Business of San Diego

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(Left to right) Brian Mesic, investor at Ankona Capital, Brian Langner, investor at Industry Ventures, and Al Bsharah, investor at Interlock Capital alongside Business Journalist Fred Grier.

Business of San Diego is a deeply reported newsletter on the inner workings of the startup and venture capital industry in San Diego, written by Fred Grier. 

Get fresh, informed analysis and reporting on top startups and venture capital firms dealmaking in San Diego and learn who are the key leaders. 

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“Best way to know what’s going on in San Diego and read stories about amazing founders and startups based in San Diego.”

Who writes the newsletter?

Fred Grier founded and runs Business of San Diego, the startups and venture capital media publication. 

Having written about San Diego for more than half a decade, Fred has established himself as a go-to voice for understanding what’s going on in San Diego. He’s broken news on Qualcomm, Illumina, Dexcom, and many more top tech companies and venture capital firms. 

He has also interviewed unicorn startup founders, investors and top executives at companies including Linear, Vuori Clothing, Seismic, Trust and Will, among others.

Fred is currently a freelance reporter at the San Diego Business Journal. He covered startups and venture capital for SDBJ for two years. In addition, he earned his stripes as a marketer supporting Deloitte, ServiceNow with content and event marketing.

He graduated from UC San Diego in 2019 with a degree in pyschology. He is earning a Master’s in Business and Real Estate at the University of San Diego.

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Top Articles by Category

Startup Profiles

  1. San Diego's $4 Billion Clothing Brand: Vuori

  2. Personal AI, Three Year-Old Startup, Raises $8.4 Million

  3. Sunday Golf: San Diego's $15 Million Golf Brand

  4. Pura Vida Bracelets: San Diego's $100M+ Jewelry Company

  5. Athletic Brewing: The $500M Non-Alcoholic Beer Company

  6. Pureboost: Building a $100M Energy Drink Brand

  7. Fashionphile: San Diego's $500M Luxury Giant

  8. Truvian Health: The Blood-Testing Company

  9. Callaway: San Diego's Largest Golf Company

  10. This La Jolla Startup Makes Millions Selling Swimming Pool Inflatables

Investment Firms

  1. Venture Capital: San Diego's Anzu Partners Raises $200M for its Third Fund

  2. Private Equity: Seaside Equity Partners Raises $325M Fund II

Quarterly Reports

  1. VC Funding Report: San Diego Sees $1.1 Billion Invested in Q3 2023

  2. SD Venture Capital Deals Reach $1.2B in Q1

  3. San Diego hauls in $4.8B in VC in 2022

Exclusive Interviews

  1. Fireside Chat With San Diego's Joe Kudla, Founder of Vuori Clothing

  2. Shield AI's Founders: Talk Scaling Startup in San Diego, Valued at $2.7 Billion

  3. Prominent Silicon Valley Startup Founder Taking Its Talents to San Diego

  4. Karri Saarinen: Talks Leaving SF and Building a $400M Startup in San Diego

  5. Mike Freeman Reflects on His 23 Year Career at The San Diego Union Tribune

  6. Axos Bank Founder Explains Silicon Valley Bank's Unraveling

  7. Perspective from a Venture Capital Lawyer

Startup Scoops

  1. San Diego's Most Active VC Firms

  2. San Diego's NuFund Achieves $1 Billion Exit

  3. San Diego Drone Startup Shield AI Raising $150M, Valued at $2.5 Billion

  4. Top VC Firm Nabs Series C in San Diego Startup Mosaic

Ecosystem Guides

  1. 9 Successful Y Combinator Alumni Who Have Founding Roots in San Diego

  2. Top-Funded Female Entrepreneurs in San Diego

  3. San Diego's Most Promising AI Startups

  4. The San Diego Crypto Ecosystem

Event Recaps

  1. San Diego Tech Week: Innovation Day, Techstars, and Top Tech Awards

  2. Startup San Diego Showcase Founders at Qualcomm, SDSU, Carlsbad and Tijuana

  3. What Was Discussed at the Interlock Summit?

  4. Women's Venture Summit Brings Top Investors and Founders to San Diego

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I got my start working as a tech reporter at The San Diego Business Journal. Business of San Diego continues that reporting, writing scoops and breaking news on SD's top startups, founders and venture capital firms.