Bose Develops Prototype “Sleepbuds” After Buying San Diego Startup

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Bose , the privately held maker of headphones, loudspeakers, and other electronics for audiophiles, has acquired Hush, a San Diego startup founded by three undergraduate engineering students to develop “smart” noise-masking earbuds designed to help users sleep.

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

Xconomy

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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Colorado’s Webroot Buys CyberFlow Analytics, Expands in San Diego

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Not long after ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT ) acquired San Diego-based LonoCloud in 2013 , former LonoCloud executives Tom Caldwell and Hossein Eslambolchi met for coffee at the Specialty’s Café and Bakery in University City. This is a good next chapter for the [CyberFlow] product,” Caldwell said. Webroot also plans to expand in San Diego, and Caldwell said he plans to stay on. San Diego represents a major growth area for Webroot.

Kyocera Consolidates Operations Into San Diego

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Kyocera said Thursday that it is consolidating two of its North American business units into a single location in San Diego. According to Kyocera, it has consolidated the North American sales and technical operations of Kyocera SLC Technologies Corporation and Kyocera Circuit Solutions USA into the Organic Products Sales Group of its San Diego-based Kyocera America unit. The impact on Kyocera''s local employment and employee base in San Diego was not announced.

REGEN Energy Finds Funding, Sets Up San Diego Office

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Canadian smart energy management product developer REGEN Energy said today that it has raised $5.5M office in San Diego. REGEN, which develops wireless demand management and demand response products for the utility industry, said the funding came from NGEN Partners and BDC Venture Capital, and will go towards rapidly expanding its marketing activities across North America. regen energy diego smart wireless cleanteach clean demand response

San Diego Startups Band Together For Job Fair

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Highlighting the continued growth in demand for technical talent, a group of ten San Diego startup is banding together to attract job seekers to their companies, According to San Diego's SweetLabs , the software developer behind Pokki and OpenCandy, it and another nine startups will run an event December 1st called 10 Startups, $100 Million in Funding, 100 New Jobs. diego startups fair employment

San Diego Entrepreneur's Milk Jug Of The Future Gets Backing Of GE

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A San Diego entrepreneur is getting the backing of GE to help develop the "Milk Jug of the Future", after winning a competition launched by product development site Quirky. chicceo softare smart milk entrepreneur diego

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.

Cibus Readies Enhanced Crops for Push into Canada, and Beyond

Xconomy

After raising $57 million in a Series B round of venture funding, the San Diego agricultural biotech Cibus Global is laying the groundwork to introduce its first commercial product in Canada.

Finistere Plants Investment Seed in Ireland With $24M Agtech Fund

Xconomy

Ireland’s top agricultural exports are beef and dairy products. Arama Kukutai believes that in coming years, Ireland will send the United States and the rest of the world something different: innovative agricultural technologies that help make farms more productive and profitable. Though Finistere splits its operations between San Diego and Palo Alto, CA, the firm has been expanding its reach globally.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

Xconomy

Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, the San Diego-based industrial biotech, have re-engineered a fast-growing microorganism found in salt marsh mud to maximize its production of proteins and to optimize other common bio-based processes.

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

Xconomy

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 Startup Uses Algae Feedstock to Make Renewable Flip-Flops

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It might seem like a throwaway product—and it is, according to Stephen Mayfield, a UC San Diego professor of biology and director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology. Every year, petroleum-based feedstocks are used worldwide to make roughly 3 billion flip-flops, the rubbery, flat-sole sandals held on the foot by a Y-shaped strap that fits between the first and second toes.

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.

Novartis: CAR-T Results In One Month, Or No Charge. Why One Month?

Xconomy

Novartis said Wednesday that it would not charge for its newly approved cellular immunotherapy, tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah)—the first so-called CAR-T product to ever come to market—if it fails to help patients within a month.

Qualcomm Making Inroads with Wireless EV Charging Technology

Xconomy

The San Diego company sees many reasons why wireless charging will eventually become a robust global market, according to Steve Pazol, a Qualcomm vice president who took over the company’s wireless charging business in 2014.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

Xconomy

A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry. The authors made the point that, given the size of companies today, a single garden-variety blockbuster hardly moves the needle. The increasing need for new drugs is intense. The industry can only go so far with growth through hyper-inflated pricing and mega-M&As.

