TiVo: Providing You Subscriptions to TV Video Recorders

Digital video recorders are the main products offered by TiVo, an American corporation that markets its subscription services on these video recorders. Two veterans of Silicon Graphics and Time Warner’s Full Service Network digital video system, Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay created the business as Teleworld, Inc. in 1997.

TiVo is now based in San Jose, California. The founders initially intended to create a home network device and later on stumbled into the idea of creating a means of recording digitized video on a hard disk. This idea was the concept behind the success of TiVo that now generates an annualized revenue of more than $406 million. They no longer just operate within the United States as they have expanded their coverage to countries like Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and several other countries across Western Europe.

The first TiVo digital video recorder was shipped on March 31, 1999. This item was released after they have exhibited their product at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of that year. Prior to that, they have already made a public trial of the product in the San Franciso Bay area in late 1998. The first DirecTV receiver was released by Philips Electronics and it has integrated the TiVo DVR on the item. The product was named DirecTiVo and was capable of storing digital signals to a hard disk.

With the products and subscription services offered by TiVo, you will no longer wait for a rerun of your favorite TV program. You can simply ask someone to record the show for you, so you can review it at a later time. Despite the presence of several websites that feature various recorded shows, the company remains profitable and subscriptions remain high.

TiVo is a publicly traded company with common stocks available on the NASDAQ.

Teledyne Technologies: An Industrial Conglomerate

As an American company, Teledyne Technologies is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. This industrial conglomerate has operations around the world and started its operations in 1960. The company opened its doors for business as Teledyne, Inc.

Henry Singleton and George Kozmetsky founded the business. The company functioned as a subsidiary of the conglomerate Allegheny Teledyne from 1996 until 1999. By 2011, the company has more than 100 companies under its umbrella group. These businesses are categorized into four major segments, namely, digital imaging, engineered systems, instrumentation and aerospace and defense electronics. There were more than 150 companies under the Teledyne flagship and most of these businesses were divested prior to the merger of Allegheny and Teledyne in 1996.

It was in 1999 that Teledyne was spun off as an independent company. The venture started with 19 companies under its ownership and management until they were able to grow it to around 100 businesses.

Textainer Group Holdings: A Leader in Marine Cargo Containers

It is in Hamilton, Bermuda that Textainer Group Holdings keep their main office. The business is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TGH. It is in the industry of rental and leasing services that the company thrives in.

Marine cargo containers are the focus business of Textainer. This holding company purchases, leases and resells these containers since its inception in 1979 and generates more than $528.9 in revenue. Based on fleet size, the company is considered as the largest lessor of intermodal containers in the world. They have over 2 million containers that they own an a million others that are under their management. These containers are leased to shipping lines that number to over 400 companies. Not only is the business the largest lessor as they also hold the title of being the largest seller and one of the largest purchasers of containers in the world. These containers can be brand new or used and categorized as refrigerated intermodal containers, dry freight specials and standard dry freight.

As a seller, they dispose over 100,000 containers yearly and more than 1,000 customers contact the business regarding these sales. They have two operating subsidiaries: Textainer Limited (TL) and Textainer Equipment Management Limited (TEML). Textainer Limited has two sub-companies: Textainer Marine Containers Limited (TMCL) and TW Container Leasing Ltd. (co-owned by Wells Fargo Container Corp.).

Textainer Group has four regional offices: Americas Region (New Jersey), European (London), North Asia (Yokohama) and South Asia (Singapore). They have 13 offices worldwide and has over 400 depots. Through their financial leasing programs, they offer short and long term leases and offers their services to some of the world’s leading international shipping lines.

The current replacement value of all their assets is estimated to be around $6 billion. For a multi-billion venture, the company only employs over 160 employees around the world.

Sonic Automotive: North Carolina’s Largest Automotive Retailer

One of the largest automotive retailers in the United States is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Named Sonic Automotive, Inc., the business is listed part of the Fortune 500 companies and operates in 15 states.

There are more than 105 dealerships around the country and these operations are headed by their CEO Bruton Smith who also created the business in 1997. With his strong passion for cars and his excellent leadership skills, he was able to start his venture with 20 stores. From the 15 brands of automobiles, he was able to close agreements and now started marketing more than 29 brand names. The business is capable of generating more than $8 billion of annualized revenue from selling pre-owned and brand new cars.

Other than selling cars, Sonic Automotive also offers other services including warranty, paint, vehicle maintenance, replacement parts, financing, insurance and collision repair services. The company publicly trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

Smith & Wesson: The World Class Manufacturer of Firearms

When it comes to firearms, Smith & Wesson Holdings remained to be a world class manufacturer and is a trusted name in the United States. With more than a century and a half of experience, the business specializes in pistols and revolvers.

Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry has featured some of their products and continues to be the preferred choice of sport shooters, the police and the armed forces throughout the world. Their pistols have become the standard issue to these government agencies. They are also known for the various ammunition they have introduced in the market. It was in 1852 that the Smith & Wesson Company was created by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson. The business partners were set to develop the first Volcanic rifle, which was purchased by Oliver Winchester. With the acquisition of the business by Winchester, the name was also changed to Volcanic Repeating Arms. The two partners split up for some time, but eventually got reunited after Samuel Colt’s patent on the revolver was about to expire in 1856 after which the new Smith and Wesson Company got reborn.

With the outbreak of the American Civil War, the revolvers manufactured by the company flourished. Soldiers of various ranks started privately purchasing these ammunitions for self-defense. The production of their Model 1 revolver was not able to keep up with the demand that they were forced to open a new facility and start experimenting on new offerings. As the market demands change, the company was also prepared with their innovation. With every decline of their product, they come up with a newly developed arm that would cater to the needs during that time. The company even signed an agreement with US President Bill Clinton in 2000 that prohibits businesses carrying their products to sell their items to minors and people who are prohibited by the law. In exchange, they were given the “preferred buying program”, which further helped the company grow.

