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January 19, 2016 - Xconomy

Venture Activity Surged in San Diego in 2015

Venture capital investors poured $334.1 million into 27 deals in San Diego during the last three months of 2015, a surge that outpaced the entire states of Texas and Colorado. The total was more than twice as much as the $123.7 million that VCs invested in 22 San Diego startups during the last quarter of 2014.

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January 4, 2016 - U-T San Diego

8 business people to watch in 2016

Now operated as a unit of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., the World Trade Center helps local businesses sell abroad and foreign companies and investors do business in San Diego.

Clarke, who took the helm three months ago, said three focus areas in 2016 will help San Diego companies expand exports, facilitate foreign companies making direct investments here, and broaden San Diego’s global image.

Clarke, who speaks Mandarin, Spanish and Setswana (a language spoken in South Africa), earned a Ph.D. in international relations at Oxford University where she founded the Oxford University China Africa Initiative. This year she plans a second round of MetroConnect grants to help companies expand international trade. Trade missions to Britain, Japan and New Zealand are planned in the first few months of the year, and a 60-member Latin American delegation is coming to San Diego in April.

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