Fred Grier

Staff Reporter

Email: fgrier@sdbj.com
Phone: 661-428-2862

Recent Stories

Proven Recruiting Helps Cos. Find Needed Talent

SERVICES: Firm Aims to Grow Business to $50 Million

In 2007, Louis Song and Ingram Losner started Proven Recruiting as the answer to a growing concern  —  the fact that most recruiting firms were grueling places to work.

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Firms Leverage Tech to Drive Business

MARKETING: Cos. Launch AI, Digital Products

Power Digital, San Diego’s largest digital marketing agency, continues to expand its services to support the nation’s largest brands.

Esports Gaming Co. Raises $14.4 Million

Co. Goes Public, Grows San Diego Presence

Esports Technologies, a global Esports gambling company, has completed its initial public stock offering.

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Ventyx Bio Hires CFO

Ventyx Biosciences has hired Martin Auster as its chief financial officer.

Freight Co. Moving To Encinitas

Firm Hires 50 Staffers, Aims to Add 200 More

Flock Freight, a logistics technology company focused on the trucking industry, has announced it will be moving its main headquarters from Solana Beach to Encinitas.

Execs Launch Diversity-Focused Nonprofit

BIOTECH: Organization Seeks Community Partnerships

San Diego Squared (SD2), a nonprofit focused on increasing the number of minorities in the life science and technology industries, is seeking to partner with local organizations to expand its reach in San Diego.

Printing Co. Exceeds Customers Expectations

MARKETING: Firm Has Served Over 45,000 Customers Worldwide

San Diego-based Printivity, an online printing company continues to find success after more than a decade in the business. Founded in 2010, Printivity was started by founder and CEO Lawrence Chou and was built from the ground up.

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Seqster Raises Funds, Grows Team

Co. Received $12 Million Series A to Support Growth

San Diego-based Seqster, the leader in patient-centric healthcare data technology, has raised $12 million Series A from healthcare investors to support its growth.

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Classy Helps Nonprofits Raise $3 Billion

TECHNOLOGY: Fourth Round of V.C. Funding Nets Co. $118 Million

Classy, operator of an online platform used in nonprofit fundraising, has raised $118 million in a fourth round of venture capital funding.

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Cos. Raise $2.4 Billion

FINANCE: Life Science Leads Q1 Investment

San Diego venture capital investments got off to a strong start this year reaching its second highest quarter of funding raised on record.

Yembo Raises $8.5 Million Series A

Seattle Investors Help Co. Expand Its Reach

Yembo, a software startup that uses deep learning technology to inventory items, has completed a $8.5 million Series A round to expand its reach into new industries.

ImmunoScape Raises $14 Million

Co. Will Move Into New Lab, Deepen Relationships

ImmunoScape, a biotech company which specializes in cancer treatment, has raised $14 million fundraising round.

Child Care Co. Aims to Expand Nationwide

TOOTRiS Has 32,000 Service Providers on Platform

One of the biggest problems for parents is finding a safe environment for their children while they work. Sorrento Valley-based startup, TOOTRiS is helping solve that problem.

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Sustainable Chemical Co. Continues to Grow Product Line

BIOTECH: Co. Has 500 Patents, Sells Licenses to Major Manufacturers

San Diego-based Genomatica, an industry-leading biotech firm for the chemical industry, continues to grow its team and product line after 20 years in the business.

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Apple to Add 5,000 Jobs in San Diego

Apple Inc. will add 5,000 new jobs in San Diego over the next five years

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Local Investors Join SPAC Movement

FINANCE: San Diego Firm Raises Millions, Seeks Disruptive Technologies

La Jolla-based Nocturne Acquisition, which is headed by a former Qualcomm executive and leaders in the cryptocurrency industry, disclosed in a regulatory filing April 1 that it raised more than $100 million in proceeds from an initial public offering.

UCSD Produces 760 Startups

EDUCATION: Sees 500 Inventions in 2020

Research, innovation and entrepreneurship remains strong at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), which continues to produce new startups at a high rate.

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Innovation and Startups

New Cos. Tackle Problems in Tech, Hotels, and Real Estate

Startups tackle problems in tech, hotels, and real estate in San Diego County.

Anzu Partners Grows Fund and Leadership

FINANCE: Co. Raised $190M to Expand its Geographic Footprint, Adds Partner

Anzu Partners, San Diego’s fourth largest venture capital firm, has added a partner from the international investment banking sector.

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Incubator EvoNexus Partners with Verizon Communications

STARTUPS: Co-Sponsor to Help Young Companies Develop Business Models Around 5G

San Diego startup incubator EvoNexus has secured Verizon Communications as the co-sponsor of its program for young companies to develop business models around the fifth-generation wireless data standard known as 5G.

Executive Coaches Help Clients Navigate Pandemic

SERVICES: Firms Help Business Leaders Perform and Transform

Despite some challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic, it has been a busy time for executive and career coaches, as business leaders seek guidance on everything from managing layoffs to navigating racial issues at work to handling uncertainty.

