SD3D Printing
At SD3D Printing, we are standardizing digital manufacturing by developing an end-to-end 3D printing automation platform. Our platform allows users to scale up production efficiently, enabling short-run and just-in-Time (JIT) production of end-use parts. By leveraging advanced process automations, production costs and lead times through our platform are up to 80% lower compared to traditional 3D printing methods.

President/CEO: David Feeney

Founded/launched: 2013




  • 3D Print Kiosk: 1855 First Avenue, Suite #103, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3D Print Kiosk: 211 North Ervay Street, Suite #351, Dallas, TX 75201
  • Factory: 7925 Silverton Avenue, Suite #510, San Diego, CA 92126

Quotable: “SD3D is leading the convergence between industrial IOT and additive manufacturing, which we believe will provide a catalyst for the next industrial revolution.” – David Feeney

Notable trends/ideas: The concept of short-run production through additive manufacturing (3D printing) is being normalized throughout many industries. Projects that previously would have never been launched are now making it to market and providing a positive impact to lives of millions of users while supporting their domestic economy. Instead of being made overseas, these parts are now made within just a few miles of the end-user.


  • David Feeney, President/CEO): David is an experienced manufacturing engineer, project manager and entrepreneur. With six years of direct experience in the automotive and industrial equipment industries as a manufacturing engineer and project manager, David understands the needs of the target client. As the technical co-founder and CEO of SD3D, David brings an extensive track record of successfully implementing process automations for manufacturing industrial equipment on product lines valued at over $100M annually.
  • Bennett Berger, Co-founder/President: Bennett’s experience comes from the world of management, sales and client relations. After graduating from the UC Santa Cruz in Business Management Economics, Bennett worked as an account executive managing hundreds of clients for an insurance agency. From there he went into sales for the Medicare industry, running both group presentations as well as individual meetings.
  • Marshal Haupt, Chief Engineer: Marshal graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a BSEE degree. He initially began his career working in the design and development of photovoltaic inverters. After five years working in subsea robotics at FMC Technologies, Marshal turned to communication control designs for industrial control equipment. Most recently, Marshal worked with a flow control meter manufacturer on a CANbus communication control network. He is using that expertise directly in his role at SD3D.
  • Junhua Wei, Research Engineer: Junhua graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015 with a PhD in mechanical engineering. His research and work are focused on 3D printer hardware development, 3D printing materials preparation, and functional device.


Interesting anecdote/client: SD3D is the dedicated supplier of sunflower decorations for Nothing Bunt Cakes franchise facilities across North America. Before SD3D came on the scene, these sunflower decorations were originally hand carved by a local woodworker. When the woodworker retired, Nothing Bunt Cakes turned to SD3D Printing to continue production and provide just-in-time manufacturing for their new franchise facilities.
To maintain consistency with the original flowers, Nothing Bunt Cakes chose to use the coarsest resolution available to retain the grainy texture and the “hand-carved” look. So, next time you see a Nothing Bunt Cakes store, check out the sunflowers hanging on the wall behind the cash register. If your eye is trained on what to look for, you should be able to tell they are 3D printed.

Contact info:

SD3D is located within NEST at X-Hive, the distinctive CoWork space at 1855 First Avenue, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92103.

To inquire about available space, contact Darin Andersen:


Skylift Global manufactures and provides heavy-lift UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to safely and efficiently deliver shipments of all types that weigh several hundred pounds. Skylift’s UAVs are preferred options for transport situations in which the use of helicopters is deemed too expensive and/or dangerous and the use of consumer drones is deemed too weak and unreliable.

Top flight (from top clockwise):
Robert Bartlett, Chief Engineer; Amir Emadi, CEO; Jesse Moore, CTO; Reza “Ray” Nemovi, Chief Innovator

President/CEO: Amir Emadi
Product/Service description:heavy-lifting aerial vehicles (drones)
Founded: July 2015
Expected launch: January 2017
Location: 1855 First Avenue, Suite #103, San Diego, CA 92101
Quotable: “We can lift and carry heavy goods, supplies, and equipment with a drone. Ultimately, we will give every human the freedom to fly safely and reliably.” – Amir Emadi

