June 24, 2020

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Half of the craziest year is coming to an end.

What's in store for the 2nd half of 2020?

I'd love to hear it from you. As you can tell from these newsletters, the hustle doesn't sleep. Companies are busy building and local investors are investing.

On the investment side, seeing Okapi's investment in Chromacode (big bio meets big data) or Newport-based Rx3's investments in Hydrant and Hydrow (wellness and connected sports equipment, respectively) show that even for tech and consumer investors, context is really important for what companies are getting invested in. I think we'll see a lot more of that concentration through the end of the year.

Remember to send us Covid stories and resources and we'll share them in our blogs here too.

Stay well,

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Nick Zasowski, Director of Global Startup Studio Network to discuss the rise of startup and venture studios.

Foothill Ranch's loanDepot.com tops $2B in revenue; plans expanding workforce to 10k

OC's biggest private companies enjoy 3.1% sales increase in 2019

Irvine-based Sunpin Solar's $100M Titan Solar 1 project remains on schedule to start operations toward the end of 2020

Lordstown Motor Corp partners with Stanton-based Hydra Design Labs on new electric pickup truck prototype

Rivals HQ of Huntington Beach launches virtual accelerator catering to gaming and esports startups

UC Irvine leads $10M research center for personal data privacy

Newport Beach's Cyrano.ai launches Zoom extension to provide AI-powered insights on communication

OC companies Biogennix and SafeRacks partner to make clinical-strength hand sanitizer to combat Covid-19

Edwards Lifesciences adds 43k sq ft building in Irvine at $10.4M purchase price

Future HQ of Glaukos Corp. in Aliso Viejo sold to IRA Capital at 160k sq ft for $73.5M

AR/XR tech startup Ocutrx opens new locations in Laguna Beach and Palo Alto to house expanded sales teams

Newport Beach's Canterbury Consulting is raising $82M fund for new private equity opportunities

Irvine's YouAttest raises $700k in seed round led by CEO Garret Grajek

Newport Beach's Planet DDS acquires Apteryx Imaging for $29M

Brea-based Mullen Technologies to merge with Net Element
How to Obtain Funding as a Startup with Dr. Fred Haney, June 29

EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Deadline

Women-Focused Workshop Series: Using Specific Aims to Organize your SBIR Research Plan, July 15

VC Speaker Series: Featuring Saurabh Suri from CerraCap Ventures, July 17

Women-Focused Workshop Series: Budgets for SBIR Grants, July 22

Women-Focused Workshop Series: Writing SBIR Research Plans with Enough Technical Detail, July 29

Virtual Ophthamology Technology Summit hosted by Octane, August 6-8

OCBJ 26th Annual Women in Business Awards, September 9

OCBJ Innovator of the Year Awards, September 24
Product Manager - Platform Engineering, Twilio (Irvine)

Product Manager, Consumer Marketing, Avanir Pharmaceuticals (Aliso Viejo)

Marketing Product/Program Manager, Toshiba (Lake Forest)

Director of Business Development, adQuadrant (Costa Mesa)

VP, Creative, loanDepot (Foothill Ranch)

Sr. UI/UX Product Manager, ATTOM Data Solutions (Irvine)

Sr. Product Manager, Innovyze (Anaheim)

Market Development Manager, SCIEX (Brea)

Senior Developer Security, SAP (Newport Beach)

Software Engineer I, Raytheon Missles & Defense (Fullerton)
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