December 8, 2020
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Welcome to The Local Buzz, your inside scoop on San Diego’s tech scene. Keep up to date on our Fresh Brewed Tech website.
Even though the year continues to be challenging overall, it’s been a pretty busy and successful last few weeks in our tech community. Due to the growth of some of our leading industries during the pandemic, there’s been some blockbusting fundraising for a few startups. Autonomous trucking unicorn TuSimple raised another $350M, bringing its total to $648M in funding to date. Small business digital tool maker GoSite raised $40M of funding in a Series B, 100 days after its Series A. GoSite is exploding and proudly there’s a lot of local investors backing this company. Logistics tech startup Flock Freight has also been booming with the growth of domestic shipping and raised $113.5M from SoftBank and others. Expect more of this kind of growth as more of our local SaaS companies ride the wave of digitization unleashed since Covid-19. And not to be overlooked for a second, brand new biotech manufacturing company Resilience emerged from stealth mode with $750M in funding with some massively strategic partners. There are a lot more recent fundings listed lower in this newsletter. This is a great time to help these companies find talent, including utilizing Advancing San Diego. Companies can apply to have paid talent work for them.

Another milestone achieved is the startup The Atlas getting acquired by Government Executive Media Group. As an early investor, I’m really proud of what founders Elle, Ellory, Angie, and the team have built and that it will continue to have an impact connecting our communities. Congrats team! In other acquisitions news, a long time local gaming standout, Daybreak Games, was acquired for $300M as well.


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Some highlights from this past week in San Diego tech.
RightDevice founders named to Forbes 30-Under-30

San Diego County approved $20M in grants to businesses hurt by Covid-19

Julius Alejandro talks about addressing disparities in San Diego’s innovation economy

Miramar Air Station to host companies testing 5G tech

New list of SD500 Most Influential People announced
Resilience, $750M with 8VC, Arch Venture Partners, New Enterprises Associate, Google Ventures

TuSimple, $350M with VectoIQ, Goodyear, Union Pacific, CN Rail, Kroger

FlockFreight, $113.5M with SoftBank, SignalFire, Google Ventures, GLP Capital, Volvo Ventures

GoSite, $40M with Left Lane Capital, Longley Capital, Ankona Capital, Cove Fund, Stage 2, Serra Ventures

Totum Labs, $13M with Space Capital and Heroic Ventures

Iridia, $7.6M with Tech Coast Angels

Ubiq, $6.4M with Okapi Ventures, Alexandria Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, Cove Fund, DLA Piper Venture, Volta Global

ForeSee Medical, $5M with undisclosed
Daybreak Games acquired by EG7, $300M

The Atlas acquired by Government Executive Media Group, amount undisclosed

Lascom acquired by Aptean, amount undisclosed
Longley Capital, Serra Ventures, Ankona Capital invested in GoSite’s Series B

Section32 invested in WithMe Health

EDF Renewable Energy invested in PowerUp

Breakthrough Properties raised $1B to invest in biotech real estate
During the current shift in the world of work, many San Diego companies are still hiring. This live job board by SD Life Changing, StartupSD, and Connect shows open roles. Companies can add their roles if they are hiring, too.
Sr. Demand Generation & Marketing Manager, Lennd (Point Loma)

Sr. Product Manager, GoSecure (UTC)

CTO, Semantic AI (Point Loma)

Client Support Representative, eSub (UTC)

Engagement Manager, Classy (Downtown)

iOS Developer, Medtronic (San Diego)

Home Automation Engineer, Dvele (Bird Rock)

Program Manager, Platform Science (UTC)

Sales Executive, Chatmeter (Downtown)
Enjoy these events from the comfort and safety of your own home.

REC Innovation Showcase & Pitchfest Competition Startup teams will present to industry experts, December 5

1st Mondays by Startup San Diego Connect with San Diego's startup community, December 7

Black Tech Link & NSBE San Diego Pitch Competition Virtual pitch competition and networking party, December 8

Founders First Fall 2020 Bootcamp Virtual Pitch Day Founders will be presenting their plans to a VIP panel, December 10

San Diego Angel Conference, Applications due December 16
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