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Ad tracking strategy pays off in $2.3B Conversant deal

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Conversant CEO John Giuliani, who joined the company formerly known as ValueClick after selling his former venture to it. Under Giuliani's leadership, Conversant is now being sold for $2.3 billion. (courtesy photo)

  It took him two years, but John Giuliani is the man who finally made Conversant ready for a sale. And even though his stake in the Westlake Village-based advertising technology firm’s $2.3 billion cash-and-stock merger with Alliance Data Systems announced Sept. 11 will be worth about $96 million, Giuliani has no plans to cash […]

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HP jumps into the cloud with Eucalyptus buy

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

While it’s unclear whether the rise and sale of Goleta-based Eucalyptus Systems to tech giant Hewlett-Packard Co. was a major financial success for its investors, one thing is certain: The South Coast is now on the map as having proved the viability of open-source hybrid cloud computing and will have contributed an important component to HP’s cloud strategy going forward.

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Haas Automation plots expansion in California after deal with state

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Haas Automation executive Peter Zierhut at its Oxnard plant. After considering expanding out-of-state, Haas may well stay in California, according to people familiar with the firm’s plans. (Business Times file photo)

Oxnard-based Haas Automation has struck a deal with state tax officials that could secure another machine-tool factory and thousands of high-end manufacturing jobs for Ventura County, according to people familiar with the company’s expansion plans.

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SoCal Edison, nursery square off in Moorpark

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Sparks are flying in a dispute between Southern California Edison and Performance Nursery, a tenant on the electric utility company’s Moorpark property. In late July, SoCal Edison sent a letter to Performance Nursery, which has leased 42 acres at Tierra Rejada Road and Arroyo Simi for almost 30 years, giving it until Oct. 15 to […]

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A swing at success: Edufii gets $1.4M to fund sports training platform

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Edufii Chief Revenue Officer Andrew DeMille demonstrates a golf swing recorded with the San Luis Obispo-based company’s online sports training platform, which recently raised $1.4 million from investors. (courtesy photo)

San Luis Obispo-based Edufii has raised a $1.4 million round of investment for its online sports training platform.

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KeVita caps expansion with 50,000-square-foot Oxnard bottling plant

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Oxnard-based probiotic drink manufacturer KeVita is expected to close on a new 50,000-square-foot bottling facility near its current home base at 2220 Celsius Ave.

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10 years after ‘Sideways’ screen debut, Miles and Jack roll on

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Top Stories, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

Paul Giamatti, left, and Thomas Haden Church portrayed two friends on a roadtrip through Santa Barbara County wine country in the 2004 Oscar-winning film "Sideways."

  As Santa Barbara County vintners mark the 10th anniversary of the movie “Sideways,” the characters whose spirited antics propelled the film have moved on to the stage and to new episodes in fiction that celebrate the allure of wines. Author Rex Pickett, whose novel became an award-winning film directed by Alexander Payne, has continued […]

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