San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Venture Capital investments in San Diego startups fell by roughly a third during the three months that ended September 30, according to data released recently by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. As Xconomy reported last week , third-quarter venture funding also slipped nationwide to $14.99
EY Names 6 Startup Leaders as San Diego Entrepreneurs of the Year
JUNE 21, 2016
Award winners from San Diego and other regions are now eligible for consideration for the national Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 program.
Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego
JUNE 10, 2016
Startup Week San Diego, like a lot of other places that host similar events, has been billed as a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship.
Q2 VC Funding Soars in San Diego (After Revisions), and Top 10 Deals
JULY 17, 2016
But the San Diego data was off. million in 19 companies in San Diego. million invested in 23 San Diego companies.
Tealium Adds $35M to Expand Technology, Sharpen Customer Focus
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Tealium, a San-Diego startup that provides online advertising tag management and marketing services for enterprise customers, has raised $35 million in a growth financing deal intended to expand its technology and market reach. The company’s workforce has grown to about 270, including 80 in San Diego.
With $18M, Reflexion Health Expands Physical Therapy Technology
JUNE 29, 2016
After recently raising $18 million in Series B funding, the healthtech company also plans to add new products as it expands nationally among U.S.
Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent
AUGUST 17, 2016
and San Diego’s Avalon Ventures. The first-in-human trials of AVB-620 began last year at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center.
Todd Hylton Adds Neural Tech Expertise to UCSD Robotics Institute
AUGUST 30, 2016
UC San Diego has named Todd Hylton, a veteran tech industry manager and expert in neural-based processing technology, as executive director of its new Contextual Robotics Institute. Hylton’s appointment comes less than two months after UC San Diego named Henrik Christensen as director of the robotics institute.
With $30M Infusion, Certona Aims for Bigger Share of Digital Retail
OCTOBER 16, 2016
After raising $30 million, San Diego-based Certona said it is moving to accelerate its product development, expand its sales and marketing team, and improve its client services as an e-commerce technology vendor. Certona uses the data to offer shoppers personalized options based on “real-time profiling.”. billion. billion.
Cybersecurity Startup MedCrypt Gets $750K to Defend Health Devices
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Safeguard Scientifics also is an investor in Sotera Wireless, the San Diego-based maker of wireless devices for remote patient monitoring.).
Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning
AUGUST 10, 2016
Just over a year later, Jurvetson led the Series A round of venture funding for Nervana Systems.
Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology
JULY 26, 2016
Ostendo Technologies, a Carlsbad, CA-based company founded in 2005 to advance curved screens and other innovative display technologies, has raised $41.8 The financing includes both new investment funding and a conversion of debt to equity, according to a notation in the filing. million, according to a recent regulatory filing.
An Homage to Larry Bock, Who Had God’s Hand on His Shoulder
JULY 10, 2016
When Xconomy came to San Diego in 2008, he also readily volunteered to help our editorial mission as an Xconomist. ). Larry Bock.
Gates Grant Helps Sirenas Extend Hunt for Drugs From Sea Organisms
OCTOBER 3, 2016
About 60 percent of all drugs are modeled after naturally occurring compounds, Esquenazi said. Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.
With New Program, DARPA To Encourage Safety “Brakes” For Gene Editing
OCTOBER 5, 2016
The idea for the funding program, called Safe Genes, is to get out ahead of problems that could bring the field to a screeching halt. “We should couple innovation with biosecurity,” DARPA program manager Renee Wegrzyn, said Tuesday at the SynBioBeta conference in South San Francisco. The U.S.
As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics
JULY 12, 2016
In the meantime, the robotics industry is racing to advance “intelligent navigation” technologies intended to enable unmanned aerial systems to fly autonomously out of view, and to avoid telephone lines, trees, and other obstacles along the way. At first, the farmers thought they were crazy, Ritter recalled. Then they became investors.
Ginkgo Builds Out Robot Labs as Microbe Design Business Grows: Photos
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Its investors include Y Combinator, Viking Global, Felicis Ventures, and OS Fund. Ginkgo is contributing to that shift.
Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs
AUGUST 5, 2016
It’s no secret that this generation of young people is technologically savvy. What is the ideal age to start a company? Wrong.
Radicle Accelerator Fund Launches to Nurture AgTech Innovation
JUNE 22, 2016
Before making an investment, Radicle says it screens technologies and can quickly vet and validate technologies through its farm connections.
Arterys, GE Healthcare to Roll Out Next-Gen MRI Scans of Heart
OCTOBER 19, 2016
But it took several extra layers of technology, and a collaboration with San Francisco startup Arterys , to make that possible. The U.S.
Biotech Roundup: Hellos, Goodbyes, “Cures” Delays And Trial News
JULY 15, 2016
Our San Diego editor Bruce Bigelow penned a personal goodbye to entrepreneur Larry Bock, who died last week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. All eyes are on Holmes, who is scheduled to present data from the company’s technology at a medical conference on August 1. million in funding, according to a regulatory filing.
