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Startup Members Benefit: Free Zendesk Customer Service for a YEAR!

For Orange County startups: 12 Months of Free Zendesk Customer Support Services! OCSC startup company Members can get a year of Zendesk for free while getting their startups off the ground. Qualified OCSC Member companies can receive a monthly credit of $218 for 12 months (equivalent to 2 seats of Zendesk Suite professional plan or used across Zendesk’s Support, Chat,... Read more →

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10 Most Common Questions by Startups During a Downturn

An article we liked from Thought Leader Yin Wu of Pulley: FAQ for Startups Navigating the Downturn Understanding the nuances of equity is more important than ever. We've compiled answers to the most common questions from recent conversations with over 100 startups. 1. What is causing the bear market? How does this affect valuations? While no one knows what will... Read more →

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Girls Inc of OC Needs Women Mentors

Is time getting in the way of being a valued mentor? Girls Inc. is offering a MINIMUM TIME / MAXIMUM IMPACT mentorship program They are looking for 30 more professional women like you for mentorship roles in their pilot year for their Project Accelerate Program. You will have the privilege of guiding young women through their college and career journeys,... Read more →

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Fundraising Truths That You Need to Know

An article we liked from Thought Leader Jason Lemkin of SaaStr: 6 Brutal Truths About Fundraising Q: What’s the Brutal Truth About Fundraising for Startups? The brutal truths are: Everyone wants to fund the same thing. The earlier stage you are, the more different folks will come to different conclusions based on very limited data. E.g., just the team. Or... Read more →

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Understanding Convertible Notes

An article we liked from Thought Leader DC Palter: Everything Startups Need to Know About Convertible Notes The traditional startup investment instrument remains popular with angel investors Last week I wrote an overview of the SAFE agreement. This week we turn to the other common startup investment — the convertible note. The SAFE and the convertible note are shortcuts for... Read more →

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Startup Members Benefit: 30% Off HubSpot!

HubSpot is well known for its popular all-in-one CRM, Sales, and Marketing tools that help startups worldwide. Now OCSC Startup Member companies can get a BIG DISCOUNT on HubSpot tools! Use them to help your startup with customer relationship management, social media marketing, content management, lead generation, web analytics, search engine optimization, live chat, and customer support, too. HubSpot for... 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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Bulletproof Startup Fundraising Strategy

A Thought Leadership article we liked from Visible: How to Secure Financing With a Bulletproof Startup Fundraising Strategy Startup fundraising is hard without a well-thought-out plan. Learn how you can deliver a winning startup fundraising strategy to secure financing in this article. Introduction At Visible, we believe that a venture capital fundraise often mirrors a traditional B2B sales and marketing... Read more →

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Understanding Burn Rate

An article we liked from Thought Leader Seth Levine: Money in the Bank vs Burn With the markets down significantly, financings (at least at the later stages) slowing down, and inflation and interest rates on the rise, perhaps now is a good time to talk about your burn rate. Hopefully, you took advantage of the robust financing markets of the... Read more →

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OCSC Gold Sponsor: Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Thank you to Rutan & Tucker, 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 industries in Orange... Read more →

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6 Effective Steps to a Successful Startup Fundraising

A Thought Leadership article we liked from Visible: How to Create a Startup Fundraising Strategy As we said earlier in the post, approaching a fundraise with a strategy and system in place is a great way to build momentum in your fundraise. Founders are being pulled in a hundred different directions and a fundraise is a part of that. By... Read more →

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Free Oracle Cloud Computing Credits - OCSC Member Company Benefit!

OC Startup Council member companies can now get up to 9,000 hours of FREE Cloud Hosting credits from Oracle. Oracle is offering our OC startup company members a unique acceleration program that starts with free cloud and expands to rich collaboration opportunities to engage with Oracle’s vast network of mentors, product experts, and customers. Qualified OC Startup Council Member companies... Read more →

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The Importance of Growing the Startup Economy

An article we liked from Thought Leader Erik Torenberg: How to Grow The Startup Economy There's no natural limit on the amount of successful startups Why Growing the Startup Economy Matters In a previous post On Economic Growth, I made the case for why growing the economy is a moral imperative. Since economic growth is positively correlated with almost everything... Read more →

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Free Zendesk Customer Service for a YEAR for OC Startups!

