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San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: MedCrypt, LunaDNA, Dynacure & More

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Let’s catch up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego. — Cybersecurity company MedCrypt, which makes software to protect medical devices, raised a $5.3 million Series A funding round. The company says it will use the new funds to hire new salespeople and engineers and further develop its technology, which medical devices vendors use to secure data traveling between or stored on devices.

San Diego Tech Roundup: Bitmo, Dvele, Cybersecurity Report & More

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—Mobile app startup Bitmo announced it had raised more than $3 million in seed funding from investors including Everplus Capital, Longboard Capital Advisors, and several Southern California-based family fund offices. — Dvele , which says it uses best practices in software automation, material selection and lean manufacturing techniques to make upscale, modern.

$100M Round Turns San Diego’s Seismic into Region’s Newest Unicorn

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Seismic, an enterprise software company with ambitious growth plans, has raised $100 million in a Series E financing and added Microsoft chairman John W. The venture investment, which the San Diego startup announced Tuesday, is one of only a few so-called mega-rounds—$100 million or more—recorded this year in the region. (In Rowe Price Tech Uber unicorn VC Venture Capital Virtual Instruments

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Evofem, Cullgen, BrainLeap & More

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A software startup launches games that it says may help children with disorders that cause attention difficulties. Get the details on these developments and more in San Diego life sciences news: —Evofem Biosciences (NASDAQ: EVFM ) struck a deal to raise up to $80 million in a private placement. Locally based biotech companies receive fresh funding from investors.

10 San Diego Startups to Compete at Region’s Top Pitch Competition

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Ten tech startups will vie to impress a panel of six judges and hundreds of attendees at San Diego’s biggest pitch contest later this month. Launched in 2006 by San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels, the annual John G.

Big Data Meets Big Biology in San Diego: Some Takeaways

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View the Slideshow At the end of the 19 th century, the German scientist Paul Ehrlich began to realize that certain chemicals could have highly specific effects on certain diseases.

Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space

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Plug and Play San Diego has formed a partnership with Downtown Works, a new co-working space in downtown San Diego, which will give the local Plug and Play program a place to call home.

Colorado’s Webroot Buys CyberFlow Analytics, Expands in San Diego

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Not long after ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT ) acquired San Diego-based LonoCloud in 2013 , former LonoCloud executives Tom Caldwell and Hossein Eslambolchi met for coffee at the Specialty’s Café and Bakery in University City. In the three years since it was founded, CyberFlow raised at least $4 million from investors that include Toshiba America Electronic Components, Siemens Venture Capital, and angel investors. San Diego represents a major growth area for Webroot.

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego

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Startup Week San Diego, like a lot of other places that host similar events, has been billed as a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship. This year’s Startup Week also has added five new tracks intended to highlight San Diego’s strengths as a startup ecosystem.

A Need for Speed: Illumina Acquires San Diego’s Edico Genome

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With the Bio-IT World Conference opening today in Boston, San Diego-based Illumina (NASDAQ: [[ticker:ILMN) said it has acquired Edico Genome, a five-year-old startup with technology to accelerate the readout of next-generation sequencing data. Edico developed technology that combines a specialized processor and chipset with proprietary software to address a bottleneck in the.

Big VCs Join Xconomy in San Diego to Discuss Big Data, Big Biology

Xconomy

At Intel Capital in the Bay Area, investment director Ranjeet Alexis is an expert in bioinformatics who is scouting for deals at the intersection of computation, healthcare, and the life sciences.

Xconomy Forum Rides Wave of Big Data/Big Bio Startups in San Diego

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As the Xconomy Forum on Big Data Meets Big Biology draws near, one of the best arguments for understanding the significance of the convergence of data science and the life sciences may lie in what came out of the 2013 sale of San Diego’s EcoATM. The company developed automated kiosks that would scan a device and use analytic software to calculate what it was worth and how much of a rebate to offer for it.

Veni, Vidi, Vinti: What Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Sees in San Diego

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The Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf came to San Diego recently on an unusual quest—to meet with dozens of local technology leaders and assess what the region has to offer in terms of innovation.

Xconomy Special Report: 12 San Diego Tech Startup to Watch in 2017

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View the Slideshow A little more than a year ago, amid a resurgence in San Diego’s software sector, Xconomy identified a baker’s dozen of local tech companies to watch in 2016. The idea was to feature early stage companies in the region that have not attracted much attention or raised a substantial amount of startup capital. million in a Series D round of investment capital, according to founder and chairman Tony Farwell.

San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

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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. million in 49 startups in San Diego County during the third quarter, according to a breakout of data provided by PitchBook as part of the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report. San Diego. $35 San Diego. $20

From Startup Week San Diego: The World According to Jason Calacanis

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In a keynote talk Tuesday night that was a headliner event for Startup Week San Diego, Calacanis observed that it doesn’t feel like the millennial generation is doing as well financially as their parents’ generation. Silicon Valley angel investor Jason Calacanis has some advice for the millennial generation: Get your name on a cap table.

San Diego VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals

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Venture capital investors sank $547.2 million into 37 startup companies throughout San Diego County during the first three months of 2018, maintaining roughly the same level of venture funding seen in recent quarters, according to the Venture Monitor Report. The amount of capital invested in the San Diego area was up slightly from the $541.2 Venture Monitor data on first-quarter venture capital activity was released Tuesday by Seattle-based PitchBook and.