Notable trends/ideas: “Similar to the role of cell phones as an essential lifeline in Africa, UAVs fill a void in transportation,
particularly in remote areas and Third World countries. The marketplace has lately begun to regard drones as more than mere toys or weaponry. Concurrently, delivery-centered businesses such as Amazon, UPS, Uber and Chipotle, to name a few, are committed to pursuing unique ways to reduce the time and cost of customer delivery.” – Amir Emadi

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  • Amir Emadi (President/CEO) recently left a startup he helped build to $1m in revenue in less than a year. Amir has worked for 15 years in operations, marketing, and political advisory roles. While with the World Trade Center in San Diego, his focus was on the local ecosystem. He has since addressed policy and infrastructure voids in the Middle East and rural Africa.
  • Jesse Moore (Chief Technology Officer) previously managed a multi-billion-dollar IT infrastructure for a global Fortune 15 company. With several startups under his belt, he has exceptional talent in identifying new technology integrations that support Skylift’s long-term objectives.
  • Reza Nemovi (Chief Innovator) is the visionary and inspiration behind Skylift’s technology. He ranks as one of the best radio control pilots in the world, giving him a unique understanding of commercial UAV flight. (Please see in-depth profile below)
  • Robert Bartlett (Chief Engineer) brings a unique technical background that combines safety and high performance, giving life to Skylift vehicles. He previously researched and developed auto parts using advanced composite materials for endurance racing teams such as Nissan, Toyota, Porsche. He has also been in the machine and fabrication business for the last 16 years.

Triumph Over Tragedy: The Inspiration Behind Skylift Global
To celebrate his 27th birthday in 2000, Reza Nemovi took part in a Labor Day weekend skydiving event above Lake Elsinore. A professional, Olympic-caliber skydiver with over 500 jumps to his credit, he regularly competed against top military athletes and was in elite physical condition.
But something went terribly wrong.

After a 50-second aerobatic freefall, he deployed his parachute and began to descend to the drop zone (landing area). Upon his final approach, he went into his routine, high-speed dive — but quickly realized his parachute had a developed a hole between two of the cells.
Realizing he was in trouble, he executed emergency crash-landing protocol by tucking arms and legs in tight while putting on full breaks in hopes of slowing down enough to roll upon impact.

Unable to cushion his landing, Reza smashed into the ground at 40 mph, leaving him unable to move, paralyzed from the waist down.
He had shattered his tailbone, sacrum, broken his pelvis, destroyed his L4-L5 spinal segments and sustained damage to multiple areas of his spinal cord. The damage was so severe that a team of doctors opted to place him in an induced coma for almost a month, not believing he would survive.
Reza then underwent an 18-hour surgery with only a 10 percent chance of survival. After a month, he had survived but was told he’d never walk again. Since he was expected to be in a wheelchair forever, his physical therapist told him to only exercise his arms, which were muscular as ever – but not his legs.

But Reza was convinced that, somehow, he’d fully recover. He wouldn’t let anyone tell him otherwise.
Another month passed before his family was able to take him back home to Chicago. Although the physical therapy center there was unrivaled, Reza’s pain-ridden body had difficulty adjusting to the cold weather. Multiply “pins and needles” by a thousand and it’s scarcely possible to comprehend the pain he endured. But he went through his daily rehab regimen, no matter how excruciating the pain.
Muhammad Ali once said that he hated every minute of training. Yet he forced himself to be “The Greatest” with these words: “Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

That became Reza’s mindset. By the time he returned to his hospital in California six months later, he was miraculously able to show that he was
already gaining some movement in his lower extremities. Over the next few years, with the help of a walker, he was able to take his first tentative steps.
Another four years passed before Reza finally rid himself of a wheelchair. During that time, over months of painful, sleepless nights, he found solace in his love for the sky and his background as an outstanding auto mechanic. Together, those passions led him to a new hobby – building remote-controlled planes and helicopters.

Over the next 10 years, Reza went on to become a world-class RC pilot and led the conversion from gas to electric-powered RC helicopters. He even helped with the development of the “flying dress” drone named Volantis that famously flew Lady Gaga around in a 2013 demo.
Indeed, in many ways, he has led the way to what we now know as the modern-day drone.

Skeptics told our Skylift Global team that we would never be able to build the vehicle we sought – that it defies the laws of physics. But with Reza’s story as our inspiration, we’re certain we have the collective will to succeed as champions.

