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SDVG 2018 Cool Company Applications are Now OPEN!

Every year the SDVG opens applications and selects 30 to 40 of the coolest, newest, and most innovative companies in the region. Then intro’s them to a bunch of VCs. 

Cool Co’s from 2016 & 2017 raised over $100 Million, thanks to SDVG. 

We encourage you to check out the 2017 Cool CompaniesLearn More, and share the Application with a ‘cool’ startup you know.    #investsd



You got your VC meeting, now what?

Just like your company is unique, so too are venture capitalists and their investment strategies. Many mistakes are made by entrepreneurs, way before they get to the meeting. Join us as top-tier VCs share their experience and insight.


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Apply now to PitchFest 2016!

APPLICATION DEADLINE  – Due October 21 at 5:00 p.m.

This is your chance to tell your story and gain valuable exposure – as well as cash and assistance from some of San Diego’s leading professional firms.

Make your pitch and take your chances!  Start-ups in San Diego are encouraged to apply to compete for fun and profit based upon their business plans, innovation, investor appeal and accomplishments.

A group of San Diego’s leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professionals and investors will pick semi-finalists who will present to a panel of VC judges. The VCs determine which start-ups will make the pitch to our audience for fun and prizes!


On December 13th, the finalists will make their pitch to an audience of more than 400 who will decide the winners!  

Recent PitchFest winners have included Portfolium and Companion Medical You can be next!

To be eligible, you must not have raised more than $2.0M in capital and/or received $3.0M in grant funding. This event is open to companies in all fields. San Diego companies are preferred, we will consider companies from throughout Southern California.

Applications are due by Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

SDVG and PitchFest are generously sponsored by:



Please note: PitchFest is an event for educational and entertainment purposes only and no company’s presentation should be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  



VC’s Ballgame & Venture Summit 2016

This event registration for pre-approved VC invitees only

Wednesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 8, 2016

If you are a venture fund manager and would like to be included please contact SDVG President Mike Krenn at [email protected]
When registering be sure to use the VC only invite code provided.
This registration fee covers all activities Wednesday and Thursday.
(This format/event is not available to the public.)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016, 2:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Meet 30 great, venture-seeking tech and health tech companies at this invite-only event.
Then join more than 100 venture investors as we take over 4 combined suites at Petco.
VCs only. Invite Only.
Padres vs. Red Sox.
After-party in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
3:00 p.m. 30 of San Diego’s best companies present in 4 tracks. Fast & efficient.
5:00 p.m. Cross bridge from Hilton to Petco for ballgame. 100 VCs. Luxury Suite.
9:00 p.m. Upscale post party just one block from Petco, in Gaslamp Quarter.
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Venture Summit Day at Hilton San Diego Bayfront – more than 600 in Attendance!
San Diego entrepreneurs, guest speakers, and more!

Thank you VC Hosts:


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Top Tier VCs Talk HealthTech

Tuesday March 22, 2016 — Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Three top Healthcare and Life Science venture capitalists examine trends, discuss business models and explore the opportunities for healthtech startups.  Where does San Diego fit into the landscape?

With our leading life sciences footprint, and a solid tech community –how do we best attract money and build winning companies?

Space for this one is limited – sign up quickly!


Tuesday March 22, 2016 | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121


Our Speaker Lineup:


Nina Kjellson, Canaan Partners



Noah Lewis, GE Ventures


And moderated by


David Kabakoff, PhD, Sofinnova Ventures


Sponsored by:



Venture Outlook 2016

San Diego did quite well in 2015 – in Q4 we outpaced both Texas and Colorado (yes, the entire states!)  More importantly, venture funds themselves had a second great year in a row, raising over $28B.  That means there is A LOT of money on the sidelines, needing to be deployed. So what’s hot, and how do San Diego companies increase their share of the national pie.

LET’S GET SOME CASH! San Diego Venture Group has an insightful panel to share their views.   

Venture Outlook 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 5:30 p.m .
Qualcomm Building N – 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121



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Crosscut Ventures
So-Cal based, with fresh $75M targeted for early stage tech.
Cack Wilhelm
Scale Venture Partners
Cack’s fund just closed on a new $330M fund. Fresh money.
Bob Baltera
EIR, Frazier Healthcare
Hawkeye Therapeutics, Amira Pharma. Working w/ Frazier locally, looking for his next deal.
David Coats
Correlation Ventures
The stats man like few others. Correlation may be the most diverse fund in the country.
Jon Belmonte
Active Network, Cursive Labs, Spoutable, Techstars. Knows start-ups, loves San Diego, and asks all the right questions.


