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


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 Startup Raises $2.3M to Advance Enzymatic DNA Synthesis


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.

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


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 Rowe Price Tech Uber unicorn VC Venture Capital Virtual InstrumentsSeismic, 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.

Tech Coast Angels-San Diego Sees Big Growth In Angels


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.

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


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.

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


San Diego venture investor and entrepreneur Barbara Bry , who co-founded 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.

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego


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.

Report: Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top Startup Markets


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

San Diego VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals


Venture capital investors sank $547.2 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 in the first quarter last year.

U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018


Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. Fueled by so-called mega-funds, investment in U.S.-based

San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


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.

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


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. Venture firms sent $32.6

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


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


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.

Health IQ Finds $34.6M, Plans San Diego Hiring


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.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles


venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1

Q2 VC Funding Soars in San Diego (After Revisions), and Top 10 Deals


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.

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


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

Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm


Austin —Dell Technologies is publicly unveiling a venture capital investment arm that has been quietly investing in startups since the operation was run by EMC, the data storage giant that Dell agreed to acquire for $67 billion in 2015. Called Dell Technologies Capital, the investment arm plans to provide funding to about 20 startups this year, Scott Darling, president of group, told Bloomberg , which first reported the news this morning.

Big Deals, Life Sciences Push U.S. VC in 2018 to Dot-Com Boom Levels


Venture capital investments rose in 2018 to levels not seen since the heady days of 2000, the last year U.S. startups collectively took in more than $100 billion. That was about 500 fewer deals than in the year prior, but the total amount invested increased by $47.9

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding


Randy Churchill and his team at PricewaterhouseCoopers meticulously prepare a quarterly report detailing the venture landscape, called Shaking The Money Tree. The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. Thanks Mr. Big Firm VC.

New VC Firm Blueprint Equity Puts $6M into Florida Software Company


A new venture capital firm, which in November marked its launch by raising a $53 million-plus fund to invest in startups, has made its first investment. Lewis was mostly recently with San.

DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego


DFJ Mercury , one of the affiliate venture firms of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said Tuesday that it has promoted a venture partner who will be splitting his time between La Jolla and Houston, its headquarters. to Venture Partner, from his prior role as a venture advisor to the company.

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. I had previously raised VC in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. In case VC’s haven’t figured this out yet, shit rolls downhill. My blog linked to Brad Feld’s blog because I was so grateful for his series on term sheets and he was one of the biggest reasons that as a VC I felt compelled to blog.

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


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


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Former Biotech VC Steven Burrill Draws 30-Month Prison Term for Fraud


Steven Burrill, once a noted biotech investment fund founder, sought-after conference speaker, and life sciences publisher, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 30 months in federal prison for defrauding his investors and evading taxes.

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar


Prices for agricultural commodities such as corn, soy, and wheat are at their lowest levels in years, but investment in agricultural technology has never been better. They also queried 15 VC firms. Venture capitalists are similarly cautious.

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


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

A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem


Alex Niehenke , a partner at Foster City, CA-based Scale Venture Partners , weighed in on the same issue after the start of the new year, and when the partial. government shutdown VC Venture Capital volatility Web wireless work visas Yearend2018As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019.

MoneyTree: $1.1 Billion In VC Invested In SoCal In Q1


billion in venture capital dollars were invested in the Southern California region in Q1, according to the latest MoneyTree Report , issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and CB Insights. The report tallied up $926.4M invested across 71 deals in Q2 of 2017 in LA and Orange County, and $202.37M invested in San Diego for the quarter across 32 deals. Investments in LA/OC were up slightly from the $898.3M Over $1.1

With $42M, Ex-Ignyta CEO Aims At Cancer Again With Startup, Erasca


Ignyta’s former co-founder and head executive has co-founded another biotech in San Diego, Erasca, which also wants to make new cancer therapies. A year after steering cancer drug developer Ignyta into a $1.7 billion sale to Roche , Jonathan Lim is back at it again.

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


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.

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Political Focus on Rust Belt Could Help Boost VC Investment


Many coastal VCs and entrepreneurs believe that Trump’s America-first, anti-immigration platform could put the brakes on the venture industry’s core globalization strategies. Trump has repeatedly called for a return of the build-up of America’s manufacturing.

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


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.