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New Operate Podcast: CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire

Sloane Keane is currently the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire, a role she’s had for nearly 3 years, and after several years with the organization in senior development roles. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the highest impact non-profits in the area, and country, providing mentoring and support to thousands of children... Read more →

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Orange County's Tech Coast Angels Sets Records in 2020

Tech Coast Angels Posts Record Highs in 2020 for Investment, Membership, and Number of Companies Funded Angel network fueled startup ecosystem with $19.4 million for 64 companies including $7.9 million through annual chapter funds, realized four successful exits, and expanded its geographic reach. IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2021 – Setting records for the second consecutive year, Tech Coast Angels... Read more →

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New MasterMinds Workshops Sponsor:  Rutan & Tucker, Startup Attorneys

Thanks to Rutan & Tucker for helping the OC Startup Council engage with startup entrepreneurs by returning as a Sponsor of the MasterMinds Startup Accelerator Workshop series. A top local law firm for over 100 years, the attorneys at Rutan & Tucker are great supporters of start-ups and other entrepreneurial ventures. While the landscape and industries in Orange County have... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Startup Company Member: Cyrano.ai, INC

Thank you to Cyrano.ai, INC, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Cyrano.ai, INC: An artificial intelligence company focusing on improving the quality of conversations, not just transactional QnA. Effective communication is the single biggest advantage an individual or company can have, and they are bringing that ability to everyone. They are currently optimized for commercial deployments, though longer... Read more →

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Effective Methods to Scale Growth for Startups

An article we liked from Thought Leader Andrew Chen: There’s only a few ways to scale user growth, and here’s the list Scaling growth is hard – there’s only a few ways to do it When you study the most successful mobile/web products, you start to see a pattern on how they grow. Turns out, there’s not too many ways... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Member: Scaleocity Works

Thank you to Scaleocity Works, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Scaleocity Works is a Business Advisory and Organizational Performance firm designed to help busine ss owners, visionaries, and C-Suite executives achieve organizational and operational greatness, empowering their teams and helping them become the employer of choice. They work on matters of critical importance and develop solutions that... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: KMicro Tech, Photobooth Supply Co, Well Told Entertainment, Charts + Darts

Orange County startups are hiring! Check out these new local systems engineer, senior UIUX designer, and game designer job opportunities: KMicro Tech, Incorporated - Systems Engineer - Orange Digitally transforming companies globally by providing expertise in Microsoft Cloud, Managed Services & Cybersecurity. Photobooth Supply Co - Senior UIUX Designer - SAAS, E-Commerce, Hardware - Orange County Turnkey photobooths for entrepreneurs,... Read more →

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Irvine's Restaurant365 Announces Acquisition of Compeat

Restaurant365 Acquires Compeat to Create Market Leader in Restaurant Management Software IRVINE, CA and AUSTIN, TX (June 10, 2021) – Restaurant365, the leading all-in-one restaurant management platform, today announced the acquisition of Compeat, well-known in the industry for pioneering feature-rich restaurant back office, workforce and business intelligence software. The combined business will be led by Tony Smith, CEO of Restaurant365,... Read more →

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How to Build A Data Culture

A thought leader article from Pegasus One, a Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council: Infusing data culture into an organization One of the biggest mistakes companies can make today is leaving the business value of their data on the table. According to the NewVantage Partners’ 2019 Big Data and AI Executive Survey of C-level executives, most corporate data is... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Supporting Startup Company Member: CloutHub

Thank you to CloutHub, a renewing Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council! CloutHub is a social network for meaningful civic, social & political networking and engagement. They use the power of social networking to connect and empower people to positively influence the issues that impact their communities, lives, families, and country. Members can socialize, share content, express themselves, get... Read more →

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Free Startup Fundraising Office Hours with MasterMinds Scott Fox

Next free MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Office Hours livestream is Tuesday, June 22 at 12 Noon PT. Join us LIVE and bring questions about raising money for your startup! Register FREE here now on EventBrite: https://mastermindsofficehours.eventbrite.com Want to know how to find investors? Or practice your investor pitch to get some friendly feedback? Or maybe you have questions about venture strategy,... Read more →

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11 Business Pitch Tips from Unicorn Companies

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Judd Hollas on EquityNet: 11 Business Pitch Tips from Fundraising Experts There are many reasons to pitch your business — investment, sales, customer acquisition, recruiting, and more. In this article, we will focus on strategies to pitch when raising early-stage angel or venture capital. We cover some of the high-level considerations and tips for... Read more →

