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A Goodbye to A Community Of Business

This is my farewell column as I depart the San Diego Business Journal after 4½ years as Editor-in-Chief.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Active Lifestyle Helps Keep Our Economy in Shape

One of the challenges facing Bill Walton and the San Diego Sport Innovators when they spun out of Connect in 2010 was how to define the Sports and Active Lifestyle (SAL).

SDBJ INSIDER Pack You Baggies: Here Comes Cannabis Tourism

One of my must-reads every December is the Hotel Guru’s Top 10 Hospitality Market Trends, in which Robert Rauch of RAR Hospitality predicts what will be making news in the coming year.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Moxy San Diego Is Place to Play It Cool

Branding run amok: Marriott International now has 30 brands among its hotel and resort properties.

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SDBJ INSIDER: This Founder Seeking Time To Chill Out

How many irons do you have in your fire? Probably not as many as Dylan Whitman.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Internet Bank Has New Home With Quite a View

San Diego’s high flying digital banking trendsetter has made it to another peak, this one on top floors of the Pacifica Tower at The Plaza office center in UTC.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Homeless Advocate Ups Commitment; SDSU Owes Thanks

Longtime homeless advocate Michael McConnell announced that he has transferred his share of ownership in San Diego Coin & Bullion to co-owner Chad Martin in order to devote more time to his civic passion and quest to develop permanent housing solutions.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Few Are Worthy Of the Coveted Trident Paddle

Thanks to Stephanie Brown and The Rosie Network, for the second straight year we handed out the coolest business trophies in the market at our recent Veteran & Military Entrepreneur Conference and Awards.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Movers, Shakers Find New Homes In Del Mar Heights

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Management is a great local success story, having grown over its 28 years to more than 1,000 clients and more than $3.5 billion in assets under management. It is consistently recognized among the nation’s top registered investment advisors.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Learning Vital Lessons For the Next Climbs

When Aaron Fulkerson stepped down as CEO in May some 13 years into his tech startup MindTouch, he said he wanted to get away to reflect and recharge.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Open Boardrooms Good for Players And Perspectives

News from the board room: Viasat recently invited one of its longtime investors, Baupost, to take part in its board meetings as a non-voting observer. Why might they do such a thing? Baupost is an investment fund with about $30 billion in assets under management. A recent filing states they have a 23.06 percent stake in Viasat and are an active investor as opposed to a passive investor.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Perseverance Puts Living Lab in Its Home Port

Shara Fisler and the Ocean Discovery Institute this past weekend celebrated the grand opening of their $17 million Living Lab facility in City Heights. The project began 10 years ago with the concept of an $8 million permanent home for the nonprofit and its programming, which annually serves about 4,000 students with access to a rich science environment.

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SDBJ INSIDER - Golf Cart Leader: Not So Fast On Slow-Speed Law

San Marcos-based Cart Mart Inc. has been in the slow-vehicle space since 1959, and owner Brian Rott has diversified its offerings from golf carts to on-campus electric vehicles and expanded the service area to include Orange County, the Coachella Valley and Los Angeles County.

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SDBJ INSIDER: ElliptiGo Seeks to Follow Success of Other Disrupters

ElliptiGo Seeks to Follow Success of Other Disrupters

Sometimes it takes a few years, or even decades, for disrupters to find the right formula to scale their consumer-facing fitness products.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Qualcomm Has Many Chips in Intel CEO Search

At least four candidates in Intel’s search for its next CEO have Qualcomm Inc. ties.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Comic-Con Plants More Local Roots, And Wins Suit

A key argument to expand the San Diego Convention Center is to ensure it remains the long-term home of Comic-Con International.

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SDBJ INSIDER: ABC License Process Needs A Sober Review

What’s the business equivalent of a trip to the DMV? It might be dealing with the ABC — the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Craft Brewers Have a Normal Business Dispute

Trademark disputes in the craft brewing world are not restricted to big beer vs. little beer.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Developers Face More Hazards On This Course

The latest stakeholder clash over what to do with a closed golf course could be shaping up as the most difficult yet among the seven in San Diego County in the past five years.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Fast Feat Wins The Day at Brandathon

In his keynote address at the recent SDBJ 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies event, Tech Coast Angels – San Diego executive director Ashok Kamal referred to speed as the oxygen of any startup.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Space Warfare At Convention Centers In Calif.