Venture Outlook 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
5:30 p.m .
Qualcomm Building N – 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121


This event is FREE for SDVG members, non-member registration is $50.



12 San Diego Life Sciences Startups to Watch in 2016

Xconomy San Diego – A whole new crop of life sciences startups are germinating in San Diego, which is good news for the regional cluster of established companies that are focused on innovation in biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare technologies, and medical diagnostics. Renewal is crucial to sustaining and growing an innovation cluster like San Diego’s life sciences community.

But identifying a dozen local startups to watch in the life sciences has been a far more challenging task than selecting the 12 tech startups that made Xconomy’s list of local tech companies to watch in September.

For one thing, life sciences startups typically take far longer to go to market, with regulatory requirements that often take a decade or longer to meet.

Life sciences startups also require far more invested capital just to demonstrate a proof of concept. A group of venture investors that has invested $40 or $50 million in an early stage biotech has essentially validated the company and its technology. It’s my intent here to highlight the other, less visible, life sciences startups.

So the criteria used here were intentionally fuzzy. Most of the companies on this list were founded in the last five years. Most have raised less than $25 million from investors. None of them are public companies.

San Diego’s Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, a frugal drug development company focused on improving existing cancer and anti-viral drugs, would have been a good candidate to make the list. But Amplyx raised $40.5 million from several venture investors in November. (In the preceding nine years, Amplyx had subsisted on $7.7 million in grants and some angel funding.) Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, which scavenged lab equipment for six years, fell off the list in the same way—after raising $40 million.

Some companies made the list based on the strength of their startup leadership. Avelas co-founder Roger Tsien was a 2008 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry for his discoveries in fluorescing peptides. Phil Baran, a co-founder of Sirenas (previously known as Sirenas Marine Discovery) and a professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, was named a MacArthur fellow in 2013 for his work in synthetic chemistry.

Some companies made the cut based on the strength of their board members, who are often also investors or well-connected to venture investors. Dan Bradbury, the former CEO of San Diego’s Amylin Pharmaceuticals and an active biotech investor, is on the board of both DiaVacs and Renova Therapeutics.

Some made the list based on their innovation. CEO Michael Newman, who is the CEO and lone employee of Decoy Biosystems, said he founded the company to revive some very old research exploring the potential of using killed bacteria to spur the body’s immune system to fight cancer. “Today, cancer immunotherapy is the hottest field in the world,” Newman said. “And what people don’t realize is that it was invented in the 1800s.”

One of the most surprising discoveries that resulted from my quest to identify some of San Diego’s most-promising startups was the sheer number of early stage companies that are germinating here.

In my effort to cast a wide net, I talked with a number of life sciences investors in San Diego. I met with Kara Bortone, a scientific scout and portfolio manager for Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the JLABS incubator in San Diego. I talked with service providers who work with early stage biotechs. Biocom, the San Diego-based industry group, provided a spreadsheet that listed more than 40 local life sciences startups.

By the time I was done, my list had close to 80 companies.

And then the great winnowing began, followed by some immediate second-guessing. As one VC investor put it, “I had no idea there are this many new companies in town. How come you didn’t include [my portfolio company]?”


PitchFest Gala 2015


Be the judge! Who gets the money?

Four companies will pitch YOU, the audience, at this year’s annual PitchFest dinner! Two healthcare, two tech. You pick the winners!

Join SDVG for cocktails, dinner, and fun as the audience votes for the winning company at PitchFest 2015.

Finalists will make their pitch to the dinner audience, who will cast their votes! Bring a friend – this event is a celebration!

Last year’s winners, Portfolium and Companion Medical, each went on to raise $3M in capital in 2015!


PitchFest 2015 Annual Dinner
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3777 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego CA 92122


Since last year’s PitchFest, Portfolium raised 3.1 million and Companion Medical raised 3.3 million:




Graciously Sponsored By




PitchFest Semi-Finalists Announced!


