August 19, 2020

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A recent ranking of talent pools by CBRE showed Orange County in the top 25 across the country. 21st to be exact. While it's nice to see OC separated from LA for once, OC is the 6th most populated county in the U.S. so it would be nice to see a corresponding talent rank.

With great universities, successful tech companies, and a great place to live, we are attracting more talent, but not at the rate to keep up with demand. I'd love to collaborate on ideas to upskill our local talent to be utilized in our ecosystem. Code schools have been a good start but we need more. We need to train more of every role like tech sales, digital marketing, finance with today's revenue models, recruiting, and more.
In this week's deals activity we can celebrate Tustin's THREAD getting $50M in fresh funding, along with several acquisitions of or by OC companies, including Q CELLS, Datto, and MedISAO.

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Kate Buckley, CEO of Buckley Media discuss branding and the value of premium domains.

Interview with Neel Grover, CEO of Indi of Newport Beach

Crossover Health of San Clemente to build new health centers near Amazon facilities

ioXt Alliance of Newport Beach sets new security standards for IoT tech

Newport Beach-based NuEyes launches new program to use AR tech to help those with vision loss

Tustin's THREAD raises $50M in additional funding from Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners

Q CELLS of Irvine buys Growing Energy Labs, Inc (Geli) for undisclosed terms

Datto, with offices in Irvine, acquires Gluh Pty Ltd for undisclosed terms

MedCrypt acquires medISAO of Irvine for undisclosed terms
EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Deadline

Intrapreneurship & Entrepreneurship: Two Sides of the Innovation Coin, August 27

Always Be Closing Pitch Battle, August 27

UCI Beall Wayfinder Incubator application deadline, September 6

OCBJ 26th Annual Women in Business Awards, September 9

OCBJ Innovator of the Year Awards, September 24
Sales Representative, Houzz (Irvine)

Sales Executive, Voxology (Newport Beach)

Software Engineer I, Ultra Mobile (Costa Mesa)

Junior Developer, Nodus Technologies (Anaheim)

Customer Success Manager - Dayforce Wallet, Ceridian (Fountain Valley)

Senior Engagement Manager, VaynerMedia (Costa Mesa)

Director of Brand Marketing, Acorns (Irvine)

Senior Product Manager, The Trade Desk (Orange)

Account Manager, Stealthbits Technologies (Newport Beach)

Software Engineer, Anduril Industries (Irvine)
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