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Venture Summit Shows Continuing Evolution of San Diego Scene

San Diego Business Journal, Brittany Meiling

Sept 4, 2017 — Due in part the cameo appearance of a former Google executive, San Diego Venture Group saw record attendance at its annual Venture Summit last week. The crowded two-day affair was markedly different from previous years, signaling the local startup scene is picking up steam.

This year, the summit attracted 700 attendees and over 120 venture capitalists from startup hubs across the country, including many visitors from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“These were real, active VCs who are writing checks as opposed to individuals who write one check a year,” said Mike Krenn, president of the San Diego Venture Group.


San Diego Startups Compete for $100,000 in Qualcomm Funding

Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

June 15, 2017 — Hundreds of people from the San Diego and Silicon Valley technology communities crowed into a downtown music venue Thursday to watch nine startups compete for $100,000 in funding from Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of San Diego wireless giant, sponsored the SeismicSD event to bring together all parts of the local tech ecosystem, including startups, investors, incubators and support organizations.

Guru, a San Diego startup that created a smartphone app to help people navigate museums, received the $100,000 award from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“Big ideas create big opportunities,” Faulconer told the crowd at the Music Box. “You all represent the San Diego success story.”

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San Diego (SDVG) Sets the Stage for Tech Cities

Andrew Gazdecki, TechCrunch

Feb 02, 2017 —  Startup ecosystems are taking root across the country — UtahSeattle, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, New York City — and they’re all looking to copy the formula Silicon Valley made so successful.



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As Costs Soar in Silicon Valley, San Diego Looks for Startup Gains

May 10, 2016  — Venture capital continues to gush into Silicon Valley, but is the Bay Area’s decades-long startup boom sustainable? Talk in the valley has turned increasingly gloomy amid signs that its phenomenal tech boom—like Moore’s law itself—is bumping against its upper limits.



Why I Moved my Startup from San Francisco to San Diego

March 29, 2016 — San Francisco has long been hailed the home of the tech startup — the place to be for entrepreneurs looking to lay the foundation for the next big thing. As a mobile app platform with high aspirations, we joined the mix, sharing an area code for four years with the lauded engineers of Silicon Valley and inserting ourselves into the supposed center of the tech world.

It seemed like the best possible move. And for a while, it was.


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