January 8, 2019
THE LOCAL BUZZ

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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.
BLOOMBITES
2018 was awesome, with a positive change in momentum in the San Diego tech ecosystem. On top of enthusiastic metrics in funding, exits, and new local funds, we as a community found our voice and inner evangelist. San Diego finally started to join the Twitter conversation around tech and spread the word beyond our own borders. SD Life Changing gave us a lot of talking points and we popped up on people’s radars outside of our region.

We need more of this. How? By sharing good content. Step one: Consume good content. Step two: Share the good content. That’s what we can do for our community in 2019. Spread the word on this dynamic ecosystem.

To see 2018 SD tech metrics and things I think we should watch for in 2019, check out my latest article here . Comment on the article on what your predictions are for 2019 and we’ll share them too.

And, if you missed any of our 2018 newsletters and original Fresh Brewed Tech content, click here .

Let’s get busy San Diego!

Cheers!
ORIGINAL BREW

Our team of local writers gives a fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present
San Diego’s Tech Ecosystem: 2018 Looking Back. 2019 Looking Ahead : 2018 was quite the year, and in San Diego, a great year of tech ecosystem growth. Read more here for 2018 highlights and what to watch for in 2019.
TACOS & TECH PODCAST
Check out one of our latest podcasts with founder Dan Hendricks of Open Source Maker Labs. Thanks to our partners at Cox Business for helping us continue to spotlight our great tech ecosystem.

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SAN DIEGO TECH ECOSYSTEM NEWS
Guys behind $30B giant ServiceNow launch tech startup in San Diego

Amazon is settling into its 85,000-square-foot UTC-area hub . Word on the street is the office is sunny, open, and so San Diego

San Diego’s low unemployment rate ranks it 10th in the nation and 2nd in California

The CONNECT All startup accelerator will open in City Heights this spring to help minority and low-income entrepreneurs. Applications are now open

A group of young venture capitalists have launched Blueprint Equity, with over $50M raised and more to come to invest in San Diego software startups

There’s a new startup incubator in town called ThinkTank Innovation

Keep up with the latest SD tech news here
SAN DIEGO BIOTECH BEAT
Nex3 is accepting applications for a new San Diego accelerator program for healthcare and life sciences software companies

Gossamer Bio has filed for an IPO after raising a remarkable $330M in 2018

In a huge biopharma shakeup, Bristol-Myers to buy Celgene for $74B

Forge Therapeutics gets up to $11.1M for drugs against 'superbugs'

Pfizer moves 100 jobs to San Diego
RECENT DEALS
Seismic, $100M with Lightspeed, General Atlantic, T. Rowe Price, JMI Equity, Jackson Square Ventures

Erasca, $42M with Cormorant Asset Management and City Hill Ventures

Medsphere Systems, $32M with Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital & East West Bank

Measurabl, $18.3M

LeadCrunch, $17.5M

Aira, $17.2M

Aristea Therapeutics, $15M with Novo Holdings

Home Bay, $13.5M with Serra Ventures, Signal Peak Ventures, E15 VC

Shield AI, $10M

Sensemetrics, $10M with Mooring Ventures, X2 Equity, Three Curve Capital

Foresee Medical, $6M

Sendlane, $2M with Zing Capital
ACQUISITIONS
Luxtera by Cisco for $660M

mdg by Freeman, amount not disclosed

Verimatrix by Inside Secure for $152M

JOBS SPOTLIGHT
Head of Marketing, Mercato (Downtown)

USPTO Attorney, X.com (San Diego)

Social Media Manager, Holonis (Downtown)

Software Engineer, XCOM Labs (Sorrento Valley)

Product Designer, Hero (San Diego)

Software Engineer, Webpass/Alphabet (Downtown)

Quality Assurance Lead Engineer, Rakuten (Pacific Beach)

Audio Software Engineer, Turtle Beach (Rancho Bernardo)

Senior Product UX Designer, The Venue Report (Carlsbad)

Customer Service Specialist, Blueboard (Miramar)

Software Engineer, FICO (Carmel Valley)

UPCOMING EVENTS
San Diego Angel Conference - Pitch Deconstruction, Jan. 8

She Founder’s Group: Developing an Effective Advisory Board, Jan. 14

Evening with an Entrepreneur & Startup Showcase: Life Sciences Serial Entrepreneurs, Jan. 15

SDVG Venture Outlook 2019, Jan.16

3rd Mondays, Startup San Diego, Jan. 21

South Bay Hera Labs Demo Nite, Jan. 24

North County Hera Labs Demo Nite, Jan. 31

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