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

Xconomy

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.

Evolving Empyr Unveils Way to Link Online Ads with Offline Sales

Xconomy

Beginning with eHeaven, an e-commerce website that he founded in 2000 as a student at San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University, Carder has ridden a series of enormous waves as consumers moved online to shop, search for home loans, and find businesses in their neighborhoods.

Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

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San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease.

CRISPR Organs? eGenesis Raises $38M For Pig-To-Human Transplants

Xconomy

One of the companies trying to revive the once-failed notion of xenotransplantation has raised a significant round of cash.

Austin’s Riskpulse Formed in the Vortex of Two Weather-Tech Startups

Xconomy

In this age of “just in time manufacturing,” entire factories might need to halt production if the right parts aren’t delivered, potentially costing thousands of dollars in delays. The company, which has some roots in San Diego, sells analytics software that combines weather-monitoring services with risk-assessment data analysis to give customers an idea of whether their truck or.

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With $18M, Reflexion Health Expands Physical Therapy Technology

Xconomy

Reflexion Health, a San Diego startup founded in 2012 at the nonprofit West Health Institute, is moving to commercialize Vera, its physical rehabilitation system based on Microsoft Kinect’s motion tracking technology.

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JOT Automation Sets Up In San Diego

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JOT Automation , a firm providing automation and test products for the electronics industry, said today that it has set up its U.S. headquarters in San Diego. The firm--which is based in Finland--said it will be expanding its team in the San Diego location as a part of the move. since 1995, but moved to the area due to work with San Diego commercialization and defense support company Diagnostics and Defense Technology Analysts (DTA).

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. Unlike many of its rivals, Sheik said Certona had raised a total of only $7 million in venture capital (in 2008) from ABS Ventures of Waltham, MA, and San Diego’s Express Ventures. “We’ve

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ViaCyte Working with Gore to Improve its Synthetic Pancreas Device

Xconomy

San Diego-based ViaCyte said today it is collaborating with W.L. Gore & Associates, the privately held company that makes Gore-Tex fabrics, medical devices, and other products, in a bid to improve its stem cell-derived treatment for diabetes.

Wrapify Q&A: Adhesive Giant Puts $3 M in Car Advertising Schtick

Xconomy

After the adhesive products maker Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY ) recently made a $3 million investment in San Diego-based Wrapify , we tracked down Wrapify CEO James Heller, and stuck him with a few questions about the deal. Heller started at San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator, working with Glendale, CA-based Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company that makes adhesive vinyl films that can be applied to motor vehicles, conform neatly to automotive curves and corrugations, and can.

Opportunity Abounds as Washington Builds the Modern Electricity Grid

Xconomy

In a dry grassland set amid some of the region’s preeminent energy research, production, and training facilities, you can see the future of the electricity grid, and Washington state companies and workers are playing a major role in shaping it.

As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics

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For example, at Xconomy’s Robo Madness forum in San Jose, CA, last month, three companies each presented a different approach to intelligent navigation: — PreNav , founded in San Carlos, CA, in 2013, has developed a separate, ground-based system that uses a pulsed laser (formally known as Light Detection and Ranging, or LIDAR) to precisely determine the flight path for a quadcopter.

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. Health IQ plans to use the funding to fuel hiring in its Mountain View and San Diego offices, continue product development and accelerate customer growth, according to the company. Health IQ has positions in sales and account management listed from its San Diego offices.

IBM Watson Health Launches Imaging Effort for Cancer, Other Diseases

Xconomy

Watson Health is teaming up with 16 partners, which include imaging and diagnostics company Hologic; Sentara Healthcare; Sheridan Healthcare; UC San Diego Health; University of Miami Health System; and Merge Healthcare, which was acquired by IBM last year and is now part of Watson Health.

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What Is Causing Startups to Go Bankrupt?

Xconomy

Many startups have a great product that’s viable, marketable, and ripe with potential. The annals of startup history wouldn’t be littered with instances of companies like Friendster or Color that had fantastic products, but eventually sank.

With GreatCall Deal, GTCR Looks to Expand Healthtech for Boomers

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GreatCall operates a virtual telecommunications network that provides healthtech products and services for more than 800,000 older consumers throughout the United States. 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.