March Mingle 2016

29 Mar 2016 Category: Events, Spotlight

2016 marks the 12th anniversary of March Mingle, San Diego’s largest annual startup and tech networking event.

San Diego Tech Scene invites you to an evening of networking with fellow local geeks while enjoying some local libations and tasty gourmet finger food. Come discover San Diego’s latest startups, user groups and celebrate our thriving tech community.

When: 3.30.2016 | 7-10pm
Where: San Diego Symphony 750 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
RSVP: EventBrite

Convergence is 3 days of events, geared toward bringing entrepreneurs into the San Diego startup community. Convergence is basically a mini Startup Week with a poker night, startup crawl, startup intern job fair and demo night.

When: Feb 4-6, 2016
Tickets and Info:
Where: Downtown and UCSD



Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Bassmnt (Entrance on E St.)
919 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
8 local startups will pitch their startup to an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, tech scene enthusiasts and a panel of startup veterans in a multi-fight, multi-round EXTRAVAGANZA!

When: November 7th, 2013 – 7pm to 10:00pm

Who: 200+ entrepreneurs, startups, and tech scene fans

Where: Underground at the BASSMNT. Enter on E Street, down the ramp.


4 “bouts” where 2 founders have 30 seconds each to pitch their startups.
2 bouts where winners have 2 minutes each to pitch their startups.

Main Event
3 round match

First: 30 second pitch
Second: Questions for judges
Third: Rapid fire startup quiz by MC.

The Judges to crown Winner of FFC1!

David Turner, CEO Parallel6
Rodney Rumford, Co-Founder Slim Surveys
Navid Alipour, Investor

Host bar, food included & good times for all.

Food bar includes:
Antipasto, Artisan Crafted Chips And Dips, Ancho Chicken Purse, Pesto Prawns With Roasted Peppers, Southwest Chicken Empanadas

NOTE: This is not a fundraising event. No solicitation of investment allowed.

SD Tech Week 2013!

9 Jul 2013 Category: Events, Spotlight

Startup San Diego’s Tech Week is Here!

We’re thrilled to put on the first ever SD Tech Week for our flourishing tech community and hope you are too.


Beginning tomorrow Tuesday July 9th the week will kick off with the San Diego Tech Crawl, where participants will sample not only local craft brew, but also downtown co-working spaces, startups and incubators, including Co-Merge and EvoNexus.

The crawl will end up with a fun talk at Co-Merge with Startup Grind San Diego with host Pat Walsh (StayClassy).

Wednesday July 10 – Wednesday evening Start Up San Diego in conjunction with Hughes Marino and Cooley, LLP, will host the second 20/20 Mentor Mashup.  20 technology executives and successful entrepreneurs will mentor 20 emerging technology companies in round-robin sessions of 25 minutes. Concurrent to the mentoring,

Digital Telepathy will host the popular, fast-paced speaking event Ignite, where presenters share their passions in 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Thursday July 11 – While SDVG hosts VCs at the Padres-Giants baseball game, San Diego Tech Founders will host their 6th Demo night on Thursday, showcasing local startups both new and VC-backed show off their products.  Startups include, AirPay, mTelligence and more. San Diego’s maker community, including 3D printer startup, Sandbox will join for the first time to add hardware to the mix.

SDTechScene is hosting the SD Tech Mingle after party, to be held at the Bristol Hotel. SD Tech Mingle is the party for everyone where you can catch what you missed, solidify new friendships, relax, and engage with our thriving startup community.

Friday July 12 – SDVG’s Venture Summit hosts their “Cool Company” and “Hot Topics” events from 7:30am to 12:00pm.

That evening, Co-Merge will host Startup Weekend’s Startup Boost! Party, open to all, the alumni welcome the newest members of the local startup community with food, drinks, and networking activities.

RSVP for your favorite events here

March Mingle 2013!

13 Mar 2013 Category: Events, Spotlight

Looking for more design or development work? Looking to launch a start up? Looking for co-founders? Looking to meet other like minded people in the tech world? Look no further.

It’s that time of the year again! March Mingle is back for its 9th year and will take place at ScaleMatrix in Kearney Mesa on Wednesday March 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

For our March meetup we’re going to forgo our usual 2nd Tuesday of the month meeting and instead get everyone together for the March Mingle event. So please join everyone for an exciting evening event of networking, drinks, food, to check out San Diego’s latest tech startups and discover what other local user groups are up to.

What is this March Mingle event?
Since 2004, March Mingle has brought together technologists from San Diego’s technical user groups for a night of socializing and camaraderie. Thanks to the support of these user groups, San Diego geeks have sold out the venue for the last 3 years. The night is focused on connecting local tech groups and is conducted without sales pitches or demos.

You are invited to come out to talk shop, trade war stories, and munch on finger food while enjoying the evening with San Diego’s finest technologists.

Tickets are $10. Click here to purchase a ticket on Eventbrite:
For more event details visit

This is San Diego tech’s largest community event and we couldn’t do this event without your attendance and support. Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Phelan Riessen
SD Tech Scene | March Mingle organizer

Join us at the brand, spanking new EvoNexus downtown incubator for our 3rd San Diego Tech Founders demo night.  Last one rocked and this one will, too!

Thu, 2/23, 6:30 arrival, show starts at 7, ends when it ends.

Startup peeps RSVP here.


General Admission RSVP here.

List of demo companies is set!  Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to demo at a future event.

Presenting Companies:

































6:30pm Arrive, socialize, eat & drink

7:00 opening remarks & announcements

7:15 Demos!

8:30 Closing

8:35 Socialize, eat & drink

Food & drink will be provided.

Startup peeps RSVP here.


General Admission RSVP here.

