What’s Happening in San Diego Tech in August with Ashok Kamal & Al Bsharah

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Listen in as Tech Coast Angels investors Ashok Kamal and Al Bsharah chat with host Neal Bloom about the latest happenings in San Diego tech

4:00 Ashok Kamal provides an update on Tech Coast Angels and investing amid the pandemic, noting now is a great time for investors to find favorable deal terms.

7:32 Al, who is the VP of Product Operations at Seismic, gives insight on trends he sees in the SaaS space. Although Seismic had to dial back its hiring spree, it is still adding new members to its team and has made a few successful deals despite the health crisis.

9:10 Biotechs VelosBio and BioAtla each raised tens of millions of dollars in funding.

9:54 Clickup, which moved its HQ from Silicon Valley to San Diego recently, raised $35M.

12:45 GoSecure raised $20M, bringing to light the importance of cybersecurity, especially with the normalization of remote work.

14:30 Koji raised $10M to help non-techies create mini apps, games, and memes.

16:46 Sun Genomics raised $8.6M to support growth in the custom probiotics market, advance scientific publications, and scale delivery of its comprehensive gut probiotics solution.

18:16 Customer insights startup GroupSolver raised $2M.

19:18 Early-stage startup Hygienica raised $1M with local venture fund, Impala Ventures.

20:21 Local incubator CONNECT ALL has a focus on underserved communities, specifically in southeast San Diego. The group also discusses being mentors to startups going through accelerators such as Techstars Anywhere. Apply to join the next Techstars Anywhere cohort here: https://bit.ly/2EQwMC1 

23:02 New organization Data Science Alliance aims to put San Diego’s data science hub on the map.

24:47 San Diego Startup Month will be held this October as a unique, virtual event, where attendees can make avatars to represent themselves. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2Dt9otA 

 

Learn more about Ashok and Al’s individual careers in previous Tacos & Tech episodes. Ashok’s episode: https://bit.ly/2XoKsKM | Al’s episode: https://bit.ly/31f8FnN 

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