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Transphorm powers up portfolio with GaN patents

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Law, Technology  /  Comments Off on Transphorm powers up portfolio with GaN patents

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

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Apeel blooms: Startup gets $1.3M to explore flower, produce coatings

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Apeel blooms: Startup gets $1.3M to explore flower, produce coatings

Apeel Sciences has raised $1.3 million and is working on a new product for flower growers to complement its existing efforts to prevent fruit and produce losses to pests and spoilage.

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AppScale refines cloud technology, signs major clients

By   /  Friday, July 4th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on AppScale refines cloud technology, signs major clients

A year after commercializing its code, Santa Barbara-based AppScale Systems has released a major update to its cloud-hopping technology and is signing up partners and customers such as IBM and Chico’s.

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Central Coast banks on startups to drive growth

By   /  Friday, May 23rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Central Coast banks on startups to drive growth

Cal Poly’s successful SLO Hot House program is welcoming its fourth cohort of companies, and the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet will soon open its doors.

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UCSB spinout Lettuce Apps acquired by Intuit

By   /  Friday, May 9th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on UCSB spinout Lettuce Apps acquired by Intuit

Lettuce Apps, a spinout out of UC Santa Barbara, has been acquired by financial software giant Intuit for an estimated $30 million. The Los Angeles-based company got its start in UCSB’s Technology Management Program, which has produced a number of successful startups including medical device maker Inogen, now a publicly traded company based in Goleta. Read More →

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Angling for change: Bren School startup serves up new model for sustainable seafood

By   /  Friday, March 14th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Green Coast, Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Women Inc.  /  1 Comment

Norah Eddy, left, and Laura Johnson are founders of Salty Girl Seafood. The startup, spun out of the UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, aims to make it easier for restaurants to source seafood directly from fishermen. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

A team of UCSB graduate students has created an online marketplace where restaurants and fishermen can connect directly to buy sustainable, traceable seafood.

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Venture capital raises at Goleta firms Transphorm and Tyrian top $23M

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Green Coast, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Venture capital raises at Goleta firms Transphorm and Tyrian top $23M

Transphorm, a maker of energy-efficient electronic components, has raised $15 million in additional capital related to its recent partnership with Fujitsu Ltd. of Japan. Tyrian Systems, a firm founded by a pair of longtime infrared sensor entrepreneurs to commercialize thermal vision technology, has raised an $8.3 million Series B investment.

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