September 1, 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.
I wasn’t always a startup ecosystem evangelist. In fact, my first job out of college was building rocket engines for the Space Shuttle program. With that said, my nature is to still be a champion for whatever I am working on. I was recently invited to speak with Caitlin Wege and other fellow Tech Coast Angels San Diego members about manned space, past, present and future. It was a great discussion and we’ve turned it into this week’s podcast. 

Listen in to learn how rocket engines work, why it takes so long to develop space programs, and future market and investment opportunities in space. We also have the video recording, so check it out and let us know what you think of this format.

In continuing to map and build resources for our startup community, new diversity-focused startup organization Village Up is surveying us to help reduce barriers and get more companies started. Please participate in this survey to help out.


Follow @FreshBrewedTech on Twitter for daily SD tech news.

Did you know our host Neal worked on the Space Shuttle before he became an entrepreneur? He and Caitlin Wege chat about manned space and the investable space opportunities. Tune in to geek out about everything from space junk to rocket engines and nano satellites.

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Some highlights from this past week in San Diego tech.
TakeLessons and Brainfuse offer affordable live tutoring options for remote learning

Aurora Spine receives “notice of allowance” for its patent for Patient-Matched Interbody Implant Technology

Trust & Will donating free wills to all educators

Opera Hack winners unveil high-tech solutions for 400-year-old art form

Amazon expands its San Diego workforce
Kinnate Biopharma, $98M with RA Capital Management, Viking Global Investors, Vida Ventures, Surveyor Capital, OrbiMed, Nextech Invest, Logos Capital, Leerink Partners, and Foresite Capital, among others

Fashionphile, $38.5M with NewSpring Growth

Erasca, $36M with Partner Fund Management and OrbiMed
CTK Biotech by SSI Diagnostica, amount undisclosed
Section 32 invested in Freenome, $270M round

S. Douglas Hutcheson invested in Kymeta, $85.2M 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.
Senior Communications Manager, GoFundMe (San Diego)

Product Development Engineer, Turtle Beach (Rancho Bernardo)

Content Marketing Manager, Nutanix (San Diego)

Business Analyst, Amazon (UTC)

Content Specialist II, Zovio (Kearny Mesa)

Process Engineer, Emergent BioSolutions (Sorrento Valley)

Digital Marketing Manager, Rightdevice (San Diego)

Software Engineer, Brain Corp (Sorrento Valley)

Human Resources Manager, Stone Brewing (Liberty Station)

Program Manager, Global Sales Enablement, Tealium (Sorrento Valley)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Research and academic-based startups: apply to the Inventors & Investors Pitch Competition by SDIC, TCA, Connect, and Startup SD, Applications due September 1

We Tha Incubator, Applications due September 4

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

REC Innovation Lab JOLT (Just One Little Topic), September 7

Startup San Diego 1st Mondays Virtual Happy Hour, September 7

San Diego Design Week, September 9-13

San Diego Angel Conference E-Track Kickoff | Deck Development & Storytelling, September 9

REC Innovation Lab Building Your Entrepreneurial Confidence with Gwen Franco, September 14

First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020, September 15 & 16

Women’s Venture Summit, September 18 & 19

Startup San Diego San Diego Startup Month, October 1-31

Inventors & Investors Pitch Competition by SD Innovation Council, Tech Coast Angels, Connect, and Startup San Diego, October 9

Techstars Anywhere Accelerator, Applications due October 11

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

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