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Spunout software firm Quickbase finding its feet as standalone entity

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BOSTON — They say that breaking up is hard to do. Especially when you are a firm doing $70 million in sales and growing an average of 33 percent annually, yet you are being spun out from a larger company that remains one of your biggest customers.

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New aerospace trend: Tout big innovations, don’t hide them

by Andrew McIntosh Big aircraft order backlogs gives investors confidence and capital is available to small and medium size aerospace firms: Cascadia Capital executive

PUGET SOUND — Not so long ago, jet manufacturing giants such as Boeing, Airbus and Northrop Grumman kept their technology innovations and development projects under tight wraps.

Industrial secrets were just that. Loose lips would sink planned ventures and projects, potentially hurting or destroying companies’ revenue.

Now, the industry giants are battling it out with tiny aerospace companies  ...

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For the founder of Scrambl’z, success means learning from setbacks

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SILICON VALLEY — When Scrambl’z owner Jim Angelopolous isn’t at his South San Jose diner, there’s a good chance he’s running.

“It’s pure, it’s just me and the land,” he says of the sport. “Endorphins set in, and it’s just an amazing feeling.”

Angelopoulos started running in third grade and has crisscrossed the country from Honolulu to New York to run more than 25  ...

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Then & Now — Raj Sharma: From DJ to ‘would-be’ coffee entrepreneur, today he is a wealth manager

by Robin Washington, Special to the Journal Raj Sharma

BOSTON — Rem emember the Glenn Close film “Heights”? How about Rajbucks Coffee?

Mostly likely, you haven’t. The film tanked after two weeks and the coffee chain never even got that far. Both are more notable as asterisks in the career of Raj Sharma, the Merrill Lynch managing director who consistently heads lists of the top investment advisers in Boston and the nation.

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September 24, 2016 | 12:00pm EDT
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Fintech industry still growing despite Lending Club stumble

by Mark Calvey Dan Macklin

SAN FRANCISCO — When Lending Club sneezed in May, the entire fintech sector quickly caught a cold.

Revelations that one of the largest and best-known fintechs had engaged in a variety of improper loan practices was a health scare that rippled across one of the most vibrant sectors of the Bay Area economy. Several noted investors pulled back from fintech startups, while some of the  ...

September 24, 2016 | 9:00am EDT
Hot Shots - Up and comer

Will this young physicist be the star of Silicon Valley Comic Con?

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SILICON VALLEY — Whatever it means that when you type “sabrina p” into Google and “Sabrina Pasterski” pops up first, next year’s Silicon Valley Comic Con has ratified it.

Pasterski is billed right behind William Shatner, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the list of featured guests at next year’s second annual event, which will be  ...

September 23, 2016 | 3:30pm EDT
Hot Shots - Upstart lifestyles

In new book, Aegis Living CEO will theorize you can live to be 120

by Patti Payne Aegis Living

SEATTLE — What do you name a book about the aging process? Aegis Living Co-founder Dwayne Clark, calls his latest book, “Grapes to Raisins.”

“That’s just the working title,” he says with a laugh about the book he is co-writing with Dr. Shirley Newell, Aegis Living’s chief medical officer. “She was the natural partner in writing this."

Kirkland-based Aegis Living has about 30  ...

September 23, 2016 | 2:45pm EDT
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