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July 11, 1993 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Just as you can "see a world in a grain of sand," as William Blake put it, so you can understand a lot about the world economy from one of its fastest-growing businesses. Computer networking is the business, but don't be put off by technical jargon. It's a field in which many companies, some quite small, are expanding rapidly by enabling computers to talk to each other with ever greater speed and content.
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July 6, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of the biggest players in a hot computer industry niche agreed to join forces Tuesday as Wellfleet Communications announced that it will acquire Santa Clara, Calif.-based SynOptics Communications in a stock swap valued at about $1 billion. The merger would create a dominant new player in the computer networking business, which has grown explosively in recent years as corporations move away from large mainframe computers to flexible networks of smaller machines.
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BUSINESS
July 6, 1994 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of the biggest players in a hot computer industry niche agreed to join forces Tuesday as Wellfleet Communications announced that it will acquire Santa Clara, Calif.-based SynOptics Communications in a stock swap valued at about $1 billion. The merger would create a dominant new player in the computer networking business, which has grown explosively in recent years as corporations move away from large mainframe computers to flexible networks of smaller machines.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1993 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Just as you can "see a world in a grain of sand," as William Blake put it, so you can understand a lot about the world economy from one of its fastest-growing businesses. Computer networking is the business, but don't be put off by technical jargon. It's a field in which many companies, some quite small, are expanding rapidly by enabling computers to talk to each other with ever greater speed and content.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1988 | States News Service
SynOptics Communications Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based maker of local area network systems for computers, will try to raise up to $13 million in an initial public offering of up to 1 million common shares, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Cisco Systems Inc. will buy StrataCom Inc. for $4 billion in the largest takeover ever in the computer network equipment business, the companies said Monday. Cisco said the purchase will allow it to provide all the networking switches for voice, data and video communications across public computer networks such as the Internet and private ones. The acquisition would give Cisco a lead over its nearest competitors in a market niche that's been growing at the rate of 90% a year, analysts said.
BUSINESS
May 29, 1994
The element of executive pay that generates the most controversy is exercising stock options. Typically, executives promised the right to buy shares at a set price exercise that right when the price of the shares has gone up. That can result in instant riches. This chart lists the 20 executives at California's 100 biggest publicly-held companies who exercised the most valuable stock options in 1993. Executive Company Title Michael D. Eisner Walt Disney Co. CEO,COB John T.
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May 29, 1994 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a historic legislative effort to hold down towering salaries, the pay of top executives at California's biggest public companies thrust upward with tremendous force in 1993. This isn't to say executive pay hasn't changed. It has, in major ways. Pay is now much more related to a company's performance. And the elements that make up an executive's compensation package are far more complex. But in terms of overall magnitude, the numbers just keep getting larger. Consider: * Michael D.
REAL ESTATE
June 19, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Southern California home builders and architects have won 16 of 37 Grand Awards in the Gold Nugget design competition at the 1994 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) & Remodelers Show, the annual meeting of developers and allied professionals from the 14 Western states and Pacific Rim countries. Southland builders, designers and projects again dominated the Gold Nugget contest, although not by as wide a margin as in the past.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1994 | Amy Harmon
TERMS SUCH AS multimedia and information superhighway , which surfaced on a mass scale for the first time last year, have been derided recently as heavy on hype and light on substance. But these futuristic communications and entertainment services are already helping to propel many of California's fastest-growing companies. The Times Growth 100 list, which ranks companies by revenue growth, is usually ruled by high-tech enterprises.
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April 28, 1992 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a group, California's most profitable companies during 1991 had something in common with everybody else: an off year. The Times 100 list of California firms that return the best value to shareholders shows some healthy returns indeed. But reflecting hard times, the newest results pale next to the returns shown on the previous year's list. The list ranks companies by two years' average return on equity. This year's winnner, Syntex Corp., clocked in at an admirable 46%.
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