Listen in as Startup San Diego Executive Director Alexa-Rae Navarro joins host Neal Bloom and guest co-host Amy Chang, entrepreneur and angel investor, to discuss the latest tech news in San Diego. The episode kicks off with Alexa-Rae providing updates on Startup San Diego events and then goes into a discussion about local tech news.
5:00 In collaboration with the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Mission Edge, Startup San Diego recently launched Startup Series: Covid Edition, which has two workshops coming up in its five-part series.
8:22 Alexa-Rae and Neal share insight about founders dealing with heightened anxiety amid the pandemic
12:09 Startup Week 2020 updates. The event is postponed until fall and is going virtual, which will allow greater attendance than previous years, including attendees outside of San Diego.
18:54 There’s a new venture fund in town. Section 32 is raising $350M for its third fund. It has already invested in five San Diego companies, including Cue Health, Aspen Neuroscience, XOKind, Cradle Genomics, and Medcrypt.
21:04 Recent fundings: Erasca $200m – Brain Corp $36M – Plantible Foods – $4.6M – Trovata $4.3M
24:08 Who’s hiring – San. Diego. Life Changing, Startup San Diego, and Connect have launched a live job board that lists San Diego County companies that are still hiring amid the pandemic.
27:06 Local companies pivoting amid the pandemic. Banker Hills-based CloudBeds connecting hotel beds to those in need of hospitalization. Read about all the local companies joining the fight against COVID-19 on FreshBrewedTech.com.
28:03 Upcoming virtual events:
Meta by Acai: Startup Community Virtual Networking – May 28
Startup Series: Unique Value Proposition & Storytelling (Workshop 4 of 5), May 15
Startup Series: Distilling Chaos & Taking Action (Workshop 5 of 5), May 22
Nominate your top tech leaders at TopTechAwards.com. The event will take place this fall and is held by Cox Business.
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Listen to a previous podcast episode, where Alexa-Rae takes us through her career leading up to her current role at Startup San Diego (Episode #36)
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