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Neuro Hacking? CRISPR? Enhanced Reality?

As a child of the 60’s, believe me when I say “enhanced reality” was an entirely different thing than it is in the 21st Century! Think about sports 10 years from now and your viewing habits… taking your joy stick to view any angle you like… into the huddle, fly over the linebacker… feel the crunch of those 350 pound super men down in the trenches. By the way, these athletes may have had their DNA fine-tuned for the NFL through CRISPR therapies. And they will surely be neuro hacked to optimize the brain-body relationship.
Home Computer… what’s that? Any child under 2 years old today will never see one. Television… nope. Maybe you, but surely your kids, will take in all sports, and most education through VR enhanced mobile devices… live stream it, pinch it off or send it to your 90 inch screen. Having vision challenges in all of this… glasses will disappear, replaced by an AR system that tracks your eye movement and focal point.
The Future is here, ready or not. So carve out a day and join us January 18th for the Future of Sports event at the Qualcomm Innovation Lab at UCSD. The tickets are available here. We can promise you that when you emerge from a visit to The Innovation Lab VR cave, your vision about the Future will be different, really different. The technology of the Future is here right now and we are happy to present it to you on Jan 18. Time for Change!

Walton’s World
Bill was only able to spend 3 days in San Diego this month with NCAA basketball season gearing up. He spent some time in China mastering the art of Tai Chi (okay, maybe “mastering” is a stretch) before calling the annual Pac-12 China game (view game recap here) and continued to Portland for the PK80 Tournament to celebrate Phil Knight’s 80th Birthday. The most BW coverage occurred after Bill transitioned from Miles Bridges, the player, to physical bridges, to his love of bridges before a deeper thought on bridges as they relate to life… in thirty seconds… during a basketball game. Never change Bill, never change.

UC San Diego Athletics to Join Big West Conference in 2020
November 27, 2017 was a great day for San Diego sports fans as UC San Diego announced their move to the Big West Conference. SDSI Board Member and UC San Diego Athletic Director Earl Edwards said, “Elevation to NCAA Division I athletics is a reflection of UC San Diego’s culture of risk-taking, collaboration and innovation… Aligning with peer institutions and competing at the highest levels in all endeavors is one of the reasons for the transition to Division I. We are extremely excited to be joining the Big West Conference with their strong history of success in a broad base of sports.” Read the full press release

Executive Women’s Day Speaker at the Farmers Insurance Open
It's official, CAF’s Scout Bassett and SDSI Board Member Melissa DeVita will be speakers this year! This annual event will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines just prior to the start of the Farmers Insurance Open. It is a full day of compelling speakers, corporate leadership, personal and career development, and networking. Buy tickets or stay up to date on everything regarding the Executive Women’s Day.

Digital Operative and Eagle Creek Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2017
SDSI Members Digital Operative and Eagle Creek have been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2017. Not only are the winning companies great places to work for employees, but they also respect the environment and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life outside. For more info, check out the DO press release or view the full list

Bold Brew Coffee wins GSEA Regionals, Advances on
Current Springboard paticipant, Bold Brew Coffee, led by Jake Solomon & Jack Doheny, pulled through with a victory at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) November 14th. They competed against four other San Diego student startups with the Entrepreneur Organization San Diego Chapter in a regional competition. They advance to the National GSEA in Dallas in February and if the win there, will advance to Toronto, Canada. Congrats and good luck Bold Brew! Your mentor group & SDSI are very proud!

Surf Park Summit Europe 2017
Surf Park Central co-organized an October event alongside the SDSU Center for Surf Research in North Wales at Surf Snowdonia. Andy Ainscough of Surf Snowdonia said “It’s great to have so many international industry professionals coming into North Wales for this conference. We’ve gained a wealth of insight and knowledge since we put the first spade in the ground in 2015, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our offer and sharing our experience.” Read the full article - pictures and videos of surfing the manmade wave are at the bottom.

YMCA Prepares Plan for Torrey Hills Location
If you’re thinking “wait, you included this in the October newsletter – this is a duplicate” you are thinking about the PB location (but thanks for paying attention enough to notice). This one, if approved, will be another YMCA to serve North County right off Carmel Mountain Road in the Del Mar area. It is all part of the YMCA’s mission to double its impact in San Diego by 2025. Read more about the plan here or watch the Channel 10 News segment to learn all about the new Y's here

ROTH Capital Partners 2017-18 Millennial Survey
In early November, ROTH released their annual Millennial Survey featuring 175 questions from just over 1,000 Millennial-aged women and men. David Bain, of ROTH, said "Millennials are shaping our current environment and setting the stage for the subsequent generation. Understanding underlying Millennial thought processes and trends is vital to consistent investment returns in today’s marketplace.” Have a look at some of the key findings here

TEN Ups the Stakes for World Para Snowboard on Dew Tour
The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and Dew Tour added a twist to the upcoming World Para Snowboard competition making it a sanctioned Nor Am snowboarding competition. “We are honored to collaborate with partners Toyota, WPSB, Adaptive Action Sports and Breckenridge to hold our second year of adaptive competition at Dew Tour,” said Adam Cozens, Vice President and GM of Dew Tour. “Veteran Dew Tour athletes and fans enthusiastically embraced the addition to the [2016] event. We’re excited that the stakes take on a larger global stance this year...” Read more at shop-eat-surf.

