August 18, 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.
One thing on my mind lately as the nation faces skyrocketing unemployment numbers is talent - which has been a pretty hot topic in the San Diego tech ecosystem over the years. San Diego is in the top 10 most populated cities in the U.S., has a top 10 best public university in the country, yet is barely in the top 20 metros for tech talent. Luckily, we are growing, but we have plenty more to do. Especially during Covid, this is a good time to invest in training to upskill so many of our local workers who are currently out of work. There are encouraging signs as new training programs emerge, like code training through Income Sharing Agreements with San Diego Workforce Partnership and UCSD, and apprenticeships with San Diego Code School. The EDC’s new Advancing San Diego program is also supplying new tech talent to the community, which is helping supplement the loss of a few code schools because of the state’s legislation against alternative training programs. This is a good start and we need more. For example, we need to train more tech salespeople and marketers, recruiters and finance professionals who understand SaaS business models and stock grants. We can do this all here in our community and modernize our local workforce. I’m excited to see our community rise to the occasion, as it always does!


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Some highlights from this past week in San Diego tech.
112 San Diego companies have been named to the Inc. 5000 2020 list

San Diego experiences strong tech office leasing activity, noting an increase in Q2

Startup San Diego announces its new Entrepreneurs in Residence

AristaMD names chief growth officer as company continues expansion of its telehealth offering

Black Chamber raises over $500K toward goal of $1M to aid Black businesses
Flux Power, $10.8M preliminary filing
Pfenex by Ligand Pharmaceuticals, $516M
Cold Iron Studios by Daybreak Games, amount undisclosed

Companion Medical by Medtronic, amount undisclosed
Micronoma, $3M with SymBiosis and unnamed investors
Qualcomm invested in HMD, $230M round

Qualcomm invested in High Definition Vehicle Insurance, $16M round

TVC Capital invested in springbig, $11.5M round
During the current shift in the world of work, many San Diego companies are still hiring. This live job board by SD Life Changing, StartupSD, and Connect shows open roles. Companies can add their roles if they are hiring, too.
Marketing Specialist, Lively (San Diego)

Project Manager, Product Development Process, Illumina (UTC)

Sr. Software Engineer, Sendlane (Scripps Ranch)

Customer Success Manager, MindTouch (Downtown)

Fullstack Engineer, HashiCorp (San Diego)

Chief Technology Officer, Onramp Invest (San Diego)

Human Resources Administrator/Generalist, Shield AI (Downtown)

Full Stack Engineer, PSaaS, Auth0 (San Diego)

Senior Project Manager, Daybreak Game Company (Rancho Bernardo)

Operations Financial Analyst, Hologic (Sorrento Valley)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
San Diego Code School AMA with Mike Roberts About Apprenticeships, every Tuesday

Southern California Engineering, Technology & Security Clearance Virtual Career Fair, August 18 Lunch and Learn, August 18

Advancing San Diego Get help finding and paying your interns, Apply by August 21

SD Sport Innovators Accelerator Application due August 24

Women in Bio A Discussion on Boardroom Readiness with Julia Brown & Magda Marquet, August 25

Cooley U Private Company Boardroom Basics, August 26

Data Science Alliance Data Stories: Rebuilding trust in journalism, one dataset at a time, August 27

Pismo Ventures National Startup Business Plan Competition - Pre-Seed through Series A, Application due September 6

Connect ALL @ The Jacobs Center Winter 2021 Cohort Application due October 18

Need a computer? COVID-19 Technology Assistance Program, Apply here
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