Downtown SD Emerging as New Tech Hub

Everyone knows your basic US tech cities – Seattle and San Francisco. And thanks to the major tech players like Microsoft, Amazon, Google, those cities will likely remain at the top of the tech heap for years to come. But San Diego is attracting significant attention as an emerging tech hub. And here’s why:


If you want rain, go to Seattle. Busy streets? Try New York. But if you want great weather year-round without the bother of LA posers, you come to San Diego. And for the moment, San Diego is considered “affordable” when you compare housing prices to places like San Francisco. Keep in mind, the emerging workforce is one that empathizes quality over quantity. Twentysomethings are happy to give up big houses and hefty salaries for a freelancing flip-flop life.


Not only does San Diego county offer broad expanses of land (think: North County’s Geico call center); but downtown San Diego has its underdeveloped East Village. From 2005 to 2008, the East Village was flush with developments. Now, eight years later, the empty lots and unused buildings are coming into focus as developers eye those blocks for expansion. The I.D.E.A. district and Makers Quarter are going to bring tech workers into an arts, commercial, and residential project that will rival swanky SF living.


So, when you think San Diego, you don’t automatically think tech software. But the city has a long history of developing everything from bio technology to microchips to missile launchers. We have our fair share of major players like Qualcomm and General Atomics. Plus don’t forget about our reputation as a research hub thanks to the huge universities.

San Diego has everything to become America’s next tech supercity. With the universities pumping out thousands of eager workers looking for ways to stay in Sun City, tech giants are seeking ways to capture the enthusiasm. Plus, with every student comes a new idea for an app, game, or device. So the city’s grassroots tech efforts are fed by the venture capitalists excited to hear something new from Sunny SD.

Tech growth is inevitable. And welcome.


Coworking Communication Avenues

Although the peak hours of operations for a coworking space might be Monday through Friday from nine to five, coworkers operate 24 hours per day. And while there are always an energetic few who want to actively network face-to-face, others would prefer an online setting. In fact, coordinating coworking members is like herding cats. Keep in mind, if they were obedient dogs, they’d be operating out of a corporate office up the street.

So how do you wrangle coworking member together?

In short, food is the best way to bring people together. Just like a gaggle of cats that keep to separate corners during the day, cats pull together when you feed them at 5pm. If you want your coworkers to come together, buy some subs from the local sub shop or order enough pizza to feed everyone. Add a little background music and it’s a party. And yes, the chatty few will keep the conversations going, but the quiet ones in the background appreciate the opportunity to socialize – even if it just means offering a few smiles to other members.

Remain active online. You need to offer regular updates about activities at the coworking space. In the 1980s, that meant printing a monthly newsletter with cheesy photos and coupon for free chips at the sub shop. Today, it’s as simple as a Facebook group. Update it once or twice a week with membership news. Post lots of great, candid photos. And occasionally encourage members to join together for an official event like a member appreciation party.

Talk to your members. People are shy. They don’t know how to break the ice. Knock on doors and ask how business is going. Encourage them to respond to the Facebook updates. Pull another member into the conversations. Conversations inside the coworking space need an organic element in order to feel genuine.

So, communication at the coworking space is all about options. Coworking members aren’t the kind of corporate employees who will conform to strict standards. So coworking managers and community coordinators have to offer a range of options. With very few exceptions will you have 90-100% participation on any one activity. But with several avenues of communication, you will reach the vast majority of members who want to engage.

The Perils of Working from Home

Recently, NPR was interviewing an expert (something about politics, finance, etc…) and the expert’s dog decided to join the conversation. In the background, on live radio, listeners around the world heard Fido bark. Several times. The expert must have scrambled to shoo the dog out of the room and close the door. And I can image a tense conversation after the interview, “I was live on NPR and you couldn’t keep the dog quiet?”

Admittedly, working in an office doesn’t always mean you have a perfectly professional setting at all times. We’ve all heard raucous laughter in the background of a call center. But if you are trying to portray yourself as an expert professional, you need a controlled environment.

Working at home also comes with distractions. Of course, we can all get caught up watching too much cable news during the day. But in our world of constant connections, small distractions are simply a way of life. Even in an office, you have the distractions that come with Facebook, text messages, and cable news on your phone. The real distractions are the big ones – waiting for the cable repair man, stopping by the bank, dropping off the dry cleaning, etc. If you have an office (either corporate or coworking) you are much more likely to put off errands until the weekend. And you are far more likely to share the household chores with a spouse or housemate.

Potentially worse than the distractions that come with working at home, you will also face the isolation. Walking around a creaky house at 11am on a weekday can make you feel like you’re the last survivor of humanity. Even if you walk outside, the houses are dark and quiet. Very few drivers are on the road. It’s just you and birds. And the birds are busy with their workday of building nests and laying eggs. At a coworking space, you feel connected. Even if the guy next to you is programming an app to rate snack bars in Japan, you and your coworking coworkers are working towards the common goal of productivity.

Don’t sit at home and work. It’s depressing. Get out and find some other brave soul focused on forging their own path at a coworking space near you.

Why the Gig Economy Isn’t Going Away

Most presidential elections come with rhetoric about jobs and the economy. And while the majority of jobs that come with an improved economy may still look like a traditional 40-hour employment agreement, freelance work is on the rise. And it’s not going anywhere. Whether you are a self-employed programmer, part-time graphic designer, or a member of an app development team, you will need a community of like-minded professionals seeking the same professional satisfaction.

The Workers
The up-and-coming workforce is against the idea of a traditional job. Millennials, as a group, are far more interested in life experiences like camping, travel, and leisure than they about having a house, a car, and a high credit line. Corporations are finding that freelancers, while expensive on the hourly end, are more motivated and efficient that full-time employees.

