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Competition heats up in infrared market as Flir, Seek Thermal release smartphone products

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Flir General Manager Bill Terre shows the company’s new infrared phone app recording a cup of coffee. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

  This holiday season, two South Coast firms will compete to sell what could be the hottest gadget gift of the year: affordable thermal cameras for smartphones. Goleta-based Seek Thermal, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $30 million, said Aug. 19 that it will offer a camera […]

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Pacifica Hotels, Eastern Real Estate team up on hostel takeover

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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Last week, Santa Barbara firms Pacifica Hotels and Eastern Real Estate purchased the hostel from the Parker family.

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Lynda.com hires public-company exec

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

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Pour no more: Small wineries oppose Santa Barbara County tasting-room ordinance

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Agriculture, Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

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Many small wineries in rural areas of Santa Barbara County such as the Santa Ynez Valley may be unable to house tasting rooms or hold special events if county officials approve changes to a winery ordinance that has been in place since 2004.

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In their own words: Spirit of Small Business 2014 winners

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

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The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 2014 class of Spirit of Small Business winners were honored at an awards luncheon on Aug. 14, 2014 following the publication of a special edition on July 25, 2014. The special section, produced in partership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, highlights entrepreneurship in the Tri-Counties, with profiles on successful […]

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Architectural products maker to leave Carpinteria

By   /  Thursday, August 21st, 2014  /  Real Estate, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Forms+Surfaces plans to vacate its 65,000-square-foot campus in Carpinteria, a move that will affect 50 jobs as it shifts work to Arizona and other parts of California.

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Infrared firms face off in smartphone market

By   /  Monday, August 18th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Affordable thermal imaging is coming to a smartphone near you, with the South Coast emerging as a technology hotspot. Goleta-based Tyrian Systems, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $28.3 million, is changing its name to Seek Thermal and will offer a camera that plugs into smartphones […]

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