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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 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.

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. 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. And Webroot’s threat intelligence service provides that context,” said CyberFlow CEO Steve Nye.

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.

DinnerDate.com Launches Group Dating Service In San Diego

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That's the idea behind DinnerDate.com , a new service which looks to connect singles with others in informal, group dinner dates. The startup recently launched a beta of its service in San Diego, hoping to allow local singles to meet each other in a group environment over food and drink.

Startups Move Into New EvoNexus San Diego Incubator

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A group of startups have moved into a new, downtown San Diego startup incubator run by CommNexus , as that group's EvoNexus incubator expands into a second site. EvoNexus provides furnished office space, broadband Internet and utilities, among other services, free of charge.

Human Longevity Offers Genome Sequencing Through MassMutual

Xconomy

Beginning today, San Diego-based Human Longevity plans to offer its whole genome sequencing service to customers, employees, and affiliated financial professionals of the Springfield, MA-based insurer formally known as the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services

Xconomy

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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HelloTech Expands Tech Support Service To San Diego

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Los Angeles-based HelloTech , the on-demand, in-home technical services company founded by serial entrepreneur and tech investor Richard Wolpert, said it is expanding into San Diego, and has begun offering up its services in the city.

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San Diego Social Media Startup Soci Adds Austin Office, Raises $8.5M

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Soci, a San Diego startup that created a Web platform for managing social media, has closed on $8.5 The five-year-old startup, which had 35 employees five months ago when it was named as a 2017 Xconomy San Diego company to watch , now has 50 employees. Soci’s software-as-a-service provides a “central command” that enables business customers to deploy their social media marketing strategies, customize their brand messaging, and control their customer.

Google Offers Launches In San Diego

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Google Offers , the daily deals service in beta at Google, has expanded into Southern California, starting in San Diego, Google said Wednesday. Google said it has added San Diego, along with Balitmore, Minneapolis, and San Jose to a beta of the service. Google Offers is launching with a $10 for $20 worth of food at San Diego's Crazee Burger.

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

Xconomy

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.

Three Ways to Bolster The Innovation Ecosystem for Women

Xconomy

The solution lies as much with us—as a community of peers, investors, service providers, and technologists—as it does with the entrepreneur herself.

AttackIQ, Which Makes Tools to Assess Cybersecurity, Raises $8.8M

Xconomy

San Diego-based AttackIQ, a cybersecurity startup providing a Web-based platform for assessing network defenses, has finally closed its Series A round of founding, after raising a total of $8.8 Institutional investors included San Francisco-based Index Ventures , Qualcomm Ventures , and Telstra Ventures.

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Startup Weekend San Diego | Veterans, Service Members & Military Families

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The event was held in the heart of Balboa Park at the Hall of Champions near Downtown San Diego. The winners of Startup Weekend San Diego: Veterans & Military Families.

Startup Aims AI System for Safety, with Potential for Self-Driving

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Over the past 25 years or so, San Diego has become a hub for innovation in telematics, and in providing technologies and services that enable long-haul trucking companies and other fleet operators to monitor the location and operation of their vehicles.

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.

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.

Two San Diego Sites Rank Tops In Rising Social Networking Interest

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A report issued this week by Experian Marketing Services has identified two, San Diego niche social networking sites as being among the fastest growing sites between July of 2011 and July of 2012.

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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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. 101 West Broadway tower in downtown San Diego.

TakeLessons CEO Discusses Chromatik Buyout, Why it’s a Good Fit

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San Diego-based TakeLessons set out nine years ago to create a Web-based platform that helped match music students with qualified instructors. Since then, TakeLessons has raised a total of $20 million in venture capital, and expanded into new markets and services.

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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. Proficio, founded in Irvine, CA, in 2010, specializes in network monitoring, intruder detection, and cyber-attack response services—saving companies the cost of acquiring sophisticated cybersecurity software and running their own cybersecurity operations center.

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 already offers up the service in Los Angeles, as well as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and other locations.

Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning

Xconomy

On the day after Intel announced its acquisition of San Diego machine learning startup Nervana Systems, investor Steve Jurvetson told me he was feeling a sense of satisfaction about a call he made three years ago, and how it has been playing out.

Uber Expands In San Diego

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Uber , the technology-enabled, private car service which uses smartphones to allow users to summon a private car, is further expanding its Southern California efforts, saying today that it has launched in San Diego. The service--which expanded into Los Angeles in March--lets users call for private sedans operated by partners in the area. uber diego limo private automobile transportation service

Organovo to Test Pre-Clinical Drugs on Bio-Printed Kidney Tissue

Xconomy

Since then, the San Diego company has built a thriving business as a contract research organization (CRO) that tests experimental drug compounds on bio-printed liver tissue. We look at ourselves as a human tissues company…We’ll test your compound in our lab as a service.”.

Cybersecurity Startup MedCrypt Gets $750K to Defend Health Devices

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MedCrypt, a healthtech cybersecurity startup founded near San Diego, has raised $750,000 in a seed financing round led by Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE ), a private equity fund in suburban Philadelphia that invests in healthcare, fintech, and digital media.

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With $18M, Reflexion Health Expands Physical Therapy Technology

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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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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

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

Xconomy

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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The Five Major Tech Trends of 2016

Xconomy

Early this year, IDC predicted that worldwide spending on public cloud services will be $141 billion in 2019, while last year Amazon Web Services achieved net sales of $7.88

As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics

Xconomy

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.

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.

Often Advocates Of Faster FDA, Patient Groups Wary Of Trump Deregulation

Xconomy

In the biomedical world, perhaps the biggest question looming over President Donald Trump’s upcoming pick for Food and Drug Administration commissioner is how drastically that person will help roll back FDA regulations. Trump said at last week’s meeting in Washington D.C.,

Fintech Lender Uses Profitability to Step Out from Industry Cloud

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In contrast to some alternative lenders, the San Diego firm said it is growing fast and is consistently profitable. Problems at one industry leader, San Francisco-based LendingClub (NYSE: LC ), has added to waning enthusiasm among some investors for the peer-to-peer model, which matches online users who want a loan with Wall Street investors or wealthy individuals looking for a higher rate of return than many traditional, fixed-income investments.

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Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks

Xconomy

A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter.

PacketSled Raises $5M for Automated Cybersecurity Monitoring System

Xconomy

PacketSled, a cybersecurity startup based in suburban San Diego, has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round led by Keshif Ventures, a local angel investment fund that has put money into dozens of tech startups in the San Diego area.

Dear Tom Price: Bundled Payments Help Patients and Reduce Costs

Xconomy

With all the talk of repealing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), people have been taking a closer look at what the law has done for our healthcare system. It turns out the ACA is about a lot more than the problematic healthcare marketplaces.

Top Cybersecurity Lesson from 2016: Unchecked Insiders

Xconomy

Employees, contractors, service accounts, and even executives often have privileges to access far more data than they require.