San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Cardiff-based Raken Raking In Kudos for Latest Mobile App

Here’s another information technology success story with that unique San Diego twist. Friends who grew up with Kyle Slager in Ohio have two reasons to be jealous of the Buckeye native.

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‘Field Goal’ Linked To Convention Center

TOURISM: 2 Proposals By JMI Include Chargers’ Stadium

The developer of Petco Park has joined the convention center fray with its own proposals for a downtown facility that could double as convention space and a new home for the San Diego Chargers, as city officials weigh their options to salvage the existing $520 million plan to expand the convention center.

Co. Gathers Partners, M-Health Momentum

TECH: Attendance Doubles at Qualcomm Life Industry Event

Qualcomm Life Inc., the mobile health-focused subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., drew nearly 300 leaders in mobile health care to its annual conference in San Diego last week aimed at brainstorming, collaborating and forming partnerships in a burgeoning industry.

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‘Tactical Urbanism’ Taking Hold in San Diego

Development: Concept Bringing Vacant Lots to Life

Slowly but noticeably, “tactical urbanism” is playing out in San Diego and other large cities where young people are flocking to high-density core neighborhoods in search of their desired quality of life.

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Fresh Start

RETAIL: Amazon’s New Delivery Service Gives Local Food a Lift

With retail giant Amazon.com Inc. now delivering goods to many of its loyal customers, San Diego-based Venissimo Cheese Inc. doesn’t need to depend solely on walk-in customers craving gourmet items such as the fresh goudas, cheddars and prosciuttos sold in its local stores.

Commentary: Level Field for Aviation Contractors Serves State

We’ve all heard the news about companies fleeing California for greener pastures in more “business-friendly” states. It’s no different for our colleagues in the aerospace and defense industry. In recent years, several aerospace companies have picked up stakes and moved operations out of California.

These ‘Lights’ Are a Shining Example of Caring, Compassion

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills special requests for hospice patients and their loved ones, held its annual celebration of inspirational people recently at Old Poway Park.

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Executive Q&A: SCPMG Chief Administrative Officer Jim Malone

Jim Malone is the chief administrative officer for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group — SCPMG — in San Diego, which consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 4,700 ancillary staff who provide care to more than 534,000 Kaiser Permanente members.

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Kaiser’s New Hospital to Bring 450 Beds to San Diego Market

MEDICINE: Increasing Demand to Be Met By New Facility, Upgrades

Kaiser Permanente’s new 450-bed hospital in Kearny Mesa will feature cutting-edge technology and innovative communication strategies while relieving the growing pressure on its current facilities.

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Operation Changes

Walking through the old mansion-converted City Hall in Amsterdam, N.Y., a young Tim Moran climbed into the gated elevator and braced himself when the elevator shook and creaked to a halt — stalled between floors.

City Planning Director Fulton Is Joining the Exodus to Texas

As the city of San Diego gets busy updating the community plans for neighborhoods such as Mission Valley, it will also be searching for its next top planning official.

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San Pasqual Paradise

This custom home, perched on a hill in southeast Escondido, incorporates all the luxuries of modern living.

Who Derailed Proposed Bank Acquisition Is Open to Interpretation

Federal regulators didn’t approve the proposed acquisition of First Mountain Bank by First National Bank of Southern California, with four of its five branches in San Diego.

Drivers REALLY Wanted; Trucking Cos. Look to Fill Positions

It’s Tuesday morning and Stan Ferdyn is holding his regular recruiting meeting in an office building off San Diego Mission Road. He meets a lot of potential employees here, trying to convince at least a few of them to climb into big-rig cabs and take freight across the United States.

Google Executive Brings Big Data Skills to Human Longevity

BIOTECH: Interpreting Massive Genetic Sequencing Information Is the Challenge

A San Diego startup founded by human genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter has recruited Franz Och, former leader of Google Translate and expert in machine learning, to find new ways to crunch and interpret human sequencing data.

