Nominations Open for San Diego’s Inaugural Xconomy Awards

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San Diego is one of the top U.S. To celebrate this innovation in San Diego— in the life sciences, as well as at the intersection of its science and technology ecosystems—we are launching the first ever Xconomy Awards San. Hundreds of companies.

$100M Round Turns San Diego’s Seismic into Region’s Newest Unicorn

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The venture investment, which the San Diego startup announced Tuesday, is one of only a few so-called mega-rounds—$100 million or more—recorded this year in the region. (In Rowe Price Tech Uber unicorn VC Venture Capital Virtual InstrumentsSeismic, an enterprise software company with ambitious growth plans, has raised $100 million in a Series E financing and added Microsoft chairman John W. Thompson to its board of directors.

The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

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Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US. Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar. 2018 is already a record year for venture funding worldwide.

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.

Tech Coast Angels-San Diego Sees Big Growth In Angels

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The Tech Coast Angels San Diego (TCA-SD) angel investment network, the San Diego arm of the Tech Coast Angels, has seen a big growth in the number of angel investors who are members of the group this year, the group said this week. The group said the growth both comes from the overall growth of the startup ecosystem in San Diego, as well as elevated interest in early-stage investing. tech coast angels diego angel investment venture capital sandiego

San Diego Venture Investor Barbara Bry Takes Aim At Mayor's Seat

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San Diego venture investor and entrepreneur Barbara Bry , who co-founded Proflowers.com and several other local technology companies, said on Wednesday that she is running for Mayor of San Diego , in a move to further extend her experience in the technology industry into politics. Bry is married to fellow investor and entrepreneur Neal Senturia, who she co-ran a venture investment firm, Blackbird Ventures with.

Big Data Meets Big Biology in San Diego: Some Takeaways

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View the Slideshow At the end of the 19 th century, the German scientist Paul Ehrlich began to realize that certain chemicals could have highly specific effects on certain diseases.

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

Xconomy

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.

10 San Diego Startups to Compete at Region’s Top Pitch Competition

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Ten tech startups will vie to impress a panel of six judges and hundreds of attendees at San Diego’s biggest pitch contest later this month. Launched in 2006 by San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels, the annual John G.

San Diego Startup Investors Launch Their Own TV Show, VCs In A Van

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A group of San Diego angel and venture capital investors have launched their very own television show--which is airing on local cable channels--focused on investments in Southern California--called VCs in a Van , which will air on local Cox, Time Warner, and Spectrum channels. television content venture capital cable investorWho needs Shark Tank?

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).

The Minority Venture Capital Opportunity

Xconomy

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic billion-dollar leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, put together by African-American business pioneer Reginald Lewis.

Exact Sciences Acquires San Diego Lab Equipment Supplier Biomatrica

Xconomy

Exact Sciences has gone from being a customer of Biomatrica, a San Diego-based vendor of equipment for storing and preserving blood and saliva samples, to now being the company’s owner.

San Diego VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals

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Venture capital investors sank $547.2 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.

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

Xconomy

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.

U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018

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Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. based venture-backed companies as of the end of the third quarter hit a decade high, and is on pace to pass the $100 billion mark by year’s end.

Too Many Venture Capital Cooks in the Kitchen?

Xconomy

At Correlation Ventures, we spend a fair amount of time using our proprietary database to identify the telltale signs of successful startups. One question we asked recently is whether there are diminishing returns for adding VCs to the board of directors at venture-backed startups.

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.

A Need for Speed: Illumina Acquires San Diego’s Edico Genome

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With the Bio-IT World Conference opening today in Boston, San Diego-based Illumina (NASDAQ: [[ticker:ILMN) said it has acquired Edico Genome, a five-year-old startup with technology to accelerate the readout of next-generation sequencing data.

Big VCs Join Xconomy in San Diego to Discuss Big Data, Big Biology

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In the Boston office of GE Ventures, managing director Alex de Winter is overseeing investments in companies like Veracyte, which is applying machine learning to genomic sequencing technology to help doctors distinguish benign growths from cancer.

Dutch Biotech Raises $19M to Develop Psoriasis Drug Near San Diego

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Another Dutch investor, BioGeneration Ventures, and New York-based New Science Ventures joined the round, according to a statement from the company.

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.

Nimble Pharmacy, With Services In San Diego, Adds $28M

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Nimble Pharmacy , a pharmacy delivery startup which currently offers up service in just San Diego and the Bay Area, has raised $28M in new funding. The funding was led by Sequoia Capital, and also included Y Combinator, First Round Capital, DAG Ventures and Khosla Ventures. San Diego is only one of two markets served by Nimble Pharmacy, which plans to use the new funding for expansion into new markets.

San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

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.

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

Report: Los Angeles, San Diego Among Top Startup Markets

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Los Angeles and San Diego are among the metro areas with the highest startup activity, based on a new report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The foundation ranked Los Angeles as number 3, and San Diego as number 4 in terms of the highest startup activity in the United States, based on the rate of new entrepreneurs, startup density, and other factors. kauffman angeles diego startup activity report venture capital economy investment

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. The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included include Charles River Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital, Felicis Ventures and Western Technology Investments. Health IQ has positions in sales and account management listed from its San Diego offices.

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’s Amplyx Raises $67M to Advance New Anti-Fungal Drug

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After completing an early stage evaluation of its broad-spectrum anti-fungal drug, San Diego’s Amplyx Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it has raised $67 million in a Series C financing round led by a new investor, Sofinnova Venture Partners.

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.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This was the first episode where Jason wasn’t on the show, which gave me the chance to have another VC on the show to discuss deals. Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.

Xconomy Forum Rides Wave of Big Data/Big Bio Startups in San Diego

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As the Xconomy Forum on Big Data Meets Big Biology draws near, one of the best arguments for understanding the significance of the convergence of data science and the life sciences may lie in what came out of the 2013 sale of San Diego’s EcoATM.

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.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1

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.