April 22, 2015
PETALUMA — Earthbound drones can now travel safely between flights aloft, thanks to a new case from Lowepro.
April 20, 2015
Wine.com was born in 1998 as eVineyard, at the beginning of a three-year period that saw a surge in dot-com investment flood into the wine business. Since it started, the company has shipped nearly $600 million worth of wine. Shipments have been growing each year, reaching nearly 3 million bottles in 2014 alone.
Michael Osborn, founder of Wine.com, is set to be on the “Routes to Market” panel at the Business Journal’s Wine Industry Conference on April 24. Osborn spoke with the Business Journal about what’s behind a 43 percent increase in the number of wines the company is making available to California customers, potential for disconnect between wine-buyer “gatekeepers” and choice-hungry consumers, and early branding success found via wine storytelling over online chat.
April 20, 2015
Joe Waechter came to the CEO role at WineDirect, a Napa-based direct-sales technology company that offers software and services for e-commerce, regulatory compliance, marketing and winery management, five years ago after wearing hats in venture finance and global parcel delivery. It has grown at 40 percent-plus annually for the past five years, passing $500 million last year and nearing an estimated $700 million this year.
He is set to speak on the “Routes to Market” panel at the Business Journal Wine Industry Conference on April 24. Waechter spoke to the Journal about the impact of younger consumers shopping for wine online, popularity of third-party resellers and increasing e-marketing savvy of small- and medium-sized wineries.
April 13, 2015
Wells Fargo & Company named Greg Morgan, a 27-year veteran of the company, president for the San Francisco market. …
Ivar Bolander was named to The Financial Times’ 2015 list of America’s Top 400 Financial Advisors. …
Marin Builders Association hired Cary L. Dacy as the new director of business development. …
Marin County nonprofit Bridge the Gap College Prep named Laura Cox executive director. …
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County named six new members to its board of directors. …
Sonoma County chefs will cook for Council on Aging’s 2015 Derby Day. …
Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate appointed Maria Gema Rapolla manager of its Napa office. …
Monty Stephens is the new general manager of Town Center Corte Madera. …
Denise Rondini joined Marx Group Advisors as a vice president and member of the advisory board. …
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery named Andrea Christensen executive director of national accounts. …
Michael Kasper was hired to lead the Southeast division for Hess Family Wine Estates. …
April 9, 2015
SAN RAFAEL — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) on Thursday said it invested $10 million in Silicon Valley-based Carbon3D, which is developing ways to speed up 3-D printing and expand the types of materials that can be used with readily available manufacture-it-yourself technology.
April 6, 2015
DriveSavers, a Novato-based company that recovers data stored deep inside smartphones or tablets smashed to bits, on April 1 contacted French authorities offering help in retrieving communications or recordings from victims of the Germanwings airliner crash on March 24.
April 6, 2015
For the second consecutive year, Rabobank’s customer satisfaction scores topped national and western region banking averages. …
U.S. Bank announced that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute. …
Tri Counties Bank has been designated as an SBA Preferred Lender. …
Representatives from the 19 participating local Rotary clubs, two Rotaract Clubs and individual donors participated in the dedication of the Rotary Center for Student Leadership at Santa Rosa Junior College. …
The Sonoma County Probation Department will receive a $2.1 million grant for the Keeping Kids in School Project. …
College of Marin has completed the long-awaited renovation of the new William Keith Room. …
Nelson announced significant growth of 26 percent in 2014 revenue over the year prior. …
Enphase Energy has been selected by SoCore Energy as an inverter supplier. …
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 22-year intergovernmental agreement with Lytton Rancheria. …
Beginning this summer, the city of Rohnert Park will be replacing over 800 old streetlights with LEDs. …
An independent survey shows Novato’s residents are highly satisfied with their quality of life and the services the city provides. …
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers. …
Orthodontic practices in the Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Napa county areas will soon be accepting Denti-Cal. …
Reflections Rehab announced its intensive outpatient program. …
Council on Aging’s kitchen is expanding. …
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) on March 11 had a groundbreaking ceremony for the SAY Dream Center. …
Friedman’s Home Improvement is the newest member of North Bay Leadership Council. …
Armstrong Garden Centers bought the former Sunnyside Nursery. …
Novato-based IMSI/Design released Turbo View & Convert. …
Petaluma-based MarketLive selected San Francisco-based Fluid as its premier certified design partner. …
Glassdoor launched Company Updates. …
Spectrum Private Wealth Advisors is the new name for two Santa Rosa wealth advisers. …
March 30, 2015
YOUNTVILLE — VinTank, started five years ago by the founder of a major direct-to-consumer wine sales services company, on Monday said it has been purchased by a San Francisco-based marketing and communications consulting company that plans to expand VinTank’s innovative social-media management software beyond wine and hospitality to other industries.
