The X Lists Debut: San Diego’s Online Reference Library for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

2/25/10Follow @bvbigelow

If Xconomy had a storefront in downtown San Diego instead of a Web address, it might be easier for readers to see what we’ve got under construction, because people could peer behind the plywood fencing and the signs reading “Pardon Our Dust.” Instead, curious visitors who clicked on the tab that says “resources” only got the unsatisfying message “Coming soon…”

Until now, that is. Our latest project is finished, and I am proud to introduce a new section on our website that we call the X Lists.

In our quest to be the authoritative voice on technology innovation in San Diego, we’ve created the X Lists to serve as a one-stop shop for the range of resources that entrepreneurs should find useful as they work to fulfill their own quests. We want them to be the Web’s most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to innovation resources in the San Diego area, and we’ve organized them according to the stages in a startup’s development: Start, Fund, Network, Work & Grow, and Analyze. We also hope you’ll help us keep the lists up to date—so if you know that a relevant organization or resource is missing, please let us know at editors@xconomy.com

In saying “we,” however, I must give credit and express my personal thanks to Erin Kutz, an Xconomy Boston assistant editor (and the newest addition to Xconomy’s editorial staff), who researched and prepared these X Lists for San Diego’s innovation community.

If you’re just getting started, the X Lists include information and links to local business plan competitions and incubators that were established to help educate and guide entrepreneurs at the outset of their journey. We also list the angel groups, venture firms, and corporate venture funds where you can hear your first “No,” or perhaps “Hell No!” or maybe someday, “Yes.” (I’ve heard a San Diego venture firm partner advise entrepreneurs who are looking for seed-stage capital that they should expect to present their business plan to about 50 VCs. Also listed are the co-working spaces (I didn’t know about the Hive or digital-telepathy), the legal firms that specialize in technology startups, as well as major events and innovation organizations, where peer-to-peer networking means talking with another person face-to-face. Of course, don’t forget to look near the bottom of the Xconomy home page or here for scheduled monthly events.

Under “Jobs & Employment” we feature links to local job listings in various technology sectors, and for the analytically minded, we’ve got links to Xconomy stories assessing the deals, data, and the viability of life sciences companies, local technology clusters, and our innovation maps.

As an aside, readers may not realize that the Xconomy San Diego website itself is fully searchable. If you are looking for a past story you read or information on a technology, a particular startup, or background on a venture firm, you can not only find what’s been written in San Diego about it, but anything published on Xconomy’s other websites.

Finally, aside from these very handy sources and references, the X Lists home page includes a live feed of Twitter posts from dozens of people and organizations in San Diego’s technology, startup, and investing communities. So we’re also collecting all those relevant tweets for you in one place—like birds on a wire—and providing one more reason why Xconomy should be your main source for the whole spectrum of tech news and information in San Diego.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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