Social Good

Posiba Gives Nonprofits Access to Big-Picture, Macro Data

By | Jan 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

Fact: individuals are the biggest contributors to charities. They give about $220 billion in the US alone, but are still behind governments which contribute in the trillions. However, individual donors tend to outpace foundations on a scale of five to one. If that statistic…


Seismic Attracts $20M in Capital to San Diego

By | Jan 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

To all those who think San Diego has an issue with attracting capital, think again. Seismic today announced that they successfully closed a Series B funding round in which they were able to raise $20 million. JMI Equity led the funding round, and Seismic…


Guaranteed, CounterCrop Will Give you a ‘Green Thumb’

By | Jan 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

In early December I wrote an article about CounterCrop, a local San Diego company that launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their counter-top growing system. The product itself was interesting, but more so were the philosophies driving its creation and how quickly the team was…


SweetLabs Reaches 1 Billion App Installs Worldwide

By | Jan 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

SweetLabs, an app distribution platform that lets developers reach Windows and Android users via high-quality app install ads, today announced that they have officially reached 1 billion app installs. The installations spanned 180 countries across hundreds of partners in the SweetLabs app install ad…


Posiba is Giving the Charitable Giving Landscape a Makeover

By | Dec 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posiba, a San Diego based startup, has made it their mission to give the charitable giving landscape a makeover with their highly anticipated launch. To accomplish this goal, Posiba is bringing people and information together for greater impact via aggregated information and data services…


CounterCrop Hits Kickstarter Funding Goal in Only One Week

By | Dec 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

About one week ago I wrote a quick post about a local San Diego company, CounterCrop, and how they had blasted through 25 percent of their funding goal on Kickstarter campaign on day one. I had a gut feeling that this would be one…


What Happens When Your Startup Gets Sued by UHaul

By | Dec 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

HireAHelper cofounder Mike Glanz was sitting in Carl’s Jr. when UHaul served him a lawsuit: a giant stack of papers that would determine his fate for the next three years. “It was unreal at first. It was almost a proud moment – look at how…


Mogl Will Match Donations for the Entire Month of December

By | Dec 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

This week the San Diego based Mogl, a restaurant rewards program, launched their Mogl Fundraisers platform in conjunction with Giving Tuesday. Mogl pledged that they will match the amount of all funds donated via the platform throughout the month of December. Conceptually, Mogl Fundraisers…

Gear & Gadgets

Who Needs a Studio When You’ve Got the KDJ-ONE?

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

Yesterday marked the official launch of the KDJ-ONE Kickstarter campaign. There are currently 38 days left on the campaign clock and so far the KDJ-ONE has raised $32,371 of their total $100,000 goal. KDJ-ONE is a portable music studio that’s good for both beginners and professionals…


CounterCrop Clears 25% of Their Funding Goal on Day One

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

CounterCrop, a San Diego based startup, today launched their Kickstarter campaign and before the work day even came to a close they reached $28,723 of their $75,000 funding goal. This marks the second San Diego startup in as many weeks to take to Kickstarter…


Hush Blows Their $100K Kickstarter Goal Out of the Water

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

There’s still 33 days to go on Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve already hit their $100,000 funding goal; in fact, they’ve hit $137,416. What makes their Kickstarter so enticing to people is the fact that Hush has figured out how to tune out your…


3 Ways Sales Is Like War

By | Sep 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

You can’t be afraid of sales. In any business, you are going to have to sell. It doesn’t matter whether it’s to customers, investors, or recruits. Many entrepreneurs are scared to go out and sell their business, and it prevents many companies from ever…

Social Good

Charitable Agents Helps Regular People Make Huge Donations

By | Aug 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

Most Americans’ biggest purchase is their home. Imagine the positive impact of applying a percentage of your largest purchase to your favorite charity. That’s what the company Charitable Agents helps homebuyers do. Brothers David and Avi Tal were fascinated by this idea, and decided…


It’s Official: SweetLabs to Open Another Office in Shanghai

By | Jul 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

SweetLabs has raised huge amounts of capital, they’ve established a strong base in San Diego, and their employees absolutely love the company culture that CEO Darrius Thompson et al have cultivated. What could they possibly do to be even better? It’s a simple answer…


Chef’s Roll’s Success is Seemingly Unstoppable: They’re on Flambé

By | Jul 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The LinkedIn for chefs is how they bill themselves, and since winning best pitch at our Tech Cocktail San Diego Mixer & Startup Showcase, Chef’s Roll hasn’t been sitting idly by. In fact, they’ve been cleaning up pretty nicely. They’ve been in the spotlight a…


Piggyback is Crowdsourcing Drivers to Provide On-Demand, Same-Day Item Shipping

By | Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Have you ever ordered something online and came close to opting for picking it up in-store? Convenient, yes; however, sometimes it’s just easier to wait several days to get the item delivered directly to us. Regardless of whether some of us are Type-As or…

Startups & Apps

Fish Where Nobody’s Fishing: Quippi is Tapping the Immigrant Market

By | Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Anybody operating their startup out of San Diego needs to pay attention to Michael Aleles and his company, Quippi. They’ve been featured in Forbes, The San Diego Union Tribune, they’re a fixture at EvoNexus, and they were recently selected by the San Diego Venture…