David Cohen is coming to town!  Come meet the TechStars founder, multiple startup exiter, advisor, author, leader and all around good guy, as he lays his wisdom down for the best and brightest from San Diego’s startup scene.

Tech Founders RSVP here. ($10) (All startup people are welcome to join.)

General Admission RSVP ($20) here.

Post event beer and wine covered by admission price!


Topics will include:

- The TechStars accelerator program

- The current funding environment

- Growing a localized tech scene

- Founder’s Lessons Learned

- Answers to questions you bring!


6:30 Arrive

6:50 Opening comments

7:00 David Cohen

7:45 Wrap-up

8:00 Porter’s Pub

Tech Founders RSVP here. ($10) (All startup people are welcome to join.)

General Admission RSVP ($20) here.

Notes – Please Read:

For instructions on how to get from Pangea parking structure and the IR/PS Robinson Auditorium, please see here.For instructions on how to get from the auditorium to Porter’s Pub, please see here.

Beer & Wine covered by ticket price.

If you would like to come to the event, but do not wish to join the meetup group, see here.

About David

David Cohen is the founder and CEO of TechStars. Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive [Amazon]. David was also the founder and CEO of, a music service which was sold to in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between. David is a active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at

There are many startups in San Diego doing exciting stuff. There is also abundant talent in the city with major schools and talented people from around the world. However these two don’t always cross paths. A San Diego startup called SweetLabs inc is joining 9 of the hottest startups in town, to create awareness in the local tech community and to attract the best and brightest people. Here is their first event called ‘Startups Are Better’, on Dec 1st 2011, with the tagline “10 Startups. $100 Million Raised. 100 New Jobs Created”. I spoke with SweetLabs co-founder Chester Ng for this post.

SweetLabs was founded in 2008 by 6 guys all of whom came from another successful San Diego startup called DivX.  3 years later, SweetLabs is 65 people strong and looking to double their work force in the months to come. With their products called OpenCandy and Pokki, they want to build the next generation of desktop app development and distribution platform.

Here is Chester Ng about the other participating startups : “We looked for other local startups who were looking to aggressively scale their teams and in particular, had plans to recruit/hire a lot of product development talent (engineers, designers, product managers) over the next six months. We think it’s critical for the community in San Diego to realize that even in the midst of these rough economic times, there are innovative startups that are creating new opportunities for the best talent in the best city, San Diego. Hence the tagline for the event – 10 Startups. $100 Million Raised. 100 New Jobs Created.”

Besides SweetLabs, the startups are Brightscope, Bump Network, Deal Current, Flud, Lockerz, Mogl, Mojo Pages, Slackers, Stock Twits and Take Lessons. Startup are going to introduce themselves and there will be ample opportunity to communicate with them one-on-one. There will be also be a Fireside chat with two tech veterans. Joe Kraus is a two-time entrepreneur turned VC currently with Google Ventures. Michael Robertson is a San Diego entrepreneur with a great track record of building disruptive startups and taking them to profitability and acquisition.

San Diego needs a stronger startup community similar to the one in San Francisco’s SoMa district or the one in downtown Palo Alto. There also needs to be more awareness about startups among talented people, who might otherwise consider only bigger and more established corporations for opportunities. An event such as ‘Statups are better’ is a great step in this direction.

So if you are a techie, designer, marketing buff or a product guy, RSVP and head over to Dec. 1st event ‘Startups Are Better’ where you will have a chance to meet with 10 of the great San Diego startups, listen to veterans speak about their startup exeperiences and have a drink and a bite to eat. And hopefully you will find a great match for your talent.

San Diego Startups are Better!

Join San Diego’s best tech talent and innovative startups looking to grow their teams. Meet representatives from ten of San Diego’s hottest startups, hear a fireside chat about the advantages of startup life from veteran entrepreneurs, and have a drink or bite or two along the way.

To check out startups involved and RSVP, see here.



Joe Kraus

Joe has been with Google Ventures since 2009, and his primary areas of focus are mobile, gaming, and local services.

Prior to Google Ventures, Joe was a two-time entrepreneur. In 1993, he co-founded, an early Internet search engine, holding multiple positions in the company, including leadership roles in product, business development, and marketing. More recently, he co-founded JotSpot in 2004, a wiki company that was acquired by Google in 2006. While at Google, Joe had multiple product management roles including Blogger, Picasa, Sites, Friend Connect, and OpenSocial.




Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is an accomplished technology entrepreneur with a consistent track record of identifying promising trends often in disruptive sectors, building pioneering companies, and leading them to profitability and acquisition. Over his career he has raised more than $100 million in private capital and orchestrated transactions with a combined value of nearly a billion dollars. His technical and operational expertise has spanned industries as diverse as digital music, VOIP and Linux with notable companies including, Linspire and Gizmo5.

Join us November 10 at 6:00 at Co-Merge in downtown San Diego, for
San Diego’s first Startup resource matching event.

Here’s what’s going down:

Are you looking for a potential co-founder for your idea or existing startup? Maybe you want to be part of a startup on the ground floor? This is then event you’ve been waiting for!

Join early stage startup founders and people who want to be part of a startup or have an idea for a startup and network and find your potential match.  The type of collaboration might include co-founding, mentoring, advising, bartering, interning, or contracting.

Students, existing startups, entrepreneurs with an idea, and people willing and able to work startups encouraged to come!

To participate as a startup, you must have raised less than $750k.  Everyone is welcome to attend the mixer after the matching.  Food and drink will be served!

6:00 arrive and network
6:30 30 second startup pitches (who are you, what are you looking for?)
7:00 Matching begins
8:30 Music and socializing
10:30 Close up

Please be sure to answer all profile questions when ordering tickets.



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