The Benefits
Health insurance was one of the driving forces for finding and keeping a traditional job. And while it’s likely that health insurance will change over the next four years, universal healthcare is likely here to stay. And if you are in a liberal state like California or Massachusetts, changes in federal healthcare laws could be offset by changes in state laws. So if you can get health insurance on your own, a traditional job comes with more restrictions than benefits.

The Workplace
As the US moves towards a knowledge-based economy (as compared to a manufacturing economy), the average worker won’t need more than a cell phone and a laptop to be highly effective. Corporations are seeing the cost-cutting benefits that come with workers who pay for their own workplace (and health insurance).

If you’ve ever worked from home for long stretches of time, then you know that the isolation and quiet can be unsettling. And if you’ve ever worked from a coffee shop, you know the sound of blenders and screaming children is less than professional. Coworking spaces are a key component in the gig economy. Collective workplaces offer the human interaction we need to feel connected day-in and day-out. Plus they offer a brand of professional flexibility found nowhere else.

Corporate Partnerships and Coworking Spaces

In many ways, coworking spaces are the antithesis of traditional corporate culture. With an environment based on flexible working spaces and 24-hour availability, coworking offices have a fluidity that is nearly non-existent in most 9-5 offices. However, because coworking spaces have become so prevalent, and because coworking spaces are producing some of the most innovative products and services, coworking centers and corporations have formed tentative bonds that offer benefits to each partner.

The coworking economic model is not always the most stable. Because coworking lease agreements tend to be highly fluid, coworking managers don’t always know how much revenue is going to be coming in month over month. Corporate sponsors can lend stability to a coworking company’s budget. With an annual sponsorship, the coworking company sees stable revenue and the corporations gets brand exposure to up-and-coming professionals.

Sometimes, coworking spaces get over-run with members who need space to work. And sometimes, corporations have dozens of empty cubicles to fill. A space exchange helps balance the desk equation by offering an additional resource for each side throughout the year. In conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, a desk exchange program can really help both sides use square footage effectively.

Some of the most innovative thinking happens inside coworking spaces. And some of the best resources are locked up inside the corporate structure. For example, a manufacturer with unused machine time might need a new innovative product to produce. And a coworking team might have some great ideas without the financial resources to produce a prototype or finish product. By coming together, both sides of the equation get to maximize resources with minimum risk.

It’s not always easy for corporations and coworking spaces to find each other. Generally, collaboration must come about through casual contact at MeetUp events and networking parties. And as with any possible endeavor, the partnership takes time to develop into something highly productive. However, coworking spaces are the center of enterprise thinking. And corporations will remain the core of financial resources. So each side has the motivation to seek out the other and find common ground for development.

The Digital Nomad and the CoWorking Space

Gig economy… Side hustle… Digital nomad… The face of the workplace is changing. In an effort to attract talent and reduce costs, employers are utilizing coworking spaces to allow distance workers to work in a professional environment. And individuals are no longer looking towards traditional employment for part-time and full-time work. These workers now crash together in coworking spaces around the world, grateful that they aren’t relegated to a kitchen table or crowded Starbucks to get work done.

For nearly two decades, traditional employers have struggled to manage good employees who opt to work from home. With good employees difficult to find and expensive to replace, most employers have bent strict rules to allow some to work from home. Supervision, productivity, and insurance conflicts arise as (unlikely) problems. Thanks to coworking spaces, however, more corporate employers are allowing employees to work at desk outside of the house, but away from the corporate hub.

Even for those with a full-time corporate job, a coworking space can be a great way to build up a freelance portfolio, work a digital side job, or just get out of the house. The days of working one, full-time job are practically done. Regardless of how full-time employment meets (or fails) modern financial demands, more workers are seeing entrepreneurialism in their future. Coworking spaces are incubators; emerging tech, service, and business ideas come to light thanks to the inherent interactivity of coworking spots. Between the casual coffee pot conversations and the official networking dinners, coworking spaces are the new “garage office.” In other words, the next Apple (Facebook, Google) is probably under development in a coworking space as we speak.

And finally, the digital nomad. Why bother paying rent or a mortgage if you can roam around the world, working digitally every day? For the true tech worker, a network of coworking spaces, coffee shops, and AirBnB apartments can serve as the basis for a nomadic life. See the world and earn a living… what could be better?

Even the face of the coworking office is changing. At one time, shared offices and executive suites were open Monday through Friday, nine to five. But today, the urban coworking space is a 24-hour operation as part-timers, freelancers, and all-nighters come together to feed off each other’s ideas and build momentum towards a more satisfying work-life balance.

CyberTECH’s NEST Receives $40,000 Grant to Help Generate Tech Startups

Mayor Faulconer lauds new “living, breathing workplace” and “new way of doing things”

As part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s commitment to grow San Diego’s tech innovation sector within the “Smart and Safe Cities” campaign, the City of San Diego has awarded a $40,000 grant to CyberTECH’s NEST CoWork space to help generate the creation of more startups and jobs across the region.

Officially opened nearly six months ago, NEST, the 16,000 square foot space located within the Manpower building in Bankers Hill (1855 First Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), is now fully leased with 47 resident members. That total is expected to grow to 100 companies by mid-2017. For every resident member, NEST also supports an additional four non-resident members through its Community Social Incubation model.

The City of San Diego’s “Smart and Safe Cities” program emphasizes the need to support tech startups with infrastructure, mentorship and access to capital. By definition, a “smart and safe” city encourages a best-practices approach to preventing cyberattacks and related disruptions to the Internet and other open networks that are increasingly vulnerable, along with protecting basic user privacy and product safety.

“What we see at NEST represents a momentous shift away from the traditional workplace – a living, breathing workplace that embraces a new way of doing things,” said Mayor Faulconer in making the announcement. “NEST represents our city’s fast-changing, ever-flexible, always upwardly-mobile economy, especially for downtown, which is more vibrant than ever.”

CoWork Spaces Available


Looking for that perfect CoWork tech space?