March 23, 2015
SAN RAFAEL — A panel of local business leaders talked about why their companies located, and prefer to remain, in Marin County at the eighth annual Impact Marin Conference.
March 16, 2015
SANTA ROSA — Pulmatrix, a Lexington, Mass.-based maker of inhaled pharmaceuticals, on Monday reported an agreement to merge with Santa Rosa-based biopharmaceutical company Ruthigen, which is publicly traded.
March 16, 2015
NAPA — The transformation of an 89-year-old former wood and metal shop building on the former Napa High School campus in the next few months into a cutting-edge information technology hub for nearly three dozen Napa Valley schools is emblematic of a dramatic shift underway toward high-tech education for students in kindergarten through high school.
March 16, 2015
Telecommunications equipment maker JDSU, headquartered in Milpitas and with more than 400 employees in its southwest Santa Rosa plant, will spin off the North Bay division as Viavi Solutions likely in September.
March 9, 2015
Novato-based Raptor Pharmaceutical scientists found an ingenious way to reformulate molecules and deliver them with delayed release directly to the intestine, bypassing the stomach and curbing nausea in treatment of a rare disease that attacks children’s kidneys, liver, eyes, muscles, white blood cells and central nervous system.
Raptor could ultimately reap annual revenue of nearly $250 million from sales of Procysbi, its lead treatment.
March 5, 2015
SANTA ROSA ̶ TriVascular Technologies reported 2014 revenue of $31.8 million, up 63 percent from 2013. The company’s revenue of $9.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 exceeded 2013 fourth-quarter results by 46 percent. Fourth quarter gross margin hit 63.5 percent, compared to 52.3 percent in the same quarter of 2013. TriVascular lost $57 million for all of 2014, up from a $50 million loss in 2013, and has accumulated deficit of $296 million. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $14.5 million, up from a $13.5 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2013.
February 24, 2015
SAN RAFAEL — Telltale Games on Tuesday reported the appointment of Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer to Telltale’s board as part of Lionsgate’s undisclosed “significant investment” in Telltale.
February 19, 2015
SANTA ROSA — Keysight Technologies reported revenue of $701 million for its first quarter as an independent company after separating from Agilent Technologies, up 4 percent from a year ago. The company faced challenges in its international sales due especially to currency declines in Russia, Japan and Europe.
February 4, 2015
NOVATO — Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:RARE), a biopharmaceutical company that makes drugs for rare and ultra-rare diseases, plans a new public offering of up to $125 million of shares of its common stock.
The company intends to use the proceeds of the offering for early-stage research, to develop new products, for clinical trials and for marketing.
February 2, 2015
Maybe your business relies on antivirus software such as McAfee, TrendMicro, Kaspersky, Bitdefender or Symantec’s Norton to ward off malware. Such software can protect against certain threats. Yet some computer experts claim that, because new malware forms constantly emerge, common antivirus software provides as much protection as a strand of licorice around a mountain bike on the streets of theft-plagued San Francisco.
George Ledin, Ph.D., professor of computer science at Sonoma State University, this spring will teach his annual course showing students how to write malware, thereby gaining skills to catch and eradicate it some of the time.
January 12, 2015
SANTA ROSA — In August, Sapheon Inc., a maker of venous disease treatments formerly based in Santa Rosa, sold to Covidien, a global health care company based in Dublin, Ireland.
The price, not disclosed at the time, was $238 million according to Covidien’s recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
January 12, 2015
SANTA ROSA — Medtronic Inc.’s new device for treating clogged arteries was in demand in the U.S. just hours after its FDA approval last week and company officials are optimistic about the product’s long-term potential.
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