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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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Irvine's KPMG Shares Resources on COVID-19

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has introduced new challenges across the business landscape. Tax, trade, and other authorities around the world are responding with regulatory change, relief measures, and extensions. As a result of new U.S. legislation, as well as existing rules, there are some opportunities in place and several others being discussed that encourage cash retention and provide additional... Read more →

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Online event: Startups vs Coronavirus Battle in America 4/23/20

Startup.Network knows that many of you are locked up at home or suffer from the restrictions and limitations imposed by the COVID-19 situation all around the world. Their team decided not to wait until things become better but to fight for normal life for all of us: Startup.Network is announcing a new era of struggle against disease – Unicorns Vs.... Read more →

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Virtual Reality/AR/MR/XR Startups: Calling all Orange County Startups!

We’re looking for more Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Startups here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more AR and VR Startup listings to build the most complete list of startups in Orange County! (Check the Virtual Reality Startups page of the OC Startups Directory so far. Is your company listed yet?) OCSC VR Startup Members... Read more →

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Daily COVID-19 Info Webinar Calls for Small Businesses

Free Ask SBDC Daily Calls for small business owners seeking support and information during the coronavirus crisis. Join them live online EVERY DAY through Friday, April 10, 2020 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM via Zoom. The SBDC is providing daily webinars for the Small Business Community on information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be... Read more →

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Orange County's Flikflix Announces “Flikflix Gives” Campaign

Flikflix pledges 100% of revenue from “The Invisible Man,” “Emma.,” and other movies, until theaters reopen. Flikflix responds to COVID-19’s impact on movie theater owners and staff by giving 100% of Home Premiere affiliate revenue from popular video services like iTunes, Redbox On Demand, and FandangoNow. Dana Point, CA: Flikflix today announced its commitment to theater owners and their staff... Read more →

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Silicon Valley Bank Introduces COVID-19 Relief Programs

Silicon Valley Bank Announces COVID-19 Response & Community Support Relief programs focus on startups, small businesses and the greater community SANTA CLARA, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world's most innovative companies and their investors, today announced COVID-19 Response & Community Support initiatives that stem from SVB's mission to increase its clients' probability of success,... Read more →

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OCSC New Sponsor: Blue C Creative Marketing Agency

Welcome to Blue C Creative Marketing Agency a new Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Blue C Creative Marketing Agency a creative marketing and advertising agency focusing on helping forward thinking companies effectively tell their brand story and execute creative marketing opportunities. Blue C Advertising is an Orange County based, full service creative marketing and advertising agency. Since 1998, they... Read more →

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Keep Calm - and Startup ON!

Keep Calm - and Startup ON! ... working from home - the new normal.... Thinking of you, your friends, family, and your startup. Hang in there, even if you are working from home, and keep going.... Just Keep Calm and Startup On.... Your Friends at the OC Startup Council Read more →

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Tech Innovation Forum 2020 NEW DATES: 9/10/20-9/11/20

Presenting a new Tech Innovation Forum experience, centered around start ups. This year’s rescheduled Octane Tech Innovation Forum will focus around startups, pitching, learning and networking at a new location, AV Irvine. Join them on the NEW DATES of Thursday, September 10 to Friday, September 11, 2020 from 7:00AM to 2:30PM at AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific Way, Irvine, CA 92618.... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Special Episode - Intro to OC4 Venture Studio

Kyle Kamrooz and Carey Ransom broke in their new studio at OC4 and shared some thoughts on why they started OC4 Venture Studio, their excitement for the future of building great companies in SoCal, and working with amazing founders, their studio team, investors and partners in the community. They got real and raw - and they welcome feedback and follow... Read more →

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SBDC Offers No Cost Business Support

Local Orange County Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are ready to help your startup get through the COVID-19 epidemic. The SBDC offers many valuable expert services that can help small companies survive and thrive by connecting with funding sources. Here are some of them: SBDC Business Support Now at No Cost You and your business are a priority to the... Read more →

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How can the new CARES Act help your startup? Free Guide!

Congress has passed a new $2.2 trillion coronavirus emergency relief package that can help small businesses - maybe like yours... Known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the new legislation offers many new resources available for small businesses, including money necessary for business survival during the current crisis. Of course, while the intention of the CARES... Read more →

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How Coronavirus Could Impact Seed-Stage Startup Investing

Finding seed-stage investor funding is the critical first step for many young ventures. Unfortunately the spread of the COVID-19 virus looks to be having a significant negative impact on seed investments already, and more in coming months. CB Insights recently published new research suggesting that overall startup funding and deal activity (including later company life cycle stages) may have already... Read more →

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New OCSC Investor: Airspeed Equity

Welcome Airspeed Equity, a new startup investor recently added to the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory: Airspeed Equity select opportunities in new technologies or ideas where their breadth of knowledge, experience and research provide an opportunity to dramatically improve shareholder value. Their goal is to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and major shareholders of companies design strategies that enable the goals... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: KAYGEN, Avani, Fixstars, Baytech, XE.com, Lorven

Software jobs in Orange County: startups are hiring developers and engineers in Southern California! Check out these new local senior SQL developer, front end engineer, web analytics developer, and java lead job opportunities: KAYGEN, Incorporated - Senior SQL Developer - Irvine An award-winning global technology solutions provider. Avani Tech Solutions Private Limited - Java with Multithreading - Newport Beach Was... Read more →

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COVID-19 - Mayor Updates Video & NSFW Quotes Edition - STAY HOME!

Self-isolation is the key to helping as many people as possible survive the current Coronavirus pandemic. We've seen some important leadership from local elected officials in the face of potential disaster. The advice from them is consistently to not underestimate the problem and to isolate yourself and loved ones as much as possible. Here are some samples of straight talk... Read more →

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4/2 Webinar: Start-up and Growth Stage Marketing in Crisis Times

Keeping business moving through the challenges, that is what startups do. To help the entrepreneurial ecosystem, UCI Applied Innovation is hosting a free virtual event. Join them on Thursday, April 2 for a free webinar titled "Start-up and Growth Stage Marketing in Crisis Times". John Yoon, Vice President of Marketing Practice at Mercato Partners, will talk about key areas of... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: President of Tech Coast Angels, Orange County Chapter

Hicham Semaan was a great guest on Accelerate OC. He had such actionable advice and insights for startup company founders with regard to fundraising and investment, among much additional wisdom he shared. He is currently the President of the Orange County chapter of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest affiliated groups of angel investors in the country, with... Read more →

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OCSC New Supporting Startup Company Member: Gait

Welcome to Gait, a new Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council! Gait is a Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) technology and data provider for Insurance Companies. Gait is building an iOS App for drivers. Upon downloading the mobile App, the consumer can begin driving and receive an Intelligent Driver Score. Good drivers can share their score with insurance companies to save... Read more →

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Aliso Viejo's AWM Smart Shelf® Opens Autonomous Micromarket in Santa Ana

AWM Smart Shelf® Launches Southern California’s First Autonomous Micromarket in Santa Ana’s Nineteen01 Community QuickEats Close Convenience Micromarket Features Cashierless Checkout Experience Enabled by Orange County Company’s AWM Frictionless™ Technology SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adroit Worldwide Media, Inc. (“AWM Smart Shelf®” or “AWM”), a vision technology company powered by artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning, will open autonomous micromarket QuickEats... Read more →

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