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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 and life science startups in the Southern California community. Read on for the latest news updates from around the Orange County, California high tech, software, hardware, medtech, biotech, and life sciences startup ecosystem -... Read more →

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SoCal's Amplifica Completes $11.8 Million Series A for Biopharmaceuticals

Amplifica Completes $11.8 Million Series A Financing to Enable Clinical Development of Lead Products to Treat Androgenic Alopecia Amplifica Holdings Group, Inc. ("Amplifica"), a privately-held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company announced it successfully closed an $11.8 million Series A Preferred Stock financing. The company intends to use the funds to advance the development of its proprietary compounds for the treatment of androgenic... Read more →

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Startup Members Benefit: Rutan & Tucker Legal Fees Discount

$10,000 LEGAL SERVICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS: RUTAN & TUCKER Thanks to GOLD Sponsor, Rutan & Tucker, all OCSC Member startups can get first class legal services at great rates from a local law firm that's been serving Orange County entrepreneurs for over 100 years. Qualifying local startups can get help with early stage corporate matters like company formation/incorporation, fundraising negotiation or... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Startup Company Member: Chargezoom

Thank you to Chargezoom, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Chargezoom - Manage & Sync Payments In One Dashboard. Building your payments infrastructure has never been so easy! Pre-built integrations allow businesses to accept payments anywhere and sync transactions directly in QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, FreshBooks and Xero. OC Startups Directory Category: Fin Tech (Get a listing for your... Read more →

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How Founders Can Benefit From Venture Debt

An article we liked from Thought Leader Zack Ellison of Applied Real Intelligence: What Is Venture Debt? How Can It Support Diverse Founders? This alternative to equity financing lets founders hang on to a bigger portion of their companies as they grow. Venture debt in its current form has been around for more than 20 years, but few startups and... Read more →

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New Orange County Startup Directory Free Listing: Ardius

Welcome to this new free listing in the OC Startup Council Startups Directory: Business Services B2B: Ardius - Brea Visit this local startup to learn more! (And get a free listing for your company or organization in the OCSC Startups Ecosystem Directory HERE.) Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Bling Financial, Chargezoom, INTELLITIME SYSTEMS CORP, TEK NINJAS

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new senior backend software engineer, sr .net programmer, and SR cloud engineer job opportunities: Bling Financial - Senior Backend Software Engineer - Costa Mesa A fast-growing mobile gaming and financial technology start-up. Chargezoom - Software Engineer (PHP) - Irvine B2B integrated payments platform. INTELLITIME SYSTEMS CORP - Sr .Net... Read more →

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Irvine's Luckmon Raises $1.3 Million in Pre-Seed Round

Luckmon Raises $1.3 Million in Pre-Seed Round Funding to bring popular casual games reward platform Luckmon brings thousands of popular games and exclusive rewards through its gaming reward platform. IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Luckmon, a casual mobile game development startup based in Irvine, California, has officially announced its early-round pre-seed fundraising has closed on a whopping $1.3... Read more →

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OCSC Gold Sponsor: Nelson Mullins

Thank you to Nelson Mullins, a Gold Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Nelson Mullins: Expert Legal Counsel to Startups and Investors Nationwide on Formation, Financing, Growth, and Exit. They are globally renowned for their high-quality, responsive, pragmatic representation of entrepreneurial tech, life sciences, and consumer enterprises and the investors who support them. With a compelling value proposition comprised of... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Member: Orange Marketing

Thank you to Orange Marketing, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Orange Marketing: Helps early stage B2B SaaS companies build their sales and marketing tech stack and implement the first steps of their demand generation strategy. Orange Marketing will help you build out content, landing pages and forms, chat, and outbound sales templates. They'll help you with your... Read more →

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How to Reduce Technology Costs Associated with Cloud Spends

