Alliance Newsletter | January 2019
Happy New Year! (Is it too late to still say Happy New Year?) We’re pretty much heads down over here at the Alliance on two main fronts: fundraising for our 2019 programming (summarized here) and planning for our upcoming event in April that will focus on Diversity & Inclusion. We’re also happy to announce that BCG has just kicked off another pro-bono project on our behalf to help us identify the top SoCal “nodes” that we’ll be supporting this year. We’ll have more to say about all these developments in the coming weeks, so for now, here’s a few interesting tidbits we’d like to share.

Current Events

Congrats to Seismic on becoming a unicorn with a $100M series E round (pat on our own back: they were one of the startups we featured in our Unicorn Quest event in November) Read more.

►  Andy Wilson reflects on 2018 and what’s ahead ( Read more.

►  VC investment in 2018 was bonkers, here’s a good summary. Read more.

►  For the visual learners: pretty charts that summarize 2018’s record year for VC investment. Read more.

►  Richard Florida on how geography of Startups and Innovation is Changing. Read more.

►  TCA - San Diego Grows Members by 40% y-o-y. Read more.

Big Tech Expanding Presence in SoCal:

Apple (in LA): Apple leased a four-story building near Culver City’s art gallery district and plans to employ 1,000 people in LA over the next 3 years. Read more.

Apple (in SD): Apple plans to move into a new building in the 9700 block of Towne Center Drive in the University City area and will also grow to 1,000 employees by 2022. Read more.

Google (in LA): Google signed a 14-year lease for 584K SF of creative office space in the upcoming redevelopment of the Westside Pavilion in LA (near UCLA). This is in addition to their recent move into their 320K SF campus at Howard Hughes' former Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista by LAX. Read more.

Looking for a spot at a great incubator?

Based in OC (Irvine) and SD:

EvoNexus is a startup technology incubator and hub for the startup community with locations in San Diego and Irvine. EvoNexus is supported with unparalleled office space in the vibrant workplace communities created by California’s leading real estate developer, Irvine Company and financially by global technology and life science corporations. Accepting applications until Feb 15


Based in San Diego:

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) is the region’s first accelerator program and business resource center established specifically to support diverse or financially disadvantaged founders. CAJC will provide startups the support they need to scale and support the local entrepreneur community with access to resources to encourage their development. Now Accepting Applications (until Jan 16)


Based in DTLA:

Grid110 has an open call for applications for two Spring 2019 programs supporting Los Angeles founders and startups. Programs range in support from ideation stage to early stage ventures across any business vertical. Both programs are no cost/equity taken. Applications are due by February 1st. Learn more or sign-up for an upcoming info session at  

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