September 12, 2018

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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.
Tech Talk by Neal Bloom
The Four Comma Club in San Diego: While Amazon has become the second company to hit $1 trillion in valuation after Apple, the chase is still on for other FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) stocks. So, I thought it would be interesting to look at the relationship between the most popular tech stocks and San Diego. Currently, Amazon and Alphabet/Google have engineering offices in San Diego, on top of Amazon’s warehouses and having one of the first Amazon Stores in the UTC Mall.

The FAANGs have acquired some local companies, further fueling our ecosystem, including:

Facebook: QuickFire
Apple: Emotient
Alphabet/Google: Urchin Software , Gizmo5 , Where2 , Lumedyne

As tech giants like Amazon expand their footprint in San Diego, and the validation of our tech ecosystem matures, the region will enter the national conversation, and more new talent will flock to the region. This will, no doubt, bring more technical and business expertise here, which will trickle down to our startups, therefore planting more seeds for success.


A fresh look inside the San Diego tech ecosystem past and present

Fresh Brewed Tech has launched a new, original series on students (current and alumni) at local universities who are blazing a trail in technology and entrepreneurship. Read more below.

AzTech: Robo 3D: What started as a single 3D printer five years ago for Robo3D has grown into a variety of products, including 3D printing software, printing materials, an app, 3D print kits, and more. Fresh Brewed Tech caught up with the company's young founders, who shared their experiences as Aztec entrepreneurs and the strong foundation they were able to build for their business while at SDSU. Read more here .

Triton Tech: Voyager Space Technologies: Meet 21-year-old Darren Charrier, co-founder and CEO of Voyager Space Technologies, which is building artificially intelligent software tools to expedite the design process of satellites. Read more here on how this student entrepreneur and his team are working to bring satellite engineering to the cloud.

Fresh Brewed Tech has also launched a new “Life At” column, where local employees give us a peek inside the businesses and cultures of different tech companies across San Diego .

Life At: : In this debut feature, employees at give us the inside scoop about working at this fast-growing company. Read more here .

Harbor Drive Suspension Bridge by Frank McKenna
San Diego is named one of Inc. Magazine's top 10 cities with the most fast-growing private companies

San Diego companies ranked in Indeed’s top-rated workplaces

San Diego is on Visual Capitalist’s list of best cities positioned for long-term success

Amazon is expanding its footprint in San Diego, adding 300 more jobs

WalmartLabs is moving 70 people to a new Carlsbad office

School is back in session and HopSkipDrive , a startup offering ride-sharing for kids, has entered the SD market

San Diego working women share their compelling stories about their rise to the top, how they got there, and what still needs to change

Student investors bring high-finance to UCSD

ViaSat nets $560 million Pentagon contract

UCSD and Deerfield Management partner to provide $65M in new drug development

UCSD receives award of $5M for excellence in glyosciences


SOCi - $10.5M with Vertical Venture Partners, Tallwave Capital, Blossom Street Ventures, Grayhawk Capital

Astroprint - $1.1M with Stanley + TechStars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator

Altcoin - $1M from crowdfunding
BVAccel , by August Spark, amount undisclosed

Solana Bio , by Inscripta, amount undisclosed

CPC Strategy , by Elite SEM, amount undisclosed
Join Neal Bloom as he chats with San Diego’s top tech company and ecosystem builders with a flair for our local lifestyle too.

James Martin, Founder & CEO, Rally Corp.
Demand Generation Specialist , Classy (Downtown)

Account Executive , Buildfire (Downtown)

Marketplace Manager , Nixon (Encinitas)

Site Reliability Engineer , Shield AI (Downtown)

Principal Scientist , Takeda (UTC)

BI Developer , General Atomics (Rancho Bernardo)

Staff Systems Engineer , VMWare (San Diego)

Full Stack Software Engineer , Veyo (Downtown)

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