Comic-Con’s invasion of San Diego for the 49th time this week will essentially kick off the public campaign to expand the San Diego Convention Center by more than 300,000 square feet at a cost of about $685 million.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Startup Ecosystem Growing But Longs For Power Hitters

It was quintessential North County, with a small group of stakeholders in a coworking/coliving space in Encinitas, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, contemplating how the county’s geographic diversity fits into its startup ecosystem.

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SDBJ INSIDER: San Diego Cos. Make Gains in Russell Rebalance

With only two companies in the Fortune 500, San Diego is not a big corporate headquarters region. That’s unlikely to change given land and employee costs and, of course, our regulatory pals in Sacramento.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Fighting Irish Have JMI Sports On Their Team

The Notre Dame-Navy football game on Oct. 27 at SDCCU Stadium will have an obvious built-in fan base given the military presence here. But there are some new Notre Dame stakeholders in the market as well.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Startup Week Is Taking Big Strides

San Diego Startup Week arrives June 25 for its 6th edition. In entrepreneurial years the event may not yet equate to being a full-fledged adult, but perhaps it is a teen with keys to a car or is heading off to college.

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SDBJ INSIDER - Keeping $100M Secret: More Than Priceless

Major philanthropy gifts can be the best or worst kept secrets in town.

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SDBJ INSIDER: February Could Begin Football Season in S.D.

Former NFL team executive Jim Bailey is watching with interest as the Alliance of American Football trots out its plans to play pro ball in San Diego beginning in February.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Biotech Titan Honored to Meet A Humble Servant

An insider’s takeaway from our Life Science book cover photo shoot with local titans Peter Farrell, Jay Flatley, Ivor Royston and J. Craig Venter at the Alexandria Center for Life Science at Campus Pointe: Bragging rights went to the humble Farrell for his recent up close at the Vatican with the pope.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Mentoring Gives Leaders a Very Active Retirement

Jeff Campbell became CEO of Burger King at age 39 and says he was smart enough to do the job but wasn’t wise enough. Brainpower and energy can go a long way, but he points out experience brings patience and proper detachment. He held several other high-profile executive roles but last held a fulltime business gig in 2004.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Local Brewmaster Buys Into Where Green Flash Failed

One San Diego brewer’s East Coast pain is another’s prospect.

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SDBJ INSIDER: A Rare Opening For a Well-Done Restaurant

West Village in Carlsbad is looking for a tenant. But it’s not just any landlord.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Green Flash Sees Red Ink, Scales Back

The rapid rise and retreat of Green Flash Brewing would make a great case study on expansion.

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SDBJ INSIDER: Summit Assembles Heavy Hitters to Tackle Education

The ASU+GSV Summit sounds a bit like organized madness, with up to 10 simultaneous stages of content, but the organizers must know what they are doing if they can get more than 3,000 people to pony up $3,095 each to attend the conference.

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SDBJ Insider: Leaders Find Urgent Need to Address Issues

Steven Jones founded his diversity and inclusion consulting firm in 1993, and while there has never been a shortage of need for its services, there hasn’t always been this much demand.

SDBJ Insider: Suddenly, Our Path Is Strewn With Bikes

When did public sidewalks become acceptable places for companies to leave unattended equipment or materials?

SDBJ Insider: Top Transaction Sitting Pretty on Del Mar Bluff

John Hood and his wife Sally have bought a $21.5 million mansion on an oceanside bluff in Del Mar in the county’s most expensive real estate transaction since 2007.

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CBX Lands More Flights, More Passengers

The Cross Border Xpress terminal, the world’s first cross-border airline passenger terminal, has been a great success story, with about 1.9 million passengers in 2017, up from 600,000 in its first full year.

SDBJ Insider: Marketer Drafts Brewers For Good Cause

How do you single-handedly organize a campaign to raise $100,000 for charity in San Diego? If you are Brandon Hernandez, you tap into your extensive network in the craft beer industry.

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SDBJ Insider: Standing Pat On Convention Space Is Losing Ground

Thoughts following a recent panel discussion on the impact of the convention center in the Distinguished Speaker Series at The University Club Atop Symphony Towers.

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