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U.S. Tax Research & Experimental Capitalization Requirement - What You Need to Know

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Five Surprises About the U.S. Tax Research & Experimental Capitalization Requirement Written by Lynn M. Mucenski-Keck, Principal Many were hopeful for U.S. tax legislation ensuring businesses could continue to fully deduct their research and experimental (“R&E”) expenditures in the 2022 taxable year. Senator Margaret Hassan (D-NH)... Read more →

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Pismo Ventures’ B2X Startup Symposium 2023 - Register Today!

Pismo Ventures’ Startup Symposium is for B2X - B2B, B2C, B2B2B, B2B2C, B2G, & C2C (this event is not life sciences) startup companies. The symposium offers startups one the biggest opportunities to raise capital. Exposure to investors, investor groups and VCs from across the nation Investor exposure could lead to significant investments for your company as it has been the... Read more →

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Coming Soon: NEW OC Startup Ecosystem Resources Chart!

Will your service provider, investment group, or community service be listed in the new OC Startup Ecosystem Resources Chart? If you're a current Sponsor or Member of the OC Startup Council it will! The OC startup community includes dozens of expert service providers, community organizations, investors, and more - all focused on accelerating our local founders to help make their... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Gold Sponsor: Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Thank you to Rutan & Tucker, a renewing as a Gold Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Rutan & Tucker has been a pillar of the Orange County business community for over 100 years. As part of its involvement with the community, Rutan & Tucker has been a great supporter of start-ups and other entrepreneurial ventures. While the landscape and... Read more →

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OCSC New Supporting Member: RadioGuestList.com

Welcome to RadioGuestList.com, a new Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council. RadioGuestList.com: The #1 free podcast and radio publicity service helps experts get more publicity. Get radio and podcast interviews for free publicity by using their FREE email service. Each day that RadioGuestList.com has talk shows looking for guests, they'll email you "Guest Request" interview offers automatically. OC Startup... Read more →

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An Overview of the Microsoft Copilot

Thanks to our Executive Member Pegasus One for this thought leadership article outlining best practices for startup software products: Microsoft Copilot: A Whole New Way to Work with AI If you are looking for a way to boost your productivity, creativity, and skills at work, you might want to check out Microsoft Copilot, a new feature that combines the power... Read more →

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Founders: Apply to Play "The Price Is Right" at Tech Coast Angels F2F!

What's your startup worth? Want some expert opinions, plus publicity exposure to dozens of local angel investors? Apply now to participate in "The Price Is Right" game at Tech Coast Angels' Face-to-Face with Investors Night on September 27! Selected startups will get to quick pitch their companies to the audience, including a panel of expert angel investors. Judges will then... Read more →

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Strategies to Preserve Qualified Small Business Stock Treatment (QSBS)

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Top 10 Things To Preserve Qualified Small Business Stock Treatment Written by Daniel Mayo, Principal Among the many issues on the minds of founders and executives at early-stage or pre-seed startups is the ability to issue qualified small business stock (QSBS or Section 1202 Stock). This... Read more →

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5 Reasons Why TCA Invested in Single Pass

Thanks to OCSC Gold Sponsor Tech Coast Angels for this valuable information about startup funding: Angel’s Angle: Why Did We Invest in Single Pass? Single Pass is a local OC company solving the unique problem physicians face when conducting biopsies. David Friedman was the Deal Lead for Single Pass. In today’s “Angel’s Angle”, David will be sharing the 5 reasons... Read more →

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New OCSC Sponsor: UCI ANTrepreneur Center

Welcome to UCI ANTrepreneur Center, a new Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! UCI ANTrepreneur Center serves as a critical innovation hub within the University of California, Irvine, fostering entrepreneurial skills and promoting start-up culture among students, faculty, and surrounding community. The center caters towards undergraduate students, providing resources, workshops, mentorship, competitions, and networking opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. It's a... Read more →

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UCI ANTrepreneur Announces Partnership with OC Startup Council to Empower Student Entrepreneurs

The UCI ANTrepreneur Center, a hub dedicated to helping UCI students develop the skills necessary for entrepreneurial success, has announced a new collaboration with the OC Startup Council (OCSC). This partnership aims to further bridge the gap between the UCI community and the off-campus business ecosystem, offering students increased access to seasoned entrepreneurs, startup culture, mentorship, and even investors. Recognized... Read more →

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Understanding Early Stage Capitalization Tables

An article we liked from Thought Leaders Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile of Seraf: Who Owns What - Understanding Early Stage Capitalization Tables [Part I] Several years ago, I was speaking to a colleague of mine. He was trying to decide between two great job offers, and was having a difficult time making a final decision. When I asked him... Read more →

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How to Determine A Fair Valuation Cap For Your Startup

