There’s some soul-searching happening now about what San Diego’s startup tech scene needs – and about what could stifle tech entrepreneurship here.
The needs are echoed throughout the sector: Savvy mentorship. Money. Community.
One local company founder, Adriana Herrera, is writing a blog for The New York Times about her experience straddling two startup communities, in San Diego and Santa Monica. She and her co-founder would rather be here full-time, she said, but she’s found advisers, help and inspiration farther north that she said she can’t ignore.
And in April, a local startup aficionado and author, Brant Cooper, instigated a wave of conversation about the places he thinks the pipeline is broken in San Diego. In a widely circulated post known around town as “Brant’s rant,” he laid into big industry organizations begun decades ago to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in San Diego. The post was inflammatory, and Cooper later revised some of his sharp criticism.