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Amgen hires former 3M exec as CFO

By   /  Monday, June 9th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, East Ventura County, Technology, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Amgen hires former 3M exec as CFO

Amgen has hired David Meline, formerly with industrial conglomerate 3M Co., as its new chief financial officer. At 3M, Meline was responsible for the finances of a Minnesota-based company with more than $30 billion in worldwide revenues. Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, had profits of $5 billion in 2013, a 17 percent increase from Read More →

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Tech author to reveal what your phone knows about you

By   /  Monday, June 9th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on Tech author to reveal what your phone knows about you

Authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel detail the convergence of five forces: social media, mobile computing, data, sensors and location. Those technologies combine to give technology companies a picture of who you are, where you are, what you’re doing and what your preferences are with a degree of accuracy previously unimaginable.

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Resonant taps $16.2M for Skyworks deal

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Resonant taps $16.2M for Skyworks deal

Santa Barbara-based semiconductor firm Resonant, which has a key development deal with a major supplier to the mobile phone industry, has raised $16.2 million in an initial public offering.

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In shape for an IPO: Mindbody launches wellness program

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Features, Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on In shape for an IPO: Mindbody launches wellness program

After years of development, San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody is rolling out a major corporate wellness platform as it marches toward an initial public offering.

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Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, Restaurants, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

Kelly Brown is the first to admit that he let the success of his restaurant empire cloud his judgement. As a free-spirited young chef, Brown lived on a boat in the Santa Barbara harbor so that he could build equity to start his own business. Twenty-one years ago, he launched Natural Café in Santa Barbara, hoping to offer a laidback sit-down restaurant focused on affordable, unpretentious and health-conscious food.

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Remembering Myra: Harrison Industries co-founder dies at age 99

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Features, Latest news, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Remembering Myra: Harrison Industries co-founder dies at age 99

When E.J. Harrison turned to hauling trash to earn money for his family in the middle of the Great Depression, he already had a strong partner — his wife Myra.

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Get a move on: StartupWeekend winner taps sharing economy for moving

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Get a move on: StartupWeekend winner taps sharing economy for moving

Moving is never fun, but a Santa Barbara startup is hoping to make it a little less stressful by connecting people who need to move with nearby truck owners looking to earn extra money. NextMover bills its service, which launched earlier this year, as “your friend with a truck.”

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