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How to Convert Convertible Notes

An article we liked from Thought Leader Alexander Jarvis of Medium: Convertible note conversion math at Series-A. You don’t know how it really works! You’ve raised a convertible note and now you are hitting series-A. Time for those notes to become equity. Now convertible note conversion math is tricky at the best of times, but what you don’t know is... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Partner at Werlinder Shi Capital

Per is General Partner at Welinder Shi Capital, an investor in lifestyle, culture and technologies around it. Why, might you ask, would Per be good at finding and seeing opportunities there? They’ll talk more about it in a bit, but if you’ve been around awhile and followed action sports, his name might be familiar. In a prior era, he was... Read more →

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AWS Service Credits - A Popular OCSC Member Benefit

Amazon Web Services can help Members of the OC Startup Council accelerate their startup success. If your local Orange County tech startup could use $10,000 or even $25,000 of FREE service credits for AWS services, let us know. We have a super FREE AWS SERVICE CREDITS DEAL for our Executive and Premium level startup company members. LEARN HOW YOUR COMPANY... 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 - especially during these difficult times for our community. Their investments in the local startup economy help power small business creation, job growth, the #GrowthOC movement and the many free services the Startup Council offers to support local founders, entrepreneurs, and startup ventures.... Read more →

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Best Email Subject Lines You Need to Know

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Kelly Forst of AWeber: Get Higher Open Rates with 22 of the Best Email Subject Lines Never struggle to write email subject lines again with these catchy subject line formulas. If you’ve ever sat down to write an email, you’ve probably asked yourself: “what if no one opens my email?” Not a fun feeling,... Read more →

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Tiktok's Key To Success?

An article we liked from Thought Leader Eugene Wei: TikTok and the Sorting Hat I often describe myself as a cultural determinist, more as a way to differentiate myself from people with other dominant worldviews, though I am not a strict adherent. It’s more that in many situations when people ascribe causal power to something other than culture, I’m immediately... Read more →

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Consulting Firms Members in Orange County

Consulting Firms Members: A Directory of Strategy, Management, and IT consulting services for OC software and technology startups. Review the list below to find consultants who can help your new startup idea or early stage company get to the next level. These local companies serve as valuable resources for our Orange County startup community. Their services and expertise are helping... Read more →

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Good News for Startups: SEC's "Accredited Investor" Update

SEC Modernizes the Accredited Investor Definition Washington D.C., Aug. 26, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted amendments to the “accredited investor” definition, one of the principal tests for determining who is eligible to participate in our private capital markets. Historically, individual investors who do not meet specific income or net worth tests, regardless of their financial sophistication,... Read more →

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Community Organizations Members in Orange County

OC offers many helpful community and non-profit organizations to support the growth of new software and technology startups. Review the list below to find local resources to help your new startup idea or early stage company get to the next level. These local companies serve as valuable resources for our Orange County startup community. Their services and expertise are helping... Read more →

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CSUF Student Consultant Teams Available

How Can A CSUF Student Consulting Team Help Your Company Right Now? The pandemic has upended the way we do business. What has your business done to survive? What should you be doing better? Cal State Fullerton Business students were digital natives before the pandemic with much of their professional and personal lives already online. They have a tremendous amount... Read more →

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What You Need to Know About the “Unbundled Work” Era

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Li Jin of Substack: Unbundling Work from Employment The internet and rise of micro-entrepreneurship Sometimes in the economy, monolithic entities that serve many needs disintegrate into an ecosystem of single-purpose entities. When that happens, there’s a huge opportunity for startups. Take, for example, Craigslist. Since its founding 25 years ago, Craigslist’s horizontal breadth, coupled... Read more →

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How Growth Loops Can Help Your Startup

An article we liked from Thought Leaders Brian Balfour, Casey Winters, Kevin Kwok, and Andrew Chen of Reforge: Growth Loops are the New Funnels The Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral and Revenue (AARRR) funnel framework has been the dominant guiding framework to metrics, goal setting, and strategic growth conversations. Funnels were a good starting point but do not accurately represent how... Read more →

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Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make - and How to Fix Them! (Video)

How to fix the most common mistakes in investor pitches made by startup founders when raising money was the topic for JJ Richa's recent fireside chat with Scott Fox, CEO of the Startup Council. The free hour-long video interview was an informative discussion of the top mistakes that early stage entrepreneurs make when pitching their startups for funding to angel... Read more →

