Big changes are ahead in how you pay for auto insurance in California. San Francisco startup Metromile launched pay-per-mile car insurance and has updated its connected car platform, which provides operational data that could have a huge impact on traffic patterns in San Diego and other metro areas in the state.
Las Vegas high-roller Billy Walters, who brags he’s wagered as much as $1 million on the outcome of a single hole of golf, hasn’t been able to sell El Milagro, his 9-acre, 21,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe estate, for a listing price of a tad under $20 million.
FINANCE: Recent Successful IPOs Expected To Fuel More Investment
David Titus was in a great mood when he delivered the opening remarks for the recent San Diego Venture Summit.
VENTURE: Region Lured 7 Firms To Set Up Shop and Invest
The money men — and women — are venturing back to San Diego.
Two San Diegans were included among five men arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on multiple felony charges alleging a complex scheme to defraud insurers.
A new economic study from the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, along with the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Cali-Baja Mega-Region Initiative,
The University of California, San Diego is taking the lead in a statewide initiative to drive research into the rapidly evolving area of neurotechnology, thanks to $2 million included in the new state budget just signed into law.
The University of California, San Diego’s annual Entrepreneurial Challenge, which promotes commercialization of student research, announced the winners of its recent competition.
CPC Strategy — a San Diego-based, retail-focused search agency that uses a proprietary optimization process to drive online sales — was named an official Google shopping partner, only the 10th business to be so recognized since the program was launched in 2012.
A select few of the region’s startups have been chosen for the next gathering of venture capitalists.
iego Venture Summit set for June 19 features “machine-to-machine” expert Daniel Obodovski, the former director of business development at Qualcomm Inc. and author of “The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things.”
San Diego-based startup CleverPet LLC, which is developing a Wi-Fi-enableld device to help entertain, train and feed your pet when you’re not home, launched a 33-day crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter.
Crime rates dropped in 2013 after an uptick in 2012, regional planning agency Sandag reported. For example, the 2013 rate for violent crime — 3.66 incidents per 1,000 residents — was 5 percent less than 2012.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and some local solar energy industry leaders held a news conference to unveil a report that ranks San Diego No. 2 in the nation behind Los Angeles for the amount of solar panels installed and No. 4 for installations on a per-capita basis.
The number of visitors to this region surpassed 33 million in 2103, the San Diego Tourism Authority reported, reversing a downward trend over the past three years due to the recession.
Move over Silicon Valley, there’s a new champ in town. Forbes magazine ranks San Diego as the best place to launch a new startup out of the 50 largest metro areas nationwide.
Members of the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego will examine the impact of the big data phenomenon when they gather March 12 at the University of California, San Diego.
Selma Hepp, a senior economist with the California Association of Realtors, will offer an outlook on housing for 2014 at the San Diego-area trade group Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ next meeting March 6 in Chula Vista.
The lack of frigid conditions locally — while more than 80 percent of the U.S. was covered in snow and ice in late January — might be one reason why organizers are holding the Climate Leadership Conference here Feb. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.
Come this spring, the “above-average Joe” investor will be able to invest modest sums through equity crowdfunding and online Web portals, just like VC firms, thanks to the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act.
For the past couple of weeks, the Insider has been following the exploits of former Navy SEAL Phil Black, the entrepreneur behind FitDeck, a brand of exercise cards sold at his website.
Last summer, the Insider wrote about Phil Black, founder and CEO of Coronado garage-based startup FitDeck, which sells exercise playing cards to fitness buffs via its website.
San Diego-based franchise operator The UPS Store teams with the nonprofit counselors at SCORE to offer guidance to small business customers about finding a mentor. The campaign at UPS’s 4,300 stores is part of National Mentoring Month.
2013 proved to be a boon year for professional investors as the value of initial public offerings on Wall Street hit $11.25 billion, the highest total since 2007.
Happy New Year! The convention business is on a nice growth curve after a five-year lull due to recent economic turbulence.
The holidays came early for one of San Diego’s newest businesses, OnMyBlock.
This announcement shows the changing doctor-patient relationship: North County’s Palomar Health — including its $1 billion Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, which it touts as the “hospital of the future” — has deployed a 21st century wireless network from Silicon Valley-based AirStrip that enables doctors and other providers to access patients’ near real-time clinical data from mobile phones, iPads and other digital devices.
With the two-year federal student loan default rate touching 10 percent, San Diego financial literacy website iGrad decided to survey college and university administrators nationwide to see if their students have the skills to survive the expense of higher education.
