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Seed Round of $1.7M Will Help Weedguide Give the 411 on 420

Search Google for “ganja” and your results will be marijuana-related. But what about weed? What about grass? Pot, another term for the flowering plant called cannabis, will lead you first to cookware.

Qualcomm Backs Startup Developing Battery-Free Bluetooth Beacons

The busy investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. has spied another startup it hopes will go big.

Guild Mortgage Expands Into the Midwest

Guild Mortgage, a mortgage lender based in San Diego, is expanding into the Midwest.

Celebration of Hope Raises $250,000 for Huntington’s Fight

The San Diego Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America announced that a record $250,000 was raised at its 16th annual Celebration of Hope Gala held at the Pendry San Diego hotel in downtown San Diego.

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Arcturus Completes Merger with Alcobra, Lists on Nasdaq

San Diego’s Arcturus Therapeutics is now on the public markets following a merger with Alcobra, previously based in Israel.

Petco Sees Itself as Good Home for PupBox

San Diego-based specialty retailer Petco Animal Supplies Inc. has acquired PupBox.

Guild Mortgage Reports Q3 Loan Volume of $4.4B

San Diego-based Guild Mortgage reported total loan volume of $4.4 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

S.D. 'Google of Ganja' Entrepreneur Raises $1.7M For Search Engine Startup

Weedguide has landed its first outside funding.

Silvergate Bank Q3 Earnings Up

Strong loan production at good yields played a role in increased third-quarter earnings at Silvergate Bank in San Diego.

Know the Pieces, the Moves and The Timing of VC Funding Game

Having an innovative product or service isn’t enough. Neither is delivering a perfect pitch, showing evidence of ample industry experience or revealing a major undiscovered market opportunity.

S.D. Entrepreneur to Pitch at WeWork’s Creator Awards

A San Diego entrepreneur is among 30 finalists invited to compete for $1.5 million in funding as part of co-working giant WeWork’s Creator Awards program. The initiative aims to award more than $20 million to those doing creative work across the globe.

Nonprofits Make Compelling Pitches

The Second Chance Youth Garden, a six-week job training program for people age 14 to 21, took first place in the San Diego Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL) Pitch Night on Oct. 24.

Origin Code Academy Moves Most of Its Curriculum Online

TECH: Access Cited In Move as Sector Looks for Right Model

Origin Code Academy, a local participant in the popular yet tumultuous industry of coding boot camps, is moving its curriculum online.

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BAE Systems Provides Key Resources in Hurricane Relief Efforts

BAE Systems employees in San Diego recently assisted Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas using its Geospatial eXploitation Products, or GXP, which are developed in San Diego as part of its Electronic Systems group. The BAE products provided geospatial intelligence and solutions to disaster response teams assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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Philanthropy Will Generate Brand Trust, Loyalty

After last month’s Northern California wildfire disaster, several tech companies lined up to assist survivors. Apple and Facebook each pledged $1 million donations to fire-relief efforts. Uber and Lyft offered transportation to those impacted.

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