January 10, 2020

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Welcome back and into the new decade!

I don't mean to stir the pot right off the bat, but in a recent article like  this  about 'LA benefitting from recent exits,' the author lumped in two OC companies (Cylance and Telogis) and even an SD company (NantKwest). This does not help differentiate our respective ecosystems.

Am I off track? I think we can all agree that LA has way more capital, is years ahead with well-earned success, and we are happy to go raise from there and grow our companies where we want to build them but do we want to be lumped into the greater LA ecosystem label? Or do we differentiate individually (LA, OC, SD, SB, IE) and agree that SoCal has great individual ecosystems that are interlinked in many ways?

We may not solve that in 2020, but we can showcase how OC has and can stand on its own, including local Cox Automotive investing in both Rivian (Detroit and Irvine presence) and in scholarships for women to learn how to code. Read more below.

Let's get more of that this year!
Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Peter Polydor, founder of Eureka Building and Eureka Hub.

Student Startup Fund sends UCI students to Forbes 30 under 30 Summit

Broadcom seeking buyer for radio-frequency wireless chip unit

Several OC CEOs named to Best CEOs of 2019 list

A number of OC companies make the 2019 Best Companies for Diversity list

Irvine's LearningFuze offers Women in Tech Scholarship for 2020 in partnership with Cox Automotive

Irvine-based Commercial Bank of California recently passed $1B in assets

OC's unemployment rate remains below both state and national numbers

Irvine's Rivian to enable Amazon's Alexa in electronic trucks

Fountain Valley's HyperX introduces new gaming accessories

Newport Beach's DPW Holdings to acquire Glendale Securities for $15M

Rivian, with offices in Irvine, raises $1.3B in round led by T. Rowe Price

Irvine's Boustead Securities raises $61.9M for Molecular Data's Nasdaq listing

Irvine-based Allied Esports plans a second public $15M offering

OncoCyte out of Irvine announces new $7.6M common stock offering
Account Executive, Cox Business Security Solutions (Foothill Ranch)

Emerging Technology Marketing Lead, Capital Group (Irvine)

Product Manager - Vault, HashiCorp (Santa Ana)

Junior Software Engineer, Orange Logic (Irvine)

Director of Marketing, Elevation Search Solutions (Orange County)

Software Engineer, Safran (Brea)

Director of Marketing, KlientBoost (Costa Mesa)

Frontend Developer, SeedCMS (Irvine)

Web Designer / Front End Developer, Conversion Labs (Huntington Beach)

VP of Marketing, Kajabi (Irvine)

Product Line Manager, EnGenius Technologies (Costa Mesa)
Aesthetics Technology Summit @ Balboa Bay Resort, January 10

Orange County 2020 and Beyond @ Oak Creek Golf Club, January 16

OC VC Fast Pitch @ Coastline Community College, January 23

MedTech Monday @ The Hills Hotel, January 27

1 Million Cups @ The Cove 2, January 29

OC StartupDay VC and Angel Investor Experience @ Hangar 244, January 30

Persian Women In Tech OC @ Google Building Fair, January 30

Emerging MedTech Summit 2020 @ The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, February 18-20

1st Annual SoCal StartupDay @ Hangar 244, February 26

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