Contact info:

  • Amir Emadi (President/CEO) recently left a startup he helped build to $1m in revenue in less than a year. Amir has worked for 15 years in operations, marketing, and political advisory roles. While with the World Trade Center in San Diego, his focus was on the local ecosystem. He has since addressed policy and infrastructure voids in the Middle East and rural Africa.
  • Jesse Moore (Chief Technology Officer) previously managed a multi-billion-dollar IT infrastructure for a global Fortune 15 company. With several startups under his belt, he has exceptional talent in identifying new technology integrations that support Skylift’s long-term objectives.
  • 844-475-9543 ext. 701


To inquire about available space, contact Darin Andersen:

  • 619-341-4036


CEO/Founder: Daniel Magy
Product/Service: Drone Management Solutions
Founded: 2016
Location: 1185 First Street, Suite #103, San Diego, CA 92101

Quotable: “CITADEL’s goal is to secure the skies from nefarious drones. To do this, CITADEL has built a proprietary system that deploys a shield around high-risk targets and gives security teams the ability to automatically ‘depilot’ a drone as it encroaches into restricted airspace.
“All of this is accomplished without disrupting normal communication devices like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellphones.” – Daniel Magy

Notable trend: “The presence of a U.S. anti-drone system, while a seemingly sensible counter-measure against the Islamic State’s fondness for using the remote-controlled aircraft, is a small glimpse into how the American military is adapting to evolving battlefield threats in the wake of its two protracted ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” (Washington Post, July 15, 2016)

Contact info:

CITADEL is located within NEST at XHive, the newly-opened CoWork space at 1855 First Street, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92103.

To inquire about available space, contact Darin Andersen:


Product description: First introduced in 2014, Kona Deep bottled water is now widely available in more than 20 states, led by Hawaii and California, and at several thousand retail outlets. The story of how the product reaches consumers is remarkable: The pure-water source originates from a deep ocean current formed by melted glaciers in Greenland and Iceland. That water sinks to the ocean floor due to differences in salinity, density and weight. There, it begins a 1,000-year journey flowing through oceans around the globe. Along the way, it travels over underwater volcanic fissures, soaking up beneficial electrolytes and minerals before arriving at the Island of Hawaii. Kona Deep accesses that mineral-rich deep ocean water 3,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface just off the coast of Kona on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The water is desalinated using reverse osmosis while preserving its natural mineral and nutrient content. Nothing is added to the final product, which is clear, pure and smooth-tasting.

CEO/Founder: Patrick Turpin

Bio/background: A co-founder of the healthy snack Popchips, Patrick Turpin turned his entrepreneurial spirit to premium bottled water. With the same spirit that made Popchips a popular alternative to salty potato chips, Turpin and his team launched another winning product – this time in the ultra-competitive field of bottled water. A resident of Manhattan Beach, Turpin previously spent 20 years with leading food and beverage companies, including Costco Wholesale, where he served as vice president and launched Costco’s highly successful gas station operations, among other ventures. Turpin earned a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Significant fact: Domestic sales of premium bottled water have skyrocketed more than 300 percent over the past five years. That figure is expected to grow to 20 to 30% annually for the next few years

Why CyberTECH membership: “Kona Deep is an entrepreneurial startup that leverages technology in desalinating our unique deep ocean water source to create the world’s best water. The desalination technology allows us to remove salt while keeping electrolytes and minerals that hydrate you faster than regular botted water or even sports drinks. Having known Darin Andersen and seeing how CyberTECH has brought together such an amazing group of tech entrepreneurs and the community that’s been created, we see value on multiple levels to being involved.”

Quotable: “I am passionate about creating innovation in mature consumer products categories where one can deliver unique solutions that meet unmet consumer demand. Often times people overlook opportunities in mature product categories thinking that everything that can be done has already been done.”

Greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome: “When we launched Popchips, we started with three different product lines: rice, corn and potato-based chips. Consumers found our offering confusing and initially it didn’t work. We quickly made a decision to discontinue the rice and corn lines and focus on popped potato chips as our ‘hero line’ of product. That worked and we grew rapidly from there.”

Advice for entrepreneurs: “My lesson for other entrepreneurs is that you need to be quick and decisive to make necessary changes to your business model when launching. Follow the facts but also listen to your gut. Often times those initial decisions you make after launching are critical and you have to make those decisions with less than perfect information.”

What future holds for Kona Deep: “We will roll out Kona Deep to the Midwest and East and look to be the leading brand of this new category, deep ocean water. We foresee Kona Deep being a $50 million to $100 million brand in the U.S. market.”

