San Diego appears to be making headway in its quest to become a tech mecca.The city now ranks as the fourth best place in the country for startups, trailing only Boston, the Bay Area and Philadelphia, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The area’s honorable-mention status is an improvement over last year, when San Diego placed fifth on the Chamber’s list.San Diego also fared better than its Southern California cohort, Los Angeles, which fell from seventh place in 2016 to fifteenth place this year, according to the report.Titled “Innovation That Matters 2017,” the Chamber’s third annual report ranks U.S. cities based on how well each region’s startups are able to become permanent contributors to a city’s economy. The report specifically considers technology startups that are a part of what it calls “next-wave” industries, meaning healthcare, education, energy and transportation. “Our theory is that in … [Read more...] about Study: San Diego 4th best place in the country for startups
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By Jonathan Lansner | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: April 14, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: April 14, 2019 at 7:00 am “Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: Southern California’s venture capital funding in the first quarter was off 29% vs. the start of 2018. Source: Dow Jones VentureSource Trend reported: Fledgling companies based from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border raised $2 billion in 103 deals in 2019’s first three months vs. a year earlier when 165 deals raised a first-quarter record $2.84 billion. That drop looks even worse when you ponder Silicon Valley’s bounty: $13.9 billion raised in 349 first-quarter deals — up 22% vs. 2018’s 513 deals that raised $11.4 billion. And in the rest of the nation, minus SoCal and the Bay Area? $15.6 billion raised in 782 deals — up 18% vs. 2018’s 920 deals that raised $13.2 billion. Dissection The … [Read more...] about Bubble Watch: Is funding for Southern California’s startups drying up?
The urgent need to improve the delivery of healthcare, and the emergence of new and innovative technologies, is driving the growth of digital health. Tech startups are spearheading this charge, chiefly by identifying — and making strides within — areas of the industry that are most vulnerable to disruption, including genomics, pharmaceuticals, administration, clinical operations, and insurance. It’s important to monitor these startups, and the companies funding their efforts, to determine how the healthcare space will evolve and innovate moving forward. AI In Healthcare AI, often used as an umbrella term to describe types of technology that can simulate human intelligence, is the most hyped — yet underexplored — segment of healthcare. Global AI spending in healthcare is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 48% between 2017 and 2023, surpassing $22 billion by 2023, according to Research and Markets. There are five key business areas in healthcare … [Read more...] about How AI is changing the global healthcare industry
By Christopher Mims WSJ Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 In her living room in Pittsburg, Calif., a small city not far from Silicon Valley, Sue Karp begins every day by greeting her robot companion, ElliQ. The robot greets her back. “I’ve got dogs, but they don’t exactly come up and say ‘Good morning’ in English,” says Ms. Karp, 61, who was forced to retire early by a stroke and now lives alone. At the opposite end of the country, in Pembroke Pines, Fla., 87-year-old Marilyn Sumkin uses an app called Join Papa to summon what the company calls “grandchildren on demand.” College students show up for shopping, chores and chit-chat. Studies have found that loneliness is worse for health than obesity or inactivity, and is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s also an epidemic: A recent study from Cigna Corp. found that about half of Americans are lonely. According to a recent Harvard University study, the cost of … [Read more...] about On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay
The year-old startup got men to comfortably talk about uncomfortable issues. Now, the launch of Hers will test its ability to reach women with the same level of finesse. Andrew Leonard Published 8:00 am CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Photo: J.M. Navarro Photo: J.M. Navarro Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: J.M. Navarro Hims Scored Big With Male Consumers. Can It Repeat The Trick With Women? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Andrew Dudum, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of the men’s wellness startup Hims, could easily double as a stand-in for one of the millennial male models featured in his company’s Instagram ads and TV commercials. His hair is immaculate; his skin … [Read more...] about Hims Scored Big With Male Consumers. Can It Repeat The Trick With Women?