At First Summit, 7CTOs Takes Baby Step to San Diego Tech Buildup

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As a software engineer and self-described “tech guy,” de Bruin says he is more interested in. A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of building tech startups and creating entrepreneurial communities for tech innovation.

Eyeing Future IPO, A Rarity for SD Software Firms, Tealium Adds $55M

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San Diego has had plenty of businesses go public in recent years, but most have been life sciences companies. Now software startup Tealium, which has about 215 employees at its San Diego headquarters, announced Wednesday it has added $55 million in a Series F financing. Eleven-year-old Tealium has now hauled in more than $160 million in venture capital, and is prepping to become one of the region’s first big tech companies to go public in over five years.

New VC Firm Blueprint Equity Puts $6M into Florida Software Company

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A new venture capital firm, which in November marked its launch by raising a $53 million-plus fund to invest in startups, has made its first investment. Lewis was mostly recently with San.

First-Quarter Venture Funding Slumps in San Diego, and Top 10 Deals

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Thirty-seven venture-backed companies in the San Diego area collected almost $350 million in new funding during the first three months of 2017, according to data released this week as part of the latest Venture Monitor report from the National Venture Capital Association and Seattle-based PitchBook. million that VCs invested in San Diego startups in the same quarter in 2016, and off nearly 17 percent from the $420.3

Under New Ownership, San Diego’s Ad-Juster Names Dennis Clerke CEO

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Ad-Juster, a San Diego adtech startup acquired earlier this year by the investment arm of China’s Innotech International Group, Wednesday named local software entrepreneur Dennis Clerke as CEO. Clerke (a San Diego Xconomist) was previously the CEO of Sunnyvale, CA-based NetSeer, an adtech acquired in February by Inuvo (NYSE: INUV , an advertising technology and digital publishing company based in Little Rock, AR.

Q2 VC Funding Soars in San Diego (After Revisions), and Top 10 Deals

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After the national MoneyTree Report was released last week, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Ryan Spencer said he spent time on a call with Thomson Reuters, which provides the raw data, trying to figure out a change in the numbers for venture capital activity in San Diego.

Profitability Helps San Diego Lender Step Out from Industry Cloud

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In contrast to some alternative lenders, the San Diego firm said it is growing fast and is consistently profitable. Problems at one industry leader, San Francisco-based LendingClub (NYSE: LC ), have added to waning enthusiasm among some investors for the peer-to-peer model, which matches online users who want a loan with Wall Street investors or wealthy individuals looking for a higher rate of return than many traditional, fixed-income investments.

San Diego Social Media Startup Soci Adds Austin Office, Raises $8.5M

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Soci, a San Diego startup that created a Web platform for managing social media, has closed on $8.5 The five-year-old startup, which had 35 employees five months ago when it was named as a 2017 Xconomy San Diego company to watch , now has 50 employees. Soci’s software-as-a-service provides a “central command” that enables business customers to deploy their social media marketing strategies, customize their brand messaging, and control their customer.

Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

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billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion , according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.

Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree

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Thrun (pictured) says many software engineers working at the raft of companies now developing self-driving vehicles have trained in the technology via Udacity , the educational technology company he.

Join Xconomy for Our 8th Annual Napa Summit, June 13-14

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We’ll tackle big trends, challenges, and opportunities in areas like venture capital, software, genomics, digital medicine, education, and diversity. Google. Amazon. Genentech.

Software Startup Portfolium Acquired by Salt Lake City’s Instructure

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The software of Portfolium, a San Diego startup that hosts online portfolios for students trying to showcase their achievements to potential employers, is set to join the portfolio of Utah educational software company Instructure. Instructure (NYSE: INST ) has agreed to acquire privately held Portfolium. No financial terms of the deal, which was announced Tuesday, were disclosed.

Startup Developing Opioid Alternative Takes Top ‘Quick Pitch’ Honors

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The winner of the largest-ever startup pitch contest in San Diego is aiming to solve a problem that is weighing heavily on the national consciousness.

New Year to Bring New Data Security Threats, Cyber Investor Warns

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Ackerman (pictured) is founder and managing director of San Francisco-based VC firm AllegisCyber , and co-founder of Fulton, MD-based DataTribe , which helps launch startups grounded in the expertise of former federal cybersecurity experts at the National Security Agency and other government units.

VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

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If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men.

What $1M in Bay Area Startup Dollars Buys You in 12 Other Cities

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Salaries, rent, and other expenses like software licenses can often make or break a company. Much of the math comes down to how much money you can raise for your business, and startups often look to San Francisco and Silicon Valley to find the capital they need.

ServiceNow Alum’s Perspectium Adds $8M More for Integration Tools

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ServiceNow, one of the most valuable software companies ever founded in San Diego, launched in 2003, before enterprise software-as-a-service became a topic of mainstream discussion. These billion-dollar (and more) companies are a mix of publicly traded firms, such as San Francisco’s Salesforce (NYSE: CRM ), and private, venture capital-backed startups, like San Diego’s Seismic , which provides companies with tools to beef up.

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Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

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Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator. Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.