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Join Us April 2 for “The Eye of the Innovator”

Next Tuesday…wow…time is flying by…at the Belly Up…really, our first chance to honor 4 legendary San Diego Lifestyle innovators from prAna, Hookit, Sector 9 and It's a gathering of our tribe, a chance to talk some story and a perhaps a chance to get a glimpse of the “X” factor that made it all happen for these amazing people.

Big Bill will kick it off. Denise Lee Yohn, a famous author, speaker and brand building consultant will moderate.

The cost is zero to all members and any guest you would like to bring who is interested in SDSI. It’s easy to RSVP just click here and contact for your membership discount code.


SDSI Welcomes New Members Exchange Collective
Exchange Collective presents customers a virtual endless aisle while shopping in stores and online. Our platform provides simple access to all of a brand’s available inventory which retailers can showcase on their website or with a simple mobile interface in store allowing retailers to sell a product, to be shipped to the customer. Exchange Collective connects Brands and Retailers to allow customers to buy what they want, where they want and when they want in a seamless shopping experience. Giving the customer selection, service and convenience.

Mesa Rim Expands to North County
Mesa Rim Climbing Gym in North County? Yes, Please! Mesa Rim has announced that it will be opening up a location in 2020 that is similar in size and scope the the Mission Valley Mesa Rim location. This will be part of the NorthCity project adjacent to CSU San Marcos. Follow along with the progress at their website.

EvoNexus Names Marco Thompson President
Congrats to SDSI founder, Marco Thompson for joining the executive team at EvoNexus! “As President of EvoNexus, Mr. Thompson is responsible for the oversight of all activities for the San Diego incubator, including portfolio deal flow, admission to the program and mentoring the portfolio. Additionally, he, along with Rory Moore and Dr. Chrisikos, will be responsible for making strategic and institutional investor introductions to portfolio companies when they are prepared for an infusion of capital.” Let’s just hope this new role doesn’t cut too deep into his wakesurfing/wakefoiling time! Read the full press release.

USA Skateboarding Team Announced at CA | TF
CA Triaing Facility - the state of the art skateboard training facility featuring full size competition Street and Park Courses and home to many Olympic hopefuls - was the natural host for this big announcement as Skateboarding prepares to be debuted in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Sixteen professional skateboarders, including Nyjah Houston and Lacey Baker, were named to the US national team to compete with eyes on the 2020 Olympics. “Kids all around the world, and the adults, are going to learn from skateboarding what has taken place here in Southern California for many years,” says Gary Ream, USA Skateboarding chairman. “And the biggest change we’ll see from all of this will not necessarily take place in this country, but it’s going to resonate throughout the rest of the world.” Read the full article on ASN.

Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival Announced for November
There is a new festival announced to take place on the San Diego Waterfront that fills the void left by the departure of the San Diego Street Scene. With backers from the Sport and Active Lifestyle space such as Tony Hawk, Trevor Hoffman, and Rob Machado, this is sure to be a must-attend event. Pechanga Arena’s Ernie Hahn (also SDSI Advisory Board Member) said “We spent a few years looking at various sites including Camp Pendleton, North Island, Fiesta Island, Balboa Park and more. We did an exhaustive search, in terms of: ‘If you could put on the ultimate festival here, where would the site be?’ We wanted the perfect location.” Read the full article from Union Tribune.

TaylorMade Unveils $1.6M PGA TOUR Truck
TaylorMade announced this month their multiple level, 42 foot long TaylorMade truck weighing in at a mere 22 tons! “The truck is equipped with more than 1,500 shafts, 1,200 TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls, 1,000 grips, over 700 clubheads, and 500 hats and t-shirts. Additionally, it features 12 individual player lockers, a gathering area with couches, four high-definition televisions, a video game system, a built-in coffee machine and a two-zone sound system.” Read the full article and watch the video walkthrough.

Work-Life Balance is B.S. – 6 Tips to Regain Sanity
SMACK! Media’s Founder, Elisette Carlson, contributed to Entrepreneur on the work-life integration… not balance. Eli writes, “As a working mother of two who runs a branding and marketing agency, and is very committed to daily exercise, and juggles a handful of other professional and personal commitments, I’ve learned one thing: finding work-life balance is extremely difficult because it doesn’t exist!” Read her 6 tips for regaining your sanity.

Surftech Overhauls Website
Checkout the new 2019 Surf and SUP collection on Surftech's newly launched website at

Angela and Steve Watts Bring South African Shoe Company to the US
Alongside investor Mark Cuban (who also invested in Slyde Handboards on ABC’s Shark Tank,) Steve and Angela Watts have launched Veldskoen to the US Market. Veldskoen's are an authentic South African shoe that date back to the 17th century. “Lightweight and extremely tough, wearing the Veldskoen could withstand the harsh conditions of South Africa's great migration north. Since those days the Veldskoen has become a huge part of South African and Namibian culture and styles, and is now worn by everyone from artists to professors across Africa.” Read the full press release or view their website to get a pair in your size.

HYLETE Adds to Women’s Line
HYLETE introduces the first non-compressive pant to their women’s product offering with Flexion. “The HYLETE women's flexion pant is made with the same high-performance fabric as the HYLETE men's flexion collection, with flattering lines and a fit designed for women. It provides a non-compressive feel and two length options. Through community surveys and the ability for any customer to directly communicate with Brand Experience Representatives, HYLETE collected data that called for a women's pant that was non-compressive and comfortable. With this, the women's flexion pant was created.” Read the full press release.

