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New Accelerator Marries San Diego’s Strengths in Life Sciences, Software

San Diego Business Journal | December 14, 2018

San Francisco Bay-area accelerator Nex3 will launch a new San Diego program for health care and life sciences software companies. Nex3 is currently accepting applications for its new digital health accelerator, which will start on Feb. 11. Daniel Haders, Managing Director of Healthcare Tech for Nex3, said…

NXT Robotics Announces Service Partnership with Ricoh

Market Watch | December 3, 2018

Reflecting a growing global demand for industrial robots, NXT Robotics, an emerging security robotics firm, has announced an on-site service partnership with Ricoh USA Inc. This partnership leverages the RICOH Service Advantage program and utilizes Ricoh’s vast global network of repair and service specialists…

The innovative startups improving clinical trial recruitment, enrollment, retention, and design

MobiHealthNews | November 30, 2018

The clinical trial market is enormous. To understand its scale, consider that currently lists more than 280,000 active clinical research studies, up from just 2,119 active studies in the year 2000. Even with this massive increase in the number of clinical trials between 2000 and 2018, research indicates…

How to Build a Security Dashboard for Startups

Mobi Health News | October 23, 2018

What with so many apps, connected medical devices and messaging systems the world of healthcare is going more mobile — no longer is every system under the umbrella of a hospital IT specialist. But that pivot toward digital health brings up questions for innovators and IT specialists about how to track and monitor security when building and implementing new products…

Two UC San Diego Aerospace Engineering Students Set Out to Speed up Spacecraft and Hardware Design

University of California | October 5, 2018

After working for SpaceX, Moon Express, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and leading the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) chapter at UC San Diego, Darren Charrier and Faris Hamdi experienced the pain points of many engineers firsthand – that the design process for complex hardware was far too inefficient for the 21st century…

FanAI and GumGum Sports Partnership Aims to Help Brands Navigate Twitch

SportTechie | September 21, 2018

Twitch streams can be goldmines for brands. From product placement to logos to sponsored content, ads on Twitch are common and, because they’re part of the video feed, they are immune to ad blockers. Recently, computer vision media company GumGum Sports and FanAI, an AI-based analytics company, partnered to help esports organizations tap into… is Accelerating Clinical Trials

PM360 | September 21, 2018

Patients often don’t have time to wait. But, the clinical trial process can be slow. Even in the digital age, getting a trial up and running can get bogged down from manual and archaic processes ingrained in our industry. Kim Walpole, Co-founder and CEO of, decided it was time to speed things up by using artificial intelligence to help design better trial protocols and…

Nex Cubed adds iSport360 to its Fast-Growing Portfolio of Technology Companies

iSport360 | July 17, 2018

Nex Cubed (, an innovation platform that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market, helps rising companies scale, and provides paths to liquidity, has added iSport360, Inc. (, an innovative youth sports technology company, to its portfolio of frontier technology companies. This is Nex Cubed’s 26th investment since it’s launch in…

HyTrust Introduces Seamless Data Discovery, Classification and Encryption for Virtual Environments

GlobeNewswire Press Releases | July 2, 2018

HyTrust announced today integration between HyTrust DataControl and HyTrust CloudAdvisor for seamless data discovery, classification and encryption in virtual environments. The result gives organizations an automated, end-to-end system to find and understand data; designate it according to policies, laws and requirements; encrypt it based on automated policy; and prevent unauthorized access or transmission. In effect, the integration marries the data discovery and classification of HyTrust CloudAdvisor with the encryption, key management and policy enforcement of HyTrust DataControl, providing organizations a full data lifecycle security solution….