An article we liked from Thought Leader Doug Bend of Bend Law Group, PC: The Six Factors For Determining A Fair Valuation Cap For Your Startup We have helped dozens of startups raise their seed round of financing. Most of these companies have used the template Simple Agreement for Future Equity (better known as a SAFE) with a valuation cap... Read more →

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Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thanks to these Sponsors who support the OC Startup Council’s work accelerating the local tech startup ecosystem. Their investments in our community help power the #GrowthOC movement and the many free services the OCSC offers to support local founders, entrepreneurs, and startup ventures. PLATINUM SPONSORS Withum GOLD SPONSORS Silicon Valley Bank Rutan & Tucker, LLP Tech Coast Angels Nelson Mullins... Read more →

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Understanding Startup Stock Options

Thanks to the AngelList blog and its guest author Nate Matherson: How Do Startup Stock Options Work? 6 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Startup stock options are one of the most lucrative and misunderstood opportunities when working at an early-stage startup. Options can provide substantial rewards through returns on the contracts as well as the ultimate goal – an increased... Read more →

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Withum's Must-Watch Video Series on Equity Compensation

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Equity Compensation in 60 Seconds Equity can be complex. However, equity can be a considerable part of compensation packages and can take many forms, including stock options. Withum’s Founders and Tech Executive Services Team is here to help simplify equity compensation and explain some general tax... Read more →

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Valuable Advice for Investors

An article we liked from Thought Leader John Harbison, TCA Chairman Emeritus : Angel Returns Beat All Asset Classes But Pose Greater Risk We all know that investing in startup companies is inherently risky. Over half of early-stage investments typically fail to return any capital, with the top 10% usually returning 85-90% of all the cash proceeds. The game is... Read more →

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7 Steps to Create a Strong Branding Strategy for Your Startup

Thanks to OCSC Sponsor Blue C for this thought leadership article outlining best practices for startup branding: Building a Strong Branding Strategy for your Startup Success In today's competitive startup or early-stage company business landscape, building a strong brand is crucial for the success of any startup. A well-defined and consistent brand strategy helps differentiate your business from the competition,... Read more →

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How FAMA Technologies Doubled Revenue Run Rate

Thanks to OCSC Gold Sponsor Tech Coast Angels for this valuable information about startup growth: Increasing LTV/CAC Ratio by 80x Lead to Doubling Revenue Run Rate: How Did FAMA Technologies Do It? Ben Mones is the Founder and CEO of Fama Technologies Inc., a Tech Coast Angels portfolio company revolutionizing the hiring process. Mones has transformed Fama into a hyper-growth... Read more →

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An Introduction to Nelson Mullins' Life Science Intellectual Property Team

Thanks to OCSC Gold Sponsor Nelson Mullins for this valuable information about the technology industry: Nelson Mullins 2023 Industry Focus: Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Jane Remillard, who leads Nelson Mullins' Life Science Intellectual Property Team and has over 25 years of experience, discusses what she and her team does at the firm and what the experience has been... Read more →

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Top 5 Similarities Between 'Bridgerton' And The Sales Funnel

An article we liked from Thought Leader Gaurav Kumar of Beyond Codes, Inc.: 'Bridgerton' And The Sales Funnel A few years ago, the TV series Bridgerton was all the rage with my teenage daughter. I got a bit wrapped up in it too. Their zany speech and behavior, the gowns, the mansions, the cutlery, and, most of all, the dances.... Read more →

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OCSC Platinum Sponsor: Withum

Thank you to Withum, a Platinum Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Withum is an accounting firm that is focused on Advisory, Tax, and Audit Services. They are a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping their clients be more profitable, efficient, and productive in today's complex business environment. They provide the industry expertise and innovative solutions you... Read more →

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The Basic Formula for Fundraising

An article we liked from Thought Leader Nnamdi Iregbulem of Lightspeed Venture Partners: Series A Rounds Are a Math Test For your seed stage startup to graduate to the next level, it must pass a new test. Suddenly, a PowerPoint deck isn't enough. Traction and monetization matter. Your startup might have more of one than the other, and that's OK.... Read more →

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A Product Manager's Opinion on "User Error"

An article we liked from Thought Leader Olivia Belitsky: Frustrated Users? Their Errors Are Your Fault. Here’s how to create intuitive user experiences. For two years, I started every workday by watching session recordings from the day before. This exercise let me see my product through my user’s eyes. I began with the highest-friction sessions, taking notes of bugs and... Read more →

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The Inspiring Origin Story of OC's Cirrus Insight - Part 4

A thought leader guest post from local serial entrepreneur Ryan Huff: Cirrus Insight Origin Story - Part 4 In this series, I’ve written about Cirrus Insight’s origin story, starting with the original idea, bringing on my co-founder, and running our beta. This final post on the origin story is the payoff. Our launch! Pricing Before we could launch, we needed... Read more →

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