February 28th, 2023
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I've been fortunate to know Cody Barbo since at least 2014 when we were both building talent tech platforms. Before he was even ready to work on something new, which spoiler alert ended up being Trust and Will, we met up to chat about our shared past experiences in our previous startups. 

I knew Cody was going to run through a wall in whatever he did next. And so mentally I wrote a check to invest in Cody in whatever he did next.

And within a week he had met up with Daniel Goldstein to catch up over startup ideas and boom, Trust and Will was born. Adding in design super power Brian Lamb and the trio embarked on building a consumer software company to disrupt the estate planning space.

That was my first direct angel investment into a company.

Fast forward to today and they are nearly 80 people, raised a fresh $15m in funding ($48m in total), and were named to Fast Company's Top Ten Most Innovative Personal Finance Company list.

I was honored to keynote their recent company retreat and so proud of what they have built and continue to craft in helping millions of families leave a legacy.

Congratulations team!

P.S. See you in Tijuana on March 6 for Startup SD 1st Mondays!
Watch the full panel of the last September's Dev & Data Night
From starting an investment firm to writing a book, find out how Behind Genius Ventures Founding Partner, Paige Finn Doherty, is changing the game in the venture world. She talks about finding her career path, launching BGV and her future goals.
The talent market is hot, especially for tech talent. Check out our new job board by Fresh Brewed Tech for all the awesome job opportunities in San Diego.
ResMed (San Diego)

Shield AI (San Diego/hybrid)

Brain Corp (San Diego)

L3Harris Technologies (Carlsbad)
General Atomics (Poway/hybrid)

South 8 Technologies (San Diego)

Caliber Sourcing (Carlsbad)

Community Health Group (Chula Vista/remote)
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Startup San Diego, March 6

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Connect with the San Diego & Tijuana startup community. Join Startup San Diego's upcoming 1st Mondays networking and expert panel event happening Monday, March 6th at the ArkusNexus MIND Hub in Tijuana, Mexico. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the SD/TJ ecosystem and how both sides can benefit from the megaregion's talent pool.
Fabric8Labs, machinery company that specializes in metal 3D printing, $50M Series B with New Enterprise Associates

Faro Health, bringing clinical trials into the digital age by helping teams manage and balance the complexity of modern trial designs through a cloud native platform, $20M Series A with General Catalyst

Trust & Will, modernizing the trust and estate planning industry with an easy, fast, and secure way to set up your estate plan online, $15M 

Abilita Bio, biotechnology company focused on enabling discovery and development of drugs targeting membrane proteins, $7.5M with Two Bear Capital

SpeakeasyCo, consumer goods selling platform that sells wine & other alcoholic drinks, $6.8M Seed with InvestBev

Sonocharge Energy, develops a technology that enables batteries to charge, $6M Seed with Khosla Ventures

XiltriX North America, provides continuous development of real-time monitoring technologies for life science industries, $2.8M 

Ponto Footwear, makes sustainable footwear that bridges the gap between fashion and comfort, $1M Seed 

Mesa Rim Climbing Center, provider of indoor climbing and fitness facility, $922K Seed

Simulacra, holding company in three distinct markets: adult entertainment, AI-driven robotics, and medical simulation, $500k Seed

Concord Medical Technology, specializes in innovative therapeutic medical solutions, $160k Seed

Veckta, cloud-based market platform that delivers full turnkey microgrid design and implementation solutions, Seed with She's Independent
LifeWalker Mobility Products by Journey Health & Lifestyle

Cityside Networks by SDC Capital Partners

Fusion Financial Partners by Mirador LLC.

La Costa Dental Group by Espire Dental

San Diego Ice Company by Easy Ice

Meyer Consulting Group by OutSolve

VizExplorer by Dry Line Partners

Career Resources by OutSolve

SC Engineers by Legence

TalVista, Inc. by Clovers

Trials.ai by ZS Associates

Storix by Cristie Software
Qualcomm Ventures invests in Third Wave Automation, R-Zero

Spark Growth Ventures invests in Redcliffe Labs

Channel Equity Partners invests in Mappedin

Section 32 invests in Forward Networks, Faro Health

Correlation Ventures invests in Angle Health, Foro

Finistere Ventures invests in Growers Edge

Takeda Ventures invests in Cerevance

Venture Catalyst invests in SWYTCHD

KSK Angel Fund invests in Terra Motors

Ahern Seeds invests in BloomX

NuVasive invests in FYR Medical 

CAC invests in RECO

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