March 21, 2011
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Manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of the region’s overall economy, according to the results of a recent survey issued by National University System Institute for Policy Research.
TRIP, a national transportation research group in Washington, D.C., releases a report about California’s horrible road conditions, and San Diego is among the counties included in the survey.
San Diego is in the spotlight, making a lot of interesting lists these days … Consumer rating website betterdoctor.com ranks our region No. 25 based on the ratio of primary care doctors to the population. Greenville, S.C., tops that list with a doc for every 377 residents.
Senate Bill 1138, targeting the deliberate mislabeling of seafood, is one recent piece of lawmaking that could impact the local fishing industry, not to mention anyone involved in the food delivery chain.
There’s a plethora of interesting news flowing out of San Diego’s very active entrepreneurial community in recent weeks ... First up, La Jolla venture capital firm Avalon Ventures was one of the big winners when portfolio company Otonomy Inc., a late-stage life science company developing sustained-exposure treatments for ear diseases, raised $100 million in an IPO offering on Wall Street Aug. 12.
The region is crazy with new business activities. As of early last week, Stone Brewing Co. had raised close to $1.9 million from about 11,160-plus funders at crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com to underwrite its inventive “Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations” pre-sale event.
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.
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.
La Jolla-based venture capital firm Correlation Ventures added eight new startup companies to its portfolio during the second quarter, Managing Director David Coats said. The investments included PowerVision, Soldsie, Splice Machine, SynthoRX and VigLink, plus three smaller seed deals.
Big changes are ahead in how you pay for auto insurance in California. San Francisco startup Metromile launched pay-per-mile car insurance and has updated its connected car platform, which provides operational data that could have a huge impact on traffic patterns in San Diego and other metro areas in the state.
Las Vegas high-roller Billy Walters, who brags he’s wagered as much as $1 million on the outcome of a single hole of golf, hasn’t been able to sell El Milagro, his 9-acre, 21,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe estate, for a listing price of a tad under $20 million.
Two San Diegans were included among five men arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on multiple felony charges alleging a complex scheme to defraud insurers.
A new economic study from the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, along with the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Cali-Baja Mega-Region Initiative,
The University of California, San Diego is taking the lead in a statewide initiative to drive research into the rapidly evolving area of neurotechnology, thanks to $2 million included in the new state budget just signed into law.
The University of California, San Diego’s annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, which promotes commercialization of student research, announced the winners of its recent competition.
CPC Strategy — a San Diego-based, retail-focused search agency that uses a proprietary optimization process to drive online sales — was named an official Google shopping partner, only the 10th business to be so recognized since the program was launched in 2012.
A select few of the region’s startups have been chosen for the next gathering of venture capitalists.
iego Venture Summit set for June 19 features “machine-to-machine” expert Daniel Obodovski, the former director of business development at Qualcomm Inc. and author of “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things.”
The National League of Cities included San Diego in a list of 12 cities with best practices for small business development. The league released a report, “Big Ideas for Small Business,” during Small Business Week held earlier in the month.
Financial literacy website WalletHub picked University Towne Center-based BofI Federal Bank’s rewards checking account as one of 2014’s “Best Bank Accounts for Small Businesses.”
San Diego-based startup CleverPet LLC, which is developing a Wi-Fi-enableld device to help entertain, train and feed your pet when you’re not home, launched a 33-day crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter.
Crime rates dropped in 2013 after an uptick in 2012, regional planning agency Sandag reported. For example, the 2013 rate for violent crime — 3.66 incidents per 1,000 residents — was 5 percent less than 2012.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and some local solar energy industry leaders held a news conference to unveil a report that ranks San Diego No. 2 in the nation behind Los Angeles for the amount of solar panels installed and No. 4 for installations on a per-capita basis.
Increasingly, the corporate world is moving in to reflate the funding ranks left behind as the number of venture capital firms continue to shrink.
The number of visitors to this region surpassed 33 million in 2103, the San Diego Tourism Authority reported, reversing a downward trend over the past three years due to the recession.
San Diego-based website HealthyDiningFinder.com celebrated the seventh anniversary of its nationwide directory with the release of an updated listing featuring 1,000-plus participating restaurants and thousands of new menu choices.
Move over Silicon Valley, there’s a new champ in town. Forbes magazine ranks San Diego as the best place to launch a new startup out of the 50 largest metro areas nationwide.
The local startup scene is generating lots of activity, so let’s jump right in. Daniel Lee, the student entrepreneur behind Hush Technology, won the University of California, San Diego’s 2014 Entrepreneur Challenge Elevator Pitch competition, which was held on campus. Lee also took the audience choice award for “most improved pitch,” as well as $500 for his prize-winning pitch.