Thanks to our Supporting Member Pegasus One for this thought leadership article outlining best practices for startup software products: Optimizing cloud spend for efficiency at scale Understanding the ins and outs of cloud spend is a challenge for many, and when it’s time to scale, the budget hit can be a shock. According to a Gartner report, up to 70%... Read more →

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Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs OC Happy Hour 12/6/22

Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California invites you to Orange County "First Tuesdays" Happy Hour - Sponsored by Dentons Law Group. Come to meet fellow Stanford entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, investors, and friends. NEW: FIRST DRINK FREE FOR STANFORD ALUMNI! Again this month we'll be mingling, making new friends, and discussing the latest startup trends, news, investing opps, and local... Read more →

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NorthSTAR OC Collaborative Secures Funding

State of California Grants $8.5 Million for Social Entrepreneurship in North Orange County California Senator Josh Newman secures funds for the NorthSTAR OC Collaborative to build the social enterprise ecosystem and illuminate pathways to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities in North Orange County. RevHubOC, a California Social Purpose Corporation, along with partners OneOC, the Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal... Read more →

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New OCSC Startup Company Member: Archytas Automation

Welcome to Archytas Automation, a new Member of the OC Startup Council! Archytas Automation is creating upwardly mobile jobs by building capital efficient micr o factories in underserved communities and sustainably supporting customers locally. We are partnering with community colleges to develop robotics training modules so future robotics technicians are prepared to support expanding automation needs for industry. OC Startups... Read more →

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Irvine's Slalom Ventures Launches “Ventures for Good” Accelerator Series

Slalom Ventures announces the launch of its first Ventures For Good accelerator cohort: “AI For Good”. Slalom is a purpose-led, global business and technology consulting company with over 14,000 consultants across 45 markets around the world. We’re advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else. Slalom Ventures is the venture group within Slalom who’s vision is to bring... Read more →

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New OC Ecosystem Directory Free Listing: Ethium Law, APC

Welcome to this new free listing in the OC Startup Council Startup Ecosystem Directory: Law Firms: Ethium Law, APC - Fullerton (And get a free listing for your company or organization in the OCSC Startups Ecosystem Directory HERE.) Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Turion Space, Planet DDS, Garage Team Mazda, Acorns

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new senior software engineer, senior front-end developer, and web engineer job opportunities: Turion Space - CV - AI - ML Software Engineer - Irvine Creating a sustainable future in space. Planet DDS - Senior Software Engineer (Full-Stack .NET/Web) - Newport Beach The leading provider of cloud-enabled dental software solutions.... Read more →

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OC's ListReports, Inc. Acquired by MBS Highway

MBS Highway Acquires ListReports, Inc. November 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time HOLMDEL, N.J. & ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MBS Highway, a leading mortgage technology solutions provider, today announced it has acquired ListReports, Inc., a real estate data insights and marketing platform. Together, the companies are positioned to significantly expand the combined product set and provide even greater value to... Read more →

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Founder's Advice: How to Launch Version 0.1 of Your Startup

A video we liked from Thought Leader Raad Ahmed of LawTrades: How to launch version 0.1 of your startup If you're new here my name's Raad, I'm a startup founder that's been through the ups and downs of the startup world. I started Lawtrades, which is currently doing $9M in ARR, and in this video, we explore the strategies and... Read more →

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Webinar: Year-End Planning Steps for Success in 2022 11/29/22

Year-end-Tax Planning Webinar by Withum Join Withum’s tax experts for a timely overview on year-end tax planning and how you can minimize your tax bill this year. Join them Tuesday, November 29 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM online. Learn what steps you can take now to set your company up for success in 2022. During this session we will: Review new... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Iteris, Finfare, Digital Esque, Autonomous Medical Devices

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new associate engineer, data engineer, and senior web developer opportunities: Iteris, Incorporated - Associate Engineer - Santa Ana The world’s trusted technology ecosystem for smart mobility infrastructure management. Finfare - Data Engineer - Irvine Building an intelligent banking and financial ecosystem for businesses and individuals alike. Digital Esque -... Read more →

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