Tagged: technology

TECH CLIP: Why San Diego missed the first wave of tech ‘unicorns,’ and what’s changing now

Lede: San Diego is a biotech town, a military town, and a tourism town. It’s not a software town, is it?

After years of stagnation, San Diego is seeing a barrage of startup activity in the tech scene. In recent months, two tech startups earned billion-dollar valuations, making them the first software “unicorns” spotted locally in decades…

The bubbling activity is bewildering to some in the business community, who long ago acclimated to the idea that San Diego is a place where science rules supreme, while software tends to flounder. And it’s true the biotech industry still rakes in the lion’s share of venture money. But San Diego’s tech scene is not what it used to be, and new players are coalescing into a hub with considerable speed.

READ THE FULL STORY AT THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.

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TECH CLIP: Can S.D. Prosper Without a Unicorn?

Lede: “People in the local startup community like to talk about a few big topics on a regular basis: raising money, finding talent, and San Diego’s inhospitable habitat for breeding unicorns.

The unicorn topic in particular repeatedly surfaces in interviews and startup events. When asked the question, “What does San Diego’s startup economy need to thrive?” The collective response from tech founders is deafening: San Diego needs a unicorn.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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BREAKING NEWS CLIP: WeWork is Coming to San Diego

It can be tough to get the scoop at a weekly publication more focused on analysis than breaking news. However, by getting out of the office and plugged in to the right networks, I’m able to break stories before other news outlets.

Here’s an example of when I followed a lead to discover the world’s biggest coworking company was opening a six-floor facility in Downtown San Diego (news that stirred lots of excitement in the local startup community).

Lede: “Two new coworking spaces are opening in downtown San Diego, both with massive square footage and a more polished presence that undoubtedly will fuel the city’s emerging startup economy.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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THE STARTUP PAGE: A New Beat is Born

After two years in the startup trenches as the Biotech Reporter at San Diego Business Journal, I saw an opportunity to dive deeper into the local startup scene. I pitched a new section of the journal dedicated entirely to startups and entrepreneurship, and later became the lead on this project. The new segment, launched June 2016 as “The Startup Page,” was designed to stand out from the rest of the publication. It was such a hit with subscribers (and advertisers) that the entire publication underwent a redesign to mimic its layout.

The Startup Page also introduced our publication to the Gen X and Millennial generations in San Diego, two subsets of the local population that were previously outside of SDBJ’s core readership.

The creation of this page altered my job title from “Healthcare Reporter” to “Biotech & Startup Reporter.”