CYBERSECURITY: Norwegian Firm Brings U.S. Headquarters As Well as Jobs to San Diego
Norman ASA is shifting its U.S. headquarters from Washington, D.C., to San Diego, in part, to draw — and keep — talented employees for its enterprise security software business.
TECHNOLOGY: Firm to Split Into Solutions, Services
Seeking to spur growth, create efficiencies and brace itself for an era of shifting federal spending priorities, leadership at SAIC Inc. unveiled plans to split the $10.6 billion corporation into two companies by mid-2013.
Bill VanDeWeghe has joined the board of directors at Rancho Bernardo-based LRAD Corp.
San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced that its Micro Systems business received a U.S. Navy contract — specifically a $4.6 million deal from the U.S. Navy Aerial Target and Decoy System program office in Maryland.
E-COMMERCE: Devices Give Merchants Easy Way To Take Plastic Payments
People who visit Hess Brewing can enjoy a fresh beverage whose origins go way, way, way back in human history.
SALES: Exec Knows It’s Sink or Swim as Field Changes Rapidly
Chris Shimojima, the new CEO at Provide Commerce Inc., has seen e-commerce at its best.
Tom Blair, the longtime columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and former editor in chief of San Diego Magazine, has joined California Strategies LLC.
Ecke Ranch, the Encinitas-based family business long synonymous with poinsettias, will soon be part of the Dutch-based Agribio Group in a deal expected to close in September. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The San Diego Padres announced that the team has extended its player development contract with the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm for two more years, through the 2014 season.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway recently received an $87.3 million contract to retrofit up to 80 U.S. Air Force Reaper unmanned aircraft, applying heavier landing gear and modified bomb racks.
Phoenix Footwear Group Inc., which produces the SoftWalk and Trotters shoe brands, recently reported a net loss of $470,000 on net sales of $3.15 million in the quarter ended June 30.
Ecke Ranch, long synonymous with poinsettias, will soon be part of the Dutch based Agribio Group, according to a statement released by the Encinitas-based grower.
Active military and military veterans who would like to start or grow their own businesses can take advantage of a 10-week class offered in National City.
TECHNOLOGY: Fare Collection, London Tube Run Smoothly at Games
The people staging the Summer Olympics in London worried about everything from terrorism to bad weather to a mass transit meltdown.
AVIATION: Carriers See An Increase in Demand As a Good Economic Sign
Economists measure many factors, from building permits to help-wanted advertising, to assess the health of the overall economy.
Northrop Grumman Corp., the giant defense contractor based in suburban Washington, D.C., has entered a mentor-protégé relationship with small defense contractor Juno Technologies Inc., Northrop announced.
The U.S. Army has enlisted the help of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to improve technology to find roadside bombs.
TECHNOLOGY: AIS’ New Cloud Has Room, Resources and Security
Imagine your company has to sequence a portion of the 2.85 billion nucleotides in the human genome, a task common to San Diego area biotech companies.
MARKETING: Marketer Offers ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Video-Making Directions
America is the land of the do-it-yourselfer: the weekend building contractor, the artist with the studio in her spare bedroom. In the last few years, video producer Jill Addison has noticed do-it-yourselfers, including small business owners, making videos.
Defense information technology specialist Sentek Global said recently that it promoted Andrew Nugent to president.
ECONOMY: Nearsourcing Brings Together Local Businesses
Survey the factory floor at Rancho Bernardo’s D&K Engineering Inc. and you will see kiosks, kiosks and more kiosks.
AVIATION: Nuisance Alerts Reduced; Database Has Map of Power Lines
Sandel Avionics Inc. is working to take the annoyance out of the helicopter cockpit. Instruments can often give false alarms about perceived dangers.
GAMING: Steakhouse, Nightclub, More Slots Part of Harrah’s Vision
The Rincon San Luiseño Band of Mission Indians is weighing whether to build a second, 21-story hotel tower and whether to expand the gaming floor of its Harrah’s brand casino, located on its reservation northeast of Escondido.
INTERNET: $240M Deal May Open Doors Elsewhere
ViaSat Inc. has signed a multimillion-dollar electronics deal that will help the Australian government deliver broadband Internet, by way of satellite, to people in that country’s most remote regions.
