Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.

From Startup Week San Diego: The World According to Jason Calacanis

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In a keynote talk Tuesday night that was a headliner event for Startup Week San Diego, Calacanis observed that it doesn’t feel like the millennial generation is doing as well financially as their parents’ generation. Silicon Valley angel investor Jason Calacanis has some advice for the millennial generation: Get your name on a cap table.

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Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals

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Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

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.

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

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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

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. In the three years since it was founded, CyberFlow raised at least $4 million from investors that include Toshiba America Electronic Components, Siemens Venture Capital, and angel investors. San Diego represents a major growth area for Webroot.

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

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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.

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. This year’s Startup Week also has added five new tracks intended to highlight San Diego’s strengths as a startup ecosystem.

Venture Group’s Krenn Sees Improving VC Deals for SD Tech Startups

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Call him an optimist if you must, but San Diego Venture Group president Mike Krenn says venture financings for San Diego’s early stage tech startups are on a tear. “I As head of the non-profit organization supporting local startups, Krenn says the venture group will help to bring over 150 VCs to San Diego this year, including many from Silicon Valley. Venture data, however, only partly support Krenn’s exhuberance.

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

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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.

Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top 10 Cities For Startups

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A list of the top ten cities for startups was released by USA Today and the National Venture Capital Association today, naming both Los Angeles and San Diego among the best cities for startup companies.

Stealthy San Diego-based Viracta Steps Into Light with $18.5M

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Viracta Therapeutics, a San Diego anti-cancer biotech that has been operating below the radar for nearly two years, is today disclosing an initial closing on what could amount to as much as $18.4

San Diego Startup Raises $2.3M to Advance Enzymatic DNA Synthesis

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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.

San Diego Innovation Economy Extended Gains in 2015: Connect Report

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San Diego’s innovation clusters continued to grow in 2015, as local startups, funding deals, and job growth extended an economic growth spurt that began in 2013. Innovation Companies in San Diego (Courtesy Connect Innovation Report).

VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change

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That Q4 2016 edition of a quarterly survey by University of San Francisco business professor Mark Cannice rated the overall confidence of the VCs at 3.81

JLABS Takes Stock of its Experiment in Life Sciences Innovation

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The idea in 2011 was to create a space at what was then Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical research and development facility in San Diego for an “innovation center,” a place where 18 to 20 life sciences startups could incubate, replete with lab space and equipment.

What’s the Business Model for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare?

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This story is part of an ongoing Xconomy series on A.I. in healthcare. These are heady times for using artificial intelligence to extract insights from healthcare data—in particular, from the tidal wave of information coming out of fields like genomics and medical imaging.

Swarm Aims To Rejuvenate San Diego's Software Industry

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It hasn''t been a great few months for San Diego''s software and technology industry, as the city has seen three, big software companies move their operations, and thousands of jobs, to Texas. However, in a bid to rejuvenate and re-energize the industry, a new effort-- Swarm --has just launched to bring together local software entrepreneurs, venture capital, and angel investors, in an attempt to bring new life to the region.

Black Fellowship Students Headed From HBCUs to VC Boardrooms

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In mid-October, eleven college students will be flying to California for an opportunity that would be the envy of any Ivy League MBA candidate—they’ll meet the venture capital firm partners who will personally mentor them throughout the school year.

Scientist.com Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D

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San Diego’s Scientist.com set out in 2006 to disrupt part of the pharmaceutical business by providing an Amazon-like approach to the business of hiring contract research organizations (CROs).

Veni, Vidi, Vinti: What Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Sees in San Diego

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The Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf came to San Diego recently on an unusual quest—to meet with dozens of local technology leaders and assess what the region has to offer in terms of innovation.

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

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“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report. Venture firms invested $21.5

Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm

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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.

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.

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar

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Venture capital firms have increased their agtech investments by 80 percent since 2012, bringing total VC investment in the sector to a total of $3 billion in 2015, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture technology.

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. Maris raised $160 million last month for the inaugural fund of Section 32, a new venture firm he founded.

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

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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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ChromaCode Using $12M to Make Old-School PCR Tests More Powerful

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The advent of high-throughput DNA sequencing has greatly accelerated biomedical research and discovery, and brought the cost of sequencing a whole human genome to roughly $1,000. But what if you don’t need the whole genome?

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M, Maintains its “Moneyball” Strategy

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Correlation Ventures, a co-investing venture firm that uses analytic software to optimize its decisions, said today it has raised $200 million for its oversubscribed second fund.

SmartDrive Raises Capital, Rolls Out Distracted Driving Technology

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At the American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, FL, this week, San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems announced that Michelin North America has led a new investment round in the company, though SmartDrive wouldn’t say how much it has raised.

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

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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.

The Xconomy Roadmap: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch (and Disrupt)

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View the Slideshow It is a time of great transitions in the technology and business world. Key advances in areas like machine intelligence, agriculture, and healthcare seem poised to transform society—and everyday life.

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Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs

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First came Inception Sciences , a holding company for spinning out biotech startups established by Versant Ventures and Peppi Prasit, the veteran San Diego drug developer. We are taking capital as needed, not sooner.”.