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International Science & Engineering Fair - Call for Judges

Volunteer as a Judge at the International Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by Regeneron! The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is coming to Anaheim, CA in May 2020. This is a great opportunity for corporate social responsibility, for individuals to give back to young scientists and engineers, and to showcase the Orange County community. We need your help... Read more →

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Why Do Investors Insist on Revenue for Early Stage Startups?

It's a common problem for early stage founders: How do I raise money to generate revenue when so many investors insist on seeing revenue-generating “traction” first? Here's a useful explanation from Phil Nadel of Forefront Ventures. In this guest post he explains the perspective of venture investors who avoid investing in pre-revenue startups: Stop Swinging for the Fences Conventional thinking... Read more →

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OCSC New Supporting Member: Vitalistic Healing Arts Center

Thanks to Vitalistic Healing Arts Center for joining the OC Startup Council as a new Supporting Member. Vitalistic Healing Arts Center: Their center provides services, technologies and an environment to support and enhance people in order to create a healthy, joyful, fulfilling, integrated long life. They offer Network Spinal Care sessions, Bemer Vascular Therapy, Infrared Sauna, ZYTO Evox (Reframing Perception... Read more →

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Media Tech Startups: Calling all Orange County Startups!

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

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Founder / CEO of FreightPop

Kurt Johnson is currently the founder and CEO of FreightPop, a cloud-based software that makes logistics simple. They give one login for all transportation management, including inbound and outbound freight management across all different freight types. Kurt is a grizzled startup veteran, with six startups. He’s gone from his garage to $100M in revenue. He’s had 2 two exits and... Read more →

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How Startups Should Pay Advisors

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Dr. Fred Haney, Author of The Fundable Startup: How Startup Companies Should Compensate Their Advisors How should a startup company compensate its advisors? This is a tricky question because there are no guidelines and most founders do not have experience in this area. But there are some general principles that can help you arrive... Read more →

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Seed Investors Win by being Less Selective?! New Report

Startup investing has traditionally been seen as a selective, judicious process. But a new report says that angel investors and venture capital firms will do better at the seed stage by investing broadly. AngelList, the leading startup seed investing syndication platform, recently published "Startup Growth and Venture Returns". The report is based on analysis of 3000 startups funded through their... Read more →

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How to Achieve Product/Market Fit for Your Startup

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Rahul Vohra of First Round: How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit We’ve all heard that product/market fit drives startup success — and that the lack thereof is what’s lurking behind almost every failure. For founders, achieving product/market fit is an obsession from day one. It’s both the hefty hurdle we’re racing... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Regional Director, Orange County & Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network

Mike is the Regional Director of the Orange County and Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Before this role he was the director of an SBDC office in Long Beach for 5 years. He has been and is a business owner and entrepreneur himself.... Read more →

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Creative, Marketing, and Design Agencies: Looking for Startup Supporters & Friends Directory Listings

We’re looking for more Creative, Marketing, and Design Agencies who serve technology startup companies here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more Creative, Marketing, and Design Agencies listings to build the most complete list of resources to help startups in Orange County! Join the OCSC to Get Your Marketing Company Noticed Does your organization or company... Read more →

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3 Easy NY Resolutions for Startup Founders!

Happy New Year! Want to grow your startup this year? It's easy to get lost in your work when you're a startup entrepreneur. Of course there's always more to do as a startup founder! But you need to lay the foundations now to grow your company more easily later. So now at the beginning of this new year here are... Read more →

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Welcome OCSC New Bronze Sponsor: Knobbe Martens

Welcome to Knobbe Martens, a new Bronze Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Knobbe Martens is one of America's largest intellectual property and technology law firms—a team of smart, aggressive attorneys, scientists and technical experts committed to promoting and protecting innovation. Over the past 50 years they have been providing a broad range of services to clients in virtually every... Read more →

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Internet of Things IoT: Calling all Orange County Startups!

