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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.

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.

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?

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 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.

California Accelerators Enroll Startups Targeting Cannabis Industry

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On Monday, nine startups began a 16-week program at Canopy San Diego , a new accelerator program for seed-stage companies developing new technologies, products, and services to support the legal cannabis industry.

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.

Edico Genome Raises $22M to Expand Data Processing and Web Services

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San Diego’s Edico Genome, highlighted in Monday’s media debut of Dell Technologies Capital , said today it has raised $22 million in Series B financing led by the Dell investment arm.

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Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind

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startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I. But he’s also aware that the technology, if not used carefully, could end up hurting society.

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VCs Invest $406M in 61 SD Startups; TP Therapeutics Leads Q2 Deals

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TP Therapeutics, which raised $45 million in May to advance its work on drug-resistant cancers, raised the most venture capital in San Diego County during the three months that ended June 30, according to regional data released today. Altogether, venture firms invested a total of $406.4 million in San Diego companies during the second quarter, according to data from the Venture Monitor report from Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.

Intel Deepens Move into Sports Tech with SportStream Investment

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ScoreStream, a five-year-old startup that created a social media platform for crowd-sourcing local sports scores, has raised $3.7 According to a recent ScoreStream statement , San Diego’s Avalon Ventures, a longtime ScoreStream investor, led the round, and was joined by Sinclair Broadcasting, Verizon Ventures, and R/GA Ventures, the investment arm of the advertising agency R/GA.

From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation

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When it comes to developing and promoting innovation, external factors beyond the control of company founders, investors, and other business leaders can also determine whether a startup succeeds or fails.

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Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting

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But Slager says that’s starting to change as construction companies realize that technology isn’t just an expense; it can represent an investment in money-saving efficiencies.

With Launch of Dynam.AI, Analytics Ventures Shifts to New Model

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The debut Wednesday of Dynam.AI, a San Diego startup offering its expertise in artificial intelligence, also marks a shift that has been underway for the past year or so at Analytics Ventures, a local fund that invests in tech deals. The small venture firm, which made traditional seed investments in a number of startups, including the healthtech companies CureMetrix and CureMatch, has evolved into a venture studio, according to managing partner Andreas Roell.

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

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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.

Blockchain, Banks & the New Web: Q&A With Ethereum Co-founder Lubin

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billion this year through sales of digital tokens—so-called initial coin offerings or ICOs—and this method of fundraising exceeded traditional early-stage tech startup investments in June and July, CNBC reported in August. Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin is calm and soft-spoken when he shares his vision of how blockchain technology and digital currencies could transform the Internet, the global economy, and many aspects of our daily lives.

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

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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.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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In particular I tried to do most of the “entrepreneur advice on VC” up front so that if you don’t want to watch our views on the deals you don’t have to. And the broader question of whether VC’s will continue to invest in the Twitter ecosystem. Tags: Start-up Advice

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SD Venture Funding Tops $1.9B in 2017; and Q4 Top 10 Deals

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Venture capital activity ended the year with a strong finish in San Diego, as investors poured $498.4 The strength of fourth-quarter deals, lifted by a $125 million financing in November for the molecular diagnostics company Progenity, brought total venture investments in San Diego to nearly $1.92 billion into 231 startups in the greater San Diego region, according to Venture.

Cybersecurity Firm Proficio Raises $12M in Private Equity Round

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Proficio, a Carlsbad, CA-based startup providing cybersecurity protection services for middle market companies, has raised $12 million in an investment round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm provided funding from its Kayne Partners Fund Group, which invests in high-growth technology businesses.

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

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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.

New StockTwits CEO Looks to Expand Share of Investor Community

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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. Rosen wasn’t immediately available to talk about the deal, but we caught up with him to talk about his vision for the startup.

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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. This blog post ended up on Valleywag (which had much bigger presence back then). Anyway, the starting point for this blog entry is a cartoon I remember reading in the New Yorker. We started building the product 18 months ago so we are in better shape than 99% of start-ups. 1:20 and they turned up like clockwork.

Expectations Rise on Q1 Surge in Venture Funding; and Top 10 Deals

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billion that VCs invested in the first quarter of 2017. Venture capital investors poured more than $28.2 billion into U.S.

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals

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Healthtech entrepreneur Parker Hinshaw and his wife Jean Balgrosky said they intended to take a step back when they founded Bootstrap Incubation near San Diego in the fall of 2012. They came to San Diego in 1996, when Scripps Health hired Balgrosky as CIO and senior vice president.

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Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology

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Zingle, a Carlsbad, CA-based tech startup targeting the service industry and consumer-facing businesses with its messaging app technology, has raised $3 million in venture capital, according to a regulatory filing earlier this month.

Price Check on Aisle 3: Retailers Turn to Robots to Manage Inventory

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Bossa Nova, along with San Francisco-based Simbe Robotics, is among a group of tech companies that are using robotics and artificial intelligence. Inventory management is crucial to operating a successful retail operation.

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Anaplan Ups Estimate For Its IPO Haul; Allogene IPO Raises $288M

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San Francisco-based Anaplan , one of five companies planning to close initial public offerings this week, raised the expected price range for its shares in an SEC filing Wednesday, signaling an IPO that could be richer than it had anticipated. Enterprise planning software company Anaplan, which is privately valued at more than $1.4 billion, had originally proposed selling 15.5 million shares of common stock at a range of $13 to $15 per share.

Norwest VC Eyes Waves of Change in A.I., Marketing, Cloud for 2019

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Venture capital firms invest in potentially disruptive technologies with the hope of profit, then keep watch for further advances that could overtake their existing portfolio companies. All this is done while they guide startups through other external challenges such as fundraising droughts and overall market downturns. Palo Alto, CA-based Norwest weathers the uncertainties of technology and the economy with an investing strategy.

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AI Chip Startup Mythic Reaps $40M from SoftBank, Lockheed Venture Arms

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Mythic, based in both Redwood City, CA, and Austin, TX, is one of the upstart companies benefiting from a surge of investing in the chip-making field, where the growing computational demands due to the use of AI are creating an opening for young entrepreneurs with out-of-the-box ideas.

VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

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Venture firms invested $21.5 billion in 1,699 startups nationwide during the quarter, maintaining a pace that could reach a decade high by the end of 2017 in terms of overall funding.

New Leader at Intel Capital Adjusts Strategy as Global Summit Opens

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Intel Capital has invested $38 million in 12 technology startups since July, highlighting its venture investment focus on innovations in self-driving cars and machine vision, the Internet of Things, sports and health, drones, and virtual reality. Brooks joined the division in 2014 after spending 23 years as an investment banker in Europe and the United States, but his strategic vision for the future of digital technology and computing is only now becoming manifest.

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Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules Nourish U.S. Privacy Tech Sector

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Take a look at this blurb for a session about data privacy at the upcoming RSA conference on cybersecurity. It sounds a polite warning: “The importance of privacy is often alluded to in generalized, value-laden terms that, while sincere, don’t necessarily help privacy be taken seriously in the enterprise risk management process.”