PacketSled Raises $5M for Automated Cybersecurity Monitoring System
AUGUST 1, 2016
Two other small funds, Blu Ventures and JHS Ventures joined in the round. The company also has an office in Seattle.
San Diego Tech Coast Angels Honor John G. Watson With Memorial Fund
JANUARY 5, 2012
Watson Foundation , which will support entrepreneurism in the San Diego region. and was president of Ionian Technologies in San Diego.
Bio Roundup: Theranos Cuts, Alnylam Stops, Nobel Eats Its Own & More
OCTOBER 7, 2016
military’s high-tech think tank DARPA described Safe Genes, a new program to fund safety measures that can be built into genome editing technology or counter its potential wayward effects. The funding could be as much as $100 million, and the first grants will be announced in 2017. But the show must go on. TOP STORIES.
Microsoft Venture Fund Aims to Harness Early Stage Innovation
MAY 31, 2016
Microsoft plans to invest more in early stage startup companies through a new corporate venture fund, headed by former Qualcomm executives.
Bio Roundup: RIP Roger Tsien, Novartis CAR-T Wheel, Zika News & More
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
Nobel Prize winner Roger Tsien, a UC San Diego chemist, passed away in Oregon this week. As the San Diego Union Tribune reported in 2013, Tsien (pictured) was also unafraid to shine the spotlight on what he considered suspect scientific approaches, even when espoused by legends like DNA co-discoverer James Watson.
The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
JULY 29, 2016
What are some examples of government-funded research in AI and robotics that is happening today that will set the stage for tomorrow’s products?
San Diego Startups Band Together For Job Fair
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
SweetLabs said the event is aimed at showing product managers, designers, developers and other "technology superstars" how much is happening in the San Diego area. diego startups fair employmentThe job fair is one of many in recent months, as demand for technical talent has skyrocketed across Southern California.
Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology
JULY 21, 2016
The company raised $1 million last year, according to a 2015 regulatory filing. Happy #TBT from our fearless Founder & CEO @fordblakely !
How We Won $50,000 Award in SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Contest
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Small Business Administration as a Growth Accelerator Fund Competition winner. We were one of 68 winners announced Aug.
Audentes Prices $75M IPO As Gene Therapy Eyes First U.S. Approval
JULY 20, 2016
Today, it’s San Francisco’s Audentes Therapeutics, which aims to use gene therapy to treat a group of rare diseases. Audentes has raised $135.8
Biotech Roundup: Fighting Addiction, Obama Precision, Juno Deaths & More
JULY 8, 2016
Mergers—or threats thereof—deals, fundings, and all kinds of data keep on keeping on. Congress will come to terms on a package of healthcare reforms and funding known as 21st Century Cures. The role of government in all of this? But the news in our little corner of the world doesn’t stop.
Third-Quarter Report Shows Slowdown in VC Activity, & Top 10 Deals
OCTOBER 5, 2016
It was the fifth straight quarterly decline in the number of companies getting VC funding, according to the report. Third-quarter funding fell by nearly a third from the prior quarter, when venture investors deployed $22.14 PitchBook data also shows a nearly 29 percent decline in year-over-year funding, from the $21.1 Financial.
Exit Interview: Lita Nelsen on MIT Tech Transfer, Startups & Culture
MAY 30, 2016
Lita Nelsen has seen it up close—and played a part in its evolution—from her studies there in the 1960s, to her business-school fellowship in the late 1970s, to her 30 years working in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office. [ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories examining entrepreneurship on MIT’s campus and beyond. ].
Bio Roundup: Precision Med and Google, Heron, Lilly, Sarepta & More
AUGUST 12, 2016
The wait continues. Will next week be the week a decision finally comes? Next month? Later today? Until then everyone sits, waits, and speculates.
3 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know about Indiana Innovation
JULY 5, 2016
The legislation allows United States universities, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to retain intellectual property rights of inventions developed from federal government-funded research. People who live outside of Indiana probably know a few things about it: The Indianapolis 500, a.k.a. 30, 2015. The results?
Modern Meadow Collects $40M for Real Leather With ‘No Cow Involved’
JUNE 28, 2016
Modern Meadow, a New York-based company that has developed a method of turning living cells into materials used to make leather that mimics animal hide, has received a $40 million Series B funding to begin manufacturing and commercializing its leather products. Our process makes cow collagen, without touching a cow. There’s no cow involved.”.
California Accelerators Enroll Startups Targeting Cannabis Industry
OCTOBER 12, 2016
Three companies from each cohort also will get $50,000 in follow-on funding. 64 is expected to pass. percent.
K5 Brings yCombinator Model Accelerator To Orange and San Diego County
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OCTOBER 26, 2011
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Synthorx Raises $10M to Expand Use of Synthetic DNA in Biologics
JULY 19, 2016
The San Diego firms have invested $6 million since 2014, when Synthorx was founded , CEO Court Turner said yesterday.