Business

San Diego

“If You Can’t Buy an Audience, You’ll Get Lost in the Noise”

By | Jan 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

I keep stressing this point for San Diego startups: there might have been an issue attracting capital to the city at one point, but it’s quickly diminishing. Proof in point is PlaySwell, a San Diego-based startup that recently announced that they raised $1 million…

Social Good

San Diego

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…

Food

San Diego

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 …

Business

San Diego

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 …

Business

San Diego

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 …

Entrepreneur

San Diego

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…

Business

San Diego

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…

Business

San Diego

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…

Books

San Diego

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

San Diego

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 …

Business

San Diego

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…

.CO

San Diego

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

San Diego

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…

Games

San Diego

Your Pets May Be Home Alone, But They Won’t Be Bored With CleverPet

By | Jun 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The majority of the workforce wakes up, gets ready, and heads off to work for a full day of activity and engagement. The majority of pets, however, are left at home until their owners return. But that’s why Leo Trottier and Dan Knudsen developed…

San Diego

San Diego’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

Recently we celebrated Tech Cocktail’s San Diego Mixer and Startup Showcase at Analog in the historical Gaslamp district. Of course it wouldn’t be possible to put on such a great show without great sponsors, and we’d like to thank SweetLabs, as well as our…

Location Based Services

San Diego

Exploring The ‘Secret Sauce’ That Makes HouseCall Great

By | May 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

HouseCall has been dominant in the San Diego startup ecosystem recently. Over the past few months we’ve seen them amass $3 million in total funding, they won our San Diego Mixer & Startup Showcase, and they also won the Pitch Tech competition. Further, they…

Business

San Diego

HouseCall Has Become One of San Diego’s Fastest Funded Startups

By | May 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Yesterday HouseCall, one of the competing startups that was featured at our San Diego Mixer and Startup Showcase, announced that they closed a successful funding round. In total they brought in $1.5 million from Canter Capital with additional participation from KGC Capital. It …