March 5, 2019

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Welcome to The Local Buzz, your inside scoop on San Diego’s tech scene. Keep up to date on our Fresh Brewed Tech website.
Our tight-knit community has been hit hard by the loss of two local entrepreneurs in a recent helicopter accident in Kenya - Asher Burke and Brandon Stapper. Sending thoughts to their loved ones.

Meanwhile, we’ve recently experienced some great exits in the San Diego community, including one of the first startups I helped co-found, Portfolium . While I haven’t been involved with the company for the last couple of years, it’s a great win for us shareholders, including an incredible group of local angels. Certona , part of the WebSideStory mafia, was also recently acquired by Kibo. Qualcomm spun off the Qualcomm Life products, and while not a tech company, Cutwater Spirits was acquired, which is a second exit for the team, after Ballast Point was acquired three years ago. You can be sure that all of these specific exits will benefit the local community through the creation of new ventures, as well as investments flowing into other early stage companies.

In other news, Kyriba is moving its headquarters back to San Diego. Also, local VC firm Section 32 has closed $200 million for its second fund, led by Bill Maris, former founder and CEO of Google Ventures. Meanwhile, applications are open for Ad Astra’s third female-focused accelerator cohort.

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Our team of local writers gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present
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Carter , who writes our Impact series, currently lives in Carlsbad and supports San Diego ventures. H e is an entrepreneur and has his own consulting practice. Carter also holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Ethics from Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
Fred , author of our original TritonTech series, is a current senior at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management, majoring in business psychology. His favorite taco joint is Tacos el Gordo in Chula Vista.
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Join Neal Bloo m as he chats with Alessandra Lezama , CEO of AbacusNext, a La Jolla-based TaaS company that provides professionals at large with an ecosystem, where they are able to integrate and have access to all their applications in a private cloud.

Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for their support of our tech ecosystem.

CycloPure, $3.5M with Irwin Jacobs, among others

Portfolium by Instructure for $43M

Certona by Kibo, amount undisclosed

Cutwater Spirits by Anheuser-Busch, amount undisclosed

Qualcomm Life by Francisco Partners, amount undisclosed

Turbine Technologies by Kratos Defense for $60M
Tech Lead, EPAM Systems (San Diego)

Software Build Engineer, Leidos (UTC)

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, Illumina (UTC)

Front-End .NET Developer, Hookit (Torrey Hills)

Manager, Go-to-Market Technology & Operations, Elastic (San Diego)

Senior Compensation/Data Analyst, Qualcomm (Sorrento Valley)

Senior Software Engineer - Front End, Measurabl (Downtown)

Product Marketing Manager, Auth0 (San Diego)

UX/UI Designer, PetDesk (Banker’s Hill)

Deals Marketing Director, PwC (San Diego)
Women Who Code SD: 4 Secrets to being Fearless , March 5

Cleantech SD & E2: California's Cleantech Priorities , March 6

SDSU’s Social Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series , March 7

Ad Astra accelerator applications due , March 8

Intuit Baseball Hackday , March 9

Women Who Tech: Networking & Resource Fair , March 14

March Mingle: SD’s largest tech & startup networking event, March 20

UCSD Extension: Managing Stress for Small Businesses , March 21

JLABS: Meet with…NIA and NINDS , March 21

SDCIA: CBD Hemp Educational Mixer , March 21

SDVG & JLABS: Th e Science of Data + Healthcare , March 26

The 5th CTO Colloquium by 7CTOs , March 27
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Happy belated birthday to the late and great Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2, 1904.
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