Executive contact:
Patrick Turpin, CEO

Company description:
Procopio is a full-service business and litigation law firm serving small to mid-sized companies as well as large multinationals, serving client’s needs through every stage of the business life cycle. The firm is committed to thoughtful problem solving and improving their client’s bottom line. With more than 150 attorneys based in San Diego, Silicon Valley, Phoenix and Austin, serving clients around the world, Procopio is passionate about knowing each client’s business and helping that client grow. Their global reach across Asia and Latin America further expands international partnerships and cross border capabilities. Procopio is focused on what’s important to its clients–providing smart, innovative and practical solutions in a cost-effective manner.

Senior Leadership:
Thomas W. Turner, Jr.

Managing Partner
James G. Perkins
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Compliance Officer

Founded: 1946

Brief history of firm:
Founded just after the conclusion of World War II by four leading legal minds in San Diego—Tony Procopio, Alec Cory, Harry Hargreaves and Manny Savitch—the firm was on the leading edge of San Diego’s postwar boom of economic development. The four partners from the beginning instituted a culture based on actively listening to clients and applying detailed attention to serving their legal needs. They also encouraged collaboration across the firm, and the family feel at Procopio has led to an exceptionally low level of attrition. The firm has also grown exponentially, with more than 70 attorneys by the start of the 21st Century and more than 150 today. Now the largest independent law firm in San Diego, Procopio has expanded to offices in Del Mar Heights, Silicon Valley, Phoenix, and Austin, covering more than forty practice areas, and representing clients around the world, including Asia and Latin America. Yet it continues to provide a detailed level of focus on client needs at rates 30 to 40 percent lower than many of its larger competitors.

Core principles:

  • Commitment to Service: It’s Procopio’s pledge to always go above and beyond. Providing the best possible client service is engrained in our culture.
  • Passionate People: Procopio believes the key to its success is in its people and their passion. Procopio employs some of industry’s most skilled and experienced lawyers, many of whom have worked at the world’s largest national and international firms.
  • Adding Value: Its lean operational model allows it to provide winning solutions without the big overhead typically seen with large international firms. Procopio is committed to understanding each client’s business while building a long-term relationship.
  • Driving Innovation: From its in-house startup incubator to its cutting edge electronic storage systems, Procopio’s innovative and entrepreneurial mindset helps clients stay ahead of their competition.

Tech-related emphasis:
Reflecting the innovative technology spirit of San Diego entrepreneurs, Procopio has long had an active practice in the tech sector, and its offices in Del Mar Heights and Silicon Valley reflect that focus. Procopio runs a LaunchPad incubator in its Del Mar office, part of Procopio Business Advisors, an arm of the firm that woks with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses focused on sustainable growth and/or becoming an attractive acquisition opportunity.
The firm’s active Intellectual Property Practice Group is active in tech industries, from patent prosecution, litigation and licensing to trademarks, copyrights and trade secret protection. Procopio has an active Technology Transactions Practice Group negotiating, drafting and implementing tech contracts while protecting its clients’ intellectual property positions. Procopio also has an Emerging Growth and Technology Practice Group focused on numerous fields including information technology, telecommunications, life sciences and clean-tech.


    • San Diego (downtown)
    • Del Mar Heights
    • Silicon Valley (Palo Alto)

Phoenix, Arizona
Austin, Texas

Reason for CyberTECH membership:
Procopio was one of the first law firms in cyberspace, dealing with data breaches, encryption patents, IoT data protection, HIPPA compliance, ecommerce, IP issues, cybersquatting, unfair competition, take-downs and online terms and conditions. As cybersecurity issues continue to grow in importance, Procopio is there.

Notable tech-related anecdote:
For decades, Procopio was active in the entrepreneurial tech environment of San Diego and California more broadly. That has manifested itself with the founding of Procopio LaunchPad in 2012, an incubator for and initial investor in technology start-up companies, committing valuable real estate and business support services to promising startups. Procopio Partner Bill Eigner serves on CyberTECH’s board of directors.

Recent notable transactions:

  • Managed the sale of an Internet security company to a private equity firm for $50 million.
  • Worked with a technology start-up with a capitalization of $500,000 to ensure a sale to a large public company for $180 million.
  • Secured the founders of a medical software development company’s stock sale to a private equity investor for about $60 million.