Smith & Wesson is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and continues to produce firearms and law enforcement items.

The E. W. Scripps Company: A Media Conglomerate

Edward Willis Scripps founded his company in 1922 and embraced the motto: “Give light and the people will find their own way”. This company is now headquartered in the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and bears the name The E.W. Scripps Company.

Formerly known as The Cleveland Penny Press, this American company is now a media conglomerate that operates and owns several news publishing and television stations. This holding company is divided into two publicly traded businesses, the E.W. Scripps Company and the Scripps Networks Interactive. Both companies operate and own newspapers, TV stations and has licensing and syndication interests. The latter owns the DIY Network, Cooking Channel. Travel Channel, HGTV, Food Network and the Great American Country.

Although the holding company was created in 1922, its roots go back to 1878 with the creation of The Cleveland Penny Press. Currently, the business generates more than $1.1 billion of annualized revenue.

Sequenom: Leading the Genetic Revolution

One of the million dollar businesses in the area of San Diego, California is Sequenom. The company generates more than $170.20 million in annualized revenue and is engaged in the production of DNA MassARRAY.

The MassARRAY produced by the business is taking leaps in the advancement of genetic revolution. The platforms they market are generally used in quantitative gene expression analysis, SNP genotyping and methylation detection. Their world class products are used in various researches in clinical laboratories around the world. As a life sciences company, it caters to the genomic and genetic analysis solutions needed in clinical researches and the molecular diagnostic industry. It markets its products across the United States and has an international presence with global offices in Europe and in Asia.

There are two subsidiaries that the business wholly owns and operates. Their Sequenom Bioscience is engaged in providing research use tools and technologies that are utilized in pharmacogenomics, clinical research, translational research, agricultural genomics and oncology. Their MassARRAY systems are used in various DN/RNA analysis applications. The other subsidiary is their Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine and exists to provide molecular based, laboratory developed tests (LDTs). These tests include their patented MaterniT21 PLUS LDT, HerediT CF LDT, SensiGene RHD LDT and the RetnaGene MD LDT. These tests are primarily used in various diseases and conditions related to ophthalmology and conditions that are related to prenatal diseases.

Founded in 1994, the company continues to create groundbreaking advancements in the areas of genetic research and technology. Through their products and services, millions of lives are saved every year around the world. Their leadership in the field of life sciences is greatly attributed to their outlook in “Quality of Science”. With this deeply rooted belief, they continue to strive in providing the world the best products there are.

Listed as part of the Russell 2000 Index, Sequenom continues to publicly trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SQNM.

Renewable Energy Systems: Developing the Renewable Energy Industry

Based in Kings Langley, England, Renewable Energy Systems is a company that is solely focused on projects that involved renewable energy around the world. As a developer, the business constructs and operate large-scale, renewable energy projects.

Founded in 1982, Renewable Energy has been active in the wind industry for more than 30 years now. They also have expertise in biomass, tidal and wave, and the solar energy sectors. As part of the assets, the company also has a global portfolio of wind farms. These wholly owned and operated wind farms make the company an independent power producer. Since its inception, they have ventured into building design and consultancy of renewable energy facilities. The company aims to provide energy dependency solutions to businesses and customers around the world.

Renewable Energy Systems has remained at the forefront of developing and molding the renewable energy market. With their low-carbon energy technologies, they are able to bring solutions to various industries including the commercial, public and industrial sectors.

Ryland Homes: A Home Builder and Developer

A homebuilder and developer since 1967, Ryland Homes has been ranked by the Builder Magazine as the 6th largest in the country. The company’s main office is in Westlake Village, California and is in operation in 17 states and in the District of Columbia.

The business kicked off as James P. Ryan Company. The company was named after its founder James P. Ryan, who left Ryan Homes to create his own venture. The business he created became the largest builder in the planned community of Columbia, Maryland where the business started. At the end of the 1960s, the company was already launching developments in the cities of Reston, Houston and Baltimore until is has become a much larger company than how it started. The name change to Ryland happened in 1970 when its founder noticed a signage that has the name Maryland on it with the letters M and A covered. When it entered that decade, the business was already unstoppable in its expansion. It has already penetrated the states of Georgia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and in Texas.

It was in the 70s that the company made a milestone by putting up its 10,000th home. This was also the time that the company has reached more than $100 million in revenue. It was in 1978 that the business made an acquisition in the form of Crest Communities, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based company led by James’ younger brother, William Ryan. With more than 45 years of experience in home building, the business has become a monolith in the industry with more than 310,000 homes created.

Creating homes with its customers in mind, the company focuses on first time buyers and those first and second time move up customers. Ryland Homes also owns RMC Mortgage Corp, which specializes in escrow services, titles and consumer mortgages. Overall, the business generates more than $1.3 billion of revenue yearly.

Piper Jaffray: A Financial Services Firm

As an asset management firm, Piper Jaffray is focused on mergers and acquisitions. The business is also listed as a full-service investment bank and offers financial restructuring, investment management, securities research, public finance, public offerings and institutional brokerage.

Founded in 1895, the company now keeps their main office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have over 35 offices across the United States, in Asia and Europe. Its operations are mainly segmented into four, namely, Investment Banking, Public Finance, Institutional Brokerage and Asset Management. Through its various subsidiaries, they provide service to various industries including consumer, hospitality, industrial, healthcare, clean technology and renewables, business services, education and even senior living. It is through listening closely to their clients, adapting to the market change and their confidence to innovate that the business was able to sustain its presence in the industry for more than a century now.

Currently, Piper Jaffray continues to publicly trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The operation of the business is headed by their Chairman and CEO, Andrew S. Duff.

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