We’re pleased to offer “ONE DAY FREE” at NEST CoWork @ CyberTECH, in San Diego’s Bankers Hill, a few blocks from downtown. Offered in partnership with LiquidSpace.

1855 First Avenue, Suite 103

San Diego, CA 92103

Sample space:

1 unreserved desk w/ private kitchenette, modern feel, part of 16,000 sf NEST CoWork space. Included: broadband, utilities, security, conference room, workout gym, coffee service. No hidden fees!

Contact Darin Andersen:


Picking Your Workplace: Finding the Niche for your Business

Not all co-working spaces are created equal – and that can be a good
thing. Perhaps you want a super-professional, crisp and clean lobby
with white furniture and no music. Or maybe you need a wide expanse of
desks with active conversations and collaborative teams. Before you
make the decision of which co-working space will best suite you,
consider some of these issues:

Can you easily downgrade or upgrade?

You might feel invincible, but every business goes through its ups and
downs. If you suddenly lose your biggest client, can you easily switch
from a private office to a single desk without much trouble? And when
business picks up, can you easily add one of those desks onto your
lease so you have a place for your part-time employee?

What are the other businesses in the space?

While it might be comforting knowing that you are surrounded by other
businesses like yours (think tech starts ups, non profits, lawyers,
etc), you will likely have a greater sense of workplace satisfaction
with a greater diversity of people at your co-working space. Plus, if
you are a business that is looking to use the co-working space for
networking and business development, the greater the diversity, the
better. Be sure to ask about networking events; people often need some
wine and chips to step outside of their office shells and start
talking to each other.

What kinds of fringe benefits does the space offer?

More specifically, how good is the coffee? Neither you nor your
clients want off-brand coffee that sits all day and turns into tar. If
the co-working space doesn’t include hospitality services, you might
want to consider another place. Single serve coffee machines, free
printer use, and a strong Wi-Fi signal can mean the difference between
a mediocre office and a stellar one. And check on the hours of
operation. Some co-working spaces are locked up by 6pm and closed on
the weekends. So if you are going to use your office for any off hour
meetings, you will need to ensure you and your clients have easy

Parking and Meeting Rooms

Is parking going to be difficult? Many co-working spaces are in busy,
downtown areas. Is there public transportation that can get you to the
office? Without it, you might be paying a meter and moving your car
throughout the day. And how accessible are those meeting rooms? Sure,
you may not need to meet clients at the office every day, but if the
meeting rooms are booked three weeks in advance, then you might
trouble when you need to have a private, professional conversation.

Most importantly, visit each space and try to interact with some of
the current tenants. Every co-working space will post beautiful photos
on the web; but standing at the espresso bar and chatting with some
current tenants about the next internal networking event will make
selecting the office an easy choice.

The future of San Diego’s CoWork Space has arrived

You’re invited to join CyberTECH members and special guests for the official Grand Opening of iHive at NEST, Thursday, July 28.

Covering more than 16,000 square feet, iHive at NEST reflects San Diego’s fast-growing leadership role in the hi-tech and cybersecurity sectors. The space is fully leased with 47 resident members.

That total is expected to grow to 80 companies by mid-2017. What’s more, for every resident member, iHive also supports an additional four non-resident members through its Community Social Incubation model.

Celebrate the future of CoWork Space with us!


Mark your calendar:

  • Thursday, July 28, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • iHIVE at NEST: 1855 First Avenue, Manpower building, in Bankers Hill adjacent to downtown San Diego


Quick facts:

  • Additional tech-themed CoWork spaces include: CyberHive, iHive, and xHive, featuring an array of incubators, shared workspaces, temporary workspaces and co-working spaces.
  • Funding for iHive at NEST derives from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s commitment to grow San Diego’s innovation sector incubators. Under his leadership, the city issued a $40,000 grant to help spur more startups and jobs across the city.
  • With the guidance of San Diego-based cybersecurity executive Darin Andersen, NEST is supported by resident and non-resident membership fees, plus sponsor partners and grants.

Join our Coworking Manifesto for better cyber world

The Challenge

We believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet. Join our movement, Sign the Coworking Manifesto

The Solution

Coworking is redefining the way we do work. Inspired by the participatory culture of the open source movement and the empowering nature of IT, we are building a more sustainable future.

We are a group of connected individuals and small businesses creating an economy of innovation and creativity in our communities and worldwide. We envision a new economic engine composed of collaboration and community, in contrast to the silos and secrecy of the 19th/20th century economy.

The Values/Code of Conduct of the Community

We have the talent. We just need to work together. Different environments need to overlap, to connect and to interact in order to transform our culture. In order to create a sustainable community based on trust, we value:

  • collaboration over competition
  • community over agendas
  • participation over observation
  • doing over saying
  • friendship over formality
  • boldness over assurance
  • learning over expertise
  • people over personalities
  • “value ecosystem” over “value chain”

This new economy cannot thrive without engaging the larger business, creative, entrepreneurial, governmental, non-governmental and technical communities

The Future

We believe that innovation breeds innovation. We will transform the world culture into one supportive of the entrepreneurial spirit, of risk taking, of pioneering into the unknown territories as the great leaders of our times.

This requires education, entrepreneurship and a large network of creative workspaces. We are reshaping the economy and the society through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Our communities are coming together to rebuild more human scale, with networked and sustainable economies to build a better world.

We are the world CoWorking movement!

CyberTECH IoT San Diego and IoT Seattle Hosts Joint IoT Smart & Safe Cities Meetup

Member Spotlight: Triton, Innovative technology and service solutions provider joins CyberTECH


Triton Services is a recognized leader with deep industry, business, and technology experience working for both Defense and commercial companies.

Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, Triton Services, Inc. recently expanded operations to San Diego establishing their West Coast Offices at CyberTECH as they continue to develop their leadership role in the Government’s acceptance of open source Internet of Things (IoT) application platforms.