The Annual Dinner celebration for PitchFest 2015 will bring you FOUR of the best and brightest companies in San Diego. These semi-finalists will compete for your vote December, 16, 2015.

Don’t miss out – register today!



PitchFest 2015 Annual Dinner
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3777 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego CA 92122


…And those semi-finalists are (FOUR of which will compete!):



Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Company in San Diego.


Unicorns On Paper Are Nice. But Billion Dollar Exits From San Diego Are Real.



Faheem Hasnain

Featuring Faheem Hasnain.

Mr. Hasnain has served as Receptos President, CEO and a director since November 2010. Prior to joining Receptos, he was the President and CEO and a director of Facet Biotech Corporation, a biology driven antibody company with a focus in multiple sclerosis and oncology. He held that position from December 2008 until the company’s acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in April 2010. Previously, Mr. Hasnain was President, CEO and a director of PDL BioPharma, Inc. from October 2008 until Facet Biotech was spun off from PDL BioPharma in December 2008. From October 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Hasnain served at Biogen Idec Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer.



Dr. Patrik Shah

With Pratik Shah, Ph.D., who brings more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience in the biopharma industry. He is also a partner in the venture capital firm Thomas, McNerney & Partners. Dr. Shah previously worked at various biotech companies after serving at McKinsey & Company where he focused on biotechnology and venture capital projects. Dr. Shah is a board member of Cebix, Ocera Therapeutics, and SG Biofuels.




Carin Canale

And Carin Canale as the moderator. Ms. Canale is Founder and CEO of Canale Communications, a public and investor relations firm focused exclusively on life science companies.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLabs – 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121
FREE to members | $50 non-members



Sponsored by:

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Apply now to PitchFest 2015!


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – Now Due October 29 at 5:00 p.m.

This is your chance to tell your story and gain valuable exposure – as well as cash and assistance from some of San Diego’s leading professional firms.

2015 Pitchfest_thumbnailMake your pitch and take your chances!  Start-ups in San Diego are encouraged to apply to compete for fun and profit based upon their business plans, innovation, investor appeal and accomplishments.

A group of San Diego’s leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professionals and investors will pick semi-finalists who will present to a panel of VC judges. The VCs determine which start-ups will make the pitch to our audience for fun and prizes!
In December, the finalists will make their pitch to an audience of more than 400 who will decide the winners!  

Recent PitchFest winners have included Portfolium and Companion Medical You can be next!

To be eligible, you must not have raised more than $2.0M in capital and/or received $3.0M in grant funding. This event is open to companies in all fields. San Diego companies are preferred, we will consider companies from throughout Southern California.

Applications are due by Friday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

apply now

SDVG and PitchFest are generously sponsored by:

Please note: PitchFest is an event for educational and entertainment purposes only and no company’s presentation should be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  



Bootstrap Your Company to Exit

There are lots of ways to get to exit – M&A being the most common. The average is seven-plus years for a venture-backed company. Some companies need venture to get there, some don’t. Bootstrapping can have its advantages. A $30M exit usually means you didn’t raise venture. And that’s ok. In fact, it can be magnificent.

So how do you bootstrap a company to exit? How do you optimally structure your business? How do you strategize growth? How and when do you take in angel money? How do you build a board?

And ultimately – how do you drive your business to generate multiple bids, and get your sale over the finish line?

We’ve gathered experts to share their wisdom:

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Mike Madrazo 


Howard Lindzon

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 Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 a.m.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla

FREE for Members / $50 Non-Members

Thank you, sponsors!




The Series A Crunch: You’ve Raised Your Seed, Now What?

You’ve raised your seed and are looking for Series A funding. What do you need to do, when and how, to get that Series A investor hooked!

Join our all-star panel of investors and savvy entrepreneurs: Masood Tayebi, PhD, Adam Harris, CEO of Cloudbeds, and Mike Alfred, CEO of Brightscope, as they share their insight and experiences about what investors are looking for, and how they raised capital in this environment!

Brian Mesic of Anthem Ventures is our moderator!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 7:00AM 
FREE to members | $50 otherwise


Thank you to our sponsors!



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VentureLink for Healthcare!

Know a company in the healthcare space looking for Series A funding?






What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects San Diego-area businesses with venture capital firms to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. To be considered a VentureLink candidate, please read below and apply only if you meet the criteria.

