San Diego Business Journal

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Co. Gives User Manuals a Customer-Friendly Makeover

TECH: MindTouch’s B2B Service Creates Positive and Useful Customer Connection

It takes a special talent to spin straw into gold.

A Glimpse Behind the Curtain at a Busy Defense Contractor

General Atomics normally won’t come out and tell the world how busy it is.

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Work Of Heart

Social Conscience Meets Social Life In Neqtr’s Matchmaking App

Startups are not for the fainthearted. You have to hear the word “no” 50 times before getting anywhere, Sonya Davis observed. She was talking about scraping together money for a seed round, but the process of putting oneself out there and risking rejection has eerie echoes of the dating scene.

Novatel Sells Wireless Hotspot Business for $50 Million

Novatel Wireless has agreed to sell its MiFi wireless hotspot business for $50 million cash.

Tealium Raises $35 Million to Fund Global Expansion, Innovation

San Diego-based Tealium Inc. said on Sept. 21 that it received an additional $35 million in venture capital.

Google Exec Reportedly Starting Company in San Diego

Dmitry Shapiro, former CEO of Veoh Networks and more recently a Google executive, is reportedly setting up a company in San Diego called GoMeta Inc.

Cobham Gets Multimillion-Dollar Contract

Cobham, which operates the former Remec business in San Diego, said it received orders worth tens of millions of dollars for radio frequency microelectronics to support the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

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Kate Dilligan Joins Executive Team at KnuEdge

KnuEdge Inc., the company founded by former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, named Kate Dilligan executive vice president and general manager of its KnuVerse division, which has created military-grade voice recognition and authentication technology.

CyberFlow Analytics Acquired by Colorado-Based Webroot

Webroot Inc., a Colorado-based cybersecurity company, has acquired San Diego-based CyberFlow Analytics for undisclosed terms, the companies announced on Sept. 19.

Pentagon Awards GA-ASI Two Contracts Worth a Total of $42.6 Million

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $25.3 million contract modification to acquire four Gray Eagle war replacement aircraft and four satellite data terminals. The expected completion date is December 2017.

RF Industries Reports Q3 Net Loss of $597,000

Shares in RF Industries Ltd., the San Diego electronic component maker, declined 18 percent on Sept. 14 after the company reported a third-quarter net loss of $597,000 on revenue of $7.6 million.

Mad Catz Interactive Sells Its Saitek Line

Videogame peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc. said on Sept. 15 that it agreed to sell its Saitek line to Logitech International S.A. for $13 million, in an attempt to improve its financial position.

CEO Can Savor a Rare S.D. Moment as of Late: an IPO

With a legally mandated “quiet period” behind him, Chuck Myers could finally say how his August went. And his September.

Qualcomm Joins Patent Licensing Clearinghouse

A new company will handle license agreements for technology developed at Qualcomm Inc.

Co. Wants to Bring Change to The Tire Manufacturing Process

PRODUCTION: Rubber Recycling Technique Targets Factory Waste

A conversation at the dinner table one night put 19-year-old Yohann Samarasinghe on the road to entrepreneurship.

BlueHornet Networks Creates New Digital Marketing Co.

Mission Valley-based BlueHornet Networks has purchased a complementary business to create a new digital marketing company called Mapp Digital LLC.

Execs From Cybersecurity Firm iboss Attend White House Summit

Two executives from iboss Inc., Richard Quinones and Stephen Clemons, went to Washington to take part in the White House Summit on Computer Science for All.

Navy to Give SIO Up to $30 Million to Retrofit Research Vessel

The U.S. Navy announced on Sept. 12 that it will reimburse the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego almost $30 million for the mid-life retrofit of the oceanographic research vessel Roger Revelle.

Startup MedCrypt Raises $750,000 in Seed Funding

Encinitas-based MedCrypt, a company that offers cybersecurity technology for medical devices, has raised $750,000 in seed funding.

Pentagon Awards Kratos Defense $54 Million Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced on Sept. 12 that it received a $54 million contract to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with five Marine common aircrew trainers.

Floor Scrubber Is Shining Example of Robotics on the Job

Cleanup on aisle one zero one zero zero. Mira Mesa-based Brain Corp. has released a video of Emma, a robotic floor scrubber, at work at the Carlsbad location of grocer Jimbo’s Naturally.

Northrop Grumman Corp. Awarded $108.1 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $108.1 million contract to buy 10 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.

Two S.D. Businesses Provide Components for Osiris-Rex Spacecraft

Two small San Diego businesses, Malin Space Science Systems and Vanguard Space Technologies Inc., provided components to the Osiris-Rex spacecraft launched Sept. 8 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Milpower Inc. Awarded Navy Deal Potentially Worth $29.5M

The U.S. Navy awarded Milpower Inc. a five-year contract to build power amplifiers. The deal could be worth as much as $29.5 million if the Navy orders to its full extent.

Two San Diego Businesses Provide Components for Spacecraft

Two small San Diego businesses, Malin Space Science Systems and Vanguard Space Technologies Inc., provided components to the Osiris-Rex spacecraft launched Sept. 8 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Milpower Awarded Navy Deal Potentially Worth $29.5M

The U.S. Navy awarded Milpower Inc. a five-year contract to build power amplifiers. The deal could be worth as much as $29.5 million if the Navy orders to its full extent.

