San Diego Business Journal

Company Knows the Score When It Comes to High School Sports

SPORTS: App Lets Fans Cover Games, Enjoy Friendly Rivalries

A Solana Beach app developer that offers play-by-play details of high-school sporting matches recently got some resources to expand the business — and some validation, as well. Doubtless the people at ScoreStream Inc. found it as welcome as a cool drink after a football drill under the late summer sun.

Activist Investor Pushes for Changes at Qualcomm

TECH: Company Confident In Its Corporate Structure

Qualcomm Inc. faces several chances to increase shareholder value, New York-based JANA Partners LLC said in a letter to shareholders on April 13, noting at one point that the San Diego company could profitably sell its chip-making segment.

GA Handles a Tall Order for Fusion Experiment

ENERGY: Huge Electromagnet To Play Key Role in Program

In the world of specialty manufacturing, this is about as specialized as you get.

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Soiling Its Reputation

ECONOMY: Sea Lion Waste Wreaks Havoc on La Jolla Cove Businesses

The Goldfish Point Café enjoys a unique location with foot traffic that most businesses would envy: The world-famous La Jolla Cove draws in tourists every day.

March Unemployment Rate for County is 5.1%

San Diego County’s unemployment rate hovered close to pre-recession levels in March, reaching 5.1 percent, down from 7.1 percent one year ago, according to preliminary data released by the state.

ViaSat Awarded $12.3 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy said it has awarded Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. a three-year, $12.3 million contract to repair MIDS radios used on various aircraft platforms.

Navy Awards $25.3 Million Deal to RQ-Bert Joint Venture

The U.S. Navy awarded the RQ-Berg Joint Venture of Carlsbad a $25.3 million deal to upgrade the infrastructure at Camp Wilson at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Navy planners expect the work will take two years.

Google Executive Joins Novatel Leadership Team

An executive search led Novatel Wireless Inc. to Google. The San Diego company said on April 15 that it hired a Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) executive to be its new executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Program Examines Military's Future in San Diego

Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 will offer a look at the military in San Diego as part of its Breakfast Dialogue program series.

Investor Suggests Ways Qualcomm Can Increase Its Value

Qualcomm Inc. faces several chances to increase shareholder value, New York-based JANA Partners LLC said in a letter to shareholders on April 13, noting at one point that the San Diego company could profitably sell its chip-making segment.

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ViaSat Increases Its Board of Directors to 8, Names New Director

ViaSat Inc. said on April 8 that it increased the size of its board to eight directors, and appointed Frank Biondi Jr. to the new additional seat.

Glitch Doesn’t Dent Navy’s Confidence in New Catapult

The U.S. Navy’s new electromagnetic aircraft catapults, made by San Diego-based General Atomics, will need some fine-tuning before they launch anything off of an aircraft carrier deck. The catapults are going onto the USS Gerald R. Ford — which is scheduled to join the fleet in spring 2016 — and aircraft carriers that come after it.

With This Software, Many Voices Can Speak as One

TECH: Data From Old, New Devices Can Communicate

Like people, machines speak different languages. Chad Trytten is building a business on the proposition that they can all speak together.

Port Commissioners to Meet to Discuss Hiring CEO

The Board of Port Commissioners of the San Diego Unified Port District has scheduled two closed session meetings, on April 10 and 11, to discuss the appointment of a new president, chief executive officer and executive director.

Michelle Sterling Named Executive VP for Human Resources at Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc. said it has named Michelle Sterling as executive vice president of human resources, effective May 4.

Cubic Gets $6 Million Contract from New Zealand

Cubic Corp. said on April 8 that it received a contract worth more than $6 million from the government of New Zealand to design, supply and install a weapons training range.

Qualcomm Declares Dividend of 48 Cents Per Share

Qualcomm Inc. declared a dividend of 48 cents per share on April 8.

Kyriba Receives $21 Million in Series C Funding

Kyriba Corp. said on April 7 that it received $21 million in series C funding.

U.S. Army Awards $24 Million Contract to Cox Construction

Vista-based Cox Construction Co. received a $24 million U.S. Army contract to put up a building in Orange County. The Army Reserve Center in Tustin will include a training building for the 600-member unit, an organizational maintenance shop and a storage building.

Deadline Set for QPrize Competition

Qualcomm Ventures set a July 10 deadline to apply for its annual QPrize international seed investment competition.

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $8.3 Million Contract

Lockheed Martin Corp. received an $8.3 million contract to provide one year of planning and support for two U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships, the USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth. Half of the work will be done in San Diego, the other half in New Jersey.

General Atomics ASI Announces Three Defense Deals

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway received two contract modifications, worth $47.7 million and $14.8 million, from the U.S. Army for the acquisition of ground equipment for unmanned aircraft.

Tech Innovators Are Sought for Accelerator Program

hrough the years, the people at the U.S. Navy lab on Point Loma have dreamed up all sorts of advanced and imaginative technologies. Their ideas include a radio antenna made from a stream of seawater, and a high-velocity spherical microbot.