We’re looking for more Internet of Things IoT Startups here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more IoT Startup listings to build the most complete list of startups in Orange County! (Check the Internet of Things IoT Startups page of the OC Startups Directory so far. Is your company listed yet?) Join the OCSC to Get... Read more →

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Why are Venture Capitalists so Picky?

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Dr. Fred Haney, Author of The Fundable Startup: Why Do Venture Capitalists Invest in Such a Small Percentage of Startups? The other day I mentioned to a friend—who happens to be an entrepreneur professor—my concern that so few startups satisfy the hurdles required to attract venture capital. His response was, “Well, the VCS only... Read more →

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International Partners: Looking for Startup Supporters & Friends Directory Listings

We’re looking for more International Partners who serve technology startup companies here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more International Partners listings to build the most complete list of resources to help startups in Orange County! Join the OCSC to Get Your Foreign Services/Agency Noticed Does your organization or company provide services to or work to... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: CEO, The Wooden Floor

Dawn Reese joined for a great Accelerate OC conversation, and shared her early career in the technology industry and then her transition to helping establish the Software Council of Southern California (now Technology Council Southern California) and eventually joining amazing non-profit, The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana. She is an author, consultant, mentor, and national speaker in the areas of... Read more →

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Hardware Startups: Calling all Orange County Startups!

We’re looking for more Hardware Startups here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more Hardware Startup listings to build the most complete list of startups in Orange County! (Check the Hardware Startups page of the OC Startups Directory so far. Is your company listed yet?) Join the OCSC to Get Your Orange County Hardware Startup Noticed... Read more →

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OCSC New Silver Sponsor: K&L Gates

Welcome to K&L Gates, a new 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 economies... Read more →

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Questions Venture Capital Investors ask Startup Founders

Wondering what that venture capitalist is going to ask you when it's time to pitch for their investment in your startup? Venture capitalist Elizabeth Yin put together a helpful list of those kind of questions that can be helpful to any startup founder considering raising money. It includes both the personal get-acquainted and due diligence questions that she likes to... Read more →

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Insurance Providers: Looking for Startup Supporters & Friends Directory Listings

We’re looking for more Insurance Agencies and Brokers who serve technology startup companies here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more Insurance Providers listings to build the most complete list of resources to help startups in Orange County! Join the OCSC to Get Your Insurance Company Noticed Does your firm, insurance agency, or insurance brokerage provide... Read more →

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2020 Marketing Trends You Need to Know

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Sven Johnston, Founding Partner at Gigasavvy: 20:20 Vision for 2020 Marketing Trends You Need to Know The past ten years have transformed the way we interact with the brands around us. From companies like Instagram, founded in 2010, to the new digital data points that allow us to tell targeted brand narratives, the world... Read more →

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Ash Kumra's KUCI Entrepreneur Nation interviews OC Startup Council Founder

Entrepreneurs are everywhere in Orange County. And Ash Kumra has built a radio show around interviewing them and other success stories. For several years his Entrepreneur Nation radio program has aired locally in Orange County on KUCI and on other stations around the country. Ash Interviews OCSC's Scott Fox Recently the show invited Scott Fox, OC Startup Council Founder &... Read more →

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Food Tech Startups: Calling all Orange County Startups!

We’re looking for more Food Tech Startups here in Orange County. Do you know any? Why? We need more Food Tech Startup listings to build the most complete list of startups in Orange County! (Check the Food Tech Startups page of the OC Startups Directory so far. Is your company listed yet?) Join the OCSC to Get Your Orange County... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Founder / CEO of Dealer Credit Resources

Beckham Thomas is the Founder and CEO of Dealer Credit Resources, a Software as a Service business in the commercial equipment financing industry. Think about a small business buying a truck or piece of equipment for their office, that they’d like to get payment terms to break up the cost, usually from the dealer or manufacturer. It's a trillion dollar... Read more →

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