San Diego software startup Tower App Development said last week it is conducting a direct public offering, or DPO, at its website to raise the working capital it needs to complete development of its first mobile app, which CEO Tony Silva claims will revolutionize users online experience with social networks. Silva said the little-used DPO, limited to high net-worth investors residing in the Golden State, allows the company to sell shares directly without brokers and underwriters. Meanwhile, the SEC is set to announce this summer rules that will allow any investor anywhere to purchase shares in new companies through equity crowdfunding as part of the JOBS Act of 2012.
Members of the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego will examine the impact of the big data phenomenon when they gather March 12 at the University of California, San Diego.
Selma Hepp, a senior economist with the California Association of Realtors, will offer an outlook on housing for 2014 at the San Diego-area trade group Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ next meeting March 6 in Chula Vista.
The lack of frigid conditions locally — while more than 80 percent of the U.S. was covered in snow and ice in late January — might be one reason why organizers are holding the Climate Leadership Conference here Feb. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.
Come this spring, the “above-average Joe” investor will be able to invest modest sums through equity crowdfunding and online Web portals, just like VC firms, thanks to the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act.
For the past couple of weeks, the Insider has been following the exploits of former Navy SEAL Phil Black, the entrepreneur behind FitDeck, a brand of exercise cards sold at his website.
Last summer, the Insider wrote about Phil Black, founder and CEO of Coronado garage-based startup FitDeck, which sells exercise playing cards to fitness buffs via its website.
San Diego-based franchise operator The UPS Store teams with the nonprofit counselors at SCORE to offer guidance to small business customers about finding a mentor. The campaign at UPS’s 4,300 stores is part of National Mentoring Month.
Happy New Year! The convention business is on a nice growth curve after a five-year lull due to recent economic turbulence.
This announcement shows the changing doctor-patient relationship: North County’s Palomar Health — including its $1 billion Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, which it touts as the “hospital of the future” — has deployed a 21st century wireless network from Silicon Valley-based AirStrip that enables doctors and other providers to access patients’ near real-time clinical data from mobile phones, iPads and other digital devices.
With the two-year federal student loan default rate touching 10 percent, San Diego financial literacy website iGrad decided to survey college and university administrators nationwide to see if their students have the skills to survive the expense of higher education.
The three finalists in San Diego Venture Group’s annual PitchFest have been selected from a list of more than 90 contestants: student housing search service OnMyBlock, “focused ultrasound” medical device startup Sonrgy Inc. and trust fund service provider TrustEgg.
News from the police blotter. Local dietary supplement retailer Ultimate Fitness Nutrition Inc. pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors, including the selling of dietary supplements stuffed with steroids and caffeine and questionable advertising practices, according to a news release from the city attorney’s office.
The San Diego Venture Group released the names of the 10 startups that will battle for $25,000 in cash at its annual PitchFest set for Dec. 12 in La Jolla. The semifinalists were chosen from more than 90 applications.
Here’s a local angle to the upcoming Winter Games. Behind the Scenes Catering, a Sorrento Valley-Mira Mesa-based catering firm, will be cooking meals for 5,000-plus members of the U.S. broadcast and international media, as well as corporate sponsors and athletes, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, come February and March.
Startups in need of angel funding have a new source to possibly tap here in San Diego. Michael J. Kinkelaar, senior partner in the downtown office of Procopio Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, has been working with Orange County investment bank Roth Capital Partners plus member organizations Connect and Orange County’s Octane to launch a new website, openround.com.
What is life? One famous San Diegan might have the answer, if you attend his upcoming book party. J. Craig Venter, the scientist who first sequenced the human genome, will be on the University of California, San Diego campus Oct. 28 to promote his new book “Life at the Speed of Life: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.”
As the number of venture capital firms continues to decrease, some local entrepreneurs are in a quandary about where to find much needed cash.
The US Grant hotel, a grande dame of local hostelries, turns 103 years old this month, with a series of tours scheduled Oct. 15 to celebrate the anniversary.
The San Diego Community College District’s three campuses generate $4 billion in overall activity, which accounts for 2.3 percent of the region’s economy, according to the district’s recently released economic impact study.
Could San Diego’s drone-building defense contractors be under a hack attack?
Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has apparently emerged as the go-to source to raise capital for small San Diego businesses. The latest is watchmaker Original Grain, which used the $390,000 raised from 2,200 people in 30 days to launch a new line of wood and stainless steel watches using a Japanese quartz movement.
La Mesa product designer Curtis Micklish — creator of “The Butler” organizer used to stash cellphone, glasses, keys, wallet and other personal items — is nearing his goal of raising $25,300 at crowdfunding website kickstarter.com.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for the Self-Employed says the arrival of the Affordable Care Act portends dramatic changes ahead for San Diego County’s 238,000 self-employed starting Jan. 1.
