Venture Activity Rises Nationwide, Daylight Solutions’ Infrared Technology Heating Up, Smaller Startups Are Hiring Fewer, & More San Diego BizTech News

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its small solid-state lasers can be used by aircraft to blind and confuse heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles.

—Cleantech automaker Aptera Motors, now based in Carlsbad, CA, has raised more than $2.2 million in recent funding. Aptera is laying plans to begin manufacturing of its teardrop-shaped three-wheel electric vehicle.

—From its North American headquarters in San Diego, Japan’s Sony announced a $200,000 app challenge with San Jose, CA-based Adobe Systems. The Adobe AIR App Challenge is intended to drive the creation of Android-based applications for two tablets that Sony has under development.

—More that 15,000 people interested in geographic information systems (GIS) technology attended the 2011 Esri International User Conference hosted by Redlands, CA-based Esri. The theme of this year’s conference, “GIS—understanding our world,” emphasized the need for new approaches to such complex problems as a climate change and loss of biodiversity.

—A couple of noteworthy personnel moves were announced in San Diego last week. Wireless giant Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) named Matt Grob as executive vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). The former Cox Communications chief in San Diego, Bill Geppert, stepped in to fill the breach at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. that was opened when Phoenix business leader Barry Broome pulled out of the top job shortly after he was  hired.

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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