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Raj Krishnan has a compelling sales pitch — his company hopes to be able to tell if you have cancer from a simple self-administered blood test. And he’s a compelling pitchman — he has a charisma that borders on cockiness and a sharp sense of humor.
That’s made attracting investors easier. Now, the hard part for the 28-year-old CEO: maintaining control of his baby while balancing the interests of those who’ve invested millions in it.
We’re following Krishnan’s journey from a student with a bright idea to a business executive trying to make it work. In this installment, Krishnan turns to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who managed to maintain total control over his young company, as a role model. And we begin to wonder who would play Krishnan if his story ends up anything like Zuckerberg’s.
• Here’s a guy that Krishnan should probably turn to for advice.
Last night 60 Minutes took a look at La Jolla’s own J. Craig Venter, the brash microbiologist/entrepreneur who mapped the human genome and now has created what he calls “the world’s first synthetic species.”
The piece chronicles Venter’s journey from aimless beach bum to groundbreaking scientist and confronts criticisms that accompany his work and style.
• “I mean, there are days I get up …” Duke Cunningham says in his first prison interview with the Union-Tribune. “And I don’t think I can make it.”
Cunningham now claims he regrets pleading guilty in his corruption case, saying that he listened to his lawyers’ bad advice because he was emotionally and physically weak. Another interesting tidbit: He is now an advocate for prison reform and says he regrets his votes for stricter sentencing and punishment measures.
• Here’s a story to keep an eye on: “The battle over ownership of the Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack is about to heat up,” says the North County Times.
Both the city of Del Mar and the state agency that current runs the grounds have armed themselves with high-level strategists as Del Mar seeks to buy the famous property for $120 million.
• Julian Leyzaola has survived four assassination attempts as Tijuana’s chief of police, but he might not make it much further than Election Day. KBPS and Tijuanapress.com say that a new mayor in Tijuana may want to bring in his own chief, ending Leyzaola’s intensely complicated tenure.
The former military general has won wide praise from U.S. law enforcement for turning the tide on violence and police corruption there, and his efforts to have been hailed as a model for the rest of the country. But he’s also been accused of torture by his own former officers, as the New Yorker magazine documented last month.
• On Friday we told you that don’t-touch-my-junk cult hero John Tyner likely didn’t face any problems with California’s strict privacy laws by secretly recording his run-in with the Transportation Security Administration on his iPhone.
But hold up. An activist who stripped down to his skivvies at Lindbergh Field over the weekend has been charged with unlawful recording without permission. (U-T)
• With five local Somalis recently accused of terrorism charges, the local community is grappling with what to make of the charges. (U-T)
• Our Adrian Florido recently detailed how the city of San Diego closed a vacant lot that’d been used as a farm by Cambodian refugees for more than a quarter century, even though it had no plans to do anything with the land.
Here’s the reverse: One city agency is allowing a group to create a community garden on its vacant lot in southeastern San Diego, where access to healthy food is a standing concern, until it figures out what to do with it.
• “It’s like a witch’s brew inside there.”
That’s how one law enforcement official described the discovery of nine pounds of highly explosive material at a North County home. (U-T) A blast at the home led to the shutdown of Interstate 15 on Friday, and there’s no word yet the explosives’ purpose.
• I find myself perpetually perplexed by what I can and cannot recycle here in San Diego and how to go about it. I’m not alone.
Now he finds out why you still can’t recycle Styrofoam and plastic bags. The answer: Economics, of course.