General Atomics ASI Announces Army Contracts

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway received two contract modifications, worth $47.7 million and $14.8 million, from the U.S. Army for the acquisition of ground equipment for unmanned aircraft. Work will take place over the next two years. The Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. awarded the deals, announced April 1 and 2.

Inventor Is Looking to Take ‘Selfies’ to Some New Heights

Tyler McGahee may be on to something with the selfie drone.

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New Dry Dock Sign of Navy’s Pivot to Pacific

DEFENSE: More Ships, Jobs And Defense Work Are Likely

BAE Systems Ship Repair is buying a new, larger dry dock for its Barrio Logan yard, and company officials said they plan to increase the yard’s workforce by as many as 500 people over five years.

Tech Innovators Sought for Accelerator Program

Through the years, the people at the U.S. Navy labs on Point Loma have dreamed up all sorts of advanced and imaginative technologies. Their ideas include a radio antenna made from a stream of seawater, and a high-velocity spherical microbot. Now the Navy and some private sector partners are looking for a few good entrepreneurs to take those technologies to the commercial market.

General Dynamics Nassco Gets $61.8 Million Navy Award

General Dynamics Nassco said on April 2 that it made the initial cuts of steel on the third ECO tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers.

Region's Economy Continues Upswing, USD Index Shows

The University of San Diego economic index rose for the ninth straight month in February, with six out of six components advancing for the second month in a row.

SmartDrive Systems Raises $50 Million in Venture Funding

SmartDrive Systems said on March 30 that it raised $50 million of additional venture funding.

Novatel Wireless Acquires Oregon-Based Feeney Wireless

Novatel Wireless Inc. said on March 30 that it acquired Feeney Wireless, an Oregon company that specializes in electronics for the Internet of Things.

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Cubic Receives $9.4 Million Army Contract

ubic Corp. received a $9.4 million U.S. Army contract modification to operate the Korea Battle Simulation Center for the next 12 months. The Pentagon made the announcement March 25.

AT&T Announces $725M in Capital Improvements Made Locally

AT&T Inc. announced that it put more than $725 million into capital improvements in the San Diego area over the last three years. The corporation counted investments to both its wired and wireless networks made between 2012 and 2014.

AT&T Announces Local Improvements

AT&T Inc. announced that it put more than $725 million into capital improvements in the San Diego area over the last three years. The corporation counted investments to both its wired and wireless networks made between 2012 and 2014.

Everyone Is on Offense When Divvying Up the Defense Budget

The rodeo in Washington is getting going, with lawmakers wrangling over the shape of the Defense Department’s 2016 spending plan.

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Entrepreneur Tosses His Snack Into the Health-Food Ring

FOOD: Salad Bites Look for Market in Changing Grocery Scene

La Jolla entrepreneur Keith Mullin is an idea man.

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Firms’ Reputations Grow at SXSW Event

STARTUPS: Crop Technology, Tax Filing Get Noticed in Austin

The knot of people who converged at the South by Southwest festivals saw and heard the best of what’s new. Judges thought two San Diego companies, Slantrange Inc. and Common Form Inc., belonged in that category.

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Cubic Receives $9.4M Army Contract

Cubic Corp. received a $9.4 million U.S. Army contract modification to operate the Korea Battle Simulation Center for the next 12 months. The Pentagon made the announcement March 25.

BAE Systems Awarded $16.8 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy announced on March 26 that it awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $16.8 million contract modification covering shipyard work for the USS San Diego.

InfoSonics Introduces Smartphone for Budget-Saavy Consumer

InfoSonics Corp. said on March 23 that it introduced a budget smartphone that offers fast data service known as 4G LTE.

Beechcraft Selling Plane to Iraqi Government

Beechcraft Defense Co. is selling one of its small planes to the government of Iraq under a foreign military sale, the Pentagon announced on March 25.

Qualcomm Invests Undisclosed Amount in Cyanogen

Cyanogen Inc., a Seattle company that has created its own operating system for smartphones, has attracted an undisclosed amount of investment from Qualcomm Inc.

GKN Aerospace Signs $200 Million Contract With Rolls Royce

GKN Aerospace — which has factories in El Cajon and Mexicali, Mexico — said earlier this year that it agreed to supply Rolls-Royce PLC with components for the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine.

Callaway Golf Shares Close Up at $9.55

Shares of Callaway Golf Co. gained more than 11 percent in value on March 23, and then backtracked 3 percent in after-hours trading.

No Blackouts for Undersold Chargers Games in 2015

It’s official: every San Diego Chargers game in the 2015 season will be televised.

Pulse Electronics Corp. Reports Net Sales of $343.5M in 2014

Pulse Electronics Corp. reported a net loss of $9.6 million on net sales of $80.1 million for its fourth quarter.

Andrew Viterbi Inducted Into Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Qualcomm Inc. co-founder Andrew Viterbi was inducted into Connect’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame during a recent luncheon at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.

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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