Health care, technology and business consulting are the three fastest-growing industries in the region, according to a new business forecast launched by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Silvergate Bank.
Hoist one for San Diego’s craft brewing industry. Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 15 craft beer makers in the U.S., according to a tabulation of 11,500 voters asked to choose from a select field of 72 brewers by a USA Today poll.
Agriculture, already an important activity in the region, has been growing, so to speak. The county’s crop values increased 4 percent to $1.75 billion, according to the annual agricultural report released by the county Farm Bureau and the county’s agriculture commissioner.
In partnership with RusanoMedInvest, a Russian government agency focused on commercializing nanotechnology, local VC firm Domain Associates has participated in a $55 million investment in OC-based private biotech concern ReVision Optics.
Well, looks like I I missed this final tidbit involving the annual San Diego Venture Summit held July 11, which featured more than 100 venture capitalists. A 41-foot sailboat owned by yacht retailer Rick Day — he’s also a San Diego-based limited partner in local boutique venture capital firm Moore Venture Partners — took first place in the inaugural VC Regatta held on San Diego Bay following the summit.
Sorrento Valley-based Vision Robotics Corp. is mentioned in a recent Associated Press story as part of the ongoing revolution in the use of robots to work the country’s orchards and farms. The ag-tech business is perfecting a robotic lettuce thinner, which can also be used in vineyards that produce wine grapes.
Kevin Kinsella, founder of La Jolla-based venture capital firm Avalon Ventures and arguably one of the San Diego’s most successful VCs, especially in the biotech arena, has been spending a lot of time of late at his Kinsella Estates Winery in Sonoma County directing the bottling of 600 cases of cabernet grapes harvested from his vineyards in 2011.
Del Mar businessman Robert Vicino has been the focus of national media coverage of late for a very unusual project. The news stories detail his purchase of a former military storage facility in Atchison, Kansas, which he and a partner are transforming into a survivor complex where as many as 5,000 people can ride out a nuclear war or deadly virus pandemic in their RVs.
Is the celebrity-level peak-performance guru and San Diego resident Tony Robbins moving to new environs on the East Coast and taking his world-famous seminar with him? Several publications are reporting that Robbins has purchased a new home in Palm Beach, Fla., where he might also relocate his high-priced “Date with Destiny” seminar held each December in the desert.
Economic recovery accelerating? Staffing agency Manpower San Diego says new hiring will accelerate in the third quarter, based on its recent survey of employers. Nineteen percent of those surveyed plan to bring on more workers, while 69 percent expect to maintain current staff counts.
More than 8,000 UC San Diego students are all set to graduate June 14. Festivities include a dinner and fireworks, as well as official graduation rites June 15. The ceremonies feature speeches from such famous grads as actor Robert Buckley, who has appeared on CW’s “One Tree Hill” and NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle” and Lewis Black, a standup comic, social critic and guest commentator on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Erik Bruvold, the economic guru at National University System Institute for Policy Research, says in a just-issued report that out-of-town vacationers will spend more than $450 million through Labor Day — on items ranging from “sunscreen to sand shovels.”
Birthday wishes are in order. Restaurateurs Martin and Cindy Blair of Kansas City Barbeque held its 30th anniversary celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum with a private affair of several hundred invitees recently.
Entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the region if if the number of events on the horizon is any indication of a hubbub of activity. Two deadlines are approaching for the seventh annual UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, sponsored by the Rady School of Management.
Congratulations are in order for one very impressive University of San Diego MBA candidate. Daniel McAllister wins the first-ever All-America Student Analyst Competition, sponsored by Institutional Investor magazine and portfolio tracking software distributor Mark My Media.
Family-owned fixed auditorium seating provider Seating Concepts LLC, which was started in Mexico with just 5,000 in pesos in 1926, and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s, has announced that it has relocated its global corporate headquarters near Lindbergh Field in San Diego.
Terry Moore, founder and principal of local boutique venture capital firm Moore Venture Partners recently announced the final close of MVP, a $10 million fund. Moore also said he’s already closed his fifth deal from the fund, an investment in Savara Pharmaceuticals, located in Austin, Texas.
Come April 24, the Monarch School, San Diego’s school for homeless kids, is set to open its new 2.2 acre campus in Barrio Logan just south of Petco Park. The usual panoply of elected officials are scheduled to attend, including Mayor Bob Filner and county Supervisor Greg Cox.
End of men in the workplace? Well not quite yet, writes Mary Blair-Loy, an associate professor and director of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions at UC San Diego.
Spring is here, and the upcoming business events are starting to line up through the summer months. So mark your calendars. The local office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Council set June 12 for their annual awards luncheon, which will fete entrepreneurs who’ve not only survived, but thrived in this challenging environment.