Foundation Medical Partners and Cambia Health Solutions will visit San Diego to meet with VentureLink finalists on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

Who is Foundation Medical Partners?

Foundation Medical Partners invests in innovation that meets the future needs of providers, payers, employers, and patients. Foundation is focused on technologies and services that enable value-based healthcare and leverage wireless, data and analytics technologies.

Who is Cambia Health Solutions?

Cambia Health Solutions invests in companies that change the way people experience the health care system. Cambia looks to transform health care to be more economically sustainable and people focused.

Investment Criteria: Be Sure You Meet these Criteria Before Applying

Companies should be pursuing Series A funding with Healthcare IT or Healthcare Services.  The investors’ sweet spot is a $2-5M investment, and a syndicate is typical. The company should have already raised seed, and MUST have some market traction.  Ideally, the company is on a minimum $1M annual run rate.

Their search is focused primarily on companies that push healthcare services, whether strengthening the doctor/patient relationship or promoting members being more involved. They love data and analytics, and cause-driven models.

If you meet the criteria above please apply below!


Applications are due Thursday, February 19th, 2015.

Questions?  Email SDVG.


VentureLink is sponsored by:



Join us Jan 22nd for Venture Outlook 2015!


Start the New Year with SDVG!

What is hot – what is not – and where should you look for funding in 2015? 

What does the 2015 market look like for both investors and companies?  Have accelerators and incubators reached their peak?  What does the abundance of micro-funds mean?

Come and get the outlook for San Diego in 2015.

Join SDVG and a distinguished panel as they take you through a forecast of the coming year. Our panelists include:

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Don’t delay – register today!

Venture Outlook 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Marriott La Jolla


This event is FREE for SDVG members, non-member registration is $50.

Thank you to our sponsors:






Companion Medical and Porfolium WIN!


Announcing the winners for PitchFest Dinner 2014……….they are………!






SDVG and VC PitchFest are generously sponsored by:


Please note:  PitchFest is an event for educational and entertainment purposes only and no company’s presentation should be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.  


Be merry and bright – and a VC for the night!


You be the judge! Who gets the money?


Companies will pitch YOU, the audience, at this year’s annual PitchFest dinner.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
3777 La Jolla Village Dr. San Diego CA 92122
Join SDVG for cocktails, dinner, and fun as the audience votes for the winning company at PitchFest 2014 on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Three finalists will make their pitch to the dinner audience of more than 400, who will cast their votes! Each finalist will receive cash with the top choice taking home more than $20,000 in cash and services.

Recent PitchFest winners have included and SwoopThat/ All went on to receive significant funding or get acquired.


Graciously Sponsored By





Join us at Janssen Labs!

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Former CEO of Amylin – sold for $7B. 
Industry luminary, private Investor, sits on numerous boards, all-around great guy.


Former CEO of Calistoga Pharma, and Venture Partner at Frazier Healthcare. New Partner at NEA – leading one of the world’s most prestigious venture funds out of San Diego.  Boon to our region – and all-around great woman.


Former CEO of Life Technologies.  Sold for $15B – the largest life sciences transaction ever.  Industry luminary, private investor, all-around great guy.
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Venture Partner at Avalon Ventures, CEO of RQx Pharma, CEO of Carolus Therapeutics, COO of Sova Pharma, and COO of Afraxis. Super great guy.

The business opportunity for Life Sciences in San Diego is enormous. The region is uniquely positioned to be an economic powerhouse of astounding proportions – for decades to come. On our panel are leaders who sold local companies for $7B and $15B, and who remain committed to fostering and growing new companies here.  We have a VC panelist who is staying in San Diego, representing a highly respected fund (NEA), with their new presence here. And we have a VC, who successfully starts numerous companies with technologies straight from the lab. This is an incredible panel.

San Diego Venture Group is proud to have Janssen Labs co-hosting this program, as they open up for us, one of the region’s coolest campuses. Janssen Labs is a 40,000 sq. ft. accelerator, Johnson & Johnson’s flagship facility, currently housing more than 40 start-ups dedicated to solving the world’s healthcare challenges.

