Athena Survey Probes Gender Issues in San Diego Innovation Ecosystem

Xconomy

A San Diego survey on professional women working in tech and life sciences offers some insights on the recurring debate over gender diversity in venture-backed startups and big companies, as well as a related incident that boiled over this week at Google.

Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups

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A list of the top ten cities for startups was released by USA Today and the National Venture Capital Association today, naming both Los Angeles and San Diego among the best cities for startup companies.

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What’s the Business Model for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare?

Xconomy

This story is part of an ongoing Xconomy series on A.I. in healthcare. These are heady times for using artificial intelligence to extract insights from healthcare data—in particular, from the tidal wave of information coming out of fields like genomics and medical imaging.

Google Offers Launches In San Diego

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Google Offers , the daily deals service in beta at Google, has expanded into Southern California, starting in San Diego, Google said Wednesday. Google said it has added San Diego, along with Balitmore, Minneapolis, and San Jose to a beta of the service. Google OFfers is a direct competitor to Groupon, LivingSocial, and many other daily deals sites. google offers daily deals groupon livingsocial coupon deal offer

Epic Seeks to Join Alexa, Siri as Software You Can Chat With

Xconomy

Epic Systems may soon add its name to the list of companies with virtual assistant software that people can give instructions to and get information from. But those who say, ‘Hey Epic’ to initiate a man-to-machine conversation won’t be your average consumers.

Vinod Khosla on A.I., Health, and the Future of Working (or Not)

Xconomy

Entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist Vinod Khosla made big headlines almost six years ago when he wrote a blog post called “Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms?”

Aira Raises $12M to Expand Services for Blind and Visually Impaired

Xconomy

After beta testing technology that provides remote assistant services for the blind, San Diego-based Aira has raised $12 million in a Series B round that it says will enable the company to expand its service to thousands of visually impaired users this year. Boston blog main Detroit blog main National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories San Francisco blog main Texas blog main Aira Aira.io

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San Diego Startups Band Together For Job Fair

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Highlighting the continued growth in demand for technical talent, a group of ten San Diego startup is banding together to attract job seekers to their companies, According to San Diego's SweetLabs , the software developer behind Pokki and OpenCandy, it and another nine startups will run an event December 1st called 10 Startups, $100 Million in Funding, 100 New Jobs. diego startups fair employment

Bill Maris Takes Stage for 2nd Act, Says New Fund Mostly Committed

Xconomy

In his first public appearance since leaving Google Ventures, Bill Maris said Wednesday his new venture fund, Section 32, is nearly fully invested—less than four months after he officially unveiled its existence in the San Diego area. In a keynote talk at a venture summit in San Diego, Maris said Section 32 already is looking to raise a second fund.

Bio Roundup: Precision Med and Google, Heron, Lilly, Sarepta & More

Xconomy

In other Google-related news, Recode reported that Bill Maris, the founder and president of Google Ventures (now called GV), has left the firm and will be replaced by David Krane. The wait continues.

Startup Weekend San Diego | Veterans, Service Members & Military Families

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The event was held in the heart of Balboa Park at the Hall of Champions near Downtown San Diego. The Google team was there to introduce Goggle’s tools for businesses and entrepreneurs. The winners of Startup Weekend San Diego: Veterans & Military Families.

Introducing Xconomy Voices (Podcast), Episode 1: Mary Lou Jepsen

Xconomy

It’s always been Xconomy’s mission to reach audiences—both here on our website, and at our many live events around the country—with deep insights into the innovation process, divined from experts embedded in the world’s most important hubs of high-tech entrepreneurship.

At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

Xconomy

In downtown San Diego, a private real estate company best known for its master-planned communities in suburban Southern California has posed some existential questions for regional tech hubs looking to build their own startup ecosystems. 101 West Broadway tower in downtown San Diego.

As U.S. Looks to Launch Precision Health Study, Google’s Role Emerges

Xconomy

Google’s parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG ) and its wholly owned biotech R&D group, Verily Life Sciences, are helping build a secure center where health records, genomic data, and other personal information from hundreds of thousands of people can be collected, analyzed, and shared with health researchers. Only a few of those entities are for-profit companies; Google, via Verily, is the highest-profile. The U.S.

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Smart Voice Assistants Will Spread From Talking Devices To Apps in 2017

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Signs are that the Amazon Echo and Google Home—both equipped with smart voice assistants—will turn out to be blockbuster sellers of the holiday gift season of 2016.

San Diego Gas and Electric Partners With Google PowerMeter

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San Diego Gas & Electric is one of the first utilities to sign up with Google and its new Google PowerMeter energy monitoring project, Google said this morning. Tags: diego electric monitoring energy power powermeter google

Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning

Xconomy

On the day after Intel announced its acquisition of San Diego machine learning startup Nervana Systems, investor Steve Jurvetson told me he was feeling a sense of satisfaction about a call he made three years ago, and how it has been playing out.

Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs

Xconomy

They don’t know a world without Google and Facebook; they don’t remember a time when people didn’t go around carrying Internet-enabled devices in their pockets. What is the ideal age to start a company? It’s a question that often circulates in the business press and on tech blogs.

New StockTwits CEO Looks to Expand Share of Investor Community

Xconomy

If you do a Google search for AAPL, the stock ticker for Apple, the top search results are typically Yahoo Finance, Twitter, Google Finance—and StockTwits, a social media communications platform for Wall Street traders and active retail investors. After taking over roughly six months ago, StockTwits CEO Ian Rosen made one of his first strategic moves with last week’s acquisition of SparkFin , a San Diego-based fintech app that provides novices with information on investing.

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A.I. Chip Race Redraws Competitive Map Among Tech Firms, Chipmakers

Xconomy

It’s been a long time since tech’s biggest companies could be sorted into discrete buckets according to the products they pioneered—-Google, the search software giant; Apple, the computer and mobile device innovator; e-commerce leader Amazon; business software stalwart Microsoft; and social media engine Facebook.

The Five Major Tech Trends of 2016

Xconomy

Back in 2013, Google reported that 90 percent of multiple device owners switch between screens to complete tasks, using an average of three different combinations every day.

50 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To—and 5 New Ways to Find Them

Xconomy

If you’re not much of a podcast listener and you have a sense that you’re missing out on a lot of great content, you’re absolutely right. But now is a good time to fix that, thanks to a new profusion of listening options. And to get you started, I have a few shows to suggest. Fifty of them, in fact. I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts—and I mean always, back to the days of the very first podcasts around 2004.

With Pitches for HQ2 Made, Cities Wait on Amazon’s 2018 Decision

Xconomy

From Portland to Pittsburgh, it’s likely that every city in the U.S. with more than 1 million people has made its case to Amazon to locate the company’s second headquarters there. At least, hopefully they have already, because today—if you haven’t heard—was the deadline to apply.

Toyota And Others Enabling Self-Driving Cars to Talk to Each Other

Xconomy

Drivers have plenty of ways to communicate with their fellow drivers, beyond the basic turn signal. Some methods are nice, like a friendly wave to beckon a merging car into your lane. Others, not so much. We’ve all probably cursed or honked at another driver, or been given the finger.

Education Is Unbundling—Three Key Trends to Watch

Xconomy

Technology in the classroom has come a long way since its advent in the 1920s, when teachers would air radio broadcasts about topics relevant to their lesson plans. Ten years later, in the 1930s, the overhead projector debuted to display material for the whole class to see all at once, followed by the launch of the Scantron grading system in the 1970s to speed up the standardized testing process. Innovative? Yes, for their time. Powerful for learners? Not really.

Machine Learning 201: Exploring the Market for New Business

Xconomy

2016 will be remembered for many things, not least as the year that AI and machine learning stepped into the technological and cultural spotlight. Advances in applied machine learning fueled our enthusiasm for smarter, more talkative devices.

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Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments

Xconomy

Fundraising is tough for startups but it’s particularly difficult in agriculture, a sector that has fewer firms focused on agtech investments. The dynamics are starting to change, though.

Five Regions That Could Draw Amazon’s Next Headquarters

Xconomy

[ Updated 4:26 p.m. See below. Amazon sent cities across North America into a frenzy Thursday after announcing plans to build a second headquarters outside of Seattle, bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development benefits.

Google Shuts Urchin, Other Services

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Internet giant Google said Friday that it will be shutting down web analytics service Urchin , the onetime San Diego startup which had been acquired by Google in April of 2005. According to a post from Urchin co-founder Paul Muret, the shutdown comes as the software has been overtaken by Google Analytics, which had originally started as an online version of the Urchin software. urchin google shutdown picnik

Trump’s Election Stunner: Tech and Life Sciences Leaders React

Xconomy

Google’s Adam Singer : “Party is prob over for Silicon Valley for now Trump presidency means recession time. Still processing what this will mean for technology, business, society, and humanity—I guess it’s going to take a while. In the meantime, here are 10 notable reactions from around the Xconomy network, mostly via Twitter.

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Google Invests $103M In Southern California Solar Project

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Internet giant Google has made another alternative energy investment in Southern California, investing $103M in a utility-scale, solar photovoltaic generating plant in Imperial County. According to Google, the investment in the Silver Ridge Power, 265.7

Biotech Leaders Sign Letter Condemning Trump’s Travel Ban

Xconomy

The blowback from U.S. business leaders to President Trump’s travel ban continues—today from a throng of biotech executives. This morning, 165 U.S. biotech leaders have signed a letter voicing “deep concern and opposition” to the order, which bars entry to the U.S. to refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Jan. 27 order placed a 90-day ban on immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.

Why We All Should Care About the Recent Brouhaha at Google

Xconomy

The issues raised by the 10-page memo on the suitability of women for certain engineering and leadership positions at Google (culminating in the firing of its author) have implications for all of us.