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LEADERSHIP: In a Time of Solid Ceilings, These 2 Women Shattered StereotypesIn a recent study conducted by The Center for Women’s Business Research, with support from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the National Women’s Business Council, the economic impact of the estimated 8 million U.S. majority women-owned businesses is $3 trillion.

By Marion Webb July 3, 2014 3:05 p.m.   $$ Share
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North City Looks to Check All The Boxes in Smart Growth

More than 25 years after the opening of California State University San Marcos, the city is now seeing elements of a long-sought “college town’’ come together near state Route 78.

By Lou Hirsh August 17, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »
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Getting There: The Golden Triangle

As San Diego braces for potentially more gridlock in the already congested Golden Triangle area — fueled by dozens of public and private construction projects moving forward over the next five years — the consensus among local commercial real estate brokers is that patience will be rewarded in the long run.

By Lou Hirsh August 17, 2017 3:03 p.m. share »
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Bitmo Using Gift ‘Cards’ To Solidify Relationships

Carlsbad-based fintech startup Bitmo Inc., which previously aimed to turn its app into the mobile alternative of choice to carrying payment cards, has stripped down the product and turned it into a delivery system for social gifting.

By Sarah de Crescenzo August 17, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »
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Trovagene Puts One Problem Behind It

Local biotech Trovagene Inc. has resolved a year-long legal dispute between the company and two of its former executives, a resolution that cost Trovagene and its insurers more than $2 million.

By Brittany Meiling August 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. share »
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Verimatrix’s Software Navigates Sea of Content Piracy

Verimatrix Inc. keeps those who won’t pony up for online content from watching it, a sought-after service in the age of digital streaming.

By Jared Whitlock August 17, 2017 2:05 p.m. share »
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Rubio’s Caters to Florida’s Tastes

Call it a tale of two coasts. In California, the marketing for Rubio’s Coastal Grill has long leaned on the story of co-founder Ralph Rubio getting hooked on fish tacos while on a Baja camping trip in 1974, and later giving the U.S. its first taste of the fare in a walk-up stand in Mission Bay.

By Jared Whitlock August 17, 2017 2:02 p.m. share »
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Those Software-Engineer Dollars Do Well in S.D. Comparatively

San Diego doesn’t have the most software engineering job openings in the nation. The ones it has, however, are definitely worth grabbing.

By Brad Graves August 10, 2017 1:20 p.m. share »
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The Myths of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is awash in myths and assumptions. The technology — which goes by the name “Software as a Service” or other names — is still poorly understood in many quarters.

By Brad Graves August 10, 2017 1:09 p.m. share »
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Slater’s Brand Deal May Bring Home the Bacon

Slater’s 50/50 restaurants have had no problem pulling in customers to try the meat-centric chain’s signature half-ground beef, half-bacon burgers.

By Sarah de Crescenzo August 10, 2017 12:53 p.m. share »
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Density Is a Big Divider For SDSU, SoccerCity

San Diego State University finally stepped from the sidelines and entered the field of play late last month with its bid to be the master developer of the Mission Valley site of Qualcomm Stadium.

By Lou Hirsh August 10, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »
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Women Founders: How To Get Men to Relate

There’s a clear and well-documented gender gap when it comes to scoring startup capital from investors. Women entrepreneurs receive less cash (less often) than men.

By Brittany Meiling August 10, 2017 12:35 p.m. share »
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EvoNexus’ Downtown Exit May Hurt and Help

EvoNexus, the oldest and most well-known startup incubator in San Diego, is closing its downtown location and consolidating into a new facility in University Town Center.

By Brittany Meiling August 9, 2017 9:50 a.m. share »
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A Side Effect of Brexit May Be Damage to Pharma Research

San Diego drugmakers are facing fallout from divisive politics across the pond, as local biotechs work to understand how Brexit will affect their research (and their bottom line).

By Brittany Meiling August 3, 2017 2:13 p.m. share »
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Ra Medical Aims to Be a Leading Light in Clearing Arteries

A medical device company in Carlsbad is preparing to make its debut on the public markets following a product launch that could boost its revenues ninefold. The company, Ra Medical Systems Inc., just launched a new laser catheter device that could compete with a product of Spectranetics Corp., a company that just got acquired by Philips for $2.2 billion.