Come join us, as we discuss the future of the Life Sciences industry in San Diego.  Register soon — space is limited.


register_onThursday, October 30th, 2014 ~ 5:30pm
Janssen Labs – 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121
SDVG Members: FREE | Non-Member: $50
Parking and Security:
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Parking is free and available in the open lot or parking structure.
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A current, government issued photo ID is required for every person’s entrance into the Janssen Research & Development facility. Please check-in with security upon entering the building and they will direct you to the event registration desk.


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IPOs and M&A – San Diego Poised for More Successful Exits

Registration closed 9/22 at 12pm, walk-in registration available at the door for $60

The biotech IPO market has been open – will it stay that way or is it too late for this party?

Just how do you sell your small software company? Are there buyers other than Google, Yahoo, and Facebook?

Join us as we explore the current state of the market for getting a payoff for all your hard work.




With Jordan Glazier of Eventful, Inc.,


Mark Kapczynski, VP Corporate Development & Strategy, Experian Consumer Services,
and Brad Weekes of Software Equity Group.




Moderator: Jon Belmonte, former CEO, ACTIVE Network   belmonte headshot





Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 7:00 AM

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Members: FREE – Non-Members: $50


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Mike Krenn Assumes SDVG’s President Role

Long Time San Diego Business Supporter Mike Krenn Assumes San Diego Venture Group’s President Role


SAN DIEGO – August 28, 2014 The San Diego Venture Group announced today that the founder of both Tech Coast Angels and CommNexus, Mike Krenn, has succeeded Dave Titus as its full-time President.

“Mike has been passionately invested in the San Diego tech community, having helped found both the Tech Coast Angels and CommNexus,” said Bob Holmen Chairman of the San Diego Venture Group’s Board of Directors. “He’s the right person to continue expanding our impact in fostering the region’s innovation economy, and we’re excited at bringing him aboard as our President.”

Krenn is also the founder of, a service that matches emerging growth tech companies with venture capital sources. He has helped more 50 companies raise funding, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, with leading firms around the country. Over the years, Krenn has also counseled hundreds of technology companies on various aspects of their business plans, including management issues, market development, strategic partnerships and financing strategies.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity. It’s important to note, and thank my predecessor, Dave Titus, for all that he has done and will continue to do as an active member of San Diego Venture Group,” said Krenn. “I’m looking forward to working with our very active and highly regarded Board of Directors alongside our supporting sponsors and committed members. Collectively, we will prominently showcase what this region has to offer in terms of the next great business investment opportunities. I’m looking forward to working with the entire emerging growth community here and helping drive access to capital, whether it is here, Silicon Valley, or elsewhere. We want to continue to grow San Diego as a leading technology center in this country. ”

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HOT Topics for Venture Summit 2014


From your brainwaves to Bitcoins, your genome and your biology, the future of VC and the future of the economy, Venture Summit covers it all.

Our Keynote Speaker                                                                                             


“The Next Revolution”
Mark will talk about a super-cycle of growth and development that will change all of our economy.  How will your business be affected?  Come listen how the forces of technology, energy, and policy are going to drive growth in the coming decade.

Mark Mills
Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute; Founder and CEO of the Digital Power Group

Mr. Mills was formerly the co-founder and chief tech strategist for Digital Power Capital, a boutique venture fund. He co-founded and served as chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Mr. Mills is a member of the Advisory Council of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Marshall Institute. He writes the Energy Intelligence column for Forbes and is co-author with Peter Huber of the book, The Bottomless Well, which rose to #1 in Amazon science. He has been published in various popular publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Mills was earlier a technology advisor for Banc of America Securities, a co-author of a successful energy-tech investment newsletter, the Huber-Mills Digital Power Report, and served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan.


HOT Topic speakers include…


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Measuring the Mind: How Brain Monitoring Will Change Our Lives”

Chris Berka, Co-Founder and CEO, Advanced Brain Monitoring

Recent findings suggest that Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hours to Expertise” theory may be a myth. Join ABM Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Berka, as she takes a look at how the brain processes new information and learn how the results of DARPA funded research may facilitate accelerated learning.

Chris Berka is the CEO and Co-Founder at Advanced Brain Monitoring (ABM). She has over 25 years experience managing clinical research and developing and commercializing new technologies, is co-inventor of eleven patented and 14 patent-pending technologies, and served as the principal investigator or co-investigator for grants & contracts awarded by the National Institutes of Health, DARPA, ONR and NSF that provided more than $30 million of research funds to ABM.  Prior to founding ABM, Ms. Berka played a key role in the growth of an AMEX public company.   She received her BA with distinction in Psychology/Biology at Ohio State University and completed graduate studies in Neuroscience at UCSD.