Local Execs Head New Venture Fund

Launched in March, Firm Has Invested in Six San Diego Cos.

Neal Bloom, a local technology investor and chief executive at Rising Tide Partners, has co-founded a new venture capital firm and is leveraging a community-driven angel syndicate model.

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Banking’s Digital Transformation Accelerates Through Pandemic

FINANCE: Demand for Smart Mobile Device Services Grows, But Brick-and-Mortar Banking Will Remain

During a challenging business climate brought by the pandemic, many banks were forced to shift services to online platforms, restricted access to their branch lobbies and required customers use drive-up methods or make appointments.

JLab Acquired in $370M Deal

JLab Audio  has been acquired by a new equity owner.

Connect All Begins Fourth Cohort

13 Businesses Sign Up for Free Program

The first business accelerator program in southeast San Diego, has selected 13 businesses for its fourth cohort.

Advocat Technologies Wins Conference

More Than $500,000 Invested in Third Year

San Diego Angel Conference, which pairs investors with early-stage startups seeking capital, has awarded over $500,000 in funding to five companies.

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Meallogix Raises $1.7 Million

Meallogix has closed a $1.7 pre-series A round of funding.

Helping Students Land Sports Careers

SERVICE: Intrusive Sports Agency Launches Industry Initiative

Intrusive Sports Agency, a Black-owned full-service sports agency, has launched a university-focused initiative that helps more students land opportunities in the sports industry.

CommSafe AI Adds New Investors

Co. Will Enter Commercial Market Later This Year

San Diego-based CommSafe AI, a technology company which specializes in conflict and violence prevention, has closed a $1.8 million pre-seed round, adding new investors Blu Venture Investors and City Light Capital.

Wrapify Expands With New SaaS Offering

Co. Grows Stronger Despite COVID-19 Headwinds

San Diego-based Wrapify, an advertising startup helping some of the nation’s largest brands, is seeing significant growth this year after overcoming severe tailwinds caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Diego Padres Partners with ClickUp

ClickUp, the all-in-one workplace productivity platform, has partnered with the San Diego Padres.

Burger Helps Bring Life Science Offices Back to Life

CONSTRUCTION: From Industrial to Biotech, Co. Makes Magic Happen

In recent years, San Diego has seen big increases in venture capital investment, and booming construction of new lab spaces around the region. Burger Construction has made a name for itself as one of the leading construction firms for the life science industry — having recently completed projects for Cue Health and GenMark.

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La Jolla-Based TuSimple Files for IPO

TECH: Self-Driving Truck Co. Taking Traditional Route

TuSimple, a startup developing self-driving technology for heavy-duty trucks, has filed an initial public stock offering to become a publicly traded company.

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Video Gaming Startup Raises $7.5M in Series A Funding

ENTERTAINMENT: HiDef Plans to Hire Aggressively, Ramp Up Development

HiDef Inc., a video game startup founded by entertainment and gaming industry veterans, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round of venture capital funding.

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Global Pandemic Creates Unexpected Impacts on Engineering Firms

Despite Some Challenges Most Firms See Uptick in Business

While most construction, architectural and engineering firms were deemed as essential during the pandemic and were allowed to remain open, the global pandemic created unexpected impacts for the industries.

Iridia Raises $24M Led by LifeSci Venture Partners

STARTUP: Co. Prepares for Scale and Growth

Carlsbad-based Iridia has raised $24 million to build the world’s first high-density DNA-Based memory chip.

ITJuana Arms Cos. With Cross Border Digital Talent

TECH: Firm Has Helped More Than 400 Software Professionals

Section 32 Adds 2 Key Leaders

FINANCE: Firm Manages Over $1 Billion

OmniSync Connects Startups to Resources

Co. Raised $1Million Led by GovTech Fund

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CourseKey Raises $9M to Help Trade Schools

Co. Plans to Double Headcount by End of 2022

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Ventyx Biosciences Holds Three Immunology Targets

BIOTECH: Co. Raised $114 Million Led by venBio

Nucleus Biologics Gives Control Back to the Scientists

BIOTECH: Co.’s Marketplace Has More Than 400 Chemical Formulations

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San Diego Becomes Desired Hub For Major Market Transplants

TECH: Region a Top Destination for Entrepreneurs

Seven Startups to Pitch at San Diego Angel Conference

7 firms to pitch investors at the San Diego Angel Conference on Saturday.

Three San Diego Companies Win XPrize Rapid COVID-19 Testing Contest

ChromaCode, Reliable-LFC and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology win XPrize contest.

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Founders First Raises $9 Million

Latest Investment Will Further Mission and Expansion

DTx Pharma Raises $100 Million Round

BIOTECH: Funding to Be Used to Accelerate Efforts, Advance Pipeline

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SpineZone Gets $12 Million in VC

Co. Has Helped More Than 100,000 Patients

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Trovata Taps New CFO

Trovata has added Scott Harrington as its chief financial officer.

JMI Equity Raises $1.7 Billion

FINANCE: Fund Invests in Software and Service Cos.

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