Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsStart Company
IN THE NEWS

Start Company

FEATURED ARTICLES
BUSINESS
April 21, 1992 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Remember when your mother said you couldn't save by spending? Well now you can, according to a company called START, for "Spend Today and Retire Tomorrow." START, an insurance agency based in Herndon, Va., has teamed up with retail and consumer products companies such as Spiegel, MCI, Eddie Bauer, Club Med and Hertz. These companies have pledged to contribute a percentage of participating customer's purchases to savings accounts in their customer's names.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2012 | By Susan Denley, Los Angeles Times
Robert E. Gray, co-founder and longtime chief executive of women's clothier St. John Knits, died Tuesday at his Orange County home after a long illness. He was 86. Gray and his wife, Marie, started the company in a San Fernando Valley garage in 1962 on a romantic whim. Marie Hermann, a model who used the surname St. John professionally, wanted to raise money for a Hawaiian honeymoon, the story goes. She persuaded her fiance, Gray, who was an apparel salesman, to show a sample of a dress she designed and knit to a store buyer, thinking she might sell 20. Gray returned with orders for almost 200. "I absolutely collapsed," Marie Gray said Thursday.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1996 | MIGUEL HELFT
It worked as planned: After an incubation period, it hatched. Just one year after joining the Thousand Oaks Environmental Business Cluster, a nonprofit launching pad for environmental businesses, Adapt Consulting Inc. is ready to move on, company officials said Tuesday. Adapt, an environmental consulting firm that is relocating to Ventura, was the third tenant to occupy the business incubator. This week, it will be the first to leave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. "Dick" Dunn, leader of a Los Angeles commercial real estate dynasty, has died. He was 84. Dunn, who was widely viewed as the dean of the region's commercial property brokers in his role at the Charles Dunn Co., died April 15 from an inoperable brain hemorrhage at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, according to his family. He took part in the booming real estate market in Southern California after World War II and continued to work until his death. Dunn helped assemble, sell or lease some of region's best-known commercial properties.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1990 | From Reuters
Artist Maurice Sendak may very quickly find out where the wild things are when he embarks on his latest project--a national children's theater. The award-winning illustrator of such children's classics as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "A Hole Is to Dig" is putting his books on hold to start the Night Kitchen, a theater company devoted entirely to creating and producing plays, operas and dances for children. "I've spent half my life working for kids.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1994 | Jack Searles
William E. McAleer, who resigned in May as president and chief executive of Ventura County National Bancorp and its key unit, Ventura County National Bank, has started his own company, W. E. McAleer Financial Corp. The firm will operate in three fields--mortgage banking, investment banking and real estate sales. In announcing his new enterprise, McAleer cited "tremendous opportunities" in Ventura County, adding that "traditional financing services are not being responsive to these opportunities."
BUSINESS
April 21, 1999 | Greg Hernandez
Inventor Ronald B. Luther, whose former company, Luther Medical Products Inc., was sold recently to New Jersey-based Becton Dickinson & Co., announced Tuesday that he has started a new company to compete in the worldwide market for catheters that fit over needles. Luther's former company, based in Tustin, changed hands in a $16.6-million deal and is expected to be relocated to Salt Lake City soon. The 20-year-old company has been a leading manufacturer of IV catheters.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1992 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter M. Hoffman, the former president and chief executive of Carolco Pictures Corp., has formed an entertainment company called CineVisions. The company will seek out business opportunities in emerging entertainment markets such as India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe. As chairman of CineVisions, Hoffman also will work as a financial consultant to the industry. He said he may even independently produce low-budget movies. CineVisions' backers include Canyons Partners Inc.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A top corporate finance executive has left Cruttenden & Co. to start his own investment banking firm that will help raise capital for biomedical and small technology companies in Orange County. Michael Danzi, 33, recently formed Danzi Capital Group in Irvine, which will specialize in raising cash for technology companies through private equity or debt offerings. "This area is a real hotbed of activity," Danzi said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Famed hot rod builder Boyd Coddington would reclaim the publicly traded company he lost in a bankruptcy earlier this year under a reorganization plan filed Monday for Stanton-based Boyds Wheels Inc. The plan, which still must be approved by creditors, calls for Coddington to return to the custom wheel and hot rod design company he founded.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2011 | David Sarno
The gig: Scott Lahman is co-founder and chief executive of Gogii Inc., a Marina del Rey start-up that created the free text-messaging application textPlus for the iPhone and Android smart phones. TextPlus is one of Apple Inc.'s all-time most popular "apps," with nearly 8 million active users. The ad-supported app allows users to join group texting conversations with people in their social circles or interest groups, and is an attempt to add new visual and social functions to text messaging, long an unadorned but widely used technology.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
College students who want to start a company while still in school are getting a jump on the process by competing in contests now held by several universities. To play, they have to come up with a business idea or plan. Then they get the chance to try it out, often in front of judges who are venture capitalists or other types of investors. The prizes, in many cases: funds to help turn it into an actual business. USC senior Nick Smith's team entered an idea for a small sail that could be used by skateboarders and skiers.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
Space entrepreneurs Burt Rutan and Richard Branson announced plans Thursday to form a new aerospace production company to build a fleet of commercial suborbital spaceships and equipment. Called Spaceship Co., the enterprise will be jointly owned by Britain-based Virgin Group Ltd.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez and Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writers
When Sandy Grushow resigned as head of the network and television studio divisions at Fox last week, he landed in a place called Phase Two. Phase Two is not a condo development; it is the name of the production company that Grushow now runs, and which Fox must finance for the first three years of its existence for at least $10 million. In most businesses, leaving one's job means a plunge into the unknown.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2001 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert E. Gray, who with his wife founded upscale women's clothier St. John Knits International Inc. four decades ago, will retire at the end of the year, the Irvine company said Thursday. The announcement comes five months after Gray, 75, stepped aside as chief executive and was succeeded by Hugh Mullins, a former Neiman Marcus executive. St. John said then that Gray, who had retained his role as board chairman, would remain active with the company. A statement released by St.
NEWS
January 13, 2001 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William R. Hewlett, the surviving member of the duo who all but invented Silicon Valley in a Palo Alto garage 62 years ago, died Friday. He was 87. Hewlett died quietly in his sleep at his Palo Alto home, according to a statement from Hewlett-Packard Co. After first flipping a coin to determine whose name would go first, Hewlett and his Stanford University classmate David Packard founded Hewlett-Packard Co.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president and chief executive of developer Signal Landmark said Tuesday that he has resigned to start a consulting firm after Signal's parent company hired an outside firm to oversee Signal's operations. Peter B. Denniston, 38, joined Irvine-based Signal Landmark a little more than two years ago. But parent company Henley Properties Inc. in June hired The Koll Co., a Newport Beach developer, to manage its buildings and development projects.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1992 | NANCY WALZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ron Solimon remembers well that day in early 1982 when the Jackpile uranium mine on his native Laguna Pueblo shut down, leaving 600 people jobless. "It was like getting slugged in the stomach," he said. It also was the beginning of a painful, years-long journey that took the Lagunas from the disaster of 76% unemployment to the successful formation of Laguna Industries Inc., an industrial products supplier and defense contractor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2000 | KATHLEEN O'STEEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a time when a cup of kibble and a can of dog food were all that people thought a dog needed for a complete diet. Although that's often still the case, a growing contingent of pet lovers feels that Fido needs to get in on the trend of super-foods. That desire has helped fuel the bottom line of Designing Health, a Valencia-based company started in 1992 by a veterinarian.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|