Does anybody really believe in San Diego technology? How many successful mobile platforms or apps were made in San Diego? Where there any?
The fact that local companies don’t often work together is one of the biggest hurdles facing San Diego’s startup scene. When I pointed this out, I got tons of responses pondering why this was true.
Chris Corriveau, CTO of local company StockTwits, thinks one reason is that companies simply “don’t know each other exist.”
That’s a problem with a solution. Here are some great resources to help existing and startup tech companies.
They may not be the whole answer – so let me know in the comments what you’re doing, or who’s taking action to fill the gaps.
Plug and Play
Recently seven local startups received $25,000 each from Plug and Play San Diego. Plug and Play Tech Center, an accelerator specializing in growing technology startups, created its local accelerator program specifically to grow entrepreneurship in San Diego late in 2012. Since that time, it has provided two rounds of funding that have allowed local businesses to go to the Bay Area, where it’s easier to get funding and help.
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The great/reputed San Diego Venture Group should probably be inspired from (and eventually work with :)) StartupCircle who has been supporting and promoting PlugNPlay in San Diego for the now two years… We need more Silicon Valley institutional investors and accelerators to commit sustainable funding to our San Diego entrepreneurs; a little like PlugNPlay did by opening its acceleration program (twice a year) to select groups of San Diego startups, as you just explained. Bridging and “Sealing” the Silicon Valley investor community and the San Diego startup community is an essential step to fuel the San Diego collaborative ecosystem that we are talking about and that seems to be on its way.
I do not fully agree that the reason Startups or Entrepreneurs do not collaborate is because they do not know each other exist.
From my perspective what I notice since 2006 in San Diego from local founders is a mindset of I do not need anyone else to make it work and meeting other Entrepreneurs for the most part is a waist of time. Most Entrepreneurs locally spend their time looking for funding or engineering their product.
Until we create a community feeling the value of collaboration at all levels we will then start seeing people engage each other more frequently.
I am very optimistic for a lot of the new relationships being created late 2013 among agencies, organization and colleges and 2014 could be the year things come together.
@StartupCircle Thanks for the feedback. As far as collaboration, I was talking more about established companies embracing new startups for the great new technology they are building.
Nice article... Plug and Play is a great resource for startup entrepreneurs in the region, in addition to others such as CONNECT, Evonexus, Founders Institute, Tech Cocktail, Startup SD, and many many more, including some focused within universities. Moreover, i'm glad that the crossborder connection was mentioned, and I think we will be hearing more about new programs that organizations such as AVM (angel ventures mexico), Ansir Innovation, Fablab, and others are focusing on developing.... With this litany of programs, we're well on our way to building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem...save for one of the main points of the article...that we can't afford to splinter and that greater collaboration is needed, given that our community is much smaller than the Bay Area or other hubs. I wonder if anyone has any ideas on how to create that cohesion (without simply creating more events and programs, to which there seem to be an ample supply of ?)
@Ping I agree these are all good places for startup entrepreneurs. I think they all need to take a few steps further. I'm sure we will be hearing more about cross boarder opportunities.