The three finalists in San Diego Venture Group’s annual PitchFest have been selected from a list of more than 90 contestants: student housing search service OnMyBlock, “focused ultrasound” medical device startup Sonrgy Inc. and trust fund service provider TrustEgg.
News from the police blotter. Local dietary supplement retailer Ultimate Fitness Nutrition Inc. pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors, including the selling of dietary supplements stuffed with steroids and caffeine and questionable advertising practices, according to a news release from the city attorney’s office.
The San Diego Venture Group released the names of the 10 startups that will battle for $25,000 in cash at its annual PitchFest set for Dec. 12 in La Jolla. The semifinalists were chosen from more than 90 applications.
Here’s a local angle to the upcoming Winter Games. Behind the Scenes Catering, a Sorrento Valley-Mira Mesa-based catering firm, will be cooking meals for 5,000-plus members of the U.S. broadcast and international media, as well as corporate sponsors and athletes, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, come February and March.
Startups in need of angel funding have a new source to possibly tap here in San Diego. Michael J. Kinkelaar, senior partner in the downtown office of Procopio Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, has been working with Orange County investment bank Roth Capital Partners plus member organizations Connect and Orange County’s Octane to launch a new website, openround.com.
What is life? One famous San Diegan might have the answer, if you attend his upcoming book party. J. Craig Venter, the scientist who first sequenced the human genome, will be on the University of California, San Diego campus Oct. 28 to promote his new book “Life at the Speed of Life: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.”
As the number of venture capital firms continues to decrease, some local entrepreneurs are in a quandary about where to find much needed cash.
The US Grant hotel, a grande dame of local hostelries, turns 103 years old this month, with a series of tours scheduled Oct. 15 to celebrate the anniversary.
The San Diego Community College District’s three campuses generate $4 billion in overall activity, which accounts for 2.3 percent of the region’s economy, according to the district’s recently released economic impact study.
Could San Diego’s drone-building defense contractors be under a hack attack?
LAW: Employers Would Do Well to Take Heed of City’s Sexual Harassment Scandal
Bob Filner’s resignation as San Diego mayor after less than a year in office over allegations of sexual harassment can teach all employers to be prepared and act swiftly.
LAW: Employers Are Advised to Keep Watch On Significant New Laws
The San Diego Business Journal asked six local lawyers specializing in employment law to comment on trends and recent court decisions that will impact California businesses.
Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has apparently emerged as the go-to source to raise capital for small San Diego businesses. The latest is watchmaker Original Grain, which used the $390,000 raised from 2,200 people in 30 days to launch a new line of wood and stainless steel watches using a Japanese quartz movement.
La Mesa product designer Curtis Micklish — creator of “The Butler” organizer used to stash cellphone, glasses, keys, wallet and other personal items — is nearing his goal of raising $25,300 at crowdfunding website kickstarter.com.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for the Self-Employed says the arrival of the Affordable Care Act portends dramatic changes ahead for San Diego County’s 238,000 self-employed starting Jan. 1.
TRANSPORT: Improving Cross-Border Routes Is Key Part of Increasing Commerce
A handful of infrastructure projects related to cross-border transportation are expected to improve congestion at the three San Diego-area ports of entry, officials hope.
Health care, technology and business consulting are the three fastest-growing industries in the region, according to a new business forecast launched by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Silvergate Bank.
SPORT: A Successful Breeders’ Cup Bid Could Pay Big for the Region
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a 30-year-old horse racing event featuring a series of races over two days, could bring the largest crowds Del Mar’s landmark racetrack has ever seen while giving tourism in the area a boost during a typically slow part of the year.
Hoist one for San Diego’s craft brewing industry. Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. ranks No. 2 on a list of the top 15 craft beer makers in the U.S., according to a tabulation of 11,500 voters asked to choose from a select field of 72 brewers by a USA Today poll.
Agriculture, already an important activity in the region, has been growing, so to speak. The county’s crop values increased 4 percent to $1.75 billion, according to the annual agricultural report released by the county Farm Bureau and the county’s agriculture commissioner.
In partnership with RusanoMedInvest, a Russian government agency focused on commercializing nanotechnology, local VC firm Domain Associates has participated in a $55 million investment in OC-based private biotech concern ReVision Optics.
Sorrento Valley-based Vision Robotics Corp. is mentioned in a recent Associated Press story as part of the ongoing revolution in the use of robots to work the country’s orchards and farms. The ag-tech business is perfecting a robotic lettuce thinner, which can also be used in vineyards that produce wine grapes.