National Science Foundation Awards USD $45,000 Grant

The University of San Diego announced on Sept. 8 that it received a $45,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which will go toward work on an engineering conference.

ViaSat Inc. Signs Agreement With Scandinavian Airline

ViaSat Inc. said Sept. 8 that it has signed an agreement with SAS, the Scandinavian airline, to supply high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on the carrier’s short-haul and medium-haul aircraft in Europe. Eutelsat will deliver the satellite internet signal.

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Businesses Have Various ‘Flight Plans’ for Commercial Drones

TECH: Under New FAA Rules, Activity Is Expected to Soar

The federal government has cleared the way for businesses to legally operate small quadcopters and other drones in moneymaking activities.

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Company’s 3-D Metal Printer Is Ready for Variety of Roles

TECH: Production, Coating, and Repairs of Parts Are All Possible

It started with a toy. But for Jeff Riemann and Melanie Lang, a store-bought 3-D printer was a business idea in disguise.

LRAD Corp. Gets Thumbs Up From Pentagon

LRAD Corp. said on Sept. 7 that the U.S. Army has made its acoustic hailing device a program of record. The news marks a milestone for the product. Previously, the Army ordered the devices under urgency orders.

Kratos Defense & Security to Train Swedish Armed Forces

San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said it received a contract to train helicopter crews for the Swedish armed forces. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Poway-Based PKL Services Inc. Awarded $11.9 Million Contract

The U.S. Air Force said on Sept. 5 that it awarded Poway-based PKL Services Inc. a one-year, $11.9 million contract modification for aircraft maintenance and operation services.

ViaSat to Supply European Air Carrier With Wi-Fi

ViaSat Inc. will supply the European air carrier Finnair with Wi-Fi connectivity under a deal announced on Sept. 1.

PKL Services Receives Foreign Military Contract Worth Up to $495M

Poway-based PKL Services received a five-year contract from the Royal Saudi Air Force with a ceiling value of $495 million.

Navy Awards Pave Tech a $10 Million Contract Modification

The U.S. Navy said that it awarded Vista-based Pave Tech Inc. a $10 million contract modification to make improvements to a taxiway, runway lighting and electrical infrastructure at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. Work, which will expand the width of a taxiway and replace existing asphalt pavement with concrete, is expected to last through November 2017.

Qelzal Corp. Names Benson Its CEO.

Qelzal Corp. has named Rob Benson its CEO.

NASSCO Receives $511M Contract for 2 Vessels

SHIPPING: Ships Able To Haul Containers And Other Cargo

General Dynamics NASSCO received a $511 million contract from Matson Navigation Co. Inc. to build two ships able to haul containers and other cargo on routes to Hawaii, the companies announced.

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Lawyer Fights for Qualcomm, Under Qualcomm in Varied Career

LAW: Strauss Led Outside Team in Big Contamination Case

High-tech and low-tech. Steve Strauss considers the contrast and smiles. The issues that cross his desk run the gamut. Strauss is a trial lawyer, a partner with Cooley LLP, with an office in San Diego.

Can San Diego Defend Against Possible Base Closure Threats?

Geopolitics are complex enough to make your head spin. From the Middle East to the China Sea, there are thorny and complicated disputes. But within the borders of the United States is something that might be just as complicated: the politics of Pentagon spending.

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Engineers Race to Develop Lucrative Software

Automobiles are not just a Detroit thing. The auto industry has been in Southern California for decades — several automakers have designed cars in San Diego — and Detroit’s marquee industry could very easily have a future in the region.

Hylton Named Executive Director of Contextual Robotics Institute at UCSD

Officials at the University of California, San Diego announced on Aug. 29 that Todd Hylton of Brain Corp. is joining the university’s Contextual Robotics Institute as executive director.

Cubic Corp. Receives $80M Task Order for Military Training Support

Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp. said on Aug. 29 that it received a five-year, $80 million task order to support aviation training at five U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps bases.

Datron Gets $495M Foreign Military Sales Contract

Afghanistan continues to be a plum market for Datron World Communications.

Callaway Golf Acquires Toulon Design

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. said on Aug. 29 that it agreed to acquire Vista-based Toulon Design for undisclosed terms. Toulon specializes in putters.

McCain Inc. Agrees to Sell 100% of Its Shares to Swarco

The owner of Vista-based McCain Inc., which makes traffic control equipment for roads and highways, said Aug. 26 that it agreed to sell 100 percent of its shares to Austria-based Swarco.

Duffy Named CEO of DEI Holdings Inc.

Kevin Duffy has been named CEO of DEI Holdings Inc., the Vista-based holding company for consumer electronics and auto electronics brands such as Polk Audio and Viper.

Vista-Based McCain Inc. Agrees to Sell 100% of Its Shares to Swarco

The owner of Vista-based McCain Inc., which makes traffic control equipment for roads and highways, said Aug. 26 that it agreed to sell 100 percent of its shares to Austria-based Swarco.

ViaSat Gets 2 Pentagon Contracts

The U.S. Navy’s satellite network is trusty, but it needs an update. So it has tapped ViaSat Inc. for some help.

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Lessen The Burden

Software Takes Much of the Pain Out of Filing Development Profiles on Children

Gene Shi and Lala Zhang probably would not have built their particular business without the arrival of their daughter, Audrey.

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