Entries by Phelan Riessen

San Diego’s No. 1 for Startups Now What?

San Diego’s No. 1 for Startups Now What? Last week Forbes  named San Diego the best place in the country to launch a startup. There are many different ways to evaluate this claim, and the comments section for the article proves there are some skeptics. So, is San Diego really No. 1 for startups? Let’s take a […]

Meet San Diego’s Digital Mafia

Meet San Diego’s Digital Mafia Where do you go when you want to get into acting? Hollywood. Where do you go when you want to get into politics? Washington D.C. Where do you go to start a tech company? Silicon Valley. Most people know Silicon Valley creates tech company after tech company. Former employees and […]

What Tech Startups Are Doing to Survive in San Diego

Plenty of successful companies exist in San Diego. But when you examine the methods each one used to get to where they are, something clear stands out: There’s no magic formula. They each traveled a different path. It’s useful, then, to look at how a handful of local startups have cobbled together money-saving methods and […]

Local Startups Could Use Some Kickstarting

Local Startups Could Use Some Kickstarting 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 […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the San Diego Tech Scene

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the San Diego Tech Scene Does San Diego have a tech startup community? Do local businesses use any new products actually built in San Diego, by San Diego developers? Can you name any San Diego tech companies other than Qualcomm? How would you find them and why […]

How Active Are Angel Investors Outside of Silicon Valley?

It all started last July. We decided we were going to raise a round of financing for our startup, TapHunter (rebranding to Bevato). We kept driving our key metrics (revenue) and in October I hit the road. I want to share a few insights I learned along the way. This post is for all of the founders […]

Connections with Existing Businesses Help Expand the Entrepreneurial Environment

Connections with Existing Businesses Help Expand the Entrepreneurial Environment San Diego business founders and champions of creating a vibrant startup scene agree: Boosting education about entrepreneurship, stimulating communication about available resources and making personal connections are keys to fostering a thriving local tech startup environment. STARTING YOUNG “It’s important that we foster our youth to […]