“The End of Moore’s Law”

Ronald Reedy, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CTO, Peregrine Semiconductor

For over 5 decades the price and performance of integrated circuits has followed a steady logarithmic progression of improvement.  Have we reached the peak, and if so, what is next?

Ron serves as Peregrine’s Chief Technology Officer managing the company’s technology activities and Intellectual Properties. From February 1990 to 2011, he held various positions with Peregrine, including President, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Vice President and Chief of Staff. Prior to joining us, Dr. Reedy led the microelectronics division at Navy Research and Development.  Dr. Reedy received a B.S. and M.S.E.E. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.


daniel-obodovski“The Internet of Things”

Daniel Obodovski, Author “The Silent Intelligence”

The network is everywhere…almost.  Your car talks to your house that talks to your fridge that talks to the local supermarket.  Where in this revolution are we and how quickly with everything truly be connected?

With nearly 20 years of experience in the wireless and high-tech sectors, Daniel Obodovski’s passion is helping companies go to market with connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies. Most recently, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, where he led the commercial launch of multiple M2M products and businesses. Prior to that, Daniel was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Motorola Germany. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s degree from the Moscow State Lomonosov University.


soraya-darabi“The Entrepreneur in all of us”

Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder,

How do you go from a world recognized brand, to being another of one thousand start-ups, where the hours are long and the brand is unknown?   With your location, (and perhaps even your gender) working against you?   Soraya will share her thoughts on how to create your own entrepreneurial eco-system.

Soraya Darabi is the co-founder of Zady, a mission-driven brand described best as “The Whole Foods of Fashion.”   Soraya began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times. Following her tenure at the Times, Soraya served as Product Lead for, an online collaboration service (acquired by Facebook). She went on to co-found the application Foodspotting, named by Apple and Wired Magazine as an “App of the Year” (acquired by Open Table).  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.


 lucier“Knowing Yourself, Will Change You”

Gregory T Lucier, Chairman, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Life Technologies

We are in the early stages of a genomics revolution that will change the way you think about health, medicine, and your life.  How much do you want to know about your future and how will we manage science, privacy, ethics, and society in a world of genomic data?

Gregory T. Lucier served as Chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, a global biotechnology company with $4 billon revenue, from May 2003 until its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2014 for $15.6 billion. Mr. Lucier previously served as a corporate officer at General Electric, and now serves on the Board of Directors at CareFusion, NuVasive, and RainTree Oncology. He is the Board Chairman for Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.


tim draperTim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, “Live Via Skype”

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder Partner of DFJ. His original suggestion to use “viral marketing” in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim currently serves on the boards of DoAtGlamProsper, and Miartech. DFJ’s previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and hundreds of others.



larry_smarr1Larry Smarr, Director, Qualcomm Institute, “The Quantified Self” 

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvinepartnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UCSD’s Jacobs School. At Calit2, Smarr has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure– including the Internet, Web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and global telepresence–begun during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Smarr served as principal investigator on NSF’s OptIPuter project and currently is principal investigator of the Moore Foundation’sCAMERA project and co-principal investigator on NSF’s GreenLight project. In October 2008 he was the Leadership Dialog Scholar in Australia.



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Brock Pierce, Vice Chairman, Affinity Media

BITCOIN:  Is it the future or a fad?  This pioneer of virtual goods has moved to the world of virtual currencies.

Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for virtual goods in online games.   Pierce founded Affinity Media, formerly Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE), in 2001. The Company raised over $100 Million from blue chip investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners. During Pierce’s tenure as CEO from 2001 to 2007.   Prior to founding Affinity Media, Pierce co-founded the first and most ambitious Internet television firm of the 1990s, Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), a company focused on the delivery of entertainment over broadband. DEN raised more than $88 million from investors such as Microsoft, Intel and NBC.

Prior to Pierce’s entrepreneurial career he was a successful Hollywood actor, starring or appearing in twelve major motion pictures, including The Mighty Ducks, and First Kid, as well as many commercials.

