Elise Reuter

Reporter

Email: ereuter@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6971

Recent Stories

Bank of Southern California to Buy OC-Based Bank for $32 Million

Bank of Southern California and CalWest Bancorp plan to close the deal in early 2020.

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VC Investing Is Strong for Q3; Tech Makes Inroads

Trackforce, SmartDrive Lead the Way; Health Care Still Overall Winner

Tech companies led San Diego’s top venture capital rounds last quarter, bucking the region’s reputation as a biotech hub.

Silvergate Names New CFO, and a New Director to Its Board

Crypto Currency Services Increased Its Customer Base

Silvergate Bank named a new chief financial officer Oct. 14.

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Connect All Graduates 13 Cos. From Its First Cohort

Access Trax Awarded $10,000, Plans to Make First Part-Time Hire

Connect All at the Jacobs Center’s first cohort of startups delivered their pitches recently.

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Changing Hydration from Guessing Game to a Science

BIOTECH: Device Applications Include Sports, Military

Debbie Chen can throw a punch. She began competing as an amateur Muay Thai fighter before she founded her hydration monitoring startup, Hydrostasis.

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Northrop Grumman Partners with Local Colleges to Prime Talent Pipeline

Northrop Grumman will work with MiraCosta College and Palomar College to prepare students for careers in aerospace or defense.

Rosie Network, Stella Labs Awarded $50,000 From SBA

Growth Accelerator Fund Competition to Support Startups

Two San Diego business accelerators were each awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

LifeCouple Keeps Couples Connected To The Relationship

Company to Charge for App, Plans to Also Develop A Job Health Feature

Sean Rones, a Carmel Valley-based entrepreneur, didn’t realize his relationship was out of balance until he found himself at the therapist’s office.

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Qualcomm to Pay 62-Cent Dividend

Qualcomm will pay shareholders a quarterly dividend on Dec. 19.

Fund Looks to Back Cos. That Try to Help

STARTUPS: Good Ideas To Get Technical Backing

A new venture fund founded by two tech executives looks to invest in startups that are using technology to better others’ lives. Greatscale Ventures was founded by Aaron Contorer.

AttackIQ Makes First Overseas Expansion

AttackIQ will open two new offices in Australia.

It’s Tech vs. Tech: May the Most Innovative Win

Connect and SDVG To Co-Host Contest For First Time

San Diego-based Connect named 21 finalists for its Most Innovative New Product Awards.

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Silvergate Bank Names New Chief Financial Officer

Silvergate Bank named Antonio Martino as the company's new chief financial officer.

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Access Trax Wins $10,000 at Connect All Pitch Competition

AccessTrax won $10,000 at a pitch competition for graduates of Connect All.

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Crafter’s Box Uses Quality to Create Its Opening in the Market

SUBSCRIPTION: Company Now Sells Materials, Working on Collaboration

Cozy knit pillows, stamped leather journals and delicate hand-painted cards are listed as workshops for The Crafter’s Box.

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AI Startup Yembo Lands Partnership with Moving Company

Virginia-based moving company JK Moving Services will use Yembo's software to survey items in advance of a move.

Connect Names Finalists for Most Innovative Products Awards

21 companies will compete for the title of "Most Innovative" in December.

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San Diego Aims to Be Player in Gaming

TECH: Warner’s New Facility Will Focus on Mobile Games

San Diego’s gaming community gained a new addition last month, after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced it would open a new studio in Carlsbad.

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Prometheus Spinoff Seeks Regulatory Approval for Diagnostic Device

ProciseDx, a spinoff of Prometheus Laboratories, is working on securing regulatory approval for its diagnostic tech in the U.S. and the E.U.

C&S Cos. Brings Staff Together for Personal Development, Softball

SDBJ Best Places to Work: Large Employer Category (250 - 1,999 U.S. EMPLOYEES)

For a large, national engineering firm, C&S Cos. still finds ways to keep employees connected.

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Carlsbad-Based Zingle Acquired for $42 Million

SOFTWARE: Zingle to Keep Office and Employees; Will Merge with Medallia

Zingle, a Carlsbad-based company that lets users “text” businesses, was acquired on Sept. 24 for $42 million.

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Ten Finalists Ready to Deliver Their Pitches

$75,000 Up for Grabs; Investors Also to Be in Attendance

Tech Coast Angels picked 10 finalists for its John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition. The annual event brings together promising San Diego startups to compete.

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Kyriba Hires Former E&Y Executive

Treasury Management Software in Demand

San Diego-based software company Kyriba brought in a former partner with Ernst & Young as the company’s new chief client officer.

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Cities Getting Smarter About Making Use of Technology

TECH: Sharing Data Is a Challenge; Traffic Solutions Being Sought

In the last two years, the city of San Diego has installed 4,200 smart streetlights downtown, equipped with cameras, sensors and microphones.

