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By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

December 15, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA

Here’s our annual look back at the tech ecosystem in the Monterey Bay

region for 2016

[What the heck! Start with a look back even further at 2013 Highlights, 2014 Highlights, 2015 Highlights. By the way, if you thing something is missing for 2016, please let us know.]

Quick! Hot News in 2016 (deeper div! below):

  • Pearl
  • Amazon
  • Inboard
  • Looker
  • AgTech (Forbes, Salinas)
  • UC Santa Cruz, CSUMB
  • Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup (Guy Kawasaki)
  • Fiber in Santa Cruz

Our MOST popular page in 2016 (and in previous years):

  • Our JOBS PAGE (by far, even more than our home page):

Top SIX viewed posts in 2016 (despite the fact that some of these were published in 2014 and 2015):

  1. Stealthy startup with $50M in funding debuts first product (top by far)
  2. Ten Hot Companies to Watch in the Monterey Bay Region’s Growing Ag Tech Hub
  3. Look who’s setting up shop in Santa Cruz! (Amazon)
  4. Q&A: Real-time Campus Shuttle Tracker is Up and Running
  5. Six Companies to Watch in the Emerging Santa Cruz Biotech Hub
  6. Inboard invites Santa Cruz community to “Shark Tank” viewing party

Editor’s choice of favorite articles in 2016:

The deeper dive into important news in 2016:

AgTech
PBS NewsHour Features Salinas AgTech Strategy – December 3, 2016
Nominations are now open for THRIVE AgTech Top 50 – November 16, 2016
Western Growers Opens AgTech Innovation Arena Competition – August 31, 2016
Taylor Farms looks to new technologies to attract millennial workers – August 25, 2016
Q&A: Nathan Dorn, Food Origins, on solving growers’ problems – August 25, 2016
Salinas agtech HeavyConnect selected into 500 Startups accelerator program – August 2, 2016
SVG Partners Launch THRIVE III Open Innovation Program – July 20, 2016
No doubt about it, Salinas is at forefront of AgTech industry – July 14, 2016
Forbes Summit brings innovative agtech industry to Salinas – July 14, 2016
Q&A: Patrick Zelaya is building the bridge between agriculture and technology – July 7, 2016
Forbes hosts second AgTech summit in Salinas, July 13-14 – June 28, 2016
Salinas: The World’s Agriculture Technology Capital – May 27, 2016
Hartnell Hosts Third Annual Salinas Valley AgTech Summit – April 2, 2016
3rd Annual Salinas Valley AgTech Summit is Mar 30 – March 9, 2016
Taylor Farms Investment in Clean Energy – February 25, 2016

Amazon
Why is Amazon here in Santa Cruz? – June 2, 2016
So what’s up with Amazon in Santa Cruz? – March 3, 2016

Cabrillo College
Apps for Ag Students Create Tech Solutions to Grower Issues – March 14, 2016

Catbird
Cybersecurity company Catbird to be acquired – November 4, 2016

CSUMB
CSUMB Hackathon 2016: Games solve community problems – November 10, 2016
CSUMB selected to receive $5.6M STEM grant – September 28, 2016
Startup Challenge Ideas Power Tri-County Entrepreneurship – May 9, 2016

Digital NEST
Community Invited to Digital NEST Grand Opening on Feb 11 – February 5, 2016
Digital NEST seeks to open in East Salinas – January 21, 2016

Fiber
Cruzio announces start of Santa Cruz Fiber project – July 20, 2016
Smart Cities: Santa Cruz Debuts Fiber-like Wireless Gigabit Network – June 29, 2016
Santa Cruz Lights Up Siklu’s Fiber-Like Wireless Gigabit Network in Record Time – June 27, 2016
Getting to gigabit internet without fiber – April 28, 2016
Santa Cruz Fiber Project on Track to Break Ground in Early 2017 – April 27, 2016

Fullpower
Philippe Kahn makes Time’s 100 most influential photos of all time – November 17, 2016
Philippe Kahn reveals what’s next for Fullpower – March 25, 2016

Inboard
Inboard swam with the sharks – December 3, 2016
Watch: An epic milestone, Inboard delivers first M1 – August 2, 2016
The sweet story of Inboard’s love affair with Santa Cruz – February 25, 2016

Looker
Watch: Looker Life = Customer Love – October 20, 2016
Daniel Mintz: Data is useless – September 1, 2016
Audio: Looker explores 20 years of Census data – August 19, 2016
Audio: Tomasz Tunguz & Frank Bien discuss Winning with Data book – August 19, 2016
Looker Democratizes Census Voting Data – July 20, 2016
Still Wondering What Looker Does? – February 4, 2016

Monarch Media
Monarch Media Inc. announces appointment of new CEO – October 26, 2016

Pearl
Pearl begins shipping, announces partnerships with Amazon and Crutchfield  – September 27, 2016
What they’re saying about Pearl – June 23, 2016
Stealthy startup with $50M in funding debuts first product – June 21, 2016

Plantronics
Plantronics CEO Ken Kannappan to retire – August 2, 2016
Plantronics wins three prestigious 2016 Red Dot awards – July 20, 2016
Plantronics Lands Prestigious iF Design Award for BackBeat SENSE – March 8, 2016

Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup hosts Guy Kawasaki
Scenes from the scene: Guy Kawasaki at SCNTM – November 5, 2016
Watch: In case you missed Guy Kawasaki at the meetup, here’s the video – November 3, 2016
Q&A: Wit and wisdom of Guy Kawasaki on display at “The Art of Social Media” November Tech MeetUp – October 14, 2016

UCSC
UCSC team chosen to compete in Amazon’s Alexa Prize Challenge – December 9, 2016
UCSC student games win awards at IndieCade – October 21, 2016
Q&A: Rob Currie, Genomics Institute CTO, on “the global virtuous cycle of open data” (and more) – October 13, 2016
Genomics leader David Haussler to advise Chan Zuckerberg science initiative – September 21, 2016
Q&A: Alexander Wolf, New Dean of Baskin Engineering – August 24, 2016
Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative receives $2.5M grant – July 21, 2016
Q&A: Mohamed Abousalem joins UCSC Office of Research – July 7, 2016
Trainwreck Games wins game design competition At E3 – June 23, 2016
UCSC Genomics Institute: Unlocking Scientific and Medical Issues – May 5, 2016
UCSC ranked among top schools for game design – March 25, 2016
UCSC Names New Dean of Baskin Engineering – January 12, 2016

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