ElliptiGO Celebrates the Career of a Champion
ElliptiGO was on hand along with 300 other guests celebrating Meb Keflezighi’s NYC Marathon race and retirement in San Diego this month. Meb Joined the ElliptiGO family in January 2013 and attributed his cross training with ElliptiGO to much of his success for a remarkable career. View pictures of the surprise party and the press release.

Sony’s Hawk-Eye Tech Makes the Right Call
Sony’s Hawk Eye Tech (originally developed for tennis, soccer, and cricket) is now being used for NASCAR, MLB, and the NHL! “We have seen a real change over the years whereby officials who were previously reticent about engaging with technology are now encouraging leagues and federations to engage with us, as they know that we will help them make better decisions, which is ultimately good for them and their sports,” said James Japhet, Hawk-Eye Innovations’ Managing Director for North America. Read more here.

Biolinq Raises $10M in Series A
Biolinq (graduated Springboard as Electrozyme) continues laying the groundwork for yet another successful San Diego startup story. Starting with the two UC San Diego Ph.D. founders, they have pivoted away from the wearable fitness market in favor of blood glucose monitoring. They have just announced a successful Series A round raising $10M led by M Ventures and Hikma Ventures to help get the tech FDA approved. Congrats to the Biolinq team! Read the full UT article here.

Del Mar Shines as Breeders’ Cup Host
As the horse racing universe gathered around Del Mar in early November for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, the venue, city, and people behind the scenes thrived! The 2017 Breeders Cup brought in the highest on-track wagering total since 2010 at $25,181,317 (off track betting was a staggering $166M.) Healthy horses, happy spectators (especially those that won), a beautiful day, and flawless execution really put Del Mar in a good position to bring back  future Breeders' Cups! Read a more complete article here.

TurningPoint Exec TurningPoint Tips
It's Hiring Season! As we quickly roll into the final month of the year, it's time to ramp up those hiring plans. Historically, January has been the busiest month for hiring. The holidays are a time when top performers share their job updates with family & friends around the Christmas Tree, and many of them will begin to realize they are ready for a change! Top Talent is ready to advance their career by entertaining more challenging opportunities; companies are beginning to see signs of what 2018 sales will look like; and corporate leaders are preparing to enhance their teams as we head into Q1. Remember, according to the latest data, the average time to fill a position has been steadily rising over the past 18 months, and while many junior and mid-level roles may be filled in 45-60 days, the more senior the opening, the more time it takes to find that A Player. If you are looking to get someone onboard and contributing in Q1, now is the time to start searching and interviewing.

Job Openings 
VP Sales Operations, Analytics – Orange County
Marketing Manager , eCommerce – San Diego
Business Development Manager, Financial Services – San Diego
Sr. Demand Planner, Consumer Products – San Diego
President, Engineering – San Diego
Sr Sales, Engineering – San Diego

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - Multiple positions available click for info

J!NX – Freelance artist position click for info

KPMG - Multiple positions available click for info

San Diego Seals – Director, Corporate Partnerships click for info

SKLZ - Multiple positions available click for info

TurningPoint Executive Search is SDSI's resident expert for hiring, retention and job search. A San Diego native with more than 16 years of recruiting experience, President and Founder, Ken Schmitt is available as a sounding board who can share industry “best practices” with SDSI members.

Dec. 12 – SDSI Holiday Party

Dec. 12 - SDSI Springboard Class 10 Pitch #3

Jan. 18 – Future of Sport Conference click for info

Dec. 4 Charged screening and dinner benefitting CAF, La Jolla, CA, click for info

Dec. 13 – SportTechie Award Winners Show, click for info

Dec. 14-17 – Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO click for info

Jan. 4-6  - Agenda Trade Show, Long Beach, CA click for info

Jan. 9-12 - Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV click for info

Jan. 24 – Farmers Insurance Women’s Day, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 25-28 - Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 25-28 - Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, CO click for info

Mar. 11-14 – 30th annual ROTH conference, Dana Point, CA click for info

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