San Diego’s Young & Restless: A Cross-Section of Tech Entrepreneurs

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a smart phone by enabling them to exchange text messages with the group. This is a Web-based service that provides job search tools and enables a job seeker to design and customize “Web resumes” tailored for each job application, including personal videos, portfolios for displaying artwork, and other features. Founder Matt Wickstrand says enables users to pull job listings into their home page, and provides tracking and analysis tools that make it easier to manage the job hunting and application process. Wickstrand describes himself on the website as “a founder of and the person originally bummed about the options currently available to job seekers to help them stand out and make their job search easier.”

uME. An iPhone and Web app that founder Jeffrey Axup describes as “a social network that uses paperless business cards to connect you with the people you want to meet.” The technology enables users to create different card layouts and designs for different purposes, get push notifications when someone views your card, to sort cards by date, email, or location, and even gauge interest by seeing who has viewed your card. It also isn’t necessary for both parties to install the uME app to get contact information.

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

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  • Nice write-up, Bruce. Brant’s been killing it for a while, and even just the past year I’ve seen a substantial increase in San Diego entrepreneurial activity. I used to see the same folks all the time at events, now I’m bumping into all kinds of new people and a lot more events. It’s an exciting time for San Diego!

  • Way to go Brant! Last year when I decided to go full time into my startup, I didn’t know if San Diego was the right place to be. A lot has changed in 1 year and there’s no doubt now. We are rocking!

  • Kimberly King

    Great event at The Evonexus downtown location with a lot of energy.

  • Groups like the ones facilitated by Brant, accelerators like the Founders Institute, and incubators like EvoNexus have all helped to mature the San Diego startup ecosystem. Great to come across a write up on the first large startup event in our new EvoNexus home. It’s time to put San Diego on the map!

  • Thank you to Bruce for coming out and supporting and a huge thank you to Brant who continues to help grow the startup scene in San Diego. There’s no need to feel like you HAVE to move to SF as there is amazing support here!