Santa Cruz Tech Beat


Best of 2014 Santa Cruz Tech

By Sara Isenberg
Publisher/Editor, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

We had an amazing year. After reviewing the news of 2014, I was really inspired by how much happened in the local tech community this year! What follows is a long list but it’s only a fraction of all that happened or all that Santa Cruz Tech Beat published. Please join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook if you think anything is missing. Don’t miss the Editor’s Choice section at the bottom of this list. — Sara


Acorn App: From Santa Cruz to New York City and back again (Aug)


Arqetype acquired by Vivo Technology (Nov)

Biotech Hub

Six Companies to Watch in the Emerging Santa Cruz Biotech Hub (Feb)


Surfnet teams with Sunesys to win $10.6 million grant for regional fiber network (Apr)

Cruzio’s Master Plan for broadband expansion in Santa Cruz County (Apr)

Broadband: Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet (Dec)


Survey Finds Santa Cruz Exporting Local Tech Talent (Mar)

Water initiatives open for public evaluation (Oct)


Watch: Cruzio’s 25th anniversary on Think Local First Radio (Oct)

Cruzio rolls out the red carpet to celebrate 25 years (Nov)

Digital NEST

Dreams do come true: Digital NEST opens, receives $100K donor match (Dec)

Gaming Hub

Garden of Gaming in Santa Cruz is Tilled and Ready for Growth (Apr)

UCSC Games and Playable Media Programs take it to the Next Level (Apr)

Gaijin Games Reborn: Life, happiness, and cannibalism (July)

Asylum Labs: Going after ‘Social Casino’ (Aug)


A New Lookout for Looker (June)

Watch: Honoring Lloyd Tabb, First Looker (Nov)


It’s official: Magic Leap secures $542M funding round led by Google (Oct)

Monarch Media

Case Study: Digital STEAM Workshop (June)


NextSpace ranked #1 of top 75 coworking spaces in U.S. (Sep)

NextSpace CEO passes the baton (Dec)


Santa Cruz Warriors announce partnership with Paystand Inc. (Nov)


Plantronics Named 2013 Winner of Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (Jan)

Plantronics announces 2015 PLT Labs Application Innovation Contest, prizes up to $85K (Sep)

Plantronics and Cityblooms collaborate on sustainable agriculture project (Sep)


PredPol Hires New CEO (Feb)


SupplyShift Growing in All Directions (Dec)


We Are Tuul (Aug)

UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz to play major role in $40 million Center of Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics (Jan)

Cancer study reveals powerful new system for classifying tumors (Aug)

UCSC genomics center awarded $11M grant (Oct)


Behind the scenes: Why Unify Won Santa Cruz (Sep)

Editor’s Choice

Here are my additional top selections simply because these feature articles/topics are community minded, well written, heartwarming, and/or fun. Enjoy!


















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