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.

San Diego Tech Roundup: Ezoic, Trust & Will, Oska Wellness & More

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Summer can be a slow time in San Diego, but its startups have stayed busy. —Ezoic, a startup that developed software for web publishers that uses machine learning techniques to personalize layouts and ad placements for site visitors, raised $33 million to further develop its technology. Sageview Capital, an investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, CA, and in Greenwich, CT, was the lone investor that participated in the deal.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. The new, six-episode television program says the show will give a "hidden look" at startup initiation and growth, success and failure issues, and the art of deal-making. Who needs Shark Tank?

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.

San Diego Venture Investor Barbara Bry Takes Aim At Mayor's Seat

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San Diego venture investor and entrepreneur Barbara Bry , who co-founded Proflowers.com and several other local technology companies, said on Wednesday that she is running for Mayor of San Diego , in a move to further extend her experience in the technology industry into politics. Bry is married to fellow investor and entrepreneur Neal Senturia, who she co-ran a venture investment firm, Blackbird Ventures with.

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?

Health IQ Finds $34.6M, Plans San Diego Hiring

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Health IQ , a startup which offers up insurance only to "health conscious" individuals, has raised $34.6M 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.

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. 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. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

San Diego News Network Gets $700K

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San Diego News Network , an online, local community news site run by Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, as well as former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune, has raised $707,220 in funding, part of a $2.0M Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry are founders of Blackbird Ventures, an investment firm in San Diego, and both active angel investors in local startups; Neil and Barbara also radio show and podcast I'm There For You Baby , which focuses on startups and entrepreneurs.

EvoNexus Gets Bank, Investment Firm Backing for Fintech Incubator

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

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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At Venture Summit, 3 Takeaways For Entrepreneurs From True Ventures’ Phil Black

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No one would argue that San Diego is overflowing with venture capitalists in the way, say, the San Francisco Bay Area is. Venture Summit —an annual gathering of local founders seeking financing and venture investors, primarily from outside San Diego, on the hunt for companies to back—was first organized by the San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) 17 years ago. The idea was to get more local startups an.

CEOs of Women’s Health Companies Fight to Open Investment Floodgates

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EvoFem (NASDAQ: EVFM )—and the rest of the women’s health sector—will know by midyear whether the product will be approved, making the San Diego companies one of the few biotechs to commercialize a novel prescription women’s health product in recent years.

After Investing, GSK to Buy Out Celiac Drug Developer Sitari Pharma

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GlaxoSmithKline is acquiring a startup it helped launch in 2013 as part of an alliance with life sciences venture capital firm Avalon Ventures. Sitari was the first of eight companies spun up through the partnership between the Southern California investment outfit and British pharma company.

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.

Aspen Neuro Bags $6.5M to Test Parkinson’s Disease Stem Cell Therapy

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