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The Voice of San Diego Podcast

VOSD’s Friday roundup of the past week’s news in brief, featuring interviews with special guests and more.

Apr 8, 2016

Andrew Gazdecki made a big splash when he announced he was moving his tech startup from Silicon Valley to San Diego.

His company, Bizness Apps, creates smart-phone apps for small businesses like gyms, lawyers and restaurants.

“We’re pretty sure we’ve created more apps than any other company in the world,” he said.

Gazdecki joined podcast hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to talk about some of the reasons he chose San Diego.

San Francisco is super expensive, of course, so that’s one of the motivations for the move.

But Gazdecki said he looked at other not-so-pricey places like Seattle, Austin and Las Vegas, yet opted for San Diego because of a promising pool of talent, a high quality of life and proximity to places like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“But the biggest one was really talent here,” he said.

Keatts and Lewis ask the tech entrepreneur whey he chose an office in La Jolla over downtown San Diego or any other neighborhood. He said they simply found a good deal on an office they really like. Plus, La Jolla is super purty.

Also on the podcast, Lewis and Keatts talk about the Padres getting skunked, the fact that the Chargers’ convadium plan can’t seem to find even an inkling of support from San Diego politicos, the San Diego Police Department’s retention problem and a proposed solution that brings up questions of double-dipping and the East Village People’s idea to move the huge MTS bus yard and replace it with an anchor institution that will attract other businesses and people to the area.

Hero of the Week

San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, the regional planning agency gets the week’s honors for thinking ahead and building infrastructure that can accommodate the future of self-driving cars.

Goat of the Week

Rep. Duncan Hunter gets dissed this week. The San Diego representative spent campaign money on video games and private school tuition.

 

Full Show Notes