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America’s Finest go-getters have business on their minds and success in sight

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Portraits by Paul Body (unless noted)

San Diego entrepreneurs have been launching everything from cold-pressed juices to biomedical research products, transforming this military mega-plex into a startup capital.

No longer just a vacation destination, San Diego has a business scene that’s brewing… and producing a lot more than just beer. These days, the “app for that” may well have been born here, and the mind(s) behind it may have been born not so long ago.

Here are a few dozen local folks who are going for glory, many of whom have traded their jobs to pursue new trades — not to mention to end up in good company.


Cody Barbo, 26

Cody Barbo

Founder and CEO, Industry
Born: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Resides: Little Italy

PacificSD: Describe (in 30-ish words) your business/service/product.
CODY BARBO: Industry is a professional network exclusively for the service and hospitality industry — think LinkedIn for chefs, bartenders, servers. We offer industry professionals a place to stand out and find the best jobs. And we allow businesses to recruit quality talent and cut the clutter of paper resumes.

Describe (in 30-ish words) what exciting things are happening in your business right now.
We are coming off some hot wins. We took First Place at San Diego Startup Week. We won TechCrunch Radio’s Pitchoff event on SiriusXM. And we were featured on We have our full app launch coming this winter to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vegas.

What accolades have you received?
Student Body President at SDSU. TEDx Speaker. Bacon lover.

Describe (in 30-ish words) your business goals.
Our vision is to connect the world’s service and hospitality professionals, and our mission is to help these people succeed in their careers. There are over 20 million Americans working in this industry, and over two million businesses, and we want to see them all succeed. Industry is the solution.

Describe (in 30-ish words) what drives you.
I’m a hustler. You can’t wait for opportunities to appear; you have to make them happen yourself. I have an amazing team, girlfriend, family, friends and mentors supporting me 100 percent of the way along this crazy journey of entrepreneurship.

Describe (in 30-ish words) what will you do next.
I will always be an entrepreneur, whether that is my next startup, becoming an investor or philanthropist… or all three. I love San Diego and I want to continue being a leader not just in America’s Finest City, but in America’s Finest Startups.

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  1. Ed

    July 31, 2015 at 11:28 am

    With all of this success you must of received great parenting.

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