Triton’s Shawn Reuland was recently featured in the San Diego Daily Transcript as he works on the company’s  cloud-computing technology.



We are excited to welcome Triton to the CyberTECH Community!

To learn more visit the Triton website here.

INFIX “Life Coaches for Companies” offers free initial consultations to CyberTECH Members


Infix your ideas and evolve your business with INFIX.US – Company Life Coaches will look at the operational and strategic aspects of your business and help you evolve to new levels.

INFIX will coach your business with a fresh perspective, through guided change, and support your staff with best practices and necessary training. INFIX also offer process improvement, data analytic and staff augmentation services.

For the months of May and June, INFIX is offering free initial consultations and affordable help to CyberTECH Members.

For more information or to get started, contact or call 1-949-4UINFIX. You can also visit the INFIX website at

Korey Castillo as Director of Member and Partner Relations

Korey Castillo, a well-known member of the San Diego tech community, recently joined CyberTECH as Director of Member and Partner Relations.

Understanding the important role that technology plays within businesses each day, Korey has been an ongoing supporter  frequently volunteering and helping to educate companies and individuals about the importance of cybersecurity best practices.

“Korey has always been a close friend of CyberTECH. We are grateful that she is joining us on this exciting journey,” said CyberTECH Founder, Darin Andersen.

In her role at CyberTECH, Korey will drive communications and business development efforts.

“CyberTECH is on the cutting-edge of all things technology, and that’s exciting! I love the culture, the people, and the overall energy of the community. I am honored to join so many talented entrepreneurs and leaders.”

Please help us give a big welcome to Korey!

CyberTECH Opens Emerging Technology Incubator and Co-working xHive

CyberTECH Founder to Participate in “Real Disruption” Session at the SIOR 2016 Spring World Conference

On Thursday, April 14, CyberTECH Founder Darin Andersen will participate in a panel discussion about the sharing economy at the SIOR national meeting in San Diego. As we continue to grow the CyberTECH Co-working community, we are excited to join the discussion on how spaces such as NEST, CyberHive, xHive, iHive are great examples of new, innovative real estate product types that are changing commercial real estate generally and brokerage specifically.

Education Session: Real Disruption – The Sharing Economy and Commercial Real Estate (CE)

Moderator: Steve Weikal, MIT Center for Real Estate

Darin Andersen, CyberTECH
Matt Glade, Flexe
David Mandell, PivotDesk

We’re all familiar with (or have used) popular sharing services such as Zipcar, Airbnb and Uber. Now, this “sharing” model is coming to commercial real estate in a variety of forms. In this session, Steve discusses the new technology applications that use this approach to unlock value in real estate by increasing utilization rates, optimizing occupancy and decreasing market friction. This lively discussion with three industry innovators will provide a better understanding of how the sharing economy is poised to dramatically alter the office and industrial markets, and what it may mean for your business.

For the complete conference schedule click here.

For more information and to register click here.

CyberTECH Partners with Wireless Health Hub


Over three years ago, the Wireless Health Hub (WHH) was founded by SoCal EED, a nonprofit organization with a goal of creating a startup community for entrepreneurs and investors in the Biomedical and Healthcare Industries.

WHH provided a forum for entrepreneurs to collaborate with universities, capital providers, municipal leaders, and local accelerator and incubator programs, tapping into San Diego’s deep domain expertise in wireless along with its world-class life sciences and biomedical research capabilities.

More recently, complementary trends have emerged – smart phones and clinical devices have become indispensable extensions of traditional healthcare infrastructure. WHH has begun to focus more on assisting startups pushing the envelope in cloud-based personal and clinical health applications.

These trends demonstrate the convergence of healthcare devices with the “Internet of Things” (IoT), a growing network of smart devices, embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables the collection and exchange of data. CyberTECH, already a leader in cybersecurity, has become a driving force in IoT, with a goal of providing resources and strategic programs to stimulate innovation in a wide variety of new application areas.

With these common goals in mind, we’re announcing a partnership between the CyberTECH and Wireless Health Hub to combine resources toward creating an even stronger forum for entrepreneurs to collaborate and connect with stakeholders across San Diego. Going forward, our organizations will work together to stimulate innovation and help solve the technical and business challenges common to healthcare and IoT startups – the need for expert resources and access to early-stage capital.

Our first jointly sponsored event, the CISOpen Roundtable: Bio and Healthcare Security by Design will take place April 14th and will focus on Cybersecurity issues pertinent to biotech, life sciences and healthcare companies. Prior to the CISOpen event, the partnership will also be announced at the NEST Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on April 6.

Additionally, we have recently launched the CyberTECH Wireless Health Hub Meetup where we will host meetings at CyberTECH’s NEST Cowork space which also houses iHive, an Internet of Things Incubator, xHive and CyberHive.

Click here to join the CyberTECH Wireless Health Hub Meetup.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re now in the planning stages for more combined events and some ground-breaking initiatives.

Stay tuned for more upcoming announcements!

CyberTECH Supporting an Established Video Developer Community as Part of our Workforce Development Campaign

CyberTECH has recently taken over as the Organizer of the San Diego Gaming Meetup. We have renamed the Meetup CyberTECH Video Game Developers San Diego.

Why have we done this?  Simply we want this important Meetup Community to continue on and offer more Game the Developers the opportunity to learn through the Meetup process which promotes collaboration through group learning.

This group is for established & aspiring game developers to network, share knowledge, and spawn innovative new games that’ll revolutionize the industry.

Join the Meetup Group today!

Please email with any comments or questions and we look forward to seeing you at our next Meetup.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer to Officially Open NEST, San Diego’s Largest Co-working Tech Startup Space


Mayor Kevin Faulconer will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the official opening of NEST, downtown San Diego’s largest co-working space for tech startups, on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:45 am.

