Follow the Money
San Diegan and MP3.com co-founder Michael Robertson just took funding for his newest venture, Solid Opinion. The startup is a commenting system for websites that incentivizes positive activity and engagement. With split headquarters in San Diego and New York, the company has just raised $3.7 million.
Startup Glass Ceiling
It’s not just a conversation going on in Washington, D.C. this week. The University of California has a take on the lack of women in startups and venture funding, with a detailed story of what they are doing about it. UCSD startup supporters Lada Rasochova and Rosibel Ochoa and their accelerator mystartupXX share the success stories of Human Longevity, ThoughtSTEM, and Clip Diagnostics.
The Development Side of Innovation
The Makers Quarter and IDEA District developments downtown got some attention from Curbed.com. The article looks at how the innovation community is playing a part in these developments, and what their completion might mean to the downtown business and innovation sector.
Companies to Watch
Check out these three guides to local startups on the rise
Springboard Graduates a New Class
CONNECT’s Springboard program just graduated another class of startups that have been working in the program since June. Graduates include Bixpy, an underwater propulsion system; Guru, augmented reality for museums, aquariums, and zoos; S&R Sports, laser technology to track sport objects as they travel; Fragmob, easy-to-use mobile engagement platform for salespeople; and others.
Xconomy Startups to Watch
Xconomy published its latest list of 12 San Diego startups to watch in 2017. Whether you agree with the list or not, it’s always interesting to see which companies are getting noticed. The list includes, among others, Raken, a coordinating software for architects, contractors, and others to share information; Clarify Medical, in-home care for psoriasis and eczema through LED light technology; Ossic, 3D headphones (they have been on my watch list since my demo of the headphones in March at SXSW); and Koriist, software that enables incompatible technologies on devices, sensors, and networks to talk to each other.
EvoNexus Announces 14 New Companies in San Diego
The EvoNexus Incubator just announced its latest class of companies accepted into the program. The two San Diego locations will add 14 companies to their rosters. The list is diverse, but does show a few clusters. In augmented reality they welcomed Guru (also a Springboard graduate), and GoMeta (see what this company means to San Diego here). Assured Wireless and Citadel are in the public safety space, and Water Pidgeon, Iteros, and Appulse Power are focused on energy/water efficiency solutions.
Be There or Be…
- San Diego Regional EDC hosts SD Software Development: A look back and a look forward
November 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Underground Elephant
- Innovate 78 – Leadership Reception
November 30, 5-7 p.m., California State University San Marcos
Meet leaders and businesses along the 78 corridor in north county. (Note: If you haven’t ventured north in a while, you should. There is a ton of smart thinking and innovation happening up there too.)