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.

EY Names 6 Startup Leaders as San Diego Entrepreneurs of the Year

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Six San Diego business risk-takers have been inducted into the pantheon of EY Entrepreneurs of the Year, joining over 10,000 people around the world who have been honored over the last 30 years by the multinational professional services firm.

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ServiceNow Buys San Diego Specialist in Customer Experience, Design

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ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW ), the Santa Clara, CA-based giant that provides cloud-based IT services, is boosting its emphasis on human-centered design with its acquisition of Telepathy , a San Diego specialist in customer experience and design. Read more » Reprints | Share: National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories San Francisco blog main buyouts C.J.

Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting

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Mobile Roadie, San Diego Zoo Launch App

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Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Mobile Roadie and the San Diego Zoo said Thursday that they have launched a new, official app for the zoo. Mobile Roadie is a developer of a wide range of mobile apps, ranging from celebrities, newspapers, brands, artists, and more.

Mobile Roadie Powers San Diego Zoo Safari Park App

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Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie , the developer of a mobile app development platform being used by brands, celebrities, companies, and others to easily create their mobile apps, is powering a new app today from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

eBay Launches Local Shopping App In San Diego

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eBay has launched a new, local buying and selling app called Close 5 this week in San Diego, aimed at helping users buy and sell products to other local users. close5 ebay local shopping craigslist mobile iphone android eBay said the app offers up user profiles and is a safer option to traditional, anonymous classifieds. The free app runs on iPhone and Android.

Intel Ramps Hiring In New San Diego Office

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Chip giant Intel is looking to bolster its mobile talent with a new office in San Diego, and has just begun posting a number of new jobs in the location. The Intel operations undoubedtly are looking to tap into a wealth of mobile talent in the San Diego region--home to Qualcomm.

Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder

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A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV.

Xconomy Q&A: Vuforia, Pokémon Go, and Augmented Reality

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It’s been less than a year since Needham, MA-based PTC (NASDAQ: PTC ) shelled out $65 million to acquire Vuforia, the augmented reality technology created by San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ). Talk about auspicious timing.

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San Diego Gets Live Bus Updates From Google

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Google said today that it has enhanced its online mapping service, to provide live, real time updated transit updates for San Diego and a number of other cities. Other cities with the new, live updates include Boston, Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Madrid, and Turin.

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services

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StockTwits, the Twitter-like social media platform for sharing stock market tips and ideas, has acquired San Diego’s SparkFin, a fintech mobile app for discovering and sharing stocks and other investment ideas. The common denominator in both companies is Howard Lindzon, the Wall Street trader and hedge fund manager who founded StockTwits in San Diego in 2008.

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When Innovation Is Not Enough: How GreatCall Has Grown Its Market

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In the 10 years since David Inns joined San Diego-based GreatCall as CEO, he has seen a proliferation of innovative healthtech startups that are targeting baby boomers who are in or nearing retirement. conference held in San Francisco earlier this month. A lot of these digital health companies are trying to connect with senior living communities, typically at events like the annual Aging 2.0 For many healthtech startups, however, Inns said innovation is not enough.

Wind Startup Evokes Puerto Rico’s Plight, Wins EvoNexus Pitch Event

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San Diego’s Uprise Energy won the audience vote for best presentation at EvoNexus Demo Day, with a pitch that highlighted how its mobile wind turbines could help alleviate the plight of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s apocalyptic devastation. The startup event drew more than 400 people to Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters late Thursday. National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories

Stratim CEO Sees Future with Costly Driverless Cars, but Low Ride Fares

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So in February of 2016, he decided to refocus his San Francisco startup on the small, but unexpectedly profitable aspect of his service that could operate in the black. Like many tech entrepreneurs, Sean Behr had a young business that was popular with consumers, but was also losing money.

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Qualcomm and AT&T Partner to Use Wireless Network for Drone Flights

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After signaling that it plans to operate drones via cellular technologies, San Diego-based Qualcomm says today it is working with AT&T to use commercial wireless networks for test flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight.

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Groupon Now Hits San Diego

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Daily deals giant Groupon has expanded its location-based deal platform, Groupon Now into San Diego, the firm said Wednesday. Groupon Now offers up real-time, location specific deals via a mobile application or web page, and are good only for a day.

