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Tech Talk by Neal Bloom

The acquisition - let’s begin, the acquisition - look out sin

When I thought about the string of recent acquisitions of local tech companies, it got me singing Mel Brooks’ The Inquisition .

But in all seriousness, it’s incredible how San Diego tech companies continue to attract suitors across the country. Within the last month, we have had several acquisitions, including GreatCall, acquired for $800 million by Best Buy; LeaseLabs, acquired by RealPage, Inc. for $103 million (plus an additional $13 million earnout); and Approved, acquired by Credit Karma (details were not disclosed). GreatCall will keep its Del Mar and Carlsbad presence.

When building great startups, there’s always an exit plan, and this is part of the ecosystem flywheel by creating more jobs and more local investable capital. In fact, our local ecosystem has been built, in large part, by serial entrepreneurs who sell their companies and then continue to start others. A great example of that is our series on . I am excited to see more San Diego startups form and get acquired in the near future.

Check out this video by our friends at the San Diego Venture Group on how our thriving tech economy is moving full steam ahead!


A fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present Mafia Part 4 : developed a crop of future outside-the-box entrepreneurs who would continue to build a strong tech ecosystem. That family tree continues to expand today in San Diego and beyond. Read more here .

Tech Satellite Offices in San Diego : Over the last couple of years, we have seen a growth of tech companies opening satellite offices in San Diego, including Amazon and Walmart Labs. Read more here .

Harbor Drive Suspension Bridge by Frank McKenna
Startup San Diego hires its first full-time Executive Director to propel the non-profit to new heights

La Jolla-based software company MadCap expands to Austin, TX to better support the 18,000+ companies using its products

The rising popularity of electric scooters may cause dockless bikes to be a thing of the past

San Diego-based Zipdev is a fast-growing player in the market of software design and app development

Tech companies are taking over SD’s UTC, turning it into a technology hub

San Diego nearly doubles companies on Inc. 5000 List in 2018

Brett Crosby (from Urchin/Google Analytics fame), COO and Co-Founder of PeerStreet, wrote this insightful Forbes article on company culture

New hope for anti-cancer drugs after UCSD discoveries on DNA lesions

Rady Children's Hospital using high-tech baby dolls to save lives

JLabs is looking for lung cancer-specific applications by September 14 for the Lung Cancer Innovation QuickFire Challenge

JLL’s Market Outlook ranks San Diego third in life science markets
Rakuten Aspyrian - $150M with Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani

AttackIQ - $5.5M with Salesforce Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Index Ventures, Telstra

BlueNalu - $4.5M with New Crop Capital

Peptide Logic - $2.9M with National Institute on Drug Abus e

GreatCall by Best Buy for $800M

Approved by Credit Karma, amount undisclosed

SKILZ by Impulse, amount undisclosed
Join Neal Bloom as he chats with San Diego’s top tech company and ecosystem builders with a flair for our local lifestyle too.

April Wensel, Founder of Compassionate Coding

Full Stack Developer , SOCi (Downtown)

Business Development Manager , Ezoic (Carlsbad)

Director of Product , Fabric8Labs (UTC)

Sr. Software Engineer , Ad-juster (Poway)

Director of Product , Tillster (Sorrento Valley)

Principal Software Engineer , Intuit (Carmel Valley)

Senior Marketing Manager , LeaseLabs (Bankers Hill)

Sr. Software Engineer , FanDuel (Downtown)

1 Million Cups, San Diego , Every Wednesday

Hera Fast Pitch , August 30

Denso Job Fair , Vista, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 14 (SD-based Denso is closing up shop and holding a career fair to mitigate the transition for its employees. Those interested can contact HR at 760-734-4681 or 760-734-4620 .

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