The NEST ceremony will be held at 1855 First Avenue, 2nd Floor of the Manpower building, located in Bankers Hill adjacent to downtown. Covering more than 16,000 square feet, the newly-opened space reflects San Diego’s fast-growing leadership role in the hi-tech and cybersecurity sectors.


Along with Mayor Faulconer, more than 100 elected officials, business, civic and tech leaders are expected to attend including event MC Reo Carr, Executive Editor, San Diego Business JournalSherri S. Lightner, San Diego City Council President District 1; Shelley Zimmerman, Chief of Police, City of San Diego; Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development, City of San Diego; Phil Blair, Executive Officer, Manpower San Diego; and Greg McKee, CEO, CONNECT.

In addition to saluting the new tech space, Mayor Faulconer is expected to announce San Diego’s role as an innovator within the new “Smart and Safe Cities” campaign, part of the recently launched state-wide initiative, CyberCalifornia.

NEST Ribbon-cutting Ceremony with Mayor Faulconer
Wednesday, April 6, 10:30-11:30 am
Manpower, 1855 First Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

Funding for NEST derives from a $40,000 City of San Diego grant, part of the city’s Regional Economic Development Corporation Transient Occupancy Tax funding program. Under the guidance of San Diego-based cybersecurity executive Darin Andersen, NEST is supported by resident and non-resident membership fees, plus sponsor partners and grants. The space is fully leased with 42 resident members. That total is expected to grow to 80 companies by mid-2017. For every resident member, NEST also supports an additional four non-resident members through its Community Social Incubation Model.

“We’re grateful that Mayor Faulconer and his staff fully recognize that our newest co-working venture will serve to further accelerate the region’s startup sector, with its growing emphasis on downtown,” said Andersen, chairman of CyberCalifornia, a non-profit security alliance of industry, government and academic leaders. “We’re equally grateful for the generous support and vision of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.”

Additional tech-themed working spaces within the Manpower building include: CyberHive, iHive, and xHive, featuring an array of incubators, shared workspaces, temporary workspaces and co-working spaces.

To RSVP for the ceremony please click here.

For more information about NEST please click here.

CyberTECH March 2016 IoT Meetup Report

San Diego CyberTECH March 2016 IoT Meetup Report

This blog was written by Don Larson at NewAdventures.

I attended the Thursday night San Diego CyberTECH IoT Meetup where about 80 or sopeople attended. The theme was The Rise of Machine Learning and presented in a TED Talk format. I served as the Master of Ceremonies for this meeting.

A video was taken and should appear in the CyberTECH YouTube Channel in the near future.

We had four qualified speakers discuss Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as indicated below:

  • Bill Bonney – Thinking Machines: What is Artificial Intelligence?
    • Bill is a principal consulting analyst for TechVision Research, where he covers IoT, Identity Management and emerging technologies such as the block chain. In addition to his role at TechVision, he spends what spare time he has as a technology evangelist, especially in the Information Security space.
    • Bill Bonney

  • Patryk Laurent – Existing and Emerging AI Technologies for Personal IoT
    • Patryk Laurent has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and specialized in understanding how neural systems learn to act and pay attention based on reinforcement. He moved to San Diego three years ago to work at Brain Corporation, a late-stage startup that focuses on making brains for robots.
    • Patryk Laurent

  • Tom Caldwell – How we’re using AI to secure “things
    • A veteran of Cisco and Microsoft, Tom has deep expertise in delivering Cloud-based software products and large scale software systems to large enterprise and service providers. Tom is a founder and currently leads the engineering effort at CyberFlow Analytics, a Network Behavioral Analytics company focused on securing Industrial IoT and Enterprise IT. Prior to that he served as President of LonoCloud, a cloudPaaS company acquired by ViaSat. With a MS in Computer Science, he has more than 20 years in business and software engineering.
    • Tom Caldwell

  • Jeff Debrosse – Teaching robots about context
    • A member of our community for the last 13 years when Jeff came to San Diego to join an Intel spin-off that was acquired by LSI, ran the research department for ESET as well as Websense, which was also acquired, and co-chaired the Federal law enforcement working group for Securing Our eCity for over 4 years. He recently launched is latest company in San Diego, NXT Robotics (pronounced “next robotics”), which provides a B2B subscription-based security monitoring and reporting service for data centers, commercial property and parking management companies. NXT provides this service using autonomous security robots on the customers premise and provides analytics/reports via their cloud-based infrastructure.
    • Jeff Debrosse

The event kicked off with a CyberTECH Members Meetup at 4 PM followed by our first CyberTECH Video Game Developers Meetup at 5 PM where we discussed ideas for upcoming Meetups.  At 6 PM we started our IoT Meetup led by Co Chairs Bill Bonney and Don Larson and lasted to about 9:00 pm, that’s when I left anyway.  Food and drinks were served (tasty chicken and waffles and new beer from our brew master Ace Sklar was a hit – we dusted an entire keg.) The gathering was very energetic with plenty of time for social networking and speaking with the presenters in an informal setting.

One of my long-time friends, Paul Webber, President of the San Diego Java Users Group, came and he expressed an interest in Robotics. I pointed him towards C-level folks who manage companies that develop commercial robots. I also mentioned CyberTECH’s XHive Incubator for more information.

The next event is Mayor Faulconer’s Ribbon Cutting on 6 April from 10 AM to 5 PM – sushi on the menu for that!

Please consider attending CyberTECH’s future Meetups. I’ll look for you there. :-)

Evolution of the CyberTECH Newsletter

Since August 2014, the CyberTECH Newsletter has been a great source for our members, partners, sponsors, industry experts and all other CyberTECH supporters to stay up-to-date with the latest news, trends, events and more.


Elements of the newsletter

With the many activities and rapid growth of the CyberTECH Community, the newsletter has provided the opportunity to highlight key announcements such as office space expansions, new advisory board members, community members, industry news and trends, events, and more.

