Fred Grier

Staff Reporter

Email: fgrier@sdbj.com
Phone: 661-428-2862

Recent Stories

CommSafe AI Adds New Investors

Co. Will Enter Commercial Market Later This Year

San Diego-based CommSafe AI, a technology company which specializes in conflict and violence prevention, has closed a $1.8 million pre-seed round, adding new investors Blu Venture Investors and City Light Capital.

Wrapify Expands With New SaaS Offering

Co. Grows Stronger Despite COVID-19 Headwinds

San Diego-based Wrapify, an advertising startup helping some of the nation’s largest brands, is seeing significant growth this year after overcoming severe tailwinds caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Diego Padres Partners with ClickUp

ClickUp, the all-in-one workplace productivity platform, has partnered with the San Diego Padres.

Burger Helps Bring Life Science Offices Back to Life

CONSTRUCTION: From Industrial to Biotech, Co. Makes Magic Happen

In recent years, San Diego has seen big increases in venture capital investment, and booming construction of new lab spaces around the region. Burger Construction has made a name for itself as one of the leading construction firms for the life science industry — having recently completed projects for Cue Health and GenMark.

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La Jolla-Based TuSimple Files for IPO

TECH: Self-Driving Truck Co. Taking Traditional Route

TuSimple, a startup developing self-driving technology for heavy-duty trucks, has filed an initial public stock offering to become a publicly traded company.

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Video Gaming Startup Raises $7.5M in Series A Funding

ENTERTAINMENT: HiDef Plans to Hire Aggressively, Ramp Up Development

HiDef Inc., a video game startup founded by entertainment and gaming industry veterans, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round of venture capital funding.

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Global Pandemic Creates Unexpected Impacts on Engineering Firms

Despite Some Challenges Most Firms See Uptick in Business

While most construction, architectural and engineering firms were deemed as essential during the pandemic and were allowed to remain open, the global pandemic created unexpected impacts for the industries.

Iridia Raises $24M Led by LifeSci Venture Partners

STARTUP: Co. Prepares for Scale and Growth

Carlsbad-based Iridia has raised $24 million to build the world’s first high-density DNA-Based memory chip.

ITJuana Arms Cos. With Cross Border Digital Talent

TECH: Firm Has Helped More Than 400 Software Professionals

Section 32 Adds 2 Key Leaders

FINANCE: Firm Manages Over $1 Billion

OmniSync Connects Startups to Resources

Co. Raised $1Million Led by GovTech Fund

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CourseKey Raises $9M to Help Trade Schools

Co. Plans to Double Headcount by End of 2022

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Ventyx Biosciences Holds Three Immunology Targets

BIOTECH: Co. Raised $114 Million Led by venBio

Nucleus Biologics Gives Control Back to the Scientists

BIOTECH: Co.’s Marketplace Has More Than 400 Chemical Formulations

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San Diego Becomes Desired Hub For Major Market Transplants

TECH: Region a Top Destination for Entrepreneurs

Seven Startups to Pitch at San Diego Angel Conference

7 firms to pitch investors at the San Diego Angel Conference on Saturday.

Three San Diego Companies Win XPrize Rapid COVID-19 Testing Contest

ChromaCode, Reliable-LFC and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology win XPrize contest.

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Founders First Raises $9 Million

Latest Investment Will Further Mission and Expansion

DTx Pharma Raises $100 Million Round

BIOTECH: Funding to Be Used to Accelerate Efforts, Advance Pipeline

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SpineZone Gets $12 Million in VC

Co. Has Helped More Than 100,000 Patients

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Trovata Taps New CFO

Trovata has added Scott Harrington as its chief financial officer.

JMI Equity Raises $1.7 Billion

FINANCE: Fund Invests in Software and Service Cos.

Seismic Makes Diversity Moves

Deberry Joins Company As V.P. of Inclusion

Ciari Guitars Reinvents Instrument

MUSIC: Co. Raises $560,000 Through Crowdfunding Campaign

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Workiz Seizes Momentum, Raises $13M in Series B

STARTUP: Co. Has More Than 100,000 Using Its Platform

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DermTech Set For Growth

BIOTECH: Co.’s Stock Up 130%

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Dr. Seuss Seeks More Inclusivity

PUBLISHING: Co. Pulls Six Books

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PromoDrone Pivots to Global Licensing

Co. Sees Opportunity in Banner Advertisements

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Dexcom Launches Venture Arm

Co. Aims to Fund Early, And Late Stage Startups

Local Bankers Balance Profits and Social Impact

Despite 2020’s Challenges, Most Operations Demonstrate Unprecedented Agility

Organization Helps Latinas Land Tech Careers

NONPROFIT: #LatinaGeeks Has More Than 4,000 Members

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Airspace Raises $38M

TECH: Co. Plans International Growth

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TuSimple Plans to Go Public

TuSimple has filed paperwork to go public and plans to join the U.S. stock market as early as next month.

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SDTWS Founders Will Host Panel to Honor International Women's Day

SDTWS will host a "Choose To Challenge" panel on Mar. 8, 2021.

Powering Mentorship Through Technology

TECH: Co. Has Facilitated More 18,000 Matches

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Helping Athletes Improve Speed, Strength

SPORTS: Performance Co. Has Trained More Than 2,000 Athletes

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Brain Corp Sees Record Growth

SOFTWARE: Co. Has Deployed More Than 14,500 Robots

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Equip Health Raises $13M Series A Round

Co. Plans to Double Headcount, Expand Services

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Helping Clients Build Wealth

FINANCE: ECF Wealth Saw a 25% Increase in Revenues in 2020

Mosaic Helps Leaders Gain Insights

Led by General Catalyst, Co. Raised $18.5 Million

Sony Launches KOOV Academy

EDUCATION: Co. Partners With UCSD

Avidity Biosciences to Participate at SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference

Avidity Biosciences leadership team will participate in a fireside chat.

Young Black & N’ Business Aids Black Entrepreneurs

SERVICE: Group Aims to Help Businesses Increase Profits, Find Community

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Pillsbury Launches $11M Equal Justice Initiative

LAW: Firm Aims to Support Up to 50 Black Entrepreneurs Per Year

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Trovata Raises $20M Led by Wells Fargo

Co. Will Launch Enterprise Solution, Add Partners

Connect Recruits Startups for Next 'Cool Companies' Cohort

Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group has opened applications for its next cohort of Cool Companies.

Helping Essential Workers Stay Well-Rested

Co. Aims to Expand Into 20 Hospitals Nationwide in 2021

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Tealium Raises $96 Million, Prepares to Expand

SOFTWARE: Co.’s Technology Helps Track Customer Data

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Fighting for Racial Equity and Diversity

NONPROFIT: Organization Builds Relationships, Hosts Events and Offers Support

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Ensunet Technology Group Remains on Top

FINANCE: Firm Has Supported $11.6 Billion in M&A Deals

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