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Close mindedness = Success Avoidance

Dateline: Summer of ‘62
“If everybody had an ocean
Across the USA
Then everybody’d be surfing
Like Californi-A

You’d see them wearing their baggies
Huarache sandals too
Bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin USA"

Dateline: Summer of '62, Coronado

“Hey, who are these hodadds… so what about surfing and sandals…these Beach Boys should be the Valley Boys... They don’t even surf… Now we are gonna be invaded by a bunch of in land barneys who don’t know a board fin from a shark fin. I’ll still get my huaraches in TJ.“
BR, Yours truly,
Lesson 1: Close mindedness = Success avoidance.
Dateline: Summer of 2018, San Diego

Did you ever wonder, “how did they know?” In this case, the “they” of course is the Beachboys…be it accidental, serendipity, insightful…whatever. There it was for all to see: the global call to the amazing Southern California beach scene. Imbedded in those 8 short lines find the DNA for many of the cornerstone So Cal brands. In the interest of brevity, I will spare all the names and other events except Gidget, the 1959 Sandra Dee surf movie that “tipped” attitudes toward the So Cal Beach scene that exploded a few years later with the Beach Boys.

As a semi youngster grom at the time, I was opposed to all change as it related to “my territory” at the beach in Coronado. Rather than embrace change it made me all the more intractable:

“Hobie invented foam boards. Not for me. Balsa is beautiful.
Hobie grabbed our home-made skateboards and started an industry. Not for me.
Short Boards…you are kidding. No Way!
Hobie made amazing catamarans and teased us with epic surf crashes. I got interested.
Hobie made RC sailplanes. I was all in.
Oh, there’s school too…the beach was the antidote to that too."

Well, it turns out Hobie Alter was not the devil and the Beach Boys were not fakers, both were innovators extraordinaire. The amazing success of the many brands over the years serve now as a reminder that I had I been a bit more prescient or even a little insightful, I could have been part of the business end of the hobby. In fact, it took me 38 years in business to finally get back to San Diego and actually participate in the sport I have embraced for 60 years.

So the Summer of ‘62 is happening right now again. Innovation abounds. We see it through a slightly different perspective here at SDSI. It’s true our candidate Accelerator companies most likely do not produce surfboards or sandals, but they have the same innovation aperture that Hobie and Ekstrom and Rusty and the Aguerre brothers and all the other game changers had. They see opportunity all around them. They produce amazing new products and services in the Sport and Athletic Lifestyle space. Often they are techy. Often they are clever expansions of ideas as clear as “huaraches too.”

The cohort for our Fall 2018 accelerator program will be determined in the coming weeks, stay tuned to learn more about these amazing companies!


SDSI Welcomes New Member Sourcify and Renewing Member TurningPoint Exec Search
Sourcify is excited to become a part of SDSI. Our platform helps hundreds of companies produce products faster and more cost effectively around the world. We look forward to contributing to this amazing community and sharing insights we have about global manufacturing! If you have manufacturing questions, feel free to ping us at
TurningPoint Executive Search  is committed to building Southern California’s premier resource for Sales, Marketing and Executive Leadership talent across a variety of industries and corporate structures. Our team offers more than 80 years of combined experience in recruiting and leadership development.

SDSI Accelerator Featured in SDBJ Startup Section
The San Diego Business Journal wrote a lengthy article outlining the recent updates to our SDSI Accelerator program after sitting down with SDSI’s own Dana Rowley and Renne Catalano Gussman.  The article also highlighted recent accelerator grad, Bold Brew Coffee. Read the full article in pdf form.

Get to Know Bob Rief – SD Voyager
Our most engaging LinkedIn post of the month was the interview our fearless leader/Executive Director, Bob Rief, did for SD Voyager. Although Bob is incredibly modest, this interview did a good job at bringing out his incredible background. How many other people do you know who seamlessly transitioned from gold mining to President of Nike Golf? Read the full interview for more.

Lucky Duck Foundation's Swing & Soiree
The Lucky Duck Foundation's 10th Annual Swing & Soiree golf tournament and party is an inspiring annual event hosted by Pat & Stephanie Kilkenny. This year's event will be October 15th at the Santaluz Club. All funds raised will be matched by the Lucky Duck Foundation to help alleviate the suffering of homeless individuals throughout San Diego County. In the past year, the Lucky Duck Foundation has installed three industrial tent structures, which serve as temporary bridge shelters and have helped more than 750 people get off the streets and on the path to securing permanent housing. We encourage you to support their efforts by attending the Swing & Soiree. More details can be found on the event page.

