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Free Livestream Startup Fundraising Office Hours - Tuesday

Our Next free MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Office Hours livestream is Tuesday, September 27 at 12 Noon PT. Startup Entrepreneurs – Free LIVE Fundraising Q&A with Angel Investor/Serial Founder/Startup Expert Scott Fox Join us LIVE and bring questions about raising money for your startup! Bring your startup questions to the Startup Council’s FREE founder fundraising “Office Hours”. You'll get FREE expert... Read more →

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LG Nova's Mission for the Future Startup Partner Search 2022

LG is looking for The New and the Next companies that will not just improve the quality of life but change it for the better for the good of people, communities and the planet. LG NOVA is creating opportunities for businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and innovators to partner with LG to accelerate and scale their business and build the future together.... Read more →

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Brex Credit Card Perks for OC Startups!

Brex is the first corporate credit card designed for startups - and you can get one! SPECIAL OFFER: Now OCSC Startup Company Members can get a Brex card for your company with NO FEES for LIFE and great benefits - including up to $5000 in AWS credits! Brex provides corporate cards to startup company founders with no personal guarantee required,... Read more →

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An Introduction to Digital Currency and NFT Tax

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about Business Tax, Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology: How the IRS is Looking for its Share of Cryptocurrency and NFT Growth Written by Lynn M. Mucenski-Keck, Principal Let’s be honest. Most tax accountants would not be described as “hip” and many struggle to be considered “tech savvy”. Even so, some... Read more →

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2022 Q2 Private Markets Report

An article we liked from Thought Leader Lian Chang of Carta: State of Private Markets: Q2 2022 Venture capital is in a slowdown, but not a freefall. For the past two quarters, the number of rounds and the amount of cash raised on the Carta platform both declined, deepening the downturn in venture investment. However, the decline in Q2 wasn’t... Read more →

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What is the Due Diligence Process in Venture Capital?

An article we liked from Thought Leader Allison Weil Lechnir of Hyde Park Venture Partners: VC Explained: Diligence Process It’s been a while since I last wrote in this series, meaning to democratize how venture capital works. See my stories here on how we find companies and the best way to tell a VC-oriented story. I’m finally getting around to... Read more →

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OCSC Members Benefit: Rutan & Tucker Legal Fees Discount

$10,000 LEGAL SERVICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS: RUTAN & TUCKER Thanks to GOLD Sponsor, Rutan & Tucker, all OCSC Member startups can get first class legal services at great rates from a local law firm that's been serving Orange County entrepreneurs for over 100 years. Qualifying local startups can get help with early stage corporate matters like company formation/incorporation, fundraising negotiation or... Read more →

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Understanding High-skilled Immigration Reform

Thanks to the Noahpinion blog and its guest authors Alec Stapp and Jeremy Neufeld: The case for high-skilled immigration reform (and how to make it happen) Immigration is America’s superpower. According to research by William Kerr at Harvard, between 2000 and 2010, America received more migrating inventors than every other country combined. However, for decades, our broken immigration system has... Read more →

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Best Angel Program Award goes to TiE SoCal Angels

Congratulations to TiE SoCal Angels for winning the "Best Angel Program" award at TiE Global's annual global retreat in Rome, Italy. Affiliated with TiE's Southern California chapter, TiE SoCal Angels is an exclusive membership-based angel group of accredited investors and influential business individuals investing their time and capital in discovering and supporting early-stage and high-growth startups. In competition with TiE... Read more →

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3 Common Pitfalls in Startup Fundraising

A Thought Leadership article we liked from Visible: Startup Fundraising Strategy Pitfalls Just like any strategy or process, there are pitfalls that can arise. Luckily, there are thousands of founders that have done it before so there are pitfalls and things you can look out for below: Not Understanding Your Fundraising Stage One of the more common (and avoidable) pitfalls... Read more →

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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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