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33 Tech Startups Make San Diego Venture Group “Cool Companies” List

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What does it take for a tech startup to be considered “cool?” In the eyes of the San Diego Venture Group, the key element is readiness for venture capital backing.

Uber Rejiggers App to Highlight Its Bikes, Scooters in San Diego

Xconomy

San Diego is one of two metropolitan areas in which ride-hailing giant Uber has reformatted its mobile app to make it simpler for users to rent an electric bicycle or scooter.

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

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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.

Why Comma.ai, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego

Xconomy

San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT )—have announced expansions in the region. Local entrepreneurs hope that investment will make other tech businesses, including early-stage companies, more comfortable settling in the region, where concerns about talent recruitment are long-standing.

$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 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. The company closed the first $30 million, from Nevada-based investment firm PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ: PDLI ), on Wednesday, with the firm paying a 26.4

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. Seattle’s UP Global, now part of Techstars, oversees the operation of Startup Week and other programs for tech entrepreneurs across the U.S.

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. We caught up with Claude Jones , who is in charge of growing Walmart's technology team in Carlsbad from 70 people and tripling the team, out of new offices it announced this month. How long has Walmart had an office 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. We caught up with Claude Jones , who is in charge of growing Walmart's technology team in Carlsbad from 70 people and tripling the team, out of new offices it announced this month. How long has Walmart had an office in San Diego?

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

Xconomy

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.

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

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.

Record Exit Value for VC-Backed Startups Could Fuel Investment

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billion in money returned to investors—that’s already topped all other full-year totals, according to the latest VentureMonitor, the quarterly report on venture capital investment complied by the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook.

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

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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 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.

EvoNexus Gets Bank, Investment Firm Backing for Fintech Incubator

Xconomy

Financial firms are facing competition from legacy players and disruptive fintech startups as technology continues to reshape the heavily regulated industry.

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

Xconomy

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.

Bio Roundup: Opioid Exposé, Gilead’s Gambit, Life Science IPOs & More

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The opioid crisis reaches all corners of the nation, and newly released data this week revealed how the growth of the epidemic tracked with a massive increase in the production and distribution of these drugs. From 2006 to 2012, the number of pills distributed to pharmacies increased by more than 50 percent. In total, 76 billion pills flooded the market.

Servier Licenses CureMatch Tech for Custom Cancer Drug Treatments

Xconomy

A global pharmaceutical company based in France has licensed software developed by San Diego digital health startup CureMatch that aims to help cancer doctors customize the combination of drugs they prescribe to patients based on mutations in cancer DNA.

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Mercato, Grocery Delivery Startup For “Indie” Retailers, Gets $4M

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Mercato, a San Diego startup that bills itself as the option for independent grocery stores and specialty foods retailers, announced this week that it had raised $4 million in venture capital investment to expand the network of stores from which it delivers.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

Beyond Meat’s IPO Bags $241M to Make Plant-Based Burgers Mainstream

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deals DNS Venture Partners Ethan Brown Impossible Foods investing IPO Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Kroger Obvious Ventures startups TGI Friday's VC Venture Capital Wegmans Whole Foods Market xperienceA Beyond Meat burger is coming to a location near you—and soon.

Encoded Nabs $104M, Illumina’s Help, to Push Gene Therapy’s Limits

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Startup Encoded Therapeutics has raised $104 million to join the race to expand gene therapy’s reach. The South San Francisco, CA, company has emerged from the startup accelerator of Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN ), and it counts the DNA sequencing giant among its investors along with Arch Venture Partners, Venrock, and others.

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Could Facebook’s Crypto Break Financial System? Congress Airs Fears

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Soaring prices of Bitcoin and other so-called digital tokens were attracting investments from speculators hoping to get rich quick—but these virtual coin values were also known to drop just as suddenly, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council noted.

To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

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Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago. Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same.

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Reveal Biosciences Gets Intel’s Backing on “AI-Powered” Pathology

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A 25-person startup developing advanced computing tools to speed up pathology work has raised its first institutional financing from a group of investors led by Intel Capital, the corporate investment arm of the chipmaker.

Retailers, Startups Work to Offer Efficient E-Commerce Delivery

Xconomy

The on-demand delivery war in retail is on. In its quarterly earnings call Thursday, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) announced it would switch to one-day shipping for Prime members, halving the time the 100 million-plus people who subscribe to the service must wait before receiving their purchases.

Bio Roundup: Nationwide’s Rise, a Surgeon’s Quest, CRISPR USA & More

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The Columbus, Ohio, hospital chose to invest in gene therapy when the field was in its darkest days. A longtime transplant surgeon, Ildstad cobbled together enough money through grant funding to start a company and develop a.

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

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

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

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million of these failed hook-ups result in a dog being surrendered to a shelter nationally, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says. Nearly half of those animals end up euthanized. Too many people treat pet adoption like a one-night stand.

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

Xconomy

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

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

Xconomy

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.

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