He is an active angel investor, a founding mentor of the Founder Institute’s LA Chapter, and a member of SoCal Tech and Media Entertainment Technology Alliance.


Corporate Venturing

 Please note you don’t have to get up early for this event!

Corporate Venturing is the leading growth segment of the venture capital market.  No longer passive investors, today’s corporate VCs are leading deals, setting terms, and investing at earlier stages than ever before.

Join us for cocktails (really – on us!) and appetizers and then hear some of the leading corporate VCs discuss how they approach deals, work with entrepreneurs and their corporate parents.


Thursday, April 17th, 2014; * evening time** 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Location is Qualcomm  Building N: 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121

5:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m. Networking over food and cocktails
6:45 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. Panel
8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Networking over coffee and dessert

Event is FREE to SDVG Members; non-members $50.


Our speaker lineup:


Nagraj Kashyap

Nagraj Kashyap, Head of Qualcomm Ventures.  Located in our backyard, Qualcomm is one of the most active corporate VCs in the world.

John Somorjai, Sr. VP of Corporate Development & Strategy of  SFC is quickly becoming a leading investor in the software segment.

Dave Piacquad, SVP of Business Development of Amgen. Fresh off a big win here with Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Amgen is on the lookout for more.



Bruce Steel


With moderator Bruce Steel, Managing Director of BioMed Ventures and SDVG Board member. Leveraging their nationwide set of contacts, Biomed is an active investor in lifescience companies.




Thank you, sponsors!




Dave’s Guide To Raising Money From Angel Investors

“Do you know any angel investors who would be interested in my company?”

On May 22, 2014, over 300 people gathered to learn about this topic.

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Dave Titus, SDVG President, shared his 9 rules for raising angel financing.   It’s a talk he has over and over with folks looking to raise money.

Download Dave’s Rules here!

Our speaker lineup included:

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Jeff Draa

Jeff Draa, President, Tech Coast Angels discussed how to approach TCA.  TCA is the second most active angel investing network in the country.


Adam Harris

Adam Harris, CEO, CloudBeds, has raised over $1.5M in angel financing from industry insiders – even though he was not one of them!

Dave Karlman, DePrima Ventures, is an experienced and active angel investor in both high tech and lifescience companies.  Some of his investments include Cashie Commerce and Otologic Pharmaceuticals.


Kian Saneii

Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa, raised his money from a variety of investors in both San Diego and elsewhere.





Thank you, sponsors!

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Are you a software company looking for funding?


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Applications closed Monday, March 31, 2014.



What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. TVC Capital will meet with selected SDVG companies on April 23, 2014.

VentureLink is sponsored by:


Who is TVC Capital?

TVC Capital is a growth equity firm focused on investments in and acquisitions of software companies and software-enabled service firms. They target a wide spectrum of software sectors and industry verticals that are poised for growth and consolidation. As prior operating executives, TVC’s team has unique insights into the challenges faced by growing software companies.

TVC Capital III was formed in 2013 with $75M in capital commitments. Their target is an average check size around $7M-8M (can go as low as $4M or put together rounds up to $20M)

What is TVC Capital looking for?

o B2B software or software enabled service firms
o Revenue between $2.5 and $10M
o Very strong management team
o Capital efficient both historically and looking forward
o Sector agnostic but are currently interested in HCM, Healthcare IT, Business Process Management, Digital Media, Financial Technology
o Sustainable competitive advantage in a favorable competitive environment

More information about TVC Capital can be found here. 


Applications due Monday, March 31, 2014.

Questions?  Email SDVG.


by may be looking for you!


Would you like to present your company to:


apply-here will be here on Thursday, April 17 as part of SDVG’s special evening program:
Corporate VCs – Leading the Deal

They are looking to meet San Diego software companies seeking investment, particularly those relevant to

To apply, complete this application by Friday, April 4, 2014.



Please note, application does not guarantee that you will meet with

SDVG will notify you after review by if they would like to meet.

All meetings will be held on April 17, 2014.
Questions?  Email SDVG.



Know a life science company needing expansion capital?


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Applications due Friday, March 6, 2014
VentureLink is sponsored by:



What is VentureLink?