Local Beer Summit Tackles Ideas to Improve ‘Hops Highway’

BREWING: North County Efforts Currently Skewed to Production

Craft beer is now a significant economic generator in North County, but more can be done to put the region’s “Hops Highway” — the nickname for Highway 78 — on par with the impact now seen in places like the city of San Diego’s 30th Street “Craft Beer Corridor.”

Local Company Takes a Leading Role in Fight Against Ebola

BIOTECH: Mapp Provided Its Experimental Serum to Infected Missionaries

Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., a San Diego-based company with only nine employees, made international headlines last week for its role in developing an experimental Ebola treatment that may save the lives of two American aid workers who contracted the virus in Liberia.

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OwnPhones’ Earbuds Aim for Perfect Fit With A Sense of Style

TECH: 3-D Printing Used To Make a Custom Product

A visual artist who spent the last eight years in New York City has detoured to San Diego and into entrepreneurship.

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Aqua Sphere, Partners With Olympian Phelps

Aqua Sphere — a swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise and triathlons — has formed a long-term strategic partnership with the Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman.

Court Shrinks Options For Convention Center

CIVIC: Proponents of Expansion Seek Plan B After Ruling Against Hotel Tax

Civic and tourism leaders were scrambling for a follow-up strategy after a state appeals court recently rejected the funding mechanism for the planned $520 million expansion of San Diego Convention Center.

Sempra Sales, Profits Going in Right Direction

ENERGY: Second-Quarter Net Income Up 9.8%; Key Project Gets Financing

Sempra Energy, San Diego’s second-largest company by revenue, is on track get bigger this year, both in sales and profits.

It’s ‘The End’ For Sony’s E-Book Efforts

Sadly, the news media is reporting the end of an era that has an impact on San Diego. Sony Electronics is closing its E-reader business which was orchestrated from its North American headquarters in Rancho Bernardo.

Qualcomm Runs Into Royalty Problems

TECH: China Challenges Affect Analysts’ Outlook

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. touched $80, slid more than 10 percent and have been trying to find their proper level since the company’s earnings call in late July, when executives spoke of the company’s inability to collect all royalties it says are owed by some of its Chinese customers.

Peer-to-Peer Lending Is Gaining Currency

FINANCE: Borrowers and Investors Find a Useful Tool

Peer-to-peer lenders are becoming more acceptable, both as a source of capital for consumers and as a legitimate place for investors to get a better return on their money.

FTD Must Pick Its Course for Provide

ACQUISITION: Staffing Overlap May Bring Cuts

FTD Companies Inc.’s acquisition of San Diego-based Provide Commerce should yield $25 million in annual synergies within three years, according to the buyers. But how those savings will be achieved is difficult to discern.

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Picking Winners

Manufacturing: Rising Instrument Sales Are Music to Industry’s Ears

Thanks in part to the recent popularity of Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro — with an assist from pop stars Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and others — the miniature stringed instruments have become a big seller at San Diego-based Bertrand’s Music.

Commentary: Business Must Lead Innovation to Conserve Water

July 25, Colorado River Day, was recently celebrated as the day the river was officially renamed from the “Grand” to the “Colorado,” honoring the waterway that serves as the backbone of the West’s economy and a critical drinking source for millions.

Builder, Other Cos. Give STEM a Home At Boys & Girls Club

Employees of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. teamed recently with a group of consultants and subcontractors to give the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego what it needed most: a new STEM lab and outdoor garden area at its Ron Roberts Family Branch on East Jewett Street in San Diego’s Linda Vista area.

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Hera Hub Blends Co-Working and Community at Its Offices

SERVICE: Business Signed First Franchise Agreement in April

San Diego-based Hera Hub, which provides women who work for themselves a working space where they can share ideas and meet with others, has signed its first franchise agreement.

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Workspace Trends Favor Flexibility, Collaboration Over Cubicles

PROPERTY: For Office Designers, Division Is Out as Shared Spaces Take Shape

If you’re wondering what the office of tomorrow looks like, two local office designers suggest looking at the trendsetters of today.