Nonprofits typically rely on donors and grants, which keeps them busy sustaining what they’re already doing rather than trying out new tacks. But a growing movement wants to see more nonprofits pitching ideas to potential backers, pursuing money-making ventures aimed at addressing social problems and seeking investment in ways a startup might.
Jerry Williams self-reported stormwater pollution from his business to the state, as required by law. Environmental groups sued over the reports, and as the legal fight dragged on, Williams closed shop. Meanwhile, other businesses flout the law, don’t do the monitoring and likely make more in profit.
In the last few years, San Diego’s seen a craft coffee explosion, and two local roasters recently landed on a prominent list of the best coffees of 2015. We gathered a handful of folks steeped in the local craft coffee scene to talk about where local government falls short in helping them get off the ground, whether San Diegans care more about beer than they ever will about coffee and more.
Developer Doug Manchester has exited the media business, but he will still have lots of influence on the city’s future thanks to several ongoing projects.
Every now and then, a San Diego startup manages to create enough noise to drown out all that Silicon Valley buzz. The latest was San Diego’s GoFundMe. Here are five(ish) more that could break through.
San Diego’s Qualcomm still dominates the mobile chip-making industry. But it’s not untouchable, as a perfect storm of regulatory scrutiny, falling market share and pressure to stay on top in China’s ultracompetitive smartphone market has made clear.
In the last year, SDG&E’s business customers have seen rate increases up to 24 percent. That’s not fair. But the ultimate decision on setting energy rates lies with state policymakers and regulators.
Two factors bind each of the areas where Airbnb is thriving. They’re known for high hotel occupancies or relatively few hotels, or both.
No, San Diego companies aren’t facing the apocalypse. But some of the concerns they raise can make it sound like it’s the end of the world. Watch this week’s San Diego Explained for an overview of the biggest challenges they’re confronting.
As we wrap our quest to determine what factors are holding back local businesses, we’re adding one more to the list: Businesses’ own reluctance to talk openly about the challenges they face.