UC San Diego Prepping for NCAA Division 1
… and that means: D1 facilities! UC San Diego Athletics is renovating the RIMAC Arena and tripling the suite boxes. The arena upgrades should be done by September for the Volleball season and the Basketball program will be transitioning to D1 in 2020 with recruitment already underway. Watch the video with Earl Edwards or take a look at the text article. Now Offers Event Cancellation Refund Protection has partnered with Nicholas Hill Group, Inc. to offer event cancellation protection to race directors and event organizers. "This Event Cancellation Refund Protection is an exceptional product that solves a dilemma for events," said Mitch Thrower, Founder and Chairman, "The protection gives our event and race directors a peace of mind that they'll be protected in the case of a cancellation." Read the press release for more info.

BLDG Active featured on BisTalk Radio and Adds to the Team
Justin Gardner, founder and CEO of BLDG Active, was interviewed on BisTalk Radio/ESPN 1700. Justin talks about 1% For the Planet, the product itself, marketing strategy, signing athletes and much more! Listen to the full segment online during your commute and look at the newest addition to the team: Dr. Chris Prosser.

Farmers Insurance Open Tickets On Sale Sept. 10th
The Farmers Insurance Open, one of San Diego’s biggest events of the year, returns January 24-27, 2019 to Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come out to enjoy the ocean views, world-class golf, an array of specialty food and drink offerings and open-to-the public fan attractions. Visit the Farmers Insurance Open website for more info.

Injinji Featured on Outside Magazine’s Best Gear
Benedict Russell discusses his favorite piece of hiking equipment for the Pacific Crest Trail: Injinji Lightweight Mini-Crew Socks. “They look cool, feel kind of ninja, and I have never had any blisters while wearing them,” Russell says. “My toes feel less sweaty and the socks feel more breathable. When you’re walking through California, you appreciate that.” He prefers the lightweight ones for breathability but also has a thicker pair, which held up extremely well as Russell hiked though the Sierra. Take a look at other favorites.

Cirque-It Fitness Workshop September 8th
Cirque-It Fitness is hosting a workshop at its San Diego studio on September 8 from 8am-6pm. Get trained in Cirque-It Fitness and earn .9 Continuing Education Credits (ACE/NASM/AFAA-approved). Workshop taught by SDSI member and Accelerator graduate Elizabeth Skwiot and Linda Shelton, 2007 National Fitness Hall of Fame Inductee. Regular price $349--mention SDSI and get 10% off your registration. Call (833)2-Cirque to register.

More on True Nutrition’s World Record
The July newsletter mentioned True Nutrition’s global domination (in terms of putting together the worlds largest jug of protein) and now we have some insight into how this Guiness World Record all came about. And yes, you can own a piece of history by buying a commemorative 2.2 lb tub of the world record holding protein with all proceeds going to the Challenged Athletes Foundation! Take a look at the recap or the youtube video for a look behind the curtain.

Reid Carr Guest Writing for
SDSI Advisory Board Member, mentor, and CEO of Red Door Interactive, Reid Carr, wrote an article on employee turnover from an employee’s perspective. Reid discusses the learning curve required to navigate, understand, and influence an organization along with harnessing your entrepreneurial spirit to create new opportunities within your existing companies. It’s no wonder that Red Door Interactive is consistently voted among the best places to work in San Diego! The full article can be found here.

SD Improves in CBRE’s Annual Tech Talent Report
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the labor costs and tech talent in the Top 50 US and Canadian markets. In addition, the report looks at the top 20 jobs which make up the technology industries in the cities. San Diego jumps three spots in landing it at spot number 16. “The rankings were determined based on 13 metrics, including the percentage of employed people working in tech.” Read the SDBJ article  or the full report.

ElliptiGO Rise Above Giveaway
Stand up, climb high and rise above with ElliptiGO and Run Gum! Build strength and have the energy you need to overcome obstacles and reach your goals. With SUB training, two-time Olympian and outdoor enthusiast Nick Symmonds has the requisite fitness and climber’s edge for success on the world's tallest mountains. Want to turn into a force of nature while having fun outdoors too? Enter to win an ElliptiGO Stand Up Bike (SUB) and a year's worth of Run Gum.

