San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

San Diego Makes the Grade as Test Market for New eBay App

Location, location, location-based apps are all the rage, if this week’s email is any indication. Two items really stood out, one from a large business, another from a startup. Let me start with the big one.

Tech Savvy Consulting Company Tackles IT Decisions, Acquisitions

TECH: Private Equity Investors Often Use Company’s Expertise

It’s a common situation: investors see potential in some sort of information-technology business, but the investors’ backgrounds are heavy on finance, light on tech.

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Bold Fusion

EDUCATION: UCSD Taps a Top Talent to Form Its Design Lab

Don Norman — electrical engineer, psychologist and design guru for Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other businesses — has been coaxed out of retirement to start the University of California, San Diego design lab.

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Behind the Controls

WEALTH: Linden and Neal Blue Quietly Steer GA And Other Business Pursuits

Their Predator aircraft flies high enough to avoid detection, but J. Neal Blue and Linden S. Blue seem to prefer the opposite approach. The low-key industrialists fly under the radar.

More Businesses Recognize Need for Cyber Liability Insurance

SECURITY: Even Small Companies Must Protect Information, Client Data

Local carriers say one of the biggest trends in property and casualty insurance is an increase in the purchase of cyber liability coverage.

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Innovative Insurance

Employers Finding Alternatives to Traditional Employee Benefits

Unable to offer traditional retirement and health benefits following the recent recession, many small businesses in San Diego County are finding alternative ways to maintain the loyalty of employees.

Spotlight On Parking App for Its Launch

The ballots have been cast, but the results won’t be announced for another month.

Solutions in Works to Meet Downtown Parking Demand

TRANSPORTATION: Initiatives Range From App To Underground Garages

As downtown welcomes more mixed-use projects that bring with them more residents, more consumers and more businesses, there remains a daunting challenge: finding a place for all those people to park.

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Downtown Draw

PROPERTY: Millennials Keep Coming; Hope Is for More Businesses to Follow

The post-recession recovery will be palpable in downtown San Diego starting later this year, as hundreds of new apartments hit the market with the completion of several big projects.

Banking on Confidence

Improving Economy Prompts Companies to Expand, Build or Buy

San Diego County banks are eagerly looking for borrowers in what’s become a highly competitive market.

Taylor Guitars Stays Close to Home to Find Global Talent

WORKFORCE: CFO Leverages Connections With SDSU, UCSD, USD

In addition to having a reputation for making quality musical instruments, Taylor Guitars is known as a local company that has successfully embraced an international business strategy.

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Worldy View

Local Universities Expand International Programs to Meet Growing Demand

As U.S. companies increasingly compete for international trade, local universities are ramping up their efforts to prepare their business students to meet the challenge.