Yes, it’s April 1, but let’s not be foolish. There is a lot of news to report. Famed North County business guru and writer Ken Blanchard writes the foreword to “Back Off!” written by San Diego resident Catherine Mattice.
The 700-unit Red Lobster restaurant chain completes the remodeling of two local outlets, one at 3780 Sports Arena Blvd. and another at 8330 Mira Mesa Blvd. The two restaurants have been a fixture for the past 25 years, and are getting a renovation, according to a spokesperson.
San Diego’s been making national headlines of late. The Los Angeles Times reports that three regional ZIP codes made the Top 10 list of Southern California counties that have enjoyed nice recoveries in the residential real estate sector since the 2008-2009 downturn.
San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power is installing an additional 784,000 watts of solar power on the UC San Diego campus, bringing the campus’s total solar power generation capacity to 3 million watts. The university estimates the new project will save an additional $2 million over the next 20 years
Just in case you haven’t heard the news. Scott Alevy, who headed the influential San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce as the president, has been ousted by his board of directors in a cost-savings move. In news reports, the board cited ongoing financial turbulence as a reason for the surprising change in leadership.
A number of East County businesses are teaming up to hold a half marathon and 5K footrace on March 17, an idea originally sparked by the 2012 leadership class of the East County Chamber of Commerce. The race through parts of El Cajon and Rancho San Diego will give runners a whirlwind tour of the two communities, organizers said.
And now this bit of business-related news from “South of the Border.” For the past dozen years, Bay Area-based headphone maker Plantronics has hosted a mass wedding for employees of its Plamex manufacturing plant in Tijuana.
Thinking of getting married on Saint Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner?
The San Diego Inventors Forum has officially filed nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, and there is talk among members that two local banks who are sponsors of the member group are willing to help fund promising new inventions that come before the organization.
Popular consumer restaurant rating service Zagat’s has released its annual San Diego City Guide, with few surprises — and long list of places to eat in 2013.
Nonprofit business adviser San Diego Score announces the launch of a new program to offer one-on-one assistance to entrepreneurs in search of advice on how to better run their businesses.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos arrived on the UC San Diego campus recently to drum up more commerce between the land of the rising sun and the U.S., now that several overseas air carriers have launched new nonstop direct service between Asia and the West Coast, including San Diego.
Television station XETV/San Diego 6 is looking for old photos and other bits of ephemera from current and former employees, friends and viewers to celebrate 60 years of broadcasting in the region.
America’s Finest City has a direct link to old London Town. Cubic Transportation Systems, a unit of San Diego’s Cubic Corp., said recently it’s equipped London’s fleet of 8,500 buses with electronic fare boxes, or what are better known as contactless card readers that automatically subtract fares from boarding passengers. The project is part of an ongoing effort with public agency Transport for London, or TfL, to equip that city’s entire public transit system to accept debit and credit cards.
The San Diego Film Festival has turned to the new social media concept of crowdfunding to raise $75,000 that will help cover the cost of staging its 2013 event next fall.
San Diego-based Internet startup Allowance Manager, which creates money management education tools for the Web and mobile devices for kid
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is organizing a benefit show to help performers stranded when the would-be equestrian spectacular “Valitar” closed the doors to its landmark burgundy tent off Interstate 5.
It must be entrepreneur week in San Diego, given the spate of developments emerging from San Diego’s venture community. First up, three area startups — Blurtopia, which has developed a social media app for the iPhone that allows users to get feedback about any question they pose; Cypher Genomics, which is developing the technology to help clinicians and researchers delve into the nitty-gritty of a human’s genome; and GroundMetrics, which is developing new detection technologies for the oil, gas and geothermal industries — are competing as finalists in the San Diego Venture Group’s 2012 Pitchfest set for Dec. 13.
North County’s Electra Bicycle Co. recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of its new headquarters and distribution center.
San Diego commercial real estate finance firm HFF says it has secured $27.5 million in financing for the U-T San Diego headquarters
Capital-starved local entrepreneurs — who are legion in the region — might want to attend the next breakfast gathering of the San Diego Venture Group on Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.
San Diego life science startups Aragon Pharmaceuticals and Tandem Diabetes Care were big winners in raising capital during the third quarter, according to the most recent National Venture Capital Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers Money Tree survey.
Deeply discounted high-end model home furnishings, accessories, appliances, office furniture and construction/remodeling supplies, including a baby grand piano, go on sale Oct. 27 at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
City officials gathered recently in East Village to witness the topping out of the dome of the $185 million new Central Library under construction by Turner Construction Co.
