September 15, 2020
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I’ve been thinking about how mentoring matters even more during Covid-19. During this time of uncertainty, the generations behind us may need some extra support to keep them on track for the future. After all, mentors can help boost confidence in difficult times.

What are you doing to help someone just behind you? For a while, the general thinking was that once someone had a lot of success, then they would have the time to give back. That’s not going to cut it today. Any time you move a step forward, you should turn around and see who’s a step behind and see how you can help bring them through the door too. This works for founders helping would-be founders and tech talent helping new talent. Instead of lunches and handshakes, we can set up a Google Hangout chat, communicate via Slack, or even an old-fashioned phone call.

A few ways I am doing that this year is mentoring with Connect All to help a new solo founder, and I will begin mentoring at SD Workforce Partnership’s Income Sharing Agreement mentorship program. While I do like to help many people by orienting them to resources and connections in the community, mentoring I believe, is a longer term dedication, where you continuously check in with a mentee and help her or him make progress over time.

In fact, San Diego’s thriving tech community was built in part due to strong mentors and mentoring programs. 

A few local places are looking for entrepreneurship and talent mentors: SDSU Lavin Center, UCSD The Basement, Fokcus, EvoNexus, Connect w/ SDVG Springboard, Miramar College REC, SCORE. Who else are we missing on this list?

Want to help mentor? Respond to this newsletter and I’ll help you find some places. As Techstars says, #GiveFirst. And if you're in need of a mentor, check out Connect's Meet a Mentor event.


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Some highlights from this past week in San Diego tech.
A La Jolla couple is raising millions to invest in San Diego’s tech scene

Candy retailer finds internet fame on TikTok as COVID-19 forces a pivot

UC San Diego launches privacy-first smartphone technology test

Shield AI co-founders make it onto WIRED25 list

Fashionphile to launch authentication tech
Tech Coast Angels launches $4M fund
Agragene, $4M with Ospraie Ag Sciences
Akcea Therapeutics by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, $500M

SmartDrive Systems by Omnitracs, $450M

CerSci Therapeutics by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, $52.5M

Taurus Biosciences by Ligand Pharmaceuticals, $5M
Correlation Ventures invested in, $6.3M 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 Manager, Demand Generation, HP (Rancho Bernardo)

Project Manager, Solar Roof, Tesla (San Diego)

Senior Requirements Engineer, NuVasive (Sorrento Valley)

Social Media Specialist, Illumina (UTC)

Employee Experience Coordinator, Shield AI (Downtown)

Assistant Controller, Vivdion Therapeutics (Sorrento Valley)

Revenue Accountant, The Mom Project (San Diego)

Machine Learning Research Engineer Internship (PhD & Masters), TuSimple (UTC)

Product Manager, GoSite (Mission Valley)

Staff Reliability Engineer, BD (San Diego)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.
First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020, September 15 & 16

San Diego Angel Conference Devising a Compelling Pitch by Starting With the Use of Funds, September 16

Women’s Venture Summit, September 18 & 19

Women in Bio Vaccines 101: Insights from Industry and Academia, September 29

Microsoft Community Skills Program Preliminary grant application, Applications due September 30

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

Women in Bio Virtual MAPS Peer Group Launch Event - 6th Cohort, October 8

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 w/ SDVG Meet a Mentor, October 13

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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