MedCrypt Raises $1.9 Million in Funding, Round Led by Eniac Ventures
PR Newswire | June 28, 2018
MedCrypt, a medical device cybersecurity technology provider, today announces $1.9 million in new funding. The seed round was led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from Sway Ventures, Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments and Friedman BioVentures. The financing will accelerate the commercial deployment of cryptographically embedded cybersecurity software for medical device makers, which includes…

MedCrypt brings in $1.9M to advance medical device cybersecurity
MedCity News | June 28, 2018
MedCrypt, a provider of medical device cybersecurity technology, has secured $1.9 million in new funding. The round was spearheaded by Eniac Ventures. Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments, Sway Ventures and Friedman BioVentures also participated. The seed financing will allow MedCrypt to continue to develop its technology and deploy its software into more of its customers’ devices…

Early-Stage Booster Comes to Town To ‘Create, Incubate and Accelerate’
San Diego Business Journal | June 21, 2018
A San Francisco-based seed-stage investment firm and a venture capital fund — separate businesses that work closely together — are becoming increasingly active in the Southern California startup scene. Nex Cubed and Sway Ventures share office space overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Prospect Street in La Jolla. The companies also share some DNA, with some operating partners and…

Seeds of change – a message from impact incubator Nex Cubed
Horizons | June 21, 2018
As part of the Horizons Innovation Insights trip to San Francisco, we met Nex Cubed, an incubator with a social mission. In this post their CEO, Marlon Evans, explains exactly what this mission is. Applying this old Chinese proverb to the world of work: the best time to make a positive change in your business was yesterday. The second-best time is…

San Diego Venture Group Names 30 Startups to 2018 ‘Cool Companies’ List
San Diego Business Journal | May 25, 2018
San Diego Venture Group on May 24 announced the latest batch of startups to make its “Cool Companies” list. The organization, which works to link local early-stage companies with investors, said 180 companies applied for inclusion this year. Founders of the companies are invited to meet in late June with roughly 100 venture capitalists and angel investors at a private event hosted by…

Nex Cubed Announces Two New Board Members
PR Newswire | May 10, 2018
Nex Cubed, an innovation platform that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market, helps rising companies scale, and provides paths to liquidity, is pleased to welcome Ken Denman and Duncan Logan to its Board of Directors. “We are honored to have Mr. Denman and Mr. Logan join the Nex Cubed Board,” said Marlon Evans, CEO of Nex Cubed. “Their breadth of…

NAYS Teams Up with iSport360 to Engage Sports Parents | May 7, 2018
iSport360, Inc. (, a youth sports software company, and the National Alliance for Youth Sports ( have teamed up to provide coaches and parents with education and tools to share player feedback. “We are excited about the value that iSport360 can offer to our members,” said Kate Nematollahi, Director of Education Programs for NAYS. “iSport360 provides a range of resources to the youth sports community, specifically a mobile platform that helps coaches set goals, evaluate players and share ongoing player feedback.”

NewSpace Business Competition Announces Finalists
Parabolic Arc | May 3, 2018
Today, the Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced the finalists that will be competing in the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 26 during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles. Six finalists were selected to compete in the Shark Tank-style pitch competition: Beyond Earth, First Resonance, Space Map, Stofiel Aerospace, Voyager Space Technologies, Waypoint 2 Space.

Data Security as a Service for Medical Devices: Interview with MedCrypt CEO Mike Kijewski
Medgadget | April 27, 2018
Data security has been a hot topic in the media recently with revelations about the dissemination of user data at Facebook and breaches at other large businesses like Uber. Healthcare has also had its fair share of cybersecurity issues, with data from 18,000 Medicare members accessed at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield through its vendor LaunchPoint Ventures in 2017 and the…

TEO Report: Just Under $2B in Disclosed Esports Funding Raised in Q1 2018
The Esports Observer | April 23, 2018
The Esports Observer has published its Q1 2018 Esports Business Digest; a breakdown of the most relevant financial movements within the esports industry over the last three months. One of the most striking findings is that the esports industry raised more capital in the first quarter of 2018 than in any other single quarter. We previously reported that over $200M had already been announced in…

5 Software Startups Solving the Biggest Challenges in Solar
Greentech Media | April 23, 2018
The startup ecosystem in solar is still strong. At GTM Events, we’re now including sessions where young companies tell their stories in front of the audience. It’s a great way to bring fresh perspectives to the industry. At the Solar Software Summit next week, we’ll hear from five companies about the problems they’re trying to solve in solar in a session led by industry all-star Emily Kirsch, CEO of…