Crowdfunding has emerged as a new source of capital for cash-strapped entrepreneurs. In fact, the JOBS Act signed into law earlier this year by President Obama allows emerging companies to use this innovative method of fundraising rather than tapping friends and family as well as dealing with the uncertainty of angel and seed investors.
Here’s a scoop for you! Already the hottest ticket in town, “Allegiance,” the Old Globe’s latest production is drawing Hollywood talent.
Jensen Meat Inc., the Vista-based beef wholesaler, is finally relocating to Otay Mesa within the San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone after months of wooing from an out-of-state suitor.
San Diego wins approval to expand a successful regional economic incentive program that has helped create 7,300 new jobs, Mayor Jerry Sanders says in a recent news release
On Aug. 27, the folks at the Gaslamp’s Keating Hotel are presenting a special screening of “Hotel Hell,” the Fox television reality show in which bombastic British chef Gordon Ramsay plays tough guy to hoteliers who want to improve their operations and their business.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is crowing these days, as well he should be. He issued a news release noting that the city has now refinanced 11 bond issues over the past three years, thereby saving $13.3 million in debt payments each year.
What with all the hoopla surrounding the 2012 Summer Games now under way in London, not many know about the Paralympic Games that follow on Aug. 29 and Sept. 9.
A future startup in the making? The judges at the recent Google Science Fair in Silicon Valley declared Jonah Kohn, a student at the San Diego Jewish Academy, the winner in the 13-to-14-year-old age group for his entry, a project in which he converted sound waves into tactile vibrations, thereby, potentially providing a better experience of music to the hearing impaired.
Carlsbad-based Your Baby Can, which sold Your Baby Can Read kits to “teach” infants as young as 3 months old to read, has apparently read the handwriting on the wall — and shuttered its doors.
Lots of business news in North County. California Pacific Airlines’ recent open house drew a couple hundred curious civic and political leaders, not to mention business folk to McClellan-Palomar Airport.
Walter Zable, the 97-year-old businessman who founded and ran Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp. for many decades, died June 24.
The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway in London on July 27, and San Diego-based startup Zipbuds will be represented on the court, so to speak.
Better late than never. Overcoming intense opposition, SDG&E has finally flipped the switch on its $1.9 billion, 500,000 volt Sunrise Powerlink transmission line connecting the solar energy rich Imperial Valley to power hungry San Diego.
Tom Morrow, a top executive for Carlsbad’s fledgling California Pacific Airlines, checks in with the SDBJ insider to report that the carrier’s first aircraft, a two engine, 70-seat passenger jet made in Brazil, will touch down at McClellan-Palomar Airport on June 30.
San Diego due for next-generation warship? The Associated Press filed a story this week noting that the Navy’s superstealthy warship can evade electronic detection while closing in on an enemy’s coastline, and then pound its targets with “Star Trek”-like electromagnetic rail guns.
The San Diego Association of Governments board voted to lower tolls on the underutilized South Bay Expressway. It’s most likely the first time that a public toll operator has ever lowered tolls in the U.S., according to a news release.
High-profile San Diego-based business guru Michael E. Gerber is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his New York Times perennial best-seller, “The E-Myth, Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.”
Behind in local news? The San Diego City Council OK’d Mayor Jerry Sanders’ much touted IT outsourcing plan, awarding contracts to two vendors to manage the city’s computer and Internet networks. But elected officials didn’t stay local, or even stay technically within the U.S., when it came to finding vendors to help maintain the city’s high-tech equipment.
University of San Diego business psychologist Sherry Nooravi has come up with seven ways CEOs can generate rapid growth over a short period of time, based on her research taken from the Business Journal’s annual Fastest-Growing Private Companies list.
The dazzling Cirque du Soleil is in town with its run of “Totem,” and the production is not clowning around when it comes to the impact on the local economy.
It’s that time of the year when college grads are scrambling for those hard-to-find jobs. Several local campuses are rising to the occasion.
Will our future economy be green or brown? The San Diego County Water Authority — with the East County Economic Development Council and San Diego Law Library — has set May 1 for a forum on future water supplies, especially those coming from the Colorado River.
A business plan written by graduate Nitasha Stiritz and seniors Arthur Cachero and Blake Harrison took top honors from Point Loma Nazarene University’s Student-Entrepreneur of the Year festivities.
Will this entrepreneur win the national title next month?
Now that a buyers group fronted by the legendary Magic Johnson has won the bidding to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from financially troubled Frank McCourt for a jaw-dropping $2 billion, many baseball gazers are wondering how much one might have to spend to acquire the San Diego Padres
Del Mar-based Wall Street investment guru Arthur Lipper is launching a new website, portfoliocomparator.com, designed to help investors and investment managers compare and evaluate critical data on some 8,000 stocks that now trade, as well as stock indexes.
