November 27, 2018


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Happy Giving Tuesday! Locally, we have seen strong growth from a number of web platforms that benefit both individuals through crowdfunding or nonprofits directly.

Welcome to the social good tech age, being led by the San Diego region. Companies like GoFundMe , founded in and still maintaining an office in San Diego, acquired Crowdrise , also a San Diego native. Both platforms have played major roles in elevating the crowdfunding space. Another dynamic company, Classy , has grown in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space to help nonprofits manage their fundraising campaigns.

Other new local nonprofit tech platforms include Motiv , a marketplace connecting teens to volunteering opportunities and managing the proof for mandatory service projects; and , which helps nonprofits measure fund impact through visual and metric-based dashboards.

For all that is said about San Diego being a B2B town, it sure seems like we have done well serving consumers and communities worldwide in mission-driven, social good causes. I’m sure there are more local social good tech companies we are missing. Who are they?

On this Giving Tuesday, however you give, remember the mantra, “Give Before You Get,” and find your own way to do something good.


Our team of local writers gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present
TritonTech: Find out how two UC San Diego entrepreneurs created Aira, a unique tech-based service for the visually impaired that has become today’s fastest growing assistive community. Read more here .

Original Godfathers of SD Tech: As a homage to our ongoing tech “mafia” series, we decided to get the Urchin, and WebSideStory mafias together for some fun photo shoots. Check them out here .

Classy CEO and co-founder Scot Chisholm chats with Neal Bloom about creating an SaaS company in SD, how the local ecosystem has changed, recent milestones, and some of his fave local taco spots. Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for supporting this episode.


Check out the five most valuable tech startups in San Diego

Local entrepreneurs, including Alex Adler of Puesto and Kevin Gelfand & Martin Reiman of ShakeSmart named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Local investors/serial entrepreneurs collaborate on new startup TV show — VCs in a Van

Apple job listings point to efforts to hire wireless engineers in San Diego, showing its first satellite office to attract Qualcomm talent

Local investor Shayne Skaff launches a new incubator The Sandbox for SaaS and data science companies

Keep up with the latest SD tech news here
California, Massachusetts go toe-to-toe for title of best biotech hub

Salk Tea m awarded 8-Year, $19.2M grant for Alzheimer’s research

UCSD bioengineering professor awarded $14M to print organs in 3D accurate to the cell-level

Air Space Technologies, $20M with Scale Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures,, Cross Culture Ventures, Schematic Ventures

Synthorex files for $100M IPO

Cibus files for $100M IPO

Silvergate Bank files for $50M IPO

Guardian Health Sciences files for $10M IPO


DJO by Colfax for $3.15 billion

Senior Embedded Wireless Software Engineer, Apple (San Diego)

Senior Full-Stack Engineer, Peachjar (Sabre Springs)

Senior Director of Marketing, ESET (Downtown)

Operations Associate, TechStars Anywhere (Anywhere!)

Product Manager, CoStar (UTC)

Software Engineer, LabFellows (Downtown)

Cloud AWS Architect, HP (Rancho Bernardo)

Sales Operations Specialist, AttackIQ (Sorrento Valley)

Head of Social Media, XYO Network (Downtown)

Software Engineer (Android), Google (Sorrento Valley)

Sales Development Rep, Mercato (Downtown)

Giving Tuesday - Unite for Kids , Nov. 27

Precision Health Launch - How San Diego is redefining the future of healthcare, Nov. 28th

CONNECT’s Most Innovative Product Awards , Nov. 29

Girls in Tech SD #HackingForHumanity, Dec. 1

1st Mondays, Startup San Diego, Dec. 3

Neal Bloom & Bill Lyons talk local startup scene in webinar , Dec. 5

JLABS Inside Scoop Livestream , Dec. 5

SD Business Journal 2018 Business Women of the Year Awards , Dec. 13
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