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OC startups news: A free community service of the OC Startup Council, this OC startups blog is dedicated to promoting the growth of early stage technology startups in our community. Read on for the latest news updates from around the Orange County high tech and software startup ecosystem - and subscribe for free news updates by email, too! Whether your... Read more →

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Top 4 Software Development Trends That Impact Startups in 2021

An article we liked from Thought Leader Niall McSheffrey of Orange County's own Elementz Ventures: Software Technology Trends in 2021 The year 2020 impacted the entire global way of life like never before as every business trend that we knew has been turned on its head. One huge benefit that came from the pandemic in 2020 was the acceleration and... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listing: skyTran VP Engineering Opportunity

An Orange County startup is hiring! Check out this new local VP Engineering job opportunity from skyTran : skyTran is looking for a VP Engineering to join their team. This is a foundational role in building a world-class team and technology. We are looking for someone who is capable of building processes from scratch in a truly unique engineering and... Read more →

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TCVN Presents: Fireside Chat with Andy Lientz 4/22/21

Andy shares how he built and sold his first tech startup. Hear stories behind the innovations that made it happen. Join them Thursday, April 22 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM online. TCVN welcomes Andy Lientz a tech startup founder with a successful sale of his first company to Experian here in Orange County. After working at Experian for 5 years, Andy... Read more →

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Irvine's LearningFuze Opens Data Science Program

LearningFuze Launches Data Science Program Designed for students looking to enter the fast growing field of professional Data Science LearningFuze today announced the launch of their full immersion Data Science program starting on May 24th. The program will teach deeply the core data science principles. Students will delve into artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning concepts and will come... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Free Listings: Completing Software Development and Ma Consulting Services

Welcome back to these renewing free listings of the OC Startup Council! Software Development: Completing - Laguna Niguel Marketing & Design: Ma Consulting Services - Menifee Visit these partners to learn how they can help your OC startup grow! (And get a free listing for your company or organization in the OCSC Startups Ecosystem Directory HERE.) Read more →

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AWS Service Credits - Free to OCSC Members

Does AWS power your Orange County startup? The OCSC can help your startup get $10,000 or even $25,000 of FREE service credits for Amazon Web Services. If your business is an AWS customer (or would like to be) these FREE AWS SERVICE CREDITS are essentially non-dilutive funding that Orange County startup company Members can use to grow their businesses. LEARN... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Bronze Sponsor: Savills

Thank you to Savills, a renewing Bronze Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Savills is a Commercial Real Estate consultancy firm specializing in assisting users of office, industrial and retail space. With a broad array of services we assist corporations to effectively manage their corporate real estate needs, large or small. As one of the world's leading property agents, Savills... Read more →

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Hiring Tech Talent on a Startup Budget 4/22/21

Finding and keeping tech talent as a startup Join them Thursday, April 22 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM online. One of the most challenging tasks for starts and companies around the world is hiring tech talent. Hiring a key member of a startup can mean success or failure of your venture. Hard skills, soft skills, the ability to perform under monumental... Read more →

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New Operate Podcast: Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Amazzia

William Fikhman is Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Amazzia, a leading provider of services to brands who sell on Amazon. They work with these companies to help them protect and grow their Amazon business by doing things like removing unauthorized sellers, monitoring for counterfeit products, and other brand monitoring services. Carey and William talked much more about the needs... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Visual Concepts, Sonance, Arcules, Zadara, Black Swan Data

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new local senior PeopleSoft developer, cloud support engineer, and mid-senior DevOps engineer job opportunities: Visual Concepts - Level Designer - Foothill Ranch The developer behind the 2K Sports games and the dominating success of the NBA 2K franchise. Sonance - Senior PeopleSoft Developer - San Clemente Believes there is... Read more →

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Unorthodox Ventures Invests in Costa Mesa's Awkward Essentials

$2.3 Million Seed Deal: Awkward Essentials Rounds Second Base With Unorthodox Ventures After-Sex-Brand's Seed Round Will Support Brand Innovation And Expansion COSTA MESA, Calif., March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Awkward Essentials, a personal hygiene company with the first after-sex clean up product of its kind, the dripstick, announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round by capital partner Unorthodox... Read more →

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Startup Fundraising Office Hours Free Monthly Livestream for Entrepreneurs [Replay]

MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Video Office Hours help early stage company founders raise money for their startups. The fun, friendly live video Q&A sessions answer financing and strategy questions from entrepreneurs from all over the world with FREE expert startup advice. Startup Founder Discussion Questions This month Startup Council CEO Scott Fox took questions from startup founders live on camera and... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Upgrading Startup Company Member: Hindsight Technologies

Thank you to Hindsight Technologies, a renewing upgrading Member of the OC Startup Council! Hindsight Technologies is a hardware startup, our mission is to solve the problem of being able to capture and share moments both expected and unexpected. Hindsight is at the intersection of luxury fashion eyewear and cutting-edge smartglass technology. OC Startups Directory Category: Hardware Virtual Reality/AR/MR/XR Startups... Read more →

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Always be Fundraising...

An article we liked from Thought Leader Jason Lemkin of SaaStr: Yes, You Need to Fundraise 52 Weeks a Year. The 1-and-30 Rule. “I don’t want to meet [That VC]. I don’t need money now and it’s distracting.” — most founders, post Seed round There’s a superpower some founders have. When they are ready to raise the next round, be... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: PriceSpider, United Hedging, inXile Entertainment, Anduril Industries, Through6

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new local software engineer, senior blockchain developer, and senior electrical propulsion engineer job opportunities: PriceSpider - Software Engineer II - Irvine One platform. Millions of data points. United Hedging - Senior Blockchain Developer - Orange County A social hedging platform based on blockchain. inXile Entertainment - Senior Narrative Designer... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels Orange County Successful 2020

Tech Coast Angels Orange County Reports Successful 2020 Even in Uncertain Economic Climate; Looks Ahead to its 2021 Fund with Optimism One OC Fund 20 company has already generated a 3.5x return and 250% IRR to investors Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) today announced that its inaugural annual fund, TCA OC Fund 20, exceeded expectations even in the... Read more →

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SeedFolio: SoCal's newest Seed-Stage VC Fund 4/19/21

Join JJ Richa in a fireside chat with Joe Gatto, Managing Director of SoCal's newest Seed-Stage VC Fund on Monday, April 19 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM online. Learn about Joe's journey from entrepreneur to investor and how SeedFolio evaluates early-stage companies. GET MORE EVENT INFO HERE… Want more events? Please see the full OC Startup Events Calendar here. Read more →

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Thank to OCSC Sponsors - Can You Join them?

Thanks to these Sponsors who support the OC Startup Council’s work accelerating innovation and diversity in the local tech startup ecosystem. Their investments in the local startup economy help power small business creation, job growth, the #GrowthOC movement and the many free services the Startup Council offers to support diverse local founders, entrepreneurs, and startup ventures. PLATINUM SPONSOR Withum GOLD... Read more →

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New Orange County Investor Listing: Surlamer

Welcome to Surlamer, a new startup investor recently added to the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory Surlamer - A seed venture firm that invests in innovative med tech and consumer companies based in Southern California. They partner with local entrepreneurs and leverage their extensive network to grow innovative companies. Visit the Investors category in the OCSC Directory to learn more... Read more →

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Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Burnout

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Calvin Benton of Spill: How to prevent and cure burnout in your team Almost half of all sick days in the UK are down to burnout. Calvin Benton, founder of Spill, explains how employers can help. Startup life is a lot. We expect big things from small teams. We wear many hats. And we... Read more →

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