Where’s the beef, as the little old lady used to squawk on that famous TV commercial.
New York Times correspondent Morris Newman reported Feb. 28 on Civita, the massive mixed-use project rising up from the closed quarry in Mission Valley.
The Cohn Restaurant Group’s always popular Corvette Diner celebrates its 25th anniversary this month
The hum of increasing economy activity is in the air. The Zahn Center for Engineering Innovation, a new incubator at San Diego State University, will launch next month with five early stage ventures under its wing.
There’s now an app for that. San Diego County Water Authority customers can access current news releases, including a 24-hour water-related news feed, not to mention videos and links to other important information via smartphones, thanks to a mobile application recently completed by local IT design firm Bytes Inc., which is headed by founder and CEO Sanjiv Prabhakaran.
For the past few months, the San Diego Foundation has been deeply involved in its “Our Greater San Diego Vision” campaign
Business expert Tyler Jensen, founder and CEO of Solana Beach-based Startup Garage, is scheduled to address a workshop sponsored by UC San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Challenge on Feb. 8 on campus.
Did you miss it? The Costa Deliziosa, sister ship of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, which ran aground in Italian waters earlier this month killing at least 15 people
Foul Ball? Forbes magazine’s Sportsmoney columnist Mike Ozanian reports that Major League Baseball is holding up the sale of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad
One of the Cygnet Theatre Co.’s more successful productions in 2011 was “Little Shop of Horrors,” which featured 7-foot long, 6-foot wide puppet Audrey II
The UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge kicks off 2012 with an elevator pitch competition scheduled for Jan. 11. Aydogan Ozcan, inventor of the cellphone microscope
Well, Happy New Year! And may 2012 exceed all of our expectations in terms of sales and profits!
Nonprofit news outlet Voice of San Diego said Dec. 9 it laid off reporters Emily Alpert and Adrian Florido as well as photographer Sam Hodgson in the wake of dwindling donations this past year.
A blogger at the very progressive Mother Jones magazine is saying some nice things about the very conservative North County U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.
Hot zones for the rich, if not the famous. Forbes magazine recently came up with its list of the 50 most expensive ZIP codes in the U.S., based on the value of median home prices, and San Diego’s exclusive Rancho San Fe enclave makes the prestigious listing twice.
Big birds, and lots of ’em. Locally owned Iowa Meat Farms and Siesel’s Meats says it will sell up to 2,200 turkeys weighing a total of 50,000 pounds this holiday season, not to mention 14,000 pounds, or seven tons, of standing rib roasts.
San Diego’s political junkies are in mourning now that local radio station KOGO has abruptly canceled Chris Reed’s weekday conservative talk show, along with Roger Hedgecock.
Hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here! Where did the year go?
In the spring of 2009, hotelier Bob Rauch hosted a very high-profile guest at his Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar in Sorrento Mesa above the I-5.
How ’bout this Halloween treat … In 2006, independent San Diego filmmaker Oren Peli spent a week filming “Paranormal Activity” in his nondescript Rancho Bernardo tract home.
High-profile Web design and online marketing firm Digitaria Interactive, located in East Village, is making international headlines these days. The agency is working with Invisible Children, the San Diego human rights group, to help rescue kidnapped child soldiers in central Africa.
Money, money, money,” as the master of ceremonies belts out in the hit musical film, “Cabaret.”
Dr. Theodore Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor, along with the California Medical Association, is among those involved in a big ado before the U.S. Supreme Court this session.
The Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to privately held True Diagnostics in Carlsbad for its TrueDX platform
Some big North County news took place recently worth noting.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity will frame a new home as part of a special “Habitat Off Broadway!” event taking place downtown at Horton Square next door to Horton Plaza Sept. 30 through Oct. 5.
The new East County library building gets the gold for going green. Ramona’s new 21,000-square-foot public library building recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
It’s time to check in with area farmers for an agri-business update. The county releases its annual report on crop statistics in mid-August.
Welcome to America! But now that you’re here, buy American! Steve Wagner, owner of La Jolla-based Outdoor Insight
Mystery spots? KFI 640 afternoon hosts John and Ken interviewed business-focused mayoral candidate, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio Aug. 4.
Clean-tech to the rescue? The Census Bureau issued a report on the poor health of very small businesses in the nation from 2007 to 2009
San Diego Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Swinerton Builders to construct two homes from the ground up in just five days
Here’s an item demonstrating the drawing power of those Web-based deep discount coupons.
The San Diego Architectural Foundation is scheduled to host PechaKucha Night San Diego Volume 12 in the courtyard of mxd830, a new mixed-use structure on 25th Street in Golden Hill, on July 20.
