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

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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 Seismic, an enterprise software company with ambitious growth plans, has raised $100 million in a Series E financing and added Microsoft chairman John W. Thompson to its board of directors.

San Diego Startup Raises $2.3M to Advance Enzymatic DNA Synthesis

Xconomy

Molecular Assemblies , a San Diego startup developing a new enzymatic method for synthesizing DNA, said today it has raised $2.3 million in a seed financing round.

San Diego Life Science Companies See Stock Bumps, Slips in JPM Wake

Xconomy

Morgan Healthcare Conference started out as a clubby get-together hosted by investment bank Hambrecht & Quist. Back in the days of H&Q, bankers and entrepreneurs flocked to San Francisco to get information about biotech companies that was otherwise hard to come by.

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.

Walmart: Turning San Diego Into A Key Technology Center

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However, the company's technology team, Walmart Labs (www.walmartlabs.com)--which said this month that it is planning on major growth in San Diego is responsible for the company's key supply chain technology, online e-commerce site, and much more. What exactly does Walmart Labs work on in San Diego? How long has Walmart had an office in San Diego? How did Walmart decide to set up in San Diego?

Walmart: Turning San Diego Into Its Technology Center

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However, the company's technology team, Walmart Labs (www.walmartlabs.com)--which said this month that it is planning on major growth in San Diego is responsible for the company's key supply chain technology, online e-commerce site, and much more. What exactly does Walmart Labs work on in San Diego? How long has Walmart had an office in San Diego? How did Walmart decide to set up in San Diego?

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

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In the Boston office of GE Ventures, managing director Alex de Winter is overseeing investments in companies like Veracyte, which is applying machine learning to genomic sequencing technology to help doctors distinguish benign growths from cancer.

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. I started with a list of companies already screened by the San Diego Venture Group’s annual venture summit, and consulted with investors and startup mentors to refine the list. 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. VC firms invested $280.6 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 VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals

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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 million invested during the final three months of 2017, according to Venture Monitor data. million invested in the first quarter last year.

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

Xconomy

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 billion invested.

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. San Diego.

Profitability Helps San Diego Lender Step Out from Industry Cloud

Xconomy

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 VC Funding at $426.6M in Third Quarter; Plus Top 10 Deals

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The San Diego artificial intelligence company Brain Corp. topped the chart for raising the most venture capital in San Diego during the third quarter that ended September 30, according to Venture Monitor data released Tuesday. Altogether, venture firms invested. As Xconomy reported in July, Brain Corp. raised $114 million in a Series C funding round led by Softbank’s new $100 billion Vision Fund.

RiverVest Venture Closes $184M Fund for Backing Healthcare Ventures

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Louis, MO-based venture capital firm with additional offices in San Diego, CA, and Cleveland, OH, has raised $184.4 million for its fourth fund dedicated to investing in healthcare companies. RiverVest Venture Partners, a St.

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Bio Roundup: NASH News, Merck Strikes, Digital Tokens & More

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The growing epidemic of the fatty liver disease known as NASH, which has no FDA-approved treatment, has led to a frenzied race among drug companies. This week, one company, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, solidified its lead. But how much will being first to the finish line mean when all is said and done? Intercept (NASDAQ: ICPT ) reported interim data from a Phase 3 study showing its drug, obeticholic acid (OCA), reduced liver scarring in NASH patients.

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Finding True Love Can Be Ruff, But This Startup Could Have Your Match

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Too many people treat pet adoption like a one-night stand. You look at a dog, and see his eyes, and think he’s cute,” says Tama Lundquist, co-president of Houston PetSet, an organization that works with about 70 animal shelters in the Houston area.

Autonomous Truck Company TuSimple Adds $95M to Rev Up Commercial Fleet

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The new Series D round of financing announced Wednesday boosts the San Diego-based company’s valuation to land it on the growing list of “unicorns”—the tech-world term coined for companies valued at $1 billion or above. That was the year TuSimple became the first company in San.

Billie, Subscription Shaving Products Service for Women, Raises $25M

Xconomy

The New York-based startup said Tuesday that the new funding round, which is being led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing group, brings its total investment to $35 million.

From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation

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They shared their thoughts via e-mail with me, Xconomy’s national correspondent David Holley, and Sarah de Crescenzo, editor of Xconomy San Diego.

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TP Therapeutics Names New CEO, Gets $80M More for Cancer Drug Push

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The San Diego-based biotech, which is developing targeted cancer drugs for people whose tumors resist other precision therapies, announced the changes Friday.

Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind

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startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I. [ Updated 12/27/18, 9:54 am ] Manoj Saxena is bullish on artificial intelligence. As chairman of Austin, TX-based A.I.

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VelosBio Emerges with $58M in Funding to Steer Cancer Drugs to Clinic

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VelosBio joined Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS @ San Diego incubator in January. VelosBio, a biotech startup researching new cancer drugs, has raised $58 million in financing.

Room Service by Robot And Other Ways Tech is Changing The Hotel Stay

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More days than not, Michael Colaneri’s home is a hotel room. So innovations like “geolocation” sensors that automatically unlock his room door and adjust the thermostat when he’s nearby make the constant change easier—sometimes. “My My experience has been exceptionally inconsistent,” he says.

To Show Off SD Startups, Investors Hit the Road with New TV Show

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Now four San Diego, CA-based investors are debuting “VCs in a Van,” a vehicle (no pun intended) meant to spotlight local companies ripe for funding. lu—as they visit a handful of San Diego-based early-stage businesses seeking financing. lu Data Science Institute investment Keshif Ventures Mark Bowles Neil Senturia Outerwall SanDiegoVC Shark Tank Taner Halicioglu Technology Tom Tullie tv UC San Diego UCSD VCs in a Van Wrapify

Bio-JPM Roundup: Lilly Buys Loxo, Sage’s Stock Soars, ALS Cash & More

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Morgan Healthcare Conference, one of the biggest gatherings for the biopharmaceutical industry, kicked off today in San Francisco, and many companies, whether they’re speaking at the event or not, use this time to get their news out. The flow of biotech news is particularly heavy today, and for good reason. The annual J.P.

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Trust & Will Raises $2M to Advance Digitization of Estate Planning

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The team at Trust & Will, a San Diego-based startup founded in October of 2017, is betting that a good chunk of those people would shell out some money to outline an estate plan if the process were cheaper and easier. [ Updated 9:30 a.m., see below. Roughly half of American adults have no legal document that details how their assets should be distributed when they die.

Gossamer Bio Files for IPO at End of Year in Which it Raised $330M

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Now, the San Diego-based startup is looking to Wall Street for additional funds. Gossamer Bio, headed by former Receptos executives, made its public debut in January with $100 million in financing. Seven months later, it tacked on another $230 million.

Apple Plans 5,000 Jobs for New Austin Site as Part of Nationwide Expansion

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Austin —Apple expects to make thousands of new hires around the country from Seattle to New York, the company announced Thursday, with its biggest growth planned for Austin, TX.

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Bio Roundup: Alzheimer’s Fail, Drug Price Plan, Gene Therapies & More

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Pharmaceutical companies typically raise prescription drug prices at the start of each year and this year was no different. The increases were the latest reminder that, despite President Trump’s fiery campaign rhetoric, the administration had done little to actually lower drug prices. But a new plan aimed at the secretive rebate deals between pharma companies and pharmacy benefit managers could change things.

Pensa, AI-Enabled Drones Maker for Inventory Monitoring, Raises $5M

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Austin —The grocery store shelf has yet to be plugged into the increasingly digital food supply chain. Instead, inventory is typically tallied by employees by hand in a slow and laborious process. “It’s It’s one big black hole with groceries, not knowing what is exactly on the retail shelf and available for sale,” says Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Pensa Systems in Austin. Something like one out of eight or 10 items is typically not in stock.”

Bill Maris Fund Section 32 Notches Two Wins with Life Science Exits

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Section 32, a venture capital firm headquartered near San Diego that launched in 2017 with a $151 million fund, has had a big month. The firm, based in San Diego’s coastal Cardiff-by-the-Sea community, was started by Bill Maris , who launched and previously headed Google’s corporate venture investment arm, GV (originally called Google Ventures). This month, two of the firm’s investments have proved prescient.

Finistere Plants Investment Seed in Ireland With $24M Agtech Fund

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To that end, Kukutai’s venture capital firm, Finistere Ventures, is joining with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to launch a new 20 million euro ($24 million) fund that will invest in emerging agtech startups in Ireland. Though Finistere splits its operations between San Diego and Palo Alto, CA, the firm has been expanding its reach globally. Ireland’s top agricultural exports are beef and dairy products.

With $90M Round, Stoke Eyes a “Spinraza For Epilepsy” And a 2019 IPO

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Ed Kaye stepped aside from Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT ) last year after leading the company through one of the most noteworthy and controversial drug approvals in recent memory, for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen (Exondys 51).