ultra-high-definition scoreboards and digital ribbon displays highlights one of the few growth markets in an otherwise flat sector challenged by the dwindling life of print.

OC Sports Marketer, Ex-Pro Moon Named in Suit

One of Orange County’s most recognized marketing firms is at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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TTM in $775M Deal for NY Manufacturer

TTM Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $775 million to affiliates of New York private equity firm Veritas Capital for East Syracuse-based Anaren Inc.

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Aria Rolls Out Lighter, Faster FXE

AUTOMOTIVE: Supercar’s developers target world’s elite

Clive Hawkins believes in two ways to mark any 21st birthday.

Drone Servicer Acquisition Affords Arts Access

HB Presence Meets Sky-High Filming Needs

The Huntington Beach operation of drone services provider Measure should get a lift from the company’s expansion into the arts and entertainment industry.