Sourcify’s Nathan Resnick featured on CNBC and Forbes
Nathan Resnick, Founder of Sourcify, was quoted in Forbes as an expert in international production about his thoughts on global sourcing in this political climate. “We run production runs in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines and Mexico right now. Labor costs are actually more affordable outside of China… Companies are saying that the scare of these tariffs has decreased the incentives to manufacture in China.” Read the full Forbes article and watch the CNBC video interview on Power Lunch.

The Coast News Spends Time With Prince Daniels Jr.
In a feature on Prince Daniels Jr, Prince reminisces about his past as a record-setting/holding college football player and his transition to the NFL until injuries left him unable to continue at the highest level. Prince found his passion after football in exploring mindfulness and infusing fitness whenever he can. “Meditation is not a religion or a philosophy," Daniels says, "It’s a lifestyle change. It’s an effortless practice that allows you to access a level of concentration, awareness and calmness all over the world at all times…. And I’m all about making the world a better place, I think that’s universal.” Read the full article to see what Prince and 4LBU are up to!

Big Changes Underway at VF Corp
VF Corp, the parent company of Reef, Eagle Creek, and many other brands, has recently announced that they will be splitting the company up into two publicly traded companies: VF Corp will split off its jeans and outlet companies into a new company and keep existing apparel and footwear brands under the VF Corp name. Read the full article on ASN for more.

Doing Good Through Sports to Help the Homeless
This Fall there is a unique opportunity for San Diego's sports community to unite and raise funds to help the homeless in San Diego County. The Sports Banquet, which will take place October 23 at Petco Park, is an annual gathering of San Diego's sports community to do good through sports. This year's event will benefit The Lucky Duck Foundation, which is already having a meaningful impact locally to help alleviate the suffering of homeless individuals. We encourage you to support this important effort. More details on the event page.

SDVG Quick Pitch Submission Deadline Aug 31
Apply today (no really, do it today – the deadline is tomorrow) for the San Diego Venture Group’s Quick Pitch 2018. There will be $75k in cash prizes for the companies and the opportunity for more investment. Open to all companies that have raised less than $2M. Apply and represent the Sport and Active Lifestyle start up community here in San Diego!

TurningPoint Exec TurningPoint Tips – Ghosting is NEVER Ok!
Have you heard about the latest trend called Ghosting! In a nutshell, it refers to candidates that schedule an interview, but never show up – or even worse, they actually accept your job offer, and fail to show up on their 1st day! According to a recent survey by Clutch, 40% of candidates believe it’s ok to Ghost a company. That may sound abhorrent, but here’s the thing, nearly the same number of professionals said they have been “ghosted” by a company! In other words, companies are just as guilty as disappearing and going dark on candidates, as the candidates are. And while I would never represent a candidate that “ghosted” an employer, I also wouldn’t recommend a company that is known for drawing candidates into their hiring process, only to disappear along the way, leaving the candidate in a black hole of nothingness. Don’t let this be you. It’s simple, Follow up and Follow through! Provide your candidates with closure, don’t leave them hanging. Questions about how to develop an effective hiring process, contact Ken Schmitt at TurningPoint Executive Search.

Open Jobs
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Sr. Content Creator – Healthcare IT, San Diego/Orange County
VP Business Development – Professional Services, Los Angeles
Customer Success Manager - Healthcare IT, San Diego
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Digital Operative – Multiple positions available click for info

ElliptiGO – Sales Operations Specialist click for info

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - Multiple Positions Available click for info

Hookit – Multiple Positions Available click for info

Isle Surf and Sup – Product Manager click for info

KPMG - Multiple Positions Available click for info

Procopio – Multiple Positions Available, click for info

J!NX – Web Developer click for info

soccerloco – E-Commerce Merchandising Coordinator click for info

Sept. 25 – Digital Commerce Workshop by Digital Operative, Mission Valley

Oct. 24 – Board of Directors Meeting at Hobie, Oceanside

Oct. 30 – Omni Channel with RVCA

Sept. 9 – Cirque It Fitness Workshop, San Diego, CA, see Member News for more info

Oct. 4 - Sales & Marketing Leaders of the Year Awards, Del Mar, CA click for info

Oct. 6 – Pacific Beachfest 5k, Pacific Beach, CA click for info

Oct. 15 – Lucky Duck Swing & Soiree, San Diego, CA, click for info

Oct. 23 – SD Sports Banquet, San Diego, CA, click for info

Oct. 24 – SDVG Quick Pitch Competition, San Diego, CA, click for info

Jan. 24-17 – Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA, click for info

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