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Voice of OC's Award-winning Journalist Recognized in 2021 Local Journalism Awards

Norberto Santana, Jr. Named Nationwide News “Publisher of the Year” Award-winning journalist Norberto Santana, Jr. is honored as best publisher in the nation amongst small newsrooms in the 2021 Local Journalism Awards, judged by independent media professionals. Independent judges for the contest recognize Santana for Voice of OC’s continued success earned through innovation and iteration with a deliberate dedication to... Read more →

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OCSC New Executive Startup Company Member: GeoFoundry

Welcome to GeoFoundry, a new Executive Member of the OC Startup Council! GeoFoundry location intelligence platform enables better outcomes for professionals working with real estate, whether as an investor, developer, business operator, or civil engineer. They apply location intelligence to solve a wide range of practical challenges, including market due diligence, site selection, and site project management. OC Startup Ecosystem... Read more →

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40 Things Investors Don’t Like In A Startup Pitch

An article we liked from Thought Leader Alexander Jarvis: 40 pitch red flags which will undermine your startup fundraise Tl;dr: 40 pitch red flags to avoid when fundraising Fundraising? Don’t want to do stupid things? Here’s a blog for you. Now if you have been following me for some time, you know I normally write long blogs. This isn’t one... Read more →

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Toronto Stock Exchange 2021 US Listing Guide - free ebook

An introductory guide to the Canadian capital markets, including listing requirements, listing vehicles and sector profiles. Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) offer U.S. companies a unique listing and financing option to achieve their long-term growth plans. The Canadian capital markets and "public venture capital" can be used as an alternative to traditional private capital options while... Read more →

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Irvine's Carro Announces $20M Series B Funding Round

Carro Raises $20M to Help Brands 'Sell More, Together' Carro brings on high-profile backers to expand its leading cross-store selling and influencer commerce offerings LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carro, the leader in cross-store selling and influencer commerce, announced today the close of its $20 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Alpha Edison,... Read more →

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OCSC Sponsor: Blue C Creative Marketing Agency

Thank you to Blue C Creative Marketing Agency, a Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Blue C Creative Marketing Agency is an Orange County based, full service creative marketing and advertising agency. Since 1998, they have been transforming brands by helping them solve marketing challenges, developing strategies that allow them to outshine the competition and repositioning them for the future... 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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Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs Happy Hour (photos)

Welcome Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs to Orange County! A recent Happy Hour welcomed Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California to Orange County. The local group was started pre-pandemic but only managed to hold virtual meetings via Zoom until now. Almost 20 Stanford alumni were pleased to meet F2F finally in Newport Beach. OC Startup Council CEO and Chairman of... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Listing: CSUF Startup Incubator

Thank you to this renewing free listing of the OC Startup Council! Incubators & Accelerators: CSUF Startup Incubator - Irvine Thank you for investing in Orange County and renewing its Membership in the OC Startup Council! Learn here how your organization can join the OCSC, too! Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Carma Project, Ribbiot, Sharpedge Solutions, Hooray Agency, Avtex Solutions

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new senior elixir software engineer, sr pega developer, and full stack developer job opportunities: Carma Project - Senior Elixir Software Engineer - Costa Mesa Improving safety by accelerating response to automotive recalls. Ribbiot - VP of Engineering - Orange County Asset tracking and automation to revolutionize operations. Sharpedge Solutions... Read more →

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Born in California - UC's Startup Showcase

Exciting times at UCI Beall Applied Innovation: UCI hosted the best new startups from the University of California school system! The inaugural two day "Born in California"(R) conference offered "demo day" style startup pitches from dozens of young companies, as well as Q&A from investors, and networking opportunities, too. Born in California® demo days featured the University of California’s best... Read more →

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Tech the Halls 12/14/21

Eureka Building Events - They're Back with Tech the Halls Grab your friends, family and ugliest holiday sweater and come Tech the Halls with them! Join them Tuesday, December 14 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Eureka Building (Atrium), 1621 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606. Mark your calendar for the 6th annual Tech the Halls. Why not keep the ongoing... Read more →

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A Complete Guide on How to Raise a Series A

An article we liked from Alpaca VC: Playbook: How to raise a smart Series A If your Seed stage startup has regularly been hitting milestones, you’ve likely begun thinking about your Series A. This financing round varies in size, commonly from $3 million to $15 million. Our guide is a distillation of everything we know about successfully raising an A.... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Member: Startup Grind OC/Irvine

Thank you to Startup Grind OC/Irvine, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Startup Grind OC/Irvine: They help grow the startup community through Fireside Chats the 3rd Wed of every month. OC Startup Ecosystem Directory Category: Community Organizations Event Partners Visit these partners to learn how they can help your OC startup! (And get a free listing for your... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Paciolan, Viant Technology, Microdesk, Acorns, Kajabi

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new software engineer, enterprise asset management java developer, and web engineer job opportunities: Paciolan - Software Engineer I - Irvine A leader in ticketing, fundraising, marketing, & technology solutions. Viant Technology - Data Engineer - Irvine A leader in people-based advertising software. Microdesk - Enterprise Asset Management Java Developer... Read more →

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Orange County's Givsum Announces Opening of a $2 Million Seed Round

Givsum, Inc. Announces A $2 Million Seed Round Led By VC Fund SteelBridge Labs Givsum receives funding to accelerate growth, while launching its new online auctions feature. Newport Beach, CA: Today, Givsum announces a new $2 million Seed Round of financing, led by VC Fund SteelBridge Labs. Givsum is an all-in-one platform that helps charitable organizations save time and money... Read more →

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OCSC New Premium Startup Company Member: Meetopolis

Thank you to Meetopolis, a new Premium Member of the OC Startup Council! Meetopolis is a new social community for singles and coaches. Meetopolis is a localized social community connecting singles based around zip codes and topics of interest allowing users to join and meet in video groups (V2). Think of it as an online happy hour where people can... Read more →

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Harvard Business Review: Peek Into the Role of a Venture Capitalist

An article we liked from the Harvard Business Review: How Venture Capitalists Make Decisions An inside look at an opaque process Summary. For decades now, venture capitalists have played a crucial role in the economy by financing high-growth start-ups. While the companies they’ve backed—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and more—are constantly in the headlines, very little is known about what VCs... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listing: Customer Success / Onboarding Specialist Opportunity

An Orange County startup is hiring! Check out this new local Customer Success / Onboarding Specialist job opportunity from Chargezoom : Chargezoom is looking for a Customer Success / Onboarding Specialist to join their team. We are looking for energetic and ambitious Customer Success / Onboarding Specialists. We strive to only promote from within, so every team member that joins... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listing: Chargezoom Channel Account Executive Opportunity

An Orange County startup is hiring! Check out this new local Channel Account Executive job opportunity from Chargezoom : Chargezoom is looking for a Channel Account Executive to join their team. As a Channel Account Executive, you will be responsible for building a long-term successful strategy for Chargezoom channel partners. You will work with partners to train their sales team... Read more →

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