While the look and feel along with the format has changed over time, many of the key elements of the newsletter remain the same.

Header Image

This is typically the first part of the newsletter that people see. The image often aligns with the theme of the newsletter which is discussed in more detail in the introduction section. For example, the February 2016 newsletter is primarily focused on the upcoming RSA Conference hence the CyberTECH Securing the Internet of Things (SIOT) Masters event image that can be found in various places including the SIOT webpage and the event registration page.

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Introduction Section

This is the first text section of the newsletter. The introduction section is where the newsletter theme comes to life. It includes background or supporting information, why the topic matters, and how it relates to relevant CyberTECH activities or initiatives being discussed or announced. Examples of past newsletter themes include San Diego Startup Week, the Good Neighbor Event, the launch of CyberCalifornia, or the office expansion and launch of xHive co-working space.

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Industry News

The emerging technology, cybersecurity and IoT industries are constantly changing. Through information sharing and leveraging the brilliant minds of the community, we constantly strive to be a trusted resource for the latest news and trends. Some examples of industry professionals who contribute to the newsletter include Alan Watkins, Neal Leavitt, Charles “Chuck” Brooks, Jerry Gitchel, Gary Hayslip, Cleve Adams, Darin Andersen, Fer O’Neil, Chuck Benson, Don Larson, Bill Bonney, and more.

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Featured Members

The CyberTECH Members are the engine of the community. With over 50 “resident members” working from the office spaces and over 50 “non-resident members”, the CyberTECH membership includes a diverse blend of public and private entities with interests and operations across the nation. As a CyberTECH member, individuals and organizations have access to CyberTECH Incubators and Co-Working Spaces (CyberHive, iHive, xHive and nest), business development services and programs, and a distinguished network of professionals focused on fostering innovation and economic development.

The newsletter has been a great way to spotlight members, share member news and encourage other organizations to get involved.

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Upcoming Events

Having produced approximately 200 local and national events over the last 3 and a half years, the newsletter is a popular way to keep the community in the loop with previous and upcoming events.

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The CyberTECH sponsors are a critical part of the overall success of CyberTECH. As a non-profit organization, our success and ability to be a sustainable organization, helping to advance the adoption of cyber and emerging technologies, depends on the support and contributions of our sponsors and partners. The newsletter is an ideal platform to promote and show our appreciation for our supporters.

In additional to the dozens of organizations and individuals who have contributed to the CyberTECH Community, there are a handful of organizations who have stepped up to sponsor the monthly newsletter. These companies include Webpass, Manpower, CyberUnited and CyberCalifornia.

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So what’s new?

While there are not currently plans to alter the main elements of the newsletter (if anything, add!), we have decided to make adjustments to the overall layout and amount of information that is included in the newsletter.

At the top of the newsletter, you will notice that a table of contents section has been added. You will also see that the bulk of the news and information now lives on our blog. There are more images too!

Because we do have a great amount of information to share, we are leveraging the CyberTECH blog. We believe this will give supporters the opportunity to refer back to information, news, updates, etc. while also being able to easily scan the topics and news.

These changes have been inspired by generous feedback provided by the community, advisors and members.

We are excited about the new direction and welcome any additional feedback, suggestions, etc. If you have any thoughts, please contact us here.

We appreciate your feedback and continued support!

CyberTECH Intern Shares Experience and Future Plans

Tomorrow’s technology, today.

The future of technology innovation lies in the hands of our youth. Through internships, CyberTECH supports STEM education by encouraging our youth to explore science, technology, engineering and math related to cybersecurity and Internet of Things. CyberTECH interns are provided with the opportunity to make a real impact while developing technology, business, marketing and operational skills in a stimulating and innovative environment.

One of the first CyberTECH Interns was Jah’neice Mitchell, a student at e3 Civic High School. Jah’neice joined CyberTECH as a Sophomore and has been an important part of the CyberTECH organization. From planning, organizing and promoting events to managing the day-to-day operations, we are fortunate to have Jah’neice part of the CyberTECH team and community.

To get a better understanding of her experience at CyberTECH and the organization has and will continue to prepare for her next adventures, we asked Jah’neice to share her story.

How your time as a CyberTECH intern prepared you for college? Other jobs?

“CyberTECH has prepared me in multiple ways. For example, the meaningful relationships I’ve been able to develop with others. I’ve met so many people who have made a significant impact on me as a person and on my outlook on life. I’ve built relationships with professors, experts, retired and active military, and many other types of professionals.

I have also learned a lot about time management. Not only with managing school and the internship, but also with events and all of the preparation that’s required. The experience has taught me how to better manage my time – I know this will benefit me in college as well.”

How do you think your experience as a CyberTECH intern will prepare you post graduation?

“Working at CyberTECH, I had the chance to learn about marketing systems and tools that I didn’t know much about. For example, the CRM system. I have also become familiar and comfortable working in programs such as excel. 

Working at many of the events I also learned how to better organize, prepare, and execute events. From 10 person to 100+ people, I gained a great amount of experience that I’ll be able to apply going forward. 

One of my dreams is to eventually own my own business. Having worked with so many entrepreneurs and within the local startup community, I learned some of the fundamentals about starting a business.”

What was the most important lesson you learned as a CyberTECH intern?

“One of the biggest lessons I learned during my time at CyberTECH was to think things out on your own. Its okay to ask for help but its important to try and do things by yourself especially when it requires little assistance.”

How would you describe your overall experience as a CyberTECH Intern?

“Tremendous. I’ve met some exceptional people and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. It also helped to develop my confidence.”



What advice can you give to other high school interns who are interested in working with CyberTECH?

“Don’t be shy and make connections – you really are surrounded by hard working people and successful people. If you have questions – ask – make as many connections as possible. Familiarize yourself with your surrounding – it’s good to know where things are.”