Attorneys practicing on tech-related issues:

William Eigner, Partner

Noel Gillespie, Partner

Marina Lewis, Senior Counsel

Megan McCarthy, Attorney

Contact info:


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  • Contact: Patrick Ross, Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing
  • 619-906-5740


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VUEZ, pronounced as “views,” the French term for “view,” is a live media tech company that will give consumers and business professionals the ability to broadcast live, dynamic, and compelling video from anywhere in the world on all platforms.

Founder/CEO: Jay Ringgold
Co-founder/President: Victor Ross
Product/Service: Multi-level, mobile-media production
Founded: 2016
Expected launch: January 15, 2017
Location: 1185 First Avenue, Suite #103, San Diego, CA 92101

Quotable: “The killer aspect of our product is a media production studio in your pocket. We allow users to effectively communicate using live and on-demand video on our platform. It gives the user the ability to use our patent-pending dynamic media creation tools, which to allow them to distribute and store their digital memories.

“In addition, we will offer our own original TV programming with original series, as well as giving viewers the ability to watch syndicated TV shows and movies.” – Jay Ringgold

Notable trends/ideas: “The trend in our field is mobile media, via video platforms, is set to surpass traditional TV networks by the year 2018. That means more and more users are turning to mobile devices to obtain their source of content, whether it’s live video or on-demand video, this is becoming the norm in today’s media industry.”


  • Jay Ringgold is a strategic tech serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience with progressive tech ventures. A native San Diegan, he has built web technologies for National Lampoon, Inc. magazine and related tech ventures. Jay has teamed with various celebrities, including Grammy Award-winning performer Ludacris, and helped launch, which grew to over 600,000 active members.
  • Victor Ross has over 30 years in the investment industry in various corporate leadership roles. He also served for eight years as a fiduciary with the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System, along with 15 years as a business owner and partner. Victor also has extensive experience in community service and with San Diego-based athletic foundations.

Contact info:

  • 844 327 6900, ext 5001


To inquire about available space, contact Darin Andersen:

  • 619-341-4036

Company description:
Mintz Levin, established in 1933, is a versatile Am Law 100 law firm with over 500 lawyers serving clients worldwide. Applying a cross-disciplinary team approach, we bring attorneys from many different yet complementary areas together to address the rapidly changing legal and regulatory requirements of a wide variety of industries, including Technology; Financial Services; Health Care; Life Sciences; Energy Technology; and many others.

The firm’s major practice areas include Antitrust; Bankruptcy & Restructuring; Corporate & Securities; Employment, Labor & Benefits; Environmental Law; Health Law; Intellectual Property; Litigation; Privacy & Security; Public Finance; Real Estate; Tax; and Technology Transactions.

Mintz Levin’s eight offices are strategically located to meet the evolving needs of our clients. In addition to seven U.S. office locations in San Diego; San Francisco; Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Stamford, CT; and Washington DC, Mintz Levin has an office in London.

Chief Executive Officer/President:

Robert Bodian, Managing Member
Since 2009, Mr. Bodian has served as Managing Member and head of litigation section in Mintz Levin’s New York City office, which has grown to nearly 90 attorneys, and one of the top 100 law offices in New York, since being established in 2000. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Bodian is valued by clients for his judgment, tenacity and calm demeanor. Mr. Bodian has an extensive background in the areas of employment and commercial disputes, financial services, insurance, securities, real estate and banking.

Founded/launched: 1933

Brief history of firm:
What now has grown to eight offices and 500 attorneys all started in Boston during the height of the Great Depression, when two young entrepreneurial attorneys met for lunch and laid out a vision for what they wanted their new law firm to be: An innovative practice dedicated to its clients and their success.

The heart of the firm is our founding partners’ guiding principle of providing excellent legal services in an atmosphere of mutual respect, dignity, and tolerance. This has been our foundation ever since we opened our doors in 1933.

Our eight offices might look different, but throughout the world you’ll find the same can-do entrepreneurial spirit at Mintz Levin. It’s our defining characteristic. And it’s our job to help our clients grow.

Location: 3580 Carmel Mountain Rd #300, San Diego, CA 92130

The firm’s mission:
Mintz Levin’s singular focus on excellence is the foundation on which the firm was built more than 80 years ago. It remains the driving force in everything we do — from representing a client in bet-the-company litigation, to standing up for victims of domestic violence. We set the highest standards for ourselves because we know what is at stake for our clients. And we are proud that, as a result, we’ve built decades-long relationships with Fortune 500 companies and individual entrepreneurs alike. We have helped establish and grow some of the world’s finest life sciences and technology companies.