By Brittany Meiling August 3, 2017 2:11 p.m. share »
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Medical Transportation Taps Ride-Sharing Tech

Sometimes there’s a specialized industry so ripe for advancement that all an innovator has to do is adapt technology that has already proved itself in the wider market.

By John Cox August 3, 2017 12:52 p.m. share »
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Acquisition Whets Food Co.’s Appetite for Growth

San Diego’s Chosen Foods, best known for its avocado-based cooking oils, is now a division of the company that makes its products, Sesajal S.A. de C.V., the Mexico-based harvester and processor of specialty oils, nuts, seeds and ingredients used in Mediterranean cuisine.

By Sarah de Crescenzo August 3, 2017 12:33 p.m. share »
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Renovate Makes Its Own Improvements

Five years ago, Renovate America became a provider of financing for solar and other energy-efficient residential upgrades.

By Sarah de Crescenzo August 3, 2017 12:28 p.m. share »
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Consortium Carefully Crafts A Fine-Dining Experience

For the past decade, operators of Consortium Holdings have created an eclectic array of San Diego-centric restaurant and bar concepts, several of which could be stops on an evening tour of the city’s burgeoning “foodie” culture that it helped spawn.

By Lou Hirsh July 27, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Shoe Co.’s New Line Takes Untraditional Path

Kevin Gordon brings a fascination for history to work with him.

By Brad Graves July 27, 2017 2:06 p.m. share »
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Perfect Bar Finds Missing Ingredient

Perfect Bar’s big break came when a Whole Foods Market manager in the San Francisco Bay Area gave the fledgling company’s product a 30-day trial. That got its organic snack bars onto supermarket shelves.

By Sarah de Crescenzo July 27, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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ASML Gives a Green Light to Cymer’s R&D, Expansion

ASML Holding NV is laying out more resources on its San Diego operation, four years after buying Rancho Bernardo-based Cymer Inc. for $3.7 billion.

By Brad Graves July 25, 2017 8:11 a.m. share »
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Grocery Gambit Won’t Disrupt S.D. Scene, Yet

Amazon Inc. is steadily growing its footprint in San Diego County, but it could take a while for the e-commerce giant to turn its recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market into a significant contributor to its fresh-food deliveries in the region’s highly competitive local grocery climate.

By Lou Hirsh July 25, 2017 8:07 a.m. share »
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Diagnostics Co. Must Wait for the Results

One of San Diego’s bigger (yet little-known) public companies, Quidel Corp., just inked a deal that could double its annual revenue. But the deal’s closure is dependent on outside forces that may or may not go Quidel’s way.

By Brittany Meiling July 25, 2017 8:04 a.m. share »
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New Drug, New Attitude, New Day at Pharma Co.

Its diet pill was a commercial flop that almost sent Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. to the grave. But now, following a major makeover, the company’s new experimental medicines could bring renewed life to the San Diego biotech.

By br July 25, 2017 7:59 a.m. share »
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San Diego's Wealthiest

The Wealthiest San Diegans list includes individuals with a primary residence in San Diego County. Estimates of net worth are based on information gathered from shareholder disclosures and stakeholder filings, credible published wealth reports such as Forbes and Bloomberg, wealth intelligence sources, and trusted sources. A few individuals cooperated with us to provide guidance for our estimates; most declined or did not respond.

July 13, 2017 2:33 p.m. share »
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New Wealth Brings A Reinvest Culture

When considering the wealthiest people in San Diego, a few names easily come to mind: T. Denny Sanford, Irwin Jacobs, Malin Burnham, Ernest Rady. After all, their names are affixed to lecture halls, civic buildings and research institutes across the Torrey Pines Mesa.

July 13, 2017 2:11 p.m. share »
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Reputation Redesign Needed for San Diego

When it comes to the tech sector, San Diego has a branding problem.

By Brittany Meiling July 13, 2017 1:26 p.m. share »
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Brewer Puts ESOP to Work for Co., Culture

It’s been used sporadically in the U.S. beer industry to keep craft brewers independent: grant ownership shares to workers via an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

By Lou Hirsh July 13, 2017 1:23 p.m. share »
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What Business Can Do

Homelessness sits heavy on San Diego’s doorstep, a seemingly intractable problem that can’t be shoehorned into a one-size-fits-all box.

By brad July 13, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »
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COOL OFFICES

Game rooms, funky art installations and even micro-brewery bars are popping up faster than ever in offices around San Diego County. The reason?

By Jessica King July 6, 2017 2:01 p.m. share »