What are your plans post high school graduation?

” After graduation, I plan to attend a 4 year university and major in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering that way I can become a pharmaceutical toxicologist for the FDA or an engineer.

I have applied to over 20 schools and been accepted to 14 colleges thus far. I have also been offered academic scholarships from 4 of the schools I’ve been accepted to.

In March, I will find out if I received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.” 

Driven by her desire to learn, grow and make a positive impact, Jah’neice Mitchell has always demonstrated a high degree of integrity and potential to be a leader in every task and project assigned to her. We are excited for Jah’neice to start her next chapter and know she will continue to make a positive impact not only our community but any organization or project on the horizon.

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CyberTECH Launches IoT Meetup in Seattle, Washington


This month, CyberTECH started an IoT Meetup Group in Seattle for anyone interested in the IoT including emerging technologies, security and privacy issues. All skill levels are welcome.

“We are moving toward a world of connected devices at an aggressive pace,” said CyberTECH Co-Founder, Darin Andersen. The Internet of Things, commonly referred to as the “IoT”, is the use of data by business, systems and people to make informed decisions in real time. LTE estimated 2B devices alone by year’s end 2017. We are expected to reach 4% of connections by 2015 and 10% by the end of 2018.

As we move closer to connecting every person and device in the world, our economic future will depend even more on maintaining a unified global Internet. As a result, the billions of interconnected intelligent devices will generate insurmountable amounts of data that will need to be secured. This reality will require companies of all shapes and sizes to work collaboratively to ensure efficiency and security.

“We strongly believe this is a very important topic that will continue to grow and affect each industry through what we are calling convergence,” commented Mr. Andersen.

The first Meetup is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the SURF Incubator in Seattle Washington.

Please visit the Meetup Group for additional information and to sign up.

CyberTECH Expands Co-Working Space for a Total of Over 16,000 Feet!


CyberTECH Third Co-Working, Incubator and Startup Collaboration Space, nest, Now Open!

The Fourth Space, xHive, to Open May 15, 2016!

CyberTECH is providing a special offer to Co-Merge Members. Lease a space at nest by March 15 for 6 months and get a 7th month free! Contact us now for more information.


This month, CyberTECH launched its 3rd co-working, incubator and startup collaboration space in San Diego, nest. Perched with amazing views overlooking downtown and the San Diego Bay, nest is 5,000 square feet of full service co-working space with a full kitchen, gym, showers, coffee bar, telephone booths, a meditation and relaxation room, and many work options.

The nest space is currently 63% leased with companies including reTech Labs, CyberUnited, Wescor, Mojo Marketing, Live Well San Diego, MaFe, LLC, Amgen Tour of California, and Strength by Ciani.

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The new co-working space is part of CyberTECH’s 16,000+ square feet network of work spaces located in the Manpower building in Bankers Hill just adjacent to downtown and Little Italy. CyberTECH’s work spaces in the Manpower Building include a coffee shop, 4 kitchens, 3 conference rooms, 2 telephone rooms, a meditation and relationship room, a gym, 2 patios, a live music and DJ stage and many other amenities.

nest has 20+ reserved and non reserved “hot” desks accessible on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. There are also numerous private offices suitable for 1 person to entire 12 person teams.  “Our CyberHive and iHive co work and incubator spaces are 100% occupied, so we are opening nest (and xHive announced late last year and currently under construction) to accommodate additional Members” says Mohammed “Mo” Rahseparian, CyberTECH’s General Manager of Operations.

Pricing for nest starts as low as $200 per month and private offices range from $600-$3000 per month. Membership to nest provides access to all of CyberTECH’s incubators.


Approaching its fourth year, CyberTECH continues to lead the IoT and innovation community with plans to work with another 20-30 companies in 2016. With software-defined everything on the frontier, along with robotics, 3D printing, drones and other advancing technologies,

CyberTECH will launch its 4th incubator and shared workspace, xHive, on May 15, 2016 with 12 new offices. xHive will provide a collaborative environment to drive the innovation that leads to the development of advanced new technologies including devices powering the IoT, software and app development including robotics, 3D printing and drones.

According to CyberTECH Executive Director Shirley Adams, “xHive is our 5th expansion in the Manpower building in Banker’s Hill. This will increase our floor space by 40% and add new parking space options and other new member amenities.”

Additionally, xHive has partnered with SD3D to construct a highly automated medium production 3D printing studio inside the expansed facility. There will also be a new Robotics and Drone Lab and a full service coffee shop, shower facilities and a new second outdoor patio area will provide CyberTECH Members with exciting new workspace options.

Opening May 15, 2016, xHive will offer shared workspace for as little as $100/month, options for dedicated desks and/or private offices, access to conference rooms, robust connectivity, and a variety of other benefits that can be found here. Members gain priority access to mentorship and other resources including 100+ fellow cybersecurity, high tech and IoT incubator and shared workspace companies.

In addition, CyberTECH is providing a special offer to Co-Merge Members. Lease a space at nest by March 15 for 6 months and get a 7th month free! Contact us now for more information.

For additional information on working from any of the CyberTECH work spaces please contactMohammed “Mo” Rahseparian here.

Pre-RSA Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast

In 2014, CyberTECH developed the Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast to bring together cyber and IoT professionals to network, hear 1-2 security presentations and have the opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion led by eWEEK Magazine.

The tradition began during the Black Hat Conference in 2013 when a handful of CyberTECH and industry leaders were looking for a place to have breakfast meetings, the one restaurant to accept reservations was an Irish Pub. The ad-hoc breakfast was well attended with meaningful conversations and relationships being developed. This inspired CyberTECH to evolve the breakfast into what is now the CyberTECH Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast with “Irish Pub style” with Bangers & Mash and other classic Irish breakfast foods.

The Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 1 at the Chieftain Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA during the RSA Conference.