Reason for CyberTECH membership:
To stay current and connected with the San Diego-based Cyber community.

Notable tech-related anecdote about firm:
For decades, Mintz Levin has provided creative and entrepreneurial counsel for tech companies of all types and sizes and covering the full spectrum of legal services. We understand the legal issues that tech companies need to address to maximize their potential.

We have represented leading-edge companies across all of their life cycle needs,from early stage through growth capital to M&A transactions and IPOs, and addressed such issues as privacy, data security, and raising capital online. Our clients include companies in the FinTech, AdTech, EdTech, Internet, security, robotics, media, and social media sectors, among others.

Recent notable cases:

  • Managed and responded to a major, multimillion-record data breach for a leading global marketplace processing nearly 100 million activity and event registrations and more than $3 billion in payments annually
  • Represented a media company in its loss of 200,000 subscribers’ personal data. We negotiated a multistate FTC resolution, helped to set up call centers and prepare breach notices and avoided regulatory and enforcement action.
  • Provided Safe Harbor certification, guidance on global privacy issues, and advice on general privacy issues (including PCI-DSS) to a multinational diagnostics and IT solutions provider with 15 locations.

Leadership bios:

Cynthia Larose, Member
Ms. Larose is a member of Mintz Levin’s Corporate Practice, Chair of the Privacy and Security Practice, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. She has extensive experience in dealing with the international, federal and state regulations related to the use and transfer of information, behavioral advertising, data security breach compliance, incident response and response planning, and data transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions.

Brian Lam, Associate
Mr. Lam has extensive experience in patent litigation and intellectual property matters, as well as privacy and data protection matters, particularly as to data aggregation, network security, and technology transactions. Beyond counseling on compliance, incident response, and data privacy and protection, Brian has advised on technology-centric agreements, licensing issues, open source software licensing, vendor agreements, and hosting agreements, and analyzed patent portfolios for potential assertion or freedom to operate.

Contact info:

  • 3580 Carmel Mountain Rd #300, San Diego, CA 92130
  • P: 858.314.1500
  • F: 858.314.1501

Company description: Proficio is a provider of managed detection and response services. Its innovative approach to managed security service delivery is changing the way organizations defend against advanced threats, achieve regulatory compliance, and prevent security breaches. Proficio’s ProSOC service provides highly accurate, 24×7 security monitoring and alerting, advanced threat detection, and automated response services. Proficio is the trusted managed security service provider for some of the world’s leading utility, healthcare, industrial, and consumer-focused organizations.

Top executive: Tim McElwee, President/Chairman of the Board

Founded/launched: 2010

Location: 3264 Grey Hawk Court, Carlsbad, CA 92010 (corporate headquarters); Singapore and Sydney, Australia (international offices)

Quotable: “Enterprises are spending more on security products and tools, yet unfortunately data breaches continue at an unprecedented rate. Organizations need to more accurately identify critical events and automate their response to attacks and suspicious behavior to contain and remediate threats before they result in a damaging security breach. Our managed security services leverage advanced analytics, threat intelligence, and orchestrated incident response to provide our customers unrivalled cybersecurity protection.” –Tim McElwee

Company slogan: “Managed Detection and Response Services Leader”

Recent milestone: (Nov. 28, 2016) Proficio raised $12 million in a round of funding led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., a leading alternative investment management firm focused primarily on the middle market in North America. The funding comes out of the firm’s Kayne Partners Fund group, which backs high-growth technology enabled businesses. The company plans to use the investment to expand its global geographical presence in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, and introduce new cybersecurity platforms and services.

Latest news: (Feb. 20, 2017) Proficio announced it has enhanced its ProSOC service offerings to help healthcare organizations more easily meet U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) HIPAA compliance. Proficio’s new HIPAA Compliance Insight service enables hospitals and healthcare organizations to be prepared when faced with an audit with well-defined processes, procedures, and documentation to quickly visualize and address their compliance posture, while effortlessly implementing accountability.