Hytrust Adds Support for Containers and AWS Workloads to Protect Multi-Cloud Environments
GlobeNewswire | April 12, 2018
HyTrust announced today HyTrust CloudControl 6.0 which includes two new editions to enable consistent, integrated security for containers and virtual machines across private and public clouds. The first edition, HyTrust CloudControl Continuous Compliance focuses on reducing the compliance burden on IT and DevOps teams by addressing the visibility and hardening challenges across multi-cloud infrastructure. HyTrust CloudControl for Container Edition provides the critical security controls mandated by the security team to deploy containers safely in production environments.

17 Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Hacked
Reader’s Digest | April 19, 2018
More and more, common items we regularly use are becoming connected, making things more convenient not only for us, but for hackers, too. Here’s how to protect your home—and your family.A hacked smart TV presents problems on many levels. A prankster could switch channels on you, order movies you don’t want, or blast the volume when you least expect it. On another level, a hacked TV can have a direct impact on your…

Nex Cubed Welcomes New CEO
PR Newswire | April 2, 2018
Nex Cubed, a frontier technology focused seed-stage investor and accelerator, has named Marlon Evans as CEO. Mr. Evans was the former CEO of GSVlabs, a Silicon Valley-based innovation and growth platform for startups and corporations. Prior to GSVlabs, Evans was the Director of Corporate Affairs at Hewlett Packard. With a passion for social impact, Evans has held leadership roles at…

FanAI Digs Deeper Into Fan Behavior for More Precise View
New York Business Journal | March 8, 2018
When Dr Pepper wanted to find the right fit in the evolving world of esports, its marketing agency hired a little-known data analytics firm that lined the soda maker up with not just a specific team (TSM), but a player (Søren Bjerg). Within a few weeks of the sponsorship and endorsement deals, engagement with fans of the team and Bjerg on social media doubled for…

MedCrypt Wins Venture Connect Prize
Healthcare IT News | March 7, 2018
Medcrypt, an Encinitas, California-based startup that uses APIs to help medical device companies secure themselves against hackers and security breaches, on Thursday won the HIMSS Venture Connect startup contest held at HIMSS18. The announcement marked the culmination of a day-long event hosted by Health 2.0 that featured insights into…

Launch Alaska selects four energy startups for 2018 program
Alaska Journal | February 21, 2018
Four energy companies were selected in a competitive process to participate in Launch Alaska’s 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage.They will complete an intensive four-month program beginning March 26 at the downtown Boardroom, a shared working space for innovators. In the program, they receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in exchange for equity in their companies. The 2018 group is BoxPower, Carter Wind, Correlate and Omega Grid…

How do digital health partnerships happen? Where do you go with them? Views from a developer and an app security provider.
Telecare Aware | February 17, 2018
This Editor recently covered a partnership between Doncaster UK’s MediBioSense Ltd.and San Francisco-based Blue Cedar, where Blue Cedar’s app security system will protect information from MediBioSense’s app through to the provider database. I was curious how two physically distant small companies, even in this global healthcare business, found each other, as well as how MediBioSense (MBS) adopted a US-developed sensor from VitalConnect. To find out more, I spoke with…

BioVirtua: Sequencing Human Movement
Medstack | January 8, 2018
From bone fractures to multiple sclerosis, over 100 conditions impact human movement. For conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, motor abnormalities are some of the first symptoms used to support a diagnosis, as well as one of the primary signs used to continually assess severity and progression. Therefore, examining human movement is an incredibly important part of the patient lifecycle in chronic disease management.That’s why BioVirtua is building a platform that sequences human movement in real-time.