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Irvine's Prodoscore Announces Series A Funding Round

Prodoscore Closes Series A Funding Round Led by Troy Carter Serial entrepreneur and early-stage investor in Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Spotify, Warby Parker, Slack and others invests in employee productivity and visibility leader IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prodoscore, a leader in employee visibility software, today announced that it has closed a Series A funding round led by serial entrepreneur and venture capital investor... Read more →

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OCSC New Supporting Member: Portola Valley Partners

Thanks to Portola Valley Partners for joining the OC Startup Council as a new Supporting Member. Portola Valley Partners provides unique growth, investment, and M&A services to data-focused, emerging-growth software companies. Their model elevates companies' chances for success by establishing sustainable revenue and improving products while strengthening valuations in short periods of time. Customers obtain stronger, faster, and higher value... Read more →

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Irvine's Immerse Recognized in EdTech Breakthrough Awards

Immerse Wins “Language Learning Innovation of the Year” in 2021 EdTech Breakthrough Awards Program Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Educational Technology Products and Companies EdTech Breakthrough today announced that it has selected Immerse as winner of its “Language Learning Innovation of the Year” award, in its third annual awards program. The leading market intelligence organization recognizes the top companies and... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Startup Company Member: AWM Smart Shelf

Thank you to AWM Smart Shelf, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! AWM Smart Shelf is a vision technology company with a comprehensive retail solution. The underlying technologies are built utilizing artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning, and application engineering to reinvent the retail space as it is known today. The ecosystem of solutions improves operational efficiencies, increases... Read more →

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VC Expert Advice for Women Entrepreneurs

An article we liked from Thought Leader Michelle Fox of CNBC: 'Huge’ opportunities await women entrepreneurs, venture capitalist says. Here’s what to do: Women entrepreneurs have long gotten a small slice of the venture-capital funding pie. Female VC leaders are trying to change that. In fact, opportunities abound for “wontrepreneurs,” said Julie Sandler, managing director at startup studio and venture... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Sightbox, SyncroMSP, CorporateTech, Abotts Consulting

Orange County startups are hiring engineers! Check out these new sr. software engineer, information technology system engineer, and senior systems engineer job opportunities: Sightbox - UI/Product Designer - Orange County A product design studio by founders for founders. SyncroMSP - Sr. Software Engineer, Ruby on Rails - Orange County The next generation all-in-one MSP platform. CorporateTech - Information Technology System... Read more →

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Registration for National Venture Plan Competition Now Open

Competitor? Spectator? Take advantage of early bird registration for the National Venture Plan Competition. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to compete, learn, win prizes and best of all to be given the chance to present to countless investors, angel groups and VCs. Last year's inaugural NVPC was a smashing success. In addition to close to 200 companies competing,... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Silver Sponsor: K&L Gates

Thank you to K&L Gates, a renewing Silver Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! K&L Gates attorneys represent leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. Their lawyers also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. They are leaders in legal issues related to industries critical to the... Read more →

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First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2021 6/16/21-6/17/21

Presented by: Alliance for SoCal Innovation and Los Angeles Venture Association Sponsored by: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and East West Bank Join them Wednesday, June 16 to Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM online. See the best early stage teams commercializing breakthroughs from SoCal's top research institutions. Plus 2 keynotes and... Read more →

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Irvine's Shaka Wins Grand Prize at New Venture Competition

Irvine Based Startup Wins New Venture Competition Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted their Annual New Venture Competition. Local startup, Shaka, wins $17,500 Grand Prize. 85 Startups battled through multiple rounds of pitch competitions in an event hosted by the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Shaka, an online platform that helps companies keep employees engaged, emerged as the... Read more →

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Startup Fundraising Office Hours for Entrepreneurs [Replay]

MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Video Free 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... Read more →

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UCI's SimRated Impacts Today's Growing Online Education

SimRated Improves Patient Safety with an Online Educational Simulation Program The UCI startup is tapping into the growing online education market to teach students from high school to medical school basic surgical procedures. It’s no secret the online learning community has exploded to accommodate the pandemic’s massive shift to digital platforms. But SimRated has been ahead of the curve since... Read more →

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New Operate Podcast: Partner at TenOneTen

Minnie Ingersoll is a Partner at TenOneTen, an LA-based venture capital firm actively investing in early stage tech companies. They’ve made dozens of investments in a bunch of SoCal founders’ companies and have already had many acquisitions, unicorns and even companies go public. She also leads their podcast, "LA Venture". She was previously the co-founder of Shift Technologies, a newly... Read more →

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