HIPAA compliance is an ongoing process, and regulations will continue to change as new risks become apparent. To help healthcare organizations navigate this evolving regulatory landscape, Proficio’s HIPAA Compliance Insight service includes regularly scheduled HHS compliance meetings hosted by Proficio, with investigations where needed to meet HHS requirements, detailed personalized reports that include the section and regulation mapped to specific

Notable announcements:

  • (Dec. 15, 2016) Proficio partnered with CrowdStrike, the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, to help customers deploy comprehensive security technology and services to protect their digital assets from the endpoint to the cloud.
  • (July 4, 2016) Proficio was named the winner of the Singapore-based CIOHONOUR Award in the Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) category for Enterprise Security. Award-winning firms are selected on the results of a poll of over 500 IT decision-makers in Singapore.
  • (June 28, 2016) Proficio was added to the Cybersecurity 500, which salutes the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies. The firm is listed in the category of Managed Security Providers.
  • (May 25, 2016) Proficio announced the opening of its new headquarters and Security Operations Center (SOC) in Singapore. The new state-of-the-art SOC is a center of innovation and deliver advanced cyber security services. Located in The Signature in Changi Business Park, the new center is triple the size of the previous facility and supports the rapid growth in Proficio’s global customer base.

Leadership bios:

  • Tim McElwee, President/Chairman of the Board
    Tim is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in building, operating and growing information technology companies. He has held multiple executive positions, including CEO of Imperito Networks, the first cloud-based VPN software company; and at Phoenix Technologies (Nasdaq PTEC) and Ramp Networks (acquired by Nokia). Tim has co-authored multiple patents and has a proven track record of launching new companies, leading highly successful global organizations, and creating shareholder value.
  • Brad Taylor, CEO
    Brad has 20-plus years of experience in the enterprise software, security, and networking industries as a senior executive in sales, marketing, business development, acquisitions, operations, and venture capital. He has built and managed multiple sales teams as a VP of Sales and assisted in two highly successful IPOs with RSA Security (RSAS, now EMC) and ArcSight (ARST). In addition, he has helped several companies get up and running to successful sales and market positions as a VP of Worldwide Sales/Marketing/Business Development for companies including eIQnetworks, SOA Software, and AirTight Networks.

Contact info:

  • 800-779-5042
  • website


Launched early this year, the Drone Aviator Association (DAA) is a membership portal, the industry’s first drone-only trade organization that advocates for drone users. More than six million drone users are expected by 2017, continuing a 30% year-to-year growth rate. Benefits of DAA membership ($50/year) include FAA registration, access to certification courses, and insurance products to limit the inherent risks of flying a drone.

Founded: 2016

CEO: Egbert Oostburg

Product/Service: Drone user trade organization


Location: 1185 First Street, Suite #103, San Diego, CA 92101

Quotable: “This industry is evolving and accelerating at an astounding rate. With the advancements in drone technology over the next 12 months, we won’t even recognize where we are today. It’s going to be a fun ride.” – Egbert Oostburg

Notable trend: Apple has partnered with China-based DJI, the world’s leading drone manufacturer, to challenge GoPro’s supremacy in action photo/video capture. Priced at $1,400, the Phantom 4 drone features autopilot, auto-follow and object-avoidance capabilities. Phantom 4 will reportedly integrate closely with Apple’s iOS ecosystem, allowing users to view and even control their drone via an iPhone or iPad.

Contact info:

  • 858-365-3430

DRONE AVIATOR ASSOCIATION is located within NEST at X-Hive, the newly-opened CoWork space at 1855 First Street, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92103.

To inquire about available space, contact Darin Andersen:

  • 619-341-4036


Product/Service: A cutting-edge wearable device that enables users to share their point of view via a social-mobile app

Founded: 2016

Location: iHive @ NEST, 1855 First Street, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: (under construction)

Co-founder/CEO: Nick Phillips
Co-founder/CFO: Joseph Felix

Quotable: “The MiPOV Technologies Team is composed of five University of Kentucky graduates with diverse backgrounds spanning from business to mechanical engineering. Relocating to San Diego in mid-August will allow our startup to get a foot in the door and position ourselves where we aren’t just another tech company.” – Nick Phillips

Notable trend: Forbes recently estimated that 123 million wearable devices will be purchased in 2016, generating $14 billion in total revenue. This figure is projected to increase with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32%, reaching 411 million devices and $34.2 billion in total revenue by 2020. In addition, it is forecast that worldwide social media use will increase to 2.2 billion by 2018.

Contact Information (Nick Phillips):

  • 859-757-3466