For Orange County startups: 12 Months of Free Zendesk Customer Support Services! OCSC startup company Members can get a year of Zendesk for free while getting their startups off the ground. Qualified OCSC Member companies can receive a monthly credit of $218 for 12 months (equivalent to 2 seats of Zendesk Suite professional plan or used across Zendesk’s Support, Chat,... Read more →

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SoCal's Long Beach Accelerator Application Now Open

Apply Now to the Long Beach Accelerator's 4th Cohort The Long Beach Accelerator is not your typical accelerator. It was established with the entrepreneur in mind with full support from the city, private investors, and CSULB. Program participants have access to $100K in capital to support them through acceleration and expansion. Cohort members have real government access to help navigate... Read more →

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How to Negotiate Term Sheets with VCs

An article we liked from Thought Leader Alex Iskold of Startup Hacks: 7 Tips for Founders When Negotiating Term Sheets with VCs Founders are always at a disadvantage when negotiating with Venture Capitalists. Why? Simply because Founders only negotiate fundraising a handful of times during the life-time of the company, while VCs negotiate all the time. In addition, the institutional... Read more →

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Fundraising Tip for Founders: Revamp Your Storytelling Skills

An article we liked from Thought Leader James Currier of NFX: The 23 Rules of Storytelling For Fundraising As a Founder, you are the Chief Storyteller. You need to convince investors, employees, customers, partners, and journalists to give you the resources you need — you do that with your story, your narrative. A story is not about tricking people into doing... Read more →

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OCSC Startups Benefit: Nelson Mullins Special Deals on Legal Services

$15,000 legal services for new and growing startups from Nelson Mullins. OCSC GOLD Sponsor Nelson Mullins offers expert legal counsel to startups and investors nationwide on formation, financing, growth, and exit. Founders who have not yet incorporated can take advantage of their "Formation Package". This offers Delaware incorporation, bylaws, stock option plans, equity and service agreements, and other filings and... Read more →

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10 Best Practices for Every Tech Entrepreneur

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Ten Business Tips for Technology Entrepreneurs Written by Kenneth Johnson, CPA, Partner in Charge, Irvine, CA The technology industry is a fast-paced, dynamic environment that requires you to continuously focus on your business operations in a highly competitive market saturated with innovation, disruption, data privacy considerations... Read more →

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OSCC Member Benefit - Free Oracle Cloud Credits

OC Startup Council member companies can now get up to 9,000 hours of FREE Cloud Hosting credits from Oracle. Oracle is offering our OC startup company members a unique acceleration program that starts with free cloud and expands to rich collaboration opportunities to engage with Oracle’s vast network of mentors, product experts, and customers. Qualified OC Startup Council Member companies... Read more →

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How to Overcome Obstacles as a Female Entrepreneur

An article we liked from Thought Leader Raija Haughn of Bankrate.com: Closing the gap: How to overcome obstacles as a female entrepreneur Women-owned businesses have been on the rise for years, increasing 21 percent from 2014 to 2019 while all businesses only increased by 9 percent. As of 2019, women owned 49 percent of all businesses, according to American Express’s... Read more →

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How are Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) Taxed?

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT): The Age of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) is Upon Us Written by Joshua Horrowitz, Lead NFTs have been around since the early days of crypto but have become more mainstream starting in 2020. While many people have heard of NFTs, very few can describe them. I will... Read more →

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KPMG's Thoughts on SEC Proposed Rules for Investment Companies

Four quick reactions from KPMG on SEC proposed rules for investment companies The SEC has proposed amendments related to the Investment Company Act's Names Rule, as well as enhanced ESG disclosure requirements for registered investment companies, business development companies, registered investment advisers and certain unregistered advisers. These proposals, which are subject to a comment period, seek to enhance transparency and... Read more →

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K-Startup Grand Challenge Now Open for Applications

South Korea's Global Accelerator - Applications Due 5/31 South Korea is excited to announce the 7th annual K-Startup Grand Challenge (KSGC). KSGC has accelerated over 500 global startups in South Korea and is considered to be one of the largest technology accelerators in the world. What is the K-Startup Grand Challenge? 60 startups from around the world will participate in... Read more →

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A Comprehensive Guide for SaaS Fundraising

An article we liked from Thought Leader Julio C. Ortiz: Successful SaaS Fundraising: Navigating the Evolving Landscape Investors have been pouring capital into SaaS startups. But that doesn’t mean raising funds is easy. This guide to finding the right financing options can help lead you to the treasure in this tricky terrain. Slack, Zoom, DocuSign—these are just a few of... Read more →

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