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Startups in Orange County

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) Startups: Orange County is home to cutting-edge AI and ML startup companies, developing tools for customers worldwide. These local startup companies are busy solving problems, developing new products, and creating jobs right here in Orange County. Premium Startup Members Labratfinder Supporting Startup Members Ariel Precision Medicine, Inc. GRBA LLC General Startup Council Members... Read more →

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What You Need to Understand About Startup Pivots

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Ricky Khamphoumy of OCSC Gold Sponsor Silicon Valley Bank: Understanding the Possibilities and Pitfalls of Startup Pivots Key Takeaways A pivot can save a struggling company; it can also create new opportunities for a successful one. To pivot successfully, act quickly and decisively, and be ready for painful changes. Walking away from ideas may... Read more →

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Congressional Startup Day with Representative Harley Rouda

Congressional Startup Day, an annual bi-partisan celebration of entrepreneurship by our elected Congresspeople, took place again last week. Support for Orange County startups was the topic as the Orange County Startup Council (OCSC) was pleased to host Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48). The CEO Roundtable event included many of our local startup founders, investors, and advisors. With Q&A moderated by OCSC... Read more →

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Email Templates and Phone Scripts for Every Sales Team

An article we liked from Thought Leader Peter Kazanjy of First Round: Here are the Scripts for Sales Success — Emails, Calls and Demos That Close Deals Building a winning sales deck is one thing. But what about the email templates needed to get prospects on the phone? What about the phone scripts for setting those sales presentation appointments? The... Read more →

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New Accelerate OC Podcast: Stanford Lecturer, Former President of Tesla

Toby Corey joined Accelerate OC and they explored so many areas - his time working with Elon Musk, his passion for working on critical climate change issues, how to build a thriving startup ecosystem and inspiring people to be bold and excellent. It was a fun conversation with so much wisdom packed into it! Toby is the Former President of... Read more →

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Advertising Startups in Orange County

Advertising Startups: Orange County is home to innovative advertising technology startup companies, developing tools for advertisers and media companies worldwide. These local startup companies are busy solving problems, developing new products, and creating jobs right here in Orange County. Premium Startup Members 1-800-Battery Trio Rewards, Inc. Executive Startup Members VYRL Supporting Startup Members EventMeow General Startup Council Members Foreknow Experience... Read more →

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Why Scale and Loyalty are More Important Online Than Offline

An article we liked from Thought Leader Gavin Baker of Medium: Scale and Loyalty are more important online than offline, which drives much of the “winner take most” reality of the internet. Scale and loyalty are generally the most important metrics to me as an investor as they are the most sustainable — and measurable — competitive advantages. They are *much* more important online... Read more →

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You have to start somewhere... like Google did. (video)

Every big company started small but committed to making a little bit of progress each day. Did you know that Google was the 17th search engine for the World Wide Web when it launched in 1998? No "first mover" advantage there! Google’s first office was in a garage. The company’s sixth employee made this video tour of the office in... Read more →

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Early Pitch Decks of 15 Startups that Led to Success

An article we liked from CB Insights: The Early Pitch Decks Of 15 Startups Before They Became Billion-Dollar Companies See the early pitch decks of 15 unicorn companies (and exited unicorns), including LinkedIn (before it had a dime of revenue) and Uber when it was still UberCab. Notching a billion-dollar valuation as a private tech company is hard, exiting at... Read more →

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Nominations for Maschoff Brennan Annual Student Innovator Scholarship

Nominations are now open for the Annual Maschoff Brennan Student Innovator Scholarship. They are looking for students who are are bright, passionate and creative and who are striving to make a difference in innovation. Applications are due by August 7. The recipient will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship during the Orange County Business Journal’s Innovator of the Year awards on... Read more →

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City of Anaheim Small Business Relief Grant Informational Webinar

The City of Anaheim is launching a Small Business Relief Grant, which is funded through CARES Act monies by Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner. It offers up to $10,000 to Anaheim small businesses that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus. Grant funds may be used for payroll, capital, equipment, and operating expenses. These funds are only available to businesses... Read more →

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Should You Go Ahead With Your Idea?

An article we liked from Thought Leader Rob Hope of Indie Hackers: A checklist to help green-light your next idea... So you have an itching side-project idea but struggling to justify if you should work on it. Here is a comprehensive guide I’ve put together to help decide if you should green-light that idea. You can download the printable checklist... Read more →

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