Tech Coast Angels-San Diego Sees Big Growth In Angels

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The Tech Coast Angels San Diego (TCA-SD) angel investment network, the San Diego arm of the Tech Coast Angels, has seen a big growth in the number of angel investors who are members of the group this year, the group said this week. The group said the growth both comes from the overall growth of the startup ecosystem in San Diego, as well as elevated interest in early-stage investing.

JMI Equity Promotes Two In San Diego

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San Diego- and Baltimore-based private equity investor JMI Equity announced a number of promotions this morning, including promoting two individuals in San Diego. According to JMI Equity, it has promoted Sureel Sheth to Principal and Chase Thomet to Vice President in San Diego, in addition to naming a number of new partners and principals out of its Baltimore office. JMI Equity makes growth equity investments in software companies.

UC San Diego Gets $1M From Arm Of Intellectual Ventures

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The University of San Diego has received $1M from the incubator arm of Intellectual Ventures , the investment fund which was founded by recently deceased Microsoft co-founder Paul G. According to UCSD, the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur received $1M from the Invention Science Fund (ISF), the incubator arm of Intellectual Ventures, and San Diego's Legler Benbough Foundation, to accelerate new startup companies.

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

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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 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.

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.

San Diego Startup Investors Launch Their Own TV Show, VCs In A Van

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A group of San Diego angel and venture capital investors have launched their very own television show--which is airing on local cable channels--focused on investments in Southern California--called VCs in a Van , which will air on local Cox, Time Warner, and Spectrum channels. Who needs Shark Tank?

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

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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.

Twist Bioscience Expands In San Diego

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San Francisco-based synthetic DNA developer Twist Bioscience Corporation is in a big expansion, saying it has opened up a new office in Carlsbad. NFT Investment Limited, KANGMEI Group, Bay City Capital GF Xinde Life Science Investment Fund, 3W Partners Capital and Ditch Plains Capital Management LP. twist bioscience diego growth expansion lifescience employees jobs sequencing

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?

Report: Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top Startup Markets

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Los Angeles and San Diego are among the metro areas with the highest startup activity, based on a new report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The foundation ranked Los Angeles as number 3, and San Diego as number 4 in terms of the highest startup activity in the United States, based on the rate of new entrepreneurs, startup density, and other factors. kauffman angeles diego startup activity report venture capital economy investment

Sofinnova, With Offices In San Diego, Lands $650M For Biotech Investments

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Biotech venture capital investor Sofinnova , which has offices in San Diego, announced that it has raised $650M in its newest fund, Sofinnova Venture Partners X. Sofinnova says it invests in biotechnology companies that are developing drugs that address high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients. sofinnova diego biotech lifescience venture capital investor investments financial

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.

Health IQ Finds $34.6M, Plans San Diego Hiring

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in a Series C funding round, which it said partially go to expanding hiring at its San Diego offices, the company announced on Wednesday. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included include Charles River Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital, Felicis Ventures and Western Technology Investments. Health IQ has positions in sales and account management listed from its San Diego offices.

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.

Swarm Aims To Rejuvenate San Diego's Software Industry

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It hasn''t been a great few months for San Diego''s software and technology industry, as the city has seen three, big software companies move their operations, and thousands of jobs, to Texas. According to Swarm, although San Diego has seen growth in investments in local software companies, it has been falling behind such cities as Austin and Phoenix, which have been growing much faster. growth investment industry software diego swarm

Shift Launches Online Car Buying, Selling Service In San Diego

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Shift , an online car buying and selling startup based in San Francisco, said on Thursday that it has launched buyer operations in San Diego, allowing people to buy and sell cars in the market. The startup is backed by more than $73M in funding from DFJ, Highland Capital, and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.

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 Quick Pitch

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 -- San Diego Tech Coast Angels Fourth Annual Quick Pitch Competition. Each pitch will be judged based upon investment potential and presentation quality. Announcing the Fourth Annual Quick Pitch Competition, showcasing talented entrepreneurs seeking funding. Company finalists will present two-minute pitches to a blue ribbon panel of judges and an audience of over 450 leaders within the entrepreneurial community.

San Diego TCA Quick Pitch

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 -- San Diego TCA Quick Pitch. Each pitch will be judged based upon investment potential and presentation quality. Meet, greet, and learn the art of the Quick Pitch. from the Tech Coast Angels, the nation's largest and most active network of angel investors.

Lasergen, With Office In San Diego, Acquired By Agilent For $105M

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Lasergen , a startup developing technology for the DNA sequencing market--and which has an office in San Diego--has been acquired by Agilent Technologies for $105M, the two said late Tuesday. Agilent already owned a 48 percent ownership stake in Lasergen, as part of an investment it made in March of 2016. Lasergen was founded in 2002, and had its headquarters in Houston, with another location in San Diego: the company has 45 employees.

Anzu Partners, With Offices In San Diego, Raises $128.4M Venture Fund

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Anzu Partners , a venture capital and private equity investors focused on industrial technology with offices in the San Diego area, has quietly raised $128.4M revealed its fund in December, saying it invests in breakthrough industrial technologies, with a focus on manufacturing, materials, monitoring and measurement, and modeling. anzu partners diego venture capital private equity carl eibl enterprise connect lajolla

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.

Servier Licenses CureMatch Tech for Custom Cancer Drug Treatments

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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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Merck Invests $90M In San Diego Research Group

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Biopharmaceuticals giant Merck said today that it is investing $90M in setting up a new, San Diego research organization, called Calibr. merck diego calibre research biotech lifescience small molecule biomedicineAccording to Merck, the new, independent not-for-profit will aim to accelerate translation of basic biomedical research into new medicines to treat disease, and will be led by Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D. z is a professor at The Scripps Research Institute.

Close5: eBay's San Diego Move Into The Mobile, Local Market

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So, it''s no surprise that the area--specifically, San Diego--was chosen for the pilot launch of a new service from eBay, called Close5 (www.close5.com), which offers up local, peer-to-peer sales. We spoke with Bart Molenda , Head of Market at eBay Classifieds Group and eBay''s Close5 efforts, on why and how eBay is using San Diego as the spearhead of its move into enabling local transactions in the mobile app era--and taking on Craigslist-all at the same time.

Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

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A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN has let go of some of its staff, but is still updating the site. SDNN is run by former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune. Tags: diego news network media content merger acquisition

Connect with CleanTECH San Diego

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 -- Connect with CleanTECH San Diego. Join 400+ business leaders, innovators, scientists, and engineers from across San Diego's innovation economy. At our fall CONNECT with CleanTECH San Diego, you'll have the opportunity to meet San Diego's leaders and innovators in cleantech and solve cleantech challenges in your own workplace.

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.

DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego

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The firm--which invests in seed and early stage venture capital--said that it has promoted Russ Lebovitz, Ph.D., The firm said Lebovitz will focus on investments in developing and originating science-based investment themes and startup opportunities.

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.