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Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

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Stars Aligning: How Southern California Could Be the Next Great Tech Ecosystem

March 20, 2018  |  The ingredients are in place for SoCal to emerge as the next major global tech ecosystem.The region’s challenge is to successfully navigate a short list of critical steps necessary to make that happen. The Boston Consulting Group, in partnership with the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, took a fresh look at Southern California as a magnet for a new generation of tech innovators. We found a growing, surprisingly potent and robust region on the cusp of greater things.

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Tech Study Critical Of Region’s Fragmentation, Geography

June 23, 2017  | A new study, released by the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, has surprisingly come out highly critical of the region’s fragmentation and “lack of a compelling geographic center”, saying those factors are keeping the region from emerging as a “tech hub as robust as Silicon Valley”.

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Allied for Innovation – UCSB joins newly launched Alliance for Southern California Innovation led by tech entrepreneur Steve Poizner

June 23, 2017  |  Joseph Incandela, vice chancellor for research and a professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for Southern California Innovation. Founded by technology entrepreneur and former California insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, the non-profit organization is aimed at nurturing and accelerating the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California.
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Former insurance commissioner seeks to rally start-up creation in Southern California

June 25, 2017  |  Steve Poizner, the former state insurance commissioner who sold a GPS technology start-up to Qualcomm years ago, launched a nonprofit venture this week that plans to bring together investors, universities and entrepreneurs. Poizner, who splits time between La Jolla and Los Gatos, plans to work nearly full time on the staff-less operation, a spokeswoman said. The Alliance for Southern California Innovation initiative remains in the early stages, but its major goals include serving as a local conduit for investors from other regions and coming up with a branding strategy for Southern California’s tech community. Boston Consulting Group plans to work for free to develop recommendations by the fall on boosting technology development in Southern California.
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Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder

June 26, 2017  |  A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV. Steve Poizner, who sold two of his startups to Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and served as California Insurance Commissioner a decade ago, has signed a collaboration agreement with a venture fund that Maris founded in suburban San Diego.
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Alliance that touts SoCal as alternative to Silicon Valley teams with Google Ventures founder

July 13, 2017  |  Can Southern California emerge as a technology hub on par with Silicon Valley over the next few years? A new non-profit group led by former state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a serial tech entrepreneur, aims to make the southern part of the state a viable alternative for start-ups to the increasingly congested north.
San Diego Union Tribune ⇒

SoCal Alliance Seeks Entrepreneurial Clout

June 29, 2017  |  Iconic entrepreneurial ecosystems have sprouted up in the main regions of Southern California. The first venture fund to partner with the alliance is Encinitas-based Section 32, a $160 million fund created by Bill Maris, founder and former chief executive of Google Ventures.
San Diego Business Journal ⇒

New Alliance Seeks to Unify SoCal Entrepreneurs

July 3, 2017  |  Over several generations, substantial entrepreneurial ecosystems have sprouted in Southern California.
Orange County Business Journal ⇒