SDSI Accelerator Class 13 Participants
Congratulations to the following companies that have been accepted into the 13th cohort of our SDSI Accelerator Program:
BE Outfitter
Designed to discover - Thoughtful goods that bridge the gap between existing and living. BE Outfitter aims to provide quality, functional gear to inspire others to carry forth in spite of what life throws our way, including the flagship Tahquitz Pack and innovative Campo Poncho. Find out more at
Be Brighter with technologically enhanced clothing and gear for run, bike, moto and a life in motion. Lumenus seeks to solve the problem that pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are in danger on the streets due to lack of visibility. Their app enabled technology that goes beyond just lights. Find out more at
Mea Animea
Mea Animea aims to create a Soul Jym. Many gyms exist to strengthen your body, but where do you go to strengthen your soul? Whether you’re experiencing a tough time in life or looking for better mind body connection, the Soul Jym is where you can go to feed your spiritually in its many forms with just one membership.
The world’s smallest, most discreet bike travel case. Compatible with nearly all bikes The Airport Ninja bicycle travel cases fit easily in the smallest of rental cars and hotel rooms, plus helps you save hundreds of thousands of dollars in excess baggage fees. See the Airport Ninja in action at
Suncayr is the parent company of the SpotMyUV sticker. The patented skin mimicking technology shows you how much sunscreen you need and when to reapply. Don’t let sunburn ruin your day! Find out more at
Versus is a new way to replace your bike tires. Skip the middle man and keep up with your bike tire needs direct from the manufacturer. Keeping up with your biking hobby shouldn’t cost and arm and a leg and now it doesn’t have to with Versus.

Aculief Goes Viral
Who needs celebrity endorsements and paid influencers with mega-followings? Thanks to an organic facebook post thanking Aculief for curing a 12 hour migraine by a school teacher in Indiana, Aculief became the center of a lot of media attention. The post has been shared over 290,000 times with 228,000 comments on it. Read the full story at this blog.

FuelSmart Honored as a Top StartUp
FuelSmart was selected as part of Quake Capital's West Coast Challenge Venture Exhibit, which was held in January at founder, Rigo Laborin’s Alma Mater, USC. The top 50 startups out of 1200 applicants were selected to exhibit and received a startup package worth up to 400k in credits from different web services such as AWS, Digital Ocean, etc. Visit the program website for more info.

SHACC Ohana Gala
For every surf break around the world somebody had to be the first person to tempt fate and push over the ledge. Thanks to those pioneers and pirates, adventurers and explorers, without their barefoot accomplishments and contributions, surfing wouldn’t be the rich bold tapestry of color, cultures and experiences that it is today. A tip of the cap to all those that have given surfing the stuff of dreams. Visit the event website for more.

Startup 78 North County Quarterly Meetup
From idea to prototyping to pitch, meet the players who turn ideas into reality. Join our community of startups, venture capitalists, accelerators, local industry and cities that are part of developing the startup ecosystem in North County. Learn more about this April 18th event.

TurningPoint Exec Are You Being Paid What You’re Worth? Compensation continues to be a hot topic in hiring. Employers strive to entice top talent with incentives that range from flexible scheduling to lucrative signing bonuses. As a hiring manager, are you offering the right incentives to lure candidates away from the competition? If you’re a job seeker looking to make a change, are you asking for less than your actual market value?
Whether you are a job seeker or an employer looking to build your team, here are some compensation trends you need to know:
-In 2018, the number of job openings surpassed the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate hit a low of 3.7%!
-Hiring managers are snatching up highly skilled talent even if they don’t currently have an open position!
-Specific industries are paying a premium for high-demand skill sets
-Top performers are commanding a 15-25% pay increase when changing jobs

Download the 2019 Compensation Guide from TurningPoint Executive Search to learn more.

Open Jobs 
Senior Sales Executive, San Diego
Business Development Specialist, Irvine
SVP Operations, San Bernardino
Director of Revenue, Irvine
Senior Business Development Executive, Irvine
National Account Manager – Consumer Goods, Culver City
Regional Sales Manager – Midwest, Chicago
VP of Sales Americas, San Diego

Challenged Athletes Foundation – Special Events Manager, Cycling Program click for info

Counterpace – VP of Marketing click for info

Digital Operative – Multiple positions available click for info

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

Hookit – Internships and Positions Available click for info

KPMG - Multiple Positions Available click for info

Procopio – Multiple Positions Available click for info

J!NX – Web Designer click for info

soccerloco – Warehouse Associate click for info

Apr. 2 – SDSI Eye of the Innovator 2:00-6:00 PM at the Belly Up, click for info

Apr. 24 - SDSI Board of Directors Meeting

Apr. 12 – Saskatchewan @ San Diego Seals, San Diego, CA click for info

Apr. 18 – Startup78 Quarterly Meetup, Escondido, CA click for info

Jun. 13-16 – Dew Tour Skateboarding, Long Beach, CA click for info

Jun. 15 – SHACC Ohana Gala, Huntington Beach, CA click for info

Jun. 20 – America’s Finest Corporate Dash – San Diego, CA click for info

Jun. 22 – SlydeFest, San Clemente, CA click for info

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