June 9, 2020

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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.
This week marks two years since we launched this newsletter. Since the beginning, our goal has always been to provide a voice to San Diego’s tech ecosystem, including entrepreneurs and startups that have flown under the radar. We also shine a light on our region’s tech roots, as well as resources to help enrich skills or better a business, and events to make a connection. Providing resources to underserved company founders is another goal. 

The recent wave of nationwide protests focused on police brutality and Black Lives Matter has helped shine a light on inequality and systematic racism, which has reached a major tipping point. While protesting is one way to make our voices heard, we at Fresh Brewed Tech want to help in our own way, providing equal access to all entrepreneurs, especially those who are underserved. While I can’t claim to know racism the way others do, I do believe in being part of the solution. Beyond listening and educating myself, I hope to learn, connect, and amplify. The specific area that I can help is in company and career creation and advancement. I believe access enables opportunity and levels the playing field. Below is a list of local resources for underrepresented founders:
  • For those interested in starting a company, Arlan Hamilton, an investor in underrepresented founders, has a great course called How To Raise Capital. I will sponsor three of these courses for the first three people who reply.

  • Carlsbad’s Lolita Taub puts out a monthly newsletter of resources for founders of color.

  • The new Advancing San Diego initiative will help upskill our local technical talent, creating a bigger homegrown talent pool for our local companies. Sign up for training or to hire talent.

  • Connect ALL is the only (let’s change this) SD accelerator for diverse founders with low-to-moderate income. Support the incubated companies by getting to know them here.

Much like we did with our Covid-19 business resources , if you have stories or resources for underserved founders we can share on our platform, please send them to us!


Follow @FreshBrewedTech for daily SD tech news.
Our team of  local writers   gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present

Our team expands on the resources listed above in this blog post.

These resources are especially suited for underrepresented founders, including those who are people of color and/or part of the LGBTQIA community.

Mike Rob erts , Founder & Chief Apprenticeship Officer of San Diego Code School.

Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for their support of our tech ecosystem.
Viacyte, $27M with Sanderling Ventures, Bain Capital Life Sciences, TPG Capital, and RA Capital Management 

Gali Health, $3M with Tech Coast Angels San Diego, Felicis Ventures, BOLD Capital Partners, and Bob Nelson, among others

Simply Independent, $300k with Launch Factory
Mozen by Driven Deliveries, amount undisclosed

OCL Technologies by Oculus, amount undisclosed
During the current shift in the world of work, many San Diego companies are still hiring . Thi s live job board by SD Life Changing, StartupSD, and Connect shows open roles. Companies can add their roles if they are hiring, too.

Podcast/Email Growth Marketer, Fresh Brewed Tech (Remote) 😎

Social Media Manager, Epic Games (San Diego)

Sr. Staff Accountant, Zeeto (Remote)

People Operations Specialist, GoPro (Carlsbad)

Mechanical Engineer, Accel Robotics (Kearny Mesa)

Content Writer, ClickUp (Downtown)

Accountant, Dexcom (Sorrento Valley)

PLL Design Engineer, Apple (UTC)

Human Resources Generalist, GoSite (Mission Valley)

Software Engineer, AppFolio (Kearny Mesa)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Classy: The Can’t-Miss Virtual Non-Profit Event of the Year, June 9-12

UC San Diego Extension: Webinar: Customer Retention Strategies to Sustain and Grow Your Business, June 11

We Tha Plug: TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 Overview with Marquise Foster with Special Guest Perla Humphrey Co-Founder/CEO of Edifius, June 11

Invest in Black Founders - a Netcapital Demo Day, June 11

Intuit: Open Source: The Future is Female, June 23
UC San Diego Extension: Webinar: The Most Important Things You Need to Know About Accounting, June 25
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