The prospect of federal spending cuts is triggering alarm at home and around the country.
VEHICLE: New Brakes Go The Distance In a Green Way
Douglas Wall can talk business. Nathan Meckel can talk technology. But for now, they are talking about car chases.
The essential element of a can’t-miss marketing campaign is … what? The San Diego Business Journal’s inaugural Marketing Professionals Awards will take a dive into that issue, and other topics pertinent to the field.
Qualcomm Inc. executive Bill Davidson will be keynote speaker for the San Diego Business Journal’s inaugural Marketing Professionals Awards, set for the evening of July 26 at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
High tech startup Tealium Inc. said it received $10.5 million in series B venture capital from Boston-based Battery Ventures. The investment follows a $1.1 million series A contribution in January.
ViaSat Inc. has received a deal valued at more than $240 million that will help deliver broadband access to people in the most remote regions of Australia, including outback areas and distant territories such as Christmas Island and Norfolk Island
TECHNOLOGY: Systems Designed to Know When To Reduce Battery Drain
Why can’t the battery last longer? Local venture capitalist Rick Cooper says that’s among the top three concerns coming out of consumers’ mouths when they discuss their smartphones or tablet computers in focus groups.
WIRELESS: Huge Markets Draw Firms To Difficult Challenge
The trick of extending battery life on smartphones and tablets is “a big problem and a big opportunity,” said Rick Cooper, a San Diego-based venture capitalist and treasurer for the Tech Coast Angels.
“Extreme value” food store Grocery Outlet is open in the East Village.
TECHNOLOGY: Its Natural User Interfaces Are Blazing New Trails
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said recently that it closed its purchase of drone aircraft maker Composite Engineering Inc., sewing up the $155 million deal nearly two months after it was first announced.
TECHNOLOGY: LifeProof Negotiates a Competitive Market
LifeProof has built a burgeoning business on the strength of a slim, protective iPhone case. What does it do for an encore?
EMPLOYMENT: Nonprofit Taps Talents of Disabled Workers
Kelly Abbott has found an able and engaged software tester in Gilbert.
TECHNOLOGY: Firms Get Help in Creating an Effective Online Presence
Caritta Lee says her job is part treasure hunter, part artist and part scientist. Actually, she is none of the above.
Shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. closed 29 percent higher on June 27 after word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved its diet drug.
TECHNOLOGY: Experts Give Firms Self-Defense Tips for Network Safety
Seated behind his desk in his office overlooking Sorrento Mesa, Jim Matteo ponders a paradox: Can a computer network ever be completely secure?
TECHNOLOGY: Range Of Threats Requires Evolving Defenses
Cyber threats come in all sizes, from the personal to the national.
ECONOMY: Regional Effects Huge; $20.7B Seen in FY 2013
Defense Department spending is again on the rise in San Diego.
A new study predicts the Pentagon will spend $20.6 billion in San Diego County during fiscal 2012, up slightly more than 1 percent from $20.3 billion in fiscal 2011.
Insights into the personalities of key people in an organization can help an organization move forward.
LRAD Corp.’s high-volume “sound cannon” will apparently be used for security at the London Olympic Games, which begin on July 27.
INVESTMENT: Some Deals In Works; Other Sectors Active
Springtime brought a flowering of biotech acquisitions to San Diego, but it ultimately disappointed a Swiss firm that wanted to make the biggest buy of them all.
Mad Catz Interactive Inc., the San Diego maker of computer gaming peripherals, had to settle for a lower score when fiscal 2012 came to an end.
TECHNOLOGY: Device Tells Shooter if a Target Is One of the Good Guys
Cubic Corp. is trying to address the problem of “friendly fire” with technology.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will pay the city of San Diego $27 million to settle a lawsuit over the October 2007 wildfires, the city and the utility said in a joint statement June 12.
Natural food grocer Jimbo’s … Naturally! says it has signed a lease for 28,000 square feet in the Westfield Horton Plaza shopping center.
Defense: Vehicle Tags Mesh With Military Needs
The scene at the U.S. Army’s Camp Arifjan in Kuwait is mind-boggling. “It’s just acres of equipment, as far as your eyes can see,” said Mary Ann Wagner, president of Cubic Global Tracking Solutions.