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14 Entrepreneurs on What It’s Like To Be a Startup in San Diego

April 18, 2017

California has become a magnet for aspiring entrepreneurs and startup aficionados. But when you think California startups, you might think of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, or even Silicon Beach. But some of the best startups and entrepreneurs might be hiding in plain sight. San Diego is one of those places. It’s “California’s best kept secret,” according to Will Smelko, CEO of Ora Organic.

That’s why we took a look at San Diego’s startup community to find out how the lesser-known destination for entrepreneurship operates and what startup founders there think of it. Turns out, it’s a pretty awesome place for startups.

Well, that’s if you’re ready for the San Diego experience. If you think the money meetings are happening in boardrooms and coffee shops, think again, as a margarita might be in your future.

The Weather and Environment Makes Life Easier

Jenn Harris, CEO of Street Swings, says the relaxing atmosphere the city’s location provides adds a relaxing element to the stress of running a startup:

“I love being an entrepreneur in San Diego because it’s so easy to have work-life balance. Even while pulling 20-hour days, you can still take an hour to meditate in the sunshine, take a long lunch to go surf, and refocus with a clear mind and fresh eyes. Startups in San Diego have a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude that is a great compliment to the entrepreneur lifestyle. This fits my startup especially well – being in the golf industry I can take prospects out to Torrey Pines and enjoy year-round perfect golf weather at a beautiful course.”


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