Lots of North County news happenin’ this week, so let’s get to it … Hal Tilbury, CEO of Vista-based technology company Bluepoint Solutions (which provides payment services to banks and credit unions) has taken on an unusual community fundraising project this summer.
Is 2012 peripatetic White House hopeful Mitt Romney a stealth La Jolla resident? His Democratic Party foes apparently think so, and have blasted the news in a recent news release.
Soon, we’ll all know what we’re made of for just $100, in a manner of speaking. BioNanomatrix Inc., which is moving its offices and lab to America’s Finest City from the City of Brotherly Love and featured elsewhere in this issue, has been on a five-year quest for the Holy Grail of genomics research, the ability to sequence the human genome for $100 or less in eight hours or less
Two area business greats have been named as winners of the 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize.
Life Technologies Corp., one of the top public companies in San Diego as ranked by market cap, is named one of CIO Magazine’s 2011 CIO 100, a feature honoring the top large companies for their best use of IT.
Is June 8 doomed to be an Internet Armageddon? Jeremy Duimstra, who co-founded locally-based MJD Interactive and who teaches at the UC San Diego Extension, doesn’t think so, but says there could be a few hiccups on that fateful Wednesday.
Del Mar area hotelier Bob Rauch (he runs the hotelguru.com website), whose firm has managed the boutique El Cordova Hotel in Coronado since Jan. 1, has performed a veritable miracle of sorts in difficult economic conditions.
How ’bout this for a preview of a coming attraction? The 64-year-old Coronado Village Theatre, now being redone as a three-screen cineplex, has managed to recapture a bit of the past as it approaches a June reopening.
Kabob specialist Luna Grill is expanding to its fourth location, a site located at 350 University Ave. in Hillcrest. CEO Sean Pourteymour says the new site will seat 48 inside and 52 outside when the build out on the storefront is completed in July.
Bloomberg Businessweek ranks UC San Diego as a top college for an exceptional 30-year return
The venerable San Diego Bread Co. in Mira Mesa closed March 26, according to an outgoing message left for curious telephone inquirers.
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Keen Office Products, a new San Diego office supplies startup taking on the likes of Staples and Office Depot, is targeting small businesses with 10 to 250 workers.
Rancho Bernardo’s Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. has come up with a twist on keeping customers entertained at its Souplantation restaurants in Clairemont Mesa, La Mesa and Point Loma. The chain has hired “balloon artists” to entertain the crowds while they are dining.
An upcoming tournament gives new meaning to the term “kickoff.” Sportsplex USA, which operates amateur playing fields in Poway and Santee, signs a partnership pact with online sports reporting site SoccerNation.com.
San Diego-based Deal Current, which claims to be the nation’s fastest-growing private label daily deal software company, was judged No. 1 at the March 3 San Diego Software Industry Council Shark Tank competition.
A local angle on the Big Story. San Diego’s XCom Global Inc., which rents portable electronic devices to U.S. travelers headed overseas so that they can access the Internet wirelessly (and inexpensively), is offering free access to emergency workers in Japan helping with massive disaster relief efforts there. The company will ship units overnight to workers in advance of their departure.
Mexico. So close, yet so far. And so fascinating, especially its struggling economy.
If you’ve seen “The Social Network,” Hollywood’s take on how Facebook got launched, you know all about the 30-year-old Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler.
Well, at least one local economic indicator is positive. The Tech Coast Angels, who invest in very early stage startups, say the economy is on the upswing based on the group’s placement activities during the past year.
The Solana Beach-based National Valet Parking Association is sponsoring its 2011 Valet Olympics when members gather for their annual convention March 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From 10 to 15 teams involving 40 to 60 drivers will vie for supremacy in various events, and recognition back home at their place of employment.
San Diego County, with 18 Native American Indian reservations — more than any other county in the U.S. — will soon have another distinction in this realm.
It looks like Henry’s Farmers Market stores, which were started here in San Diego during World War II, could be changing hands for a second time.
Well, when we last checked in with new media guru Ron James — the genius behind San Diego Magazine’s pioneering Web site and a former key player at signonsandiego.com and the now defunct San Diego News Network — he was heading off to retirement in the Wine Country to write about his favorite wines and really good food
When more than 100 vintage aircraft fly over San Diego Bay on Feb. 12 to celebrate 100 years of U.S. Navy aviation, up to 1,000 civilian observers will have the privilege of watching the parade from the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.
Looks like the City of Poway has produced another budding entrepreneur from the Gen Y crowd. Poway High School grad and San Diego State University student Jeff Groveman, 22, has teamed with two other students, brothers Josh and Alex Gottsegen, to launch IndyTrailers.com, which allows independent filmmakers to upload trailers to the Web site.
