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LA and OC Startups Raise (Almost) Record Cash in 2018

2018 brought the most growth capital investing to our region since 2000, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers and CB Insights, which published their annual "MoneyTree" report of regional venture capital trends and figures last week. The overall number of funding transactions in the Los Angeles/Orange County region decreased slightly (to 419... Read more →

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Bob Genthert Named Managing Director of EvoNexus

Bob Genthert, Co-Founder of ecoATM, has been appointed Managing Director of EvoNexus in Irvine. Southern California's leading startup incubator, EvoNexus encourages entrepreneurs to turn their inspiring ideas into fundable, commercially-viable companies. Bob Genthert was the Co-Founder of ecoATM, has 35 years of experience including CFO and SVP roles at Fortune... Read more →

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Welcome to the #GrowthOC startups blog!

Don't you agree that Orange County needs more coverage of all its exciting startup success stories? Our new blog is here to help! We're dedicated to sharing news from new local ventures that are powering up the OC technology ecosystem. The OC Startup Council is now blogging to help you... Read more →

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Startup Grind Global Conference Free Passes Giveaway!

Want to join us at the Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City in February for FREE? This inspiring conference brings 8000+ startup lovers together every February for 2+ days of inspiration, education, networking, and parties. Learn more about attending the Startup Grind Global Conference here. WIN FREE TICKETS We... Read more →

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New OCTANe Board of Advisors

The Orange County Technology Alliance (OCTANe) recently announced a new Chairman and Board of Advisors. The Aliso Viejo-based technology and life sciences accelerator appointed Jim Mazzo, Global President of Ophthalmic Devices of Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., as the OCTANe Chairman, effective January 1, 2019. Mazzo has been elected for a... Read more →

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2018 SVBs State of the Markets Fourth Quarter Free Report

Want to know what's in store for the global Innovation Economy? Check out Silicon Valley Bank's latest State of the Markets quarterly report here. It covers the latest trends and market factors for innovative growth companies, investors, and their advisors. 2018 Fourth Quarter "In the face of heightened geopolitical concerns,... Read more →

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Vincit acquires Devise Interactive

Vincit, a software development and design company based in Irvine, Palo Alto, and Finland recently acquired Devise Interactive, an award-winning Irvine-based agency focused on brand strategy, UI/UX and software development. “Orange County is a well-known hub for many leading food and restaurant brands. With Devise Interactive we have even stronger... Read more →

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Unconfirmed: Big valuation bump for OC's fintech startup Acorns?

Acorns Grow Inc. is rumored to be seeking new funding from investors that would give it an estimated worth of $700 million. An exciting Orange County-based growth startup that offers digital wealth management services, Acorns is said to be raising more than $100 million in a new investment round. According... Read more →

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BlackBerry buys OC Cybersecurity AI leader Cylance

BlackBerry Limited recently announced it was acquiring Cylance, Orange County's artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, for $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by February 2019, pending approvals and closing conditions. Founded in Orange County in 2012, Cylance's cybersecurity software uses artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine... Read more →

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Startup Grind Global Conference Ticket Giveaway for Subscribers!

The Startup Grind Global Conference brings thousands of startup lovers together in Redwood City every February for 2+ days of inspiration, education, networking, and parties. Startup Grind Global Conference speakers include startup superstars you can't see anywhere else – and pretty much never here in Orange County... These include the... Read more →

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OCTANe LaunchPad SBDC Accelerator Accepting Applications

Are you or someone you know looking to raise seed, A or B rounds of startup capital ($500K-$25M+)? LaunchPad SBDC is now accepting applications for medical technology and tech startup companies who would like personalized feedback from experts. Those accepted will get to pitch their investment decks to a panel... Read more →

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ListReports receives more $$$ for Real Estate Tech

Orange-based ListReports recently received an additional $550,000 to support its continued development of technology that makes the home buying and selling process a delightful experience. The new funding is the seventh tranche of financing Lighter Capital has provided the tech startup, dating back to 2016, with a total of $2.042... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels announce SWS Venture Capital as new Affiliate Member

OC’s leading angel investment group, Tech Coast Angels (TCA), recently announced that the venture capital firm SWS Venture Capital (SWS) joined its network as an affiliate member. Steve Streit, the General Partner and Chairman of SWS, received capital and mentorship from TCA when he founded Green Dot, which is now... Read more →

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$2.5 Million for Nimble's Eco-Friendly Electronics Startup

Nimble, an Orange County-based consumer tech brand committed to creating sustainably made electronics, announced its equity round investment of $1.5 million led by Okapi Capital, with additional funding provided by early stage investor, PivotNorth Capital. The financing will be used to fund all Nimble’s initial costs, including product development, production,... Read more →

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Standards Body Validates OC Startup's Disruptive Technology

Irvine startup NGD Systems Co-Chairs New SNIA Computational Storage Technical Work Group TWG activities will set the framework for standardization and interoperability of industry product offerings IRVINE, Calif. – November 12, 2018 – Today NGD Systems announced that they have joined a newly formed SNIA Technical Work Group (TWG) that... Read more →

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Startup Concentration in Orange County

Where are the most startups located in Orange County? Our region is fragmented geographically, so real estate firm JLL recently put their researchers to work to help answer that question that we all keep asking about our local startup ecosystem. The result? A beautiful visualization of early stage company locations... Read more →

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How to find high tech recruits in Orange County

Hiring is competitive in Orange County, especially for high tech jobs like programmers, developers, engineers, and other technical talent. Posting job openings on our OC tech jobs board listings can help. We’re dedicated to helping grow the Orange County technology startup ecosystem. Our blog attracts a highly targeted, growing, and... Read more →

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2018 Southern California Financings Year-to-Date

Our friends at PriceWaterhouseCoopers are back with more interesting numbers quantifying the local Orange County capital investment and funding environment. While the first two quarters of 2018 demonstrated generally strong deal flow, unfortunately it looks like deals and funding activity in the Los Angeles and OC region declined again last... Read more →

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Congratulations to Irvine's Cirrus Insight!

Irvine-based Cirrus Insight recently closed a “significant equity investment” to help continue its growth. Founded in 2011, Cirrus Insight has succeeded by offering an all-in-one sales productivity platform with Salesforce CRM integration, including plug-ins for the Gmail and Outlook. This enables salespeople to work faster and smarter from their inboxes... Read more →

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PriceSpider's new Strategic Partnership and Investment

PriceSpider, the Irvine-based retail data technology company, has entered into a new strategic partnership with Frontier Capital, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based growth equity firm that specializes in software and technology-enabled business services companies. The partnership includes a significant growth investment in PriceSpider to help accelerate the growth of the company’s... Read more →

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