Meet the Top 10 Finalists in NASA’s iTech Cycle 3 Challenge
TechCo | December 31, 2017
On December 14, 2017 NASA announced the discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth, “making our solar system tied for most number of planets around a single star,” according to NASA. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i is a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days. This brings the number of confirmed exoplanets from Kepler to …

CEO of FanAI presented at SBJ Sports Marketing Symposium in New York
Sports Business Daily | November 2, 2017
Sports teams are competing for attention, and revenue, in a very crowded entertainment space. And building, and maintaining, relationships with increasingly distracted sports fans is a real challenge. The Holy Grail of the fan experience may be found in fan insights. By analyzing everything from rights holder information payment data (ticket, concession, and merchandise); to social, and digital stats, marketers…

Nex Cubed Selects Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Frontier Tech Companies for Fall 2017 Incubator Program
PR Newswire | October 23, 2017
Not the typical incubator, Nex Cubed focuses on quality over quantity, incubating an average of five to eight select startups per cohort from around the globe and offers a remote, entirely customized program with a full suite of services to drive innovation, value, and growth. The selected companies receive a capital investment, office space in downtown San Francisco, customized consulting from…

CB Insights selects FanAI as a Top 10 esports startup to watch
CB Insights | October 22, 2017
eSports startups account for a large slice of funding to the broader gaming landscape, and have received significant investment and press coverage in recent years. We used the CB Insights platform to surface 10 notable, early-stage eSports startups developing technologies related to competitive gaming facilitated by electronic systems, particularly…

ARE YOU THE WHY? | October 22, 2017
Trials.AI is humanizing the research industry by telling real stories about the impact that effective treatments can have on real lives. is starting an “I’m the Why” social media campaign, similar to Humans of New York, where we share the stories of the people who are the WHY behind what we’re doing. Our goal is to…

BioVirtua: HealthTech Standout Winner
LinkedIn | October 12, 2017
As part of the 2017 Connected Health Conference, Partners Connected Health and the PCHAlliance are pleased to present the 7th Annual Health Tech StandOut! Competition (formerly the Innovators Challenge, a highly popular event featured for the past six years at the Partners Connected Health Symposium). CHC17 brings together the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference, creating…

The Intelligent Trial: AI Comes To Clinical Trials
Clinical Informatics News | September 29, 2017
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing health care and advancing the clinical trial process faster than any Hollywood AI robot could predict. Besides cutting costs, improving trial quality, and reducing trial times by almost half, AI is finding biomarkers and gene signatures that cause diseases, recruiting eligible clinical trial patients in minutes, reading volumes of text in seconds, and is on the cusp of breakthrough discoveries involving new…

Blackbird.AI – Hurricane Harvey Case Study 2017
YouTube | September 29, 2017
Blackbird.AI provides Anomaly and Event Detection for Public Safety officials and Enterprise Solutions. During Hurricane Harvey, Blackbird.AI was used to provide first responders with critical information during a rapidly changing and volatile event. Speaking here about how Blackbird.AI helped during Hurricane Harvey is Constable Ryan Gable who leads Precinct 3 and was voted Best Constable in Texas for 2016.

RefleXion Medical Selects MedCrypt to Secure its New Radiotherapy Technology
DOTmed | September 25, 2017
“What we’re doing with RefleXion is encrypting the data so people can’t steal it, but also making it so the device is only acting on instructions that it knows came from another part of the RefleXion system,” Mike Kijewski, CEO and co-founder of MedCrypt, told HCB News. The FDA’s recently updated guidelines on new device manufacturing require vendors of IoT devices to focus on cybersecurity. Manufacturers have staff members with expertise in…

NXT Robotics Unveils Scorpion 2
Marketwired | September 19, 2017
San Diego-based NXT Robotics has introduced Scorpion 2, a rugged all-terrain and all-weather outdoor security robot designed to provide organizations with round-the-clock physical security monitoring and reporting capabilities. The first version of Scorpion was rolled out earlier this year at West 2017 in San Diego. NXT Robotics, known for its advanced mobile security patrol platform, will be…

Let the Endorsify Chatbot Help Find Your Next Influencer
Medium | August 29, 2017
Before Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chatbots were a ubiquitous development in the tech sphere they were a novel feature of AIM, MSN and chat rooms around the world. Those who grew up on AIM probably remember SmarterChild, the Chatbot on your buddy list with an uncanny ability to carry a conversation. For a lot of people this was likely the first encounter with AI. Not many could…

