First, we would like to dedicate this issue to Walter Monk, our father of the seas. This 101-year-old oceanographer had such a lasting impact on our oceans through research, and did it all from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.
Monk’s celebrated research is a wonderful example of all the exciting things going on in San Diego and why scores of entrepreneurs call this home. His legacy will certainly live on. Meanwhile, San Diego’s startup ecosystem continues to be on fire. Just recently, another unicorn was born with TuSimple, a San Diego and Beijing-based unmanned trucking tech company. Usually Q1 is slow in the funding world, but we haven’t taken our foot off the gas from Q4 and we like it! In other funding news, a large group of local angels helped fund a new hard kombucha maker, JuneShine, who is now taking over the Ballast Point headquarters in Scripps Ranch. Out with the old, in with the new. Local startup QuickCarl joined the latest TechStars Anywhere cohort as well.
I’m excited to be part of helping to expand this ecosystem. Join me at UCSDIgnite Conference on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. for a panel on small businesses vs. startups with Jimmy Kim of Sendlane and Jon Berke, previously co-founder of Sigalert.com (Yes that Sigalert! Founded in San Diego – who knew?!) And then on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Gregg Anderson of 41 Orange and I will lead a workshopon KPIs in a startup.
It’s also application time for SDVG’s Cool Companies, for the chance for VC matchmaking; apply for Cubic & Viasat’s EvoNexus incubator program; and while you’re at it, nominate your favorite CTO to the Top Tech Exec Awards by March 1.
What else is going on in San Diego? We’d love to know so we can spread the love!