SDVG’s VentureLink program connects venture capital firms with local talent and businesses to encourage investments within our region.  We put 4 or 5 qualified companies in front of a VC for a one hour meeting. Telegraph Hill Partners will visit San Diego to look for investment opportunities Friday, March 27, 2014.


Who is Telegraph Hill Partners?

Telegraph Hill Partners (THP) is a leading venture capital and growth equity firm dedicated exclusively to life science and healthcare investing. In 2013 they closed their third fund with $310M in capital commitments and in February, 2014 announced the addition of a San Diego partner and office.

THP invests in companies with advanced technologies that have already demonstrated organic revenue growth and a superior business model. Areas of focus include life science tools, reagents, specialty chemistries, medical technology, medical devices, healthcare IT, healthcare services, agriculture and animal health. They have invested in a number of San Diego based companies including Althea Technologies, AltheaDx, Nexus Biosystems and Kinetikos Medical.


What is Telegraph Hill looking for?

Often, the companies in which THP invests have been boot-strapped and THP is their first institutional investor. In many cases, they are the lead or sole investor, though they also participate in financings with other experienced investors. THP III will make relatively few investments and add lots of effort to them and work very closely with their portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational guidance. They are looking for to work with innovative entrepreneurs and experienced management teams that want a partner dedicated to growing their business.




Applications due Friday, March 6, 2014.
Questions?  Email SDVG.



Meet the Crowdfunders!




On Thursday, February 27, 2014  SDVG presents an opportunity for both fund-raisers and investors to meet with some of the leading crowdfunding portals. Learn the details of how to apply and how to invest [hyperlink to document/web].  Find out if you are a candidate for crowdfunding.

Join SDVG for our breakfast event* from 7:00 to 9:00 am on that Thursday, February 27 – then afterwards choose one of four portals for an in-depth breakout session. Meetings will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 at a location within a 2 minute walk from the Del Mar Marriott.

You can meet with any one of these companies:







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*There is no additional charge for these breakouts, but you must be registered for SDVG’s breakfast event on Crowdfunding.  You can learn more and register here for the breakfast.


Venture capital in San Diego

Accelerate-IT hosted VC Mashup this year, which gave them a chance to speak with our own Dave Titus.
Dave provides his thoughts on VC in 2014 – and the future of the industry.



Visit San Diego for Venture Summit 2014!


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Wednesday and Thursday June 18 and 19, 2014



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Join 100+ of your VC friends to network, take in a Padres game, meet some of the coolest companies in San Diego and hear about the hottest topics in technology, innovation, and venture capital! We will have the entire 4th floor of the historic Western Metal Building filled with VCs, food, and drink!

SDVG’s Venture Summit is the largest annual gathering of VCs outside of Silicon Valley.

In 24 hours you can:

  • Meet more than 50 of the most COOL and interesting companies in San Diego
  • Catch a ballgame and have a beer with over 100 of your VC colleagues
  • Hear from your choice of 10 fascinating speakers on technology and finance
  • Meet some of the best entrepreneurs in San Diego


  • Pre-Summit VC-Only Ballgame at Petco Park Wed June 18 5:30 p.m.
    We will have the entire 2nd floor of the historic Western Metals Building filled with VCs, food, and drink.
  • Venture Summit at Marriott Marina Hotel – Thurs June 19 7:30 a.m. – Noon
    30 COOL Companies on display
    Keynote Speaker
    9 “HOT Topic” speakers to choose from
    Over 700 attendees


2014 Venture Summit HOT Topic speakers include:

  • Daniel Obodovski, “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things”
  • Dr. Ron Reedy, CTO & Founder, Peregrine Semiconductor, ”The End of Moore’s Law”
  • Greg Lucier, Chairman, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) “Knowing Yourself, Will Change You”
  • Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder, “The Entrepreneur in All of Us”
  • Chris Berka, CEO and Co-Founder, Advanced Brain Monitoring “Measuring the Mind”
  • Larry Smarr, Director, Qualcomm Institute, “The Quantified Self”
  • Brock Pierce, Vice Chairman, Affinity Media “You Want to Pay Me with WHAT?”
  • Mark Mills, Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, “The Next Technology Revolution”
  • Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, “Live Via Skype”

There is even more available through our partners at CONNECT, StartUP San Diego, CyberTech:

Venture Summit is sponsored by:

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 Cooley, DLA Piper, EY, Comerica Bank