How Endorsify is Changing the Market for User-Generated Content
Medium | August 7, 2017
Placing a monetary value on your work can be a difficult and uncomfortable task if you don’t have access to the right information. Maximizing your worth without overpricing yourself is a tightrope act. Endorsify wants to make it easier.
In an industry like user-generated content, one that hasn’t had a lot of time to…

Esports Audience Monetization Platform Raises $1.8 Million Seed Round
Forbes | July 27, 2017
As of July 2017, there is little doubt in the staying power of esports, which is essentially an industry consisting of competitive video game play that has attracted not only participants but also a wide range of spectators on platforms such as Twitch. However, one of the biggest challenges remains finding out successful methods to monetize the rapidly expanding industry. Enter FanAI…

Eating The Farm?
Equities | July 18, 2017
In 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously penned his essay “Software is Eating The World,” arguing that all companies will eventually become software companies. Today, Silicon Valley is betting that software will eat the farm. From sensors that track soil health to drones and “nano-satellites” that gather data from the sky, entrepreneurs and corporate R&D labs…

Start-Up Execs Urge Trump Not To Kill Special ‘Start-Up Visa’ For Entrepreneurs
CNBC | June 19, 2017
A new immigration rule that would allow foreign-born entrepreneurs to stay legally in the U.S. and work on their companies could become a key point of contention between tech execs and the White House, who are meeting this week. The International Entrepreneur Rule, colloquially called a “startup visa,” was created through an executive order from President Obama…

‘Startup Visa’ Rule Could Help Entrepreneurs If Trump Keeps It
San Francisco Chronicle | May 20, 2017
In less than two months, foreign entrepreneurs will have another way to reach for the American dream — unless the Trump administration closes it off. The International Entrepreneur Rule, approved by the Department of Homeland Security during President Barack Obama’s waning hours in office, grants foreign entrepreneurs a window of time to…

Defending Against Medical Device Hacker Threat, MedCrypt CEO Seizes an Opportunity
MedCityNews | May 3, 2017
An episode of “Homeland” guided Mike Kijewski to founding MedCrypt, a medical device security startup that began operations in January 2016. In it, the vice president has his pacemaker hacked, the end result being a heart attack that kills him—assassination by cybersecurity negligence, in effect. “When I started researching medical device security, not only did I…

Pluto AI Aims To Transform Wastewater Treatment With Applied AI
Clean Technica | April 19, 2017
Artificial Intelligence startup Pluto AI has raised $2.1 million in VC funding in order to inject intelligence into the traditionally mundane world of wastewater treatment. Modern plants are flush with sensors and automated controls, but they typically operate independently and often require user intervention.

Pluto AI Raises $2.1 Million To Bring Intelligence To Water Treatment
Tech Crunch | April 4, 2017
Former 500 Startups accelerator company Pluto AI is announcing $2.1 million in fundraising today from Fall Line Capital, Refactor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, Comet Labs and additional angels. Pluto is taking advantage of the sensorification of modern water treatment plants to extrapolate insights that can save operators precious time, money and water.

NXT Robotics Unveils Rugged All-Terrain, All-Weather Outdoor Security Robot at West 2017
Yahoo! Finance | February 21, 2017
Mobile robotics are playing an increasingly important role in the security of our borders, military facilities, and even power plants. To meet this growing demand, San Diego-based NXT Robotics has developed Scorpion, a rugged all-terrain and all-weather outdoor security robot designed to provide organizations with round-the- clock physical security monitoring and…

QuiO and MedCrypt Partner to Add Data Security Sophistication to Smartinjector Devices
Medgadget | February 16, 2017
QuiO’s Smartinjector platform, as covered previously on Medgadget, is poised to become the first set of cloud-connected injectable therapy delivery devices available for in-home use. Following their recognition at January’s Accenture Startup Health Festival as the winner of the HealthTech Innovation Challenge, the QuiO team has seen a stark increase in demand for their devices. Now they…