as the graph below shows, San Diego is facing a challenge.
investment in San Diego software is growing, but only at single digit rates. compared to cities such as Austin and Phoenix, we are falling behind. furthermore, established software companies are being acquired and moved out of town. software has been an important business cluster in San Diego for over 20 years and we need to make sure this remains the case.
swarm intends to help improve the state of software investment in San Diego.
by linking software entrepreneurs with established investors we hope to improve the chart above and improve the volume of activity in our city. we are hoping to bring together software entrepreneurs and software investors and do something positive for the software community.
why did we choose the name swarm? we are interested in swarm theory and think it has an application here in helping to solve our problem. swarm theory argues that while a single ant or bee is not smart, their colonies are. colonies are capable of solving very complex problems unthinkable for individuals to solve on their own. we are hoping that by working together we can make a difference and try to reaccelerate software in San Diego.http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/07/swarms/miller-text
swarm was inspired by conversations with Brant Cooper at StartUp San Diego, Bruce Bigelow of Xconomy and Eric Otterson at Cooley, all three of whom are on the front lines of trying to improve the lives of entrepreneurs in san diego. we are pleased to be working together with them on this project.
the following investment firms and organizations are supporting swarm:
san diego - may 2014
the following organizations participated in swarm #1:
Many More to Come!
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