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CommonGrounds Raises $40M After $100M Series A

STARTUPS: Company Sees Unaddressed Opportunities in the Market

CommonGrounds Workplace, a Carlsbad-based coworking company, raised an additional $40 million in funding after closing a $100 million series A round in January.

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The Rosie Network, Stella Labs Win SBA Accelerator Competition

Two San Diego accelerator programs will each get $50,000 from the Small Business Administration.

New Law Brings Big Challenges for Startups

LEGAL: Cos. Will Need to Examine Hiring Practices

In the early 1900s, the word “gig” appeared in jazz clubs, referring to a live music performance.

AIS Technology Services Acquires Local IT Firm

AIS Technology Services merged with Fortitude Technology, another San Diego-based IT company.

Co.’s Data Analytics Might Find If You’ve Been Fibbing on Taxes

Machine Learning Helps Find Clues on Property Improvements

San Diego investor Neil Senturia launched a new startup to help governments detect unpaid property taxes.

Tech Coast Angels Names Quick Pitch Finalists

Tech Coast Angels named 10 startups as the finalists for its annual Quick Pitch competition, which will take place on Oct. 29.

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ECOR’s Recycling Plans Are Something That Cos. Can Build On

Process Creates Building Materials Out of Recycling

Before, San Diego used to send the majority of its recycling to China, where it would be spun up into raw materials that could be manufactured into goods.

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Carlsbad Messaging App Zingle Acquired for $42M

Zingle was acquired by Medallia, a San Francisco-based software company.

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Founders Offer Advice on Scaling Business

LEADERSHIP: Female Leaders Discuss Taking Right Team on Right Path

The early days of a startup can be challenging, but when entrepreneurs begin scaling a business, they face even more decisions.

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Nine Female Led Startups Showed Innovation, Imagination

startups: Fintech Takes First; Others Include Healing, Sustainability and Travel

Nine female-led startups vied for the chance to win $5,000 at the Women’s Venture Summit Sept. 14.

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GroGuru Ready To Increase Its Field Work

$2.9M Seed Round Helps Build Engineering, Sales Teams

As the end to the harvest season draws near, GroGuru CEO Patrick Henry sees an opportunity to plant the seeds for his San Diego agtech’s future growth.

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Inseego Hires New CTO

The company named Dan Picker, a former Nokia exec, as its new CTO.

Rady School’s New Dean Takes Stock

EDUCATION: Ordóñez Sees Potential at Business School

Lisa Ordóñez joined UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management as its second-ever dean earlier this month.

Series D Round Brings $120M to TuSimple

Company to Co-Develop a Self-Driving Truck With OEMs

TuSimple, a startup working on building autonomous trucks, raised $120 million more for its oversubscribed Series D funding round.

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Funding Round Brings $90 Million to SmartDrive

Company Sees Itself in Leading Role for Telematics

San Diego-based telematics company SmartDrive Systems raised $90 million in financing on Sept. 12.

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Qualcomm Makes $3.1B Acquisition

TECHNOLOGY: Buys Out TDK’s Share Of Joint Venture

Qualcomm Inc. acquired the remaining shares of RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. for $1.15 billion.

San Diego Investor Launches Real Estate Data Startup

Blackbird Ventures founder Neil Senturia launched a new startup.

Drone Seen as an Advertising Vehicle

STARTUPS: PromoDrone Has Raised $50,000 in Funding

A flying ad — it’s a novelty that’s certain to catch people’s eyes. That’s the thinking behind PromoDrone.

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TuSimple Raises $120M More for Autonomous Trucks

TuSimple raised an additional $120 million, after raising a $95 million series D round in February.

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Company Opens the Door to Easier Overseas Hiring

WORKFORCE: Laws, Benefits And Payroll Are Taken Care of

Most fast-growing startups will reach a point where they want to expand overseas, whether it’s to open a new sales office or hire a team of developers.

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Qualcomm Acquires RF360 for $1.15B

Qualcomm acquired the remaining shares of RF360 for $1.15 billion.

CommonGrounds Raises $40 Million in Funding

CommonGrounds raised an additional $40 million, after raising $100 million in January.

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San Diego EDC Initiative Seeks to Meet Need for Tech Talent

The San Diego EDC's Advancing San Diego initiative will help fund internships at local companies.

Raken Makes Some Key Additions to Executive Team

More Companies Using Construction Software, But Market Is Still Big

Raken has more than doubled its workforce since it raised a $10 million Series A round in June of 2018.

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Two Local Cos. Are In Nex3’s La Jolla Accelerator Program

Digital Health Accelerator Drew 600 Applicants; Program Is Semi-Remote

Nex3 named its second cohort of digital health startups August 28. Seven companies were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants, narrowed down to 100 semifinalists.

New Tealium Executive To Lead Software Company’s Go-to-Market Strategy

Startup Grows Team After Raising $55 Million

San Diego-based software company Tealium added a new member to its executive team.

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