Happy New Year! We’ve rung out the old, so let’s ring in the news. Vista’s irascible U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is backing a ballot measure that would change California’s winner-take-all system now used in presidential elections, according to Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain.
We all love a parade, but this one’s a doozy! Westfield Horton Plaza sponsors this year’s music march that kicks off the Poinsettia Bowl set for Dec. 23
North County nugget. Mercedes-Benz’s famed Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad has “imagined” what the “eco-car” of the future might look like.
UC San Diego ranks 10th in the U.S. among research institutions for the number of students who go abroad each year to study, according to a news release from the Institute of International Education
The popular History Channel ranked the 10 “most extreme” commercial airports recently, and the San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field, touched down at No. 10.
Back to the future? On Nov. 15, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. managers and guests presented the utility’s one millionth smart meter to David and Leilani Ross in Paradise Hills, the very same folks who received a gold plated spinning meter for being customer No. 500,000 way back in 1971. What are the chances of that?
After a year of bickering, Kensington’s gateway sign is to appear again above Adams Avenue.
This time last year, Rancho Bernardo’s Oren Peli was setting the world’s record for Hollywood’s most profitable movie ever as his “Paranormal Activity” piled up a box-office record.
If you can’t super-size ’em, then make ’em undersized. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to launch hundreds of smaller, food-oriented neighborhood stores, including an undetermined number of outlets here in San Diego, according to published reports surfacing recently.
Curious to know how hard the current recession has hit San Diego County residents?
Veteran Hollywood actor Harrison Ford, a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot, tops a long list of important personages in aviation to be honored Oct. 23 when the San Diego Air & Space Museum holds its annual gala celebration.
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Looks like my beloved California Golden Bears at UC Berkeley are getting a little competition in the football department.
The kickoff of professional football here has some fans worried about the old end-around.
Jolt of Java! Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla purchases 300 pounds of one of the world’s most exotic coffees, a special varietal grown by a plantation in Panama. Esmeralda Special – Geisha varietal sells for $56 a pound, a bargain compared to the $130 retail price just a few years ago.
Physician Brent Eastman, Scripps Health’s chief medical officer who also chairs the American College of Surgeons’ board of regents, pens a study for the college that says trauma care is in big danger of expiring nationwide.
Eat, drink and then fast? Ted Leitner, the play-by-play voice of the first-place San Diego Padres, is often heard these days on the radio extolling the virtues of a quick weight-loss program in one commercial while urging fans to partake in the $28 all-you-can-eat special at Petco Park in another commercial, sometimes even running back-to-back.
And the winner of the most recent San Diego 48 Hour Film Project is (the envelope, please!) …
Well, there is some encouraging news here and there on the job hunting front.
San Diego-based grower Andrew & Williamson Sales Co. Inc., or A&W, is participating in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc.’s “Farm to Store in 24” program, which seeks to get fresh produce to customers in the shortest amount of time.
We’re rapidly slipping into those lazy, hazy days of summer. But not everyone is off to the beach, or on that annual road trip. Indeed, the big networking event of the summer is on the horizon for entrepreneurs.
Well, here’s something we can all vote for. Some insight into the current gubernatorial election, and the future of the state.
Tom Blair, who disappeared from the masthead as editor of San Diego Magazine recently, planned to return to his role as a classic three-dot columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune on June 27.
Phyllis and Colle Davis, San Diego-area husband-and-wife executive business coaches, are co-authors of the recently released, “A Two-Year Marriage License: The Commitment Contract.”
Lest you missed the good news a few days back … University of San Diego’s business school does it again. Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine gives the school very high marks, especially in accounting, marketing and micro and macroeconomics, all in the top 20.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is scheduled to reveal the finalists for its annual Golden Fleece Awards at a banquet May 20.
Mark Burgess, former owner of foreclosed Web site SanDiego.com, was shopping the struggling business ahead of a May 7 public auction to sell off the assets.
Jim Fitzpatrick, who was unceremoniously led to the door two years ago to abruptly end his tenure as publisher of San Diego Magazine, returns in triumph to lead one of the top metro magazines in the nation. Fitzpatrick, along with a very successful father-son magazine publishing team from Palm Springs, picks up the financially ailing publication from CurtCo Media Labs LLC, which publishes the Robb Report, among other titles.
Did you hear? Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now a La Jolla resident, having purchased a $12 million home there that once belonged to Hollywood star Cliff Robertson.
With Earth Day on the horizon, the U.S. Navy got into the act early on April 14, unveiling a new environmentally friendly water vending machine at the Navy Exchange in the Broadway Complex.
In case you didn’t catch this item … a report from the National University System Institute for Policy Research says the county’s golfing industry (on and off the green) is as valuable as 10 Super Bowls or 37 Comic-Con International conventions.