Broadcom-Qualcomm M&A: Layers of Complexity Cloud Biggest Tech Deal

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NASDAQ: AVGO ) has made an unsolicited offer of about $105 billion to acquire San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) is that this deal, if it happens, is going to take time. One thing to bear in mind with today’s news that Broadcom Ltd.

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Social Web Startup Signs Deal with AP to Distribute Sports Scores

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ScoreStream, a San Diego area startup providing a crowdsourced social media platform for reporting high school sports scores, said Thursday it has agreed to distribute high school game scores under a new collaboration agreement with The Associated Press. National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories crowd sourcing deals Derrick Oien Devices Entrepreneurship Internet IT Mobile people ScoreStream Social Web Software startups Web Web 2.0

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Embracing the Inevitable Changes of Self-Driving Vehicles

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Read today’s news and you’d think fully autonomous vehicles—commercial vehicles, in particular—will be everywhere in the very near future. With headlines like these, it’s no wonder: Self-Driving Trucks Could be on Highways in 3 to 4 Years U.S.

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Tealium Adds $35M to Expand Technology, Sharpen Customer Focus

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Tealium, a San-Diego startup that provides online advertising tag management and marketing services for enterprise customers, has raised $35 million in a growth financing deal intended to expand its technology and market reach. Tealium also unveiled a new “executive briefing center” (pictured above) at its expanded San Diego headquarters. The company’s workforce has grown to about 270, including 80 in San Diego.

SoftBank-led $114M Round Puts Qualcomm’s Brain Corp. on New Path

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San Diego’s Brain Corp., Boston blog main National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories San Francisco blog main Artificial Intelligence (AI) Boston Dynamics Brain Corp. founded in 2009 as a Qualcomm-incubated startup to develop software and computer systems that emulate the human brain, seems to have found a new path forward.

Qualcomm Making Inroads with Wireless EV Charging Technology

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As the global market for mobile phones has matured, Qualcomm has been seeking new opportunities in the wireless technology business.

Poizner Updates Plan for Alliance on Southern California Innovation

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Our focus is on priming the pump,” Steve Poizner said Friday, after providing an update on the Alliance for Southern California Innovation for board members of EvoNexus, an industry nonprofit group that operates pro bono tech incubators in San Diego and Irvine, CA.

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Echo Labs Wins “Quick Pitch” Contest with Digital Hybrid Microscope

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By popular acclaim, San Diego-based Echo Laboratories founder Eugene Cho claimed top honors, and a $15,000 check, for his two-minute presentation last week in the 10th annual “Quick Pitch” competition, hosted by San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels.

With $30M Infusion, Certona Aims for Bigger Share of Digital Retail

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After raising $30 million, San Diego-based Certona said it is moving to accelerate its product development, expand its sales and marketing team, and improve its client services as an e-commerce technology vendor. Certona describes itself as an “omnichannel” vendor—meaning its technology enables retailers to collect consumer data across online, mobile, e-mail, call center, and in-store interactions.

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With Helix’s Help, Lose It Adds Genetic Insights to Weight Loss App

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The nine-year-old mobile app —from Boston-based parent company FitNow—was early in the field of using smartphones to log workouts and meals , and track progress toward health goals. Does your genetic code contain information that can help you lose weight?

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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. 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.

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Water Metering Startup Wins Vote for “Best Demo” at EvoNexus Event

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A San Diego civil engineer who has developed an alternative technology for automating the measurement of water flow gave the best presentation at EvoNexus Fall Demo Day, an event that drew nearly 400 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters late Thursday to Qualcomm’s corporate headquarters. EvoNexus operates as a free incubator (with “no strings attached”) for tech startups at three facilities in San Diego and Orange County.

With GreatCall Deal, GTCR Looks to Expand Healthtech for Boomers

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The company, founded in 2006, began by selling easy-to-use “Jitterbug” mobile phones, and expanded its offerings to include a variety of welfare and safety-related services. With this week’s buyout of GreatCall , the Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR just placed a big bet that healthtech for the aging wave of baby boomers will be a big business.

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

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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.

New U.S. “Roadmap” Lays Out Routes to Accelerate Robotic Technologies

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Christensen made his observations during a presentation at the 2016 Contextual Robotics Forum, a recent conference at UC San Diego focused this year on “new directions in human-machine interaction.”.

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

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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.