Orange County Business Journal

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Inside Amazon

In-house game developers on one team.

By Chris Casacchia November 7, 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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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