To prepare for the upcoming breakfast, CyberTECH and Cooley, LLP partnered with the San Diego Business Journal to produce a Pre-RSA Bangers and Mash during the CyberTECH Security Table Breakfast on Friday, February 12.


The Security Table Breakfast is the ideal setting for cybersecurity and IoT professionals to connect with members of the CyberTECH community to evaluate the current cyber landscape, and build awareness around the most relevant and hot-button issues in cybersecurity.

At this San Diego Meetup, we talked about this year’s RSA conference theme “Connect and Protect” and about the hottest Cyber, IoT and Emerging Technology Trends with regional and national peers and media.

Reo Carr, Editor of San Diego Business Journal and Bill Bonney, Principal Consulting Analyst and Information Security Executive at TechVision Research interviewed today’s leading experts about the hottest security trends at this year’s RSA conference.



Special Guests included:

1.  Dave Titus – SVP, Cooley

2.  Gary Martino – Director of Information Security, West Health Group

3.  Scott King – CISO, Sempra

4.   Gary Hayslip, Deputy Director, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Information Technology

5.  Erik Caldwell – Economic Development Director, City of San Diego

6.  Council President Sherri Lightner – City of San Diego

7.  Jonathan Parnell – CEO, Tuliva

8.  Rusty Sailors, CEO, LP3-SecurIT

9.  Adib Nasle, CEO, Xendee

10.  Loren Stocker, (privacy expertise)

11.  Rick Moy, CEO and President, EdgeNext (former NSS Labs Founder)

12.  Steve Nye, President and CEO, CyberFlow Analytics

13.  Darin Andersen, CEO, CyberUnited

14.  Michael Linehan, Member Technical Staff, Industrial Internet Consortium

15.  Emory Roane, Juris Doctor Candidate, California Western School of Law, Co-Host, This Week in Law

16.  Joseph A. Oregon, Information Security Program Manager, IT Security/Cyber Intelligence Unit, San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC)

17.  Jauher Zaidi, Chairman & Chief Innovation Officer, Palmchip Corporation

18.  Paul Martini, CEO iboss

Event sponsors included Cooley LLP, Randstad USA, CyberUnited, SquarMilner, CyberCalifornia and our Media Sponsor San Diego Business Journal.

For more information on the March 1 Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast at the Chieftain Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA during the RSA Conference, please contact Darin Andersen.

Comments on Startup Week Convergence Tech Crawl

Friday night, the San Diego CyberTECH organization initiated Startup Week Convergence Tech Crawl attracting about 150 people. The space was large enough to accommodate the gathering and plenty of good food and drink present.



CyberTECH itself  invests volunteer activities for California State’s, CyberCaliforniaprogram. We are a dedicated community and events like this one are not only fun and informative, they serve as a public relations forums to spread the news among the many participating companies including numerous incubator startups.

A number of attendees spoke in support of the participating organizations and how the combined efforts continue to make San Diego a focal point for technology. I quote a part of that linked 2015 article in support of what takes place in this region:

“As long as this level of interest continues, there is nothing to keep San Diego from expanding to a point where it could even eclipse Silicon Valley. For now, entrepreneurs and established tech companies will keep taking advantage of the many viable opportunities in this area, and tech workers can choose between a wide variety of high-paying jobs that can put their skillsets to work.”

CyberTECH’s Co Founder and CEO, Darin Andersen, asked me to present topic of 5-7 minutes for two different segments of this meeting. I chose to speak on: Leadership;  Teamwork; and Mentoring. Those three elements must always be present as strong foundations to build effective and supportive organizations.

I believe CyberTECH provides a motive force in that regard and formed its presence, being referenced as a template for other related volunteer organizations to evolve themselves.

In closing, I always think a meeting is successful when much conversation takes place. Friday night’s event succeeded on that point very well.

This blog was written by Don Larson.

San Diego CyberTECH Annual Planning Meeting Comments

The San Diego CyberTECH Annual Planning Meeting early today was very productive. Six hours later we created a set of activities to guide the organization going forward.

Some of the next steps for the Directors and we Advisors to the Board are to help standup the committee for the organization’s 2016 goals, develop the strategies and tactics to manage those deliverables. This setting lets me practice my leadership and project management skills.

Also, I was appointed as a second Co-Chair for the Internet of Things Meetupsthroughout the coming year. It’s a great opportunity to help shape this very important element of this large CyberTECH organization.

Blog written by Don Larson, Co Chair Internet of Things (IoT) Meetups, CyberTECH.

CyberTECH to Launch 4th Incubator and Shared Workspace, NEST

On February 1, CyberTECH will launch NEST, a co working, incubator and startup collaboration space in San Diego.  Perched with amazing views overlooking downtown and the San Diego Bay, NEST is 5,000 square feet of full service co working space with a full kitchen, gym, showers, a meditation and relaxation room, and many work options.

The new co working space is part of CyberTECH’s 15,000 square feet network of work spaces located in the Manpower building in Bankers Hill just adjacent to downtown and Little Italy. CyberTECH’s work spaces in Manpower include a coffee shop, 4 kitchens, 3 conference rooms, 2 telephone rooms, a meditation and relationship room, a gym, 2 patios, a live music and DJ stage and many other amenities.

NEST will have 20+ reserved and non reserved “hot” desks accessible on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. There are also numerous private offices suitable for 1 person to entire 12 person teams.  “Our CyberHive and iHive co work and incubator spaces are 100% occupied, so we are opening NEST (and xHive announced late last year and currently under construction) to accommodate additional Members” says Mohammed “Mo” Rahseparian, CyberTECH’s General Manager.

Pricing for NEST starts as low as $200 per month and private offices range from $600-$3000 per month. Membership to NEST provides access to the all of CyberTECH’s incubators. CyberTECH is a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) network ecosystem providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs and thought leadership events across the nation. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutions, government and non-profit organizations.