April 21, 2021
THE FRESH SQUEEZE
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BLOOMBITES
Well the cat is out of the bag and I can finally announce that I have launched an angel investment syndicate to support our local companies. My partner Al Bsharah and I have been quietly recruiting local entrepreneurs and operators to combine small checks together to invest in companies. We were recently covered in some press, and we would love to meet more local companies and potential angel investors interested in joining us. Learn more about Interlock Capital here.

And in the spirit of Earth Day, there’s some fantastic examples of OC companies innovating for good, like our booming EV scene and ECOS, Biolargo, BayWa r.e., and many more. Let’s continue to be a beacon of building tech for our planet!

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OPERATE PODCAST
Tommy Tallarico is CEO & President of Intellivision Entertainment, a name many of you may recall from a prior era. Tommy and team have built on this household name to bring back its simple, affordable family-focused games and entertainment.
FUNDINGS
Alignment Health IPO raises $490M placing it among the 20 most valuable publicly traded companies headquartered in Orange County and the largest based in the city of Orange

Crossover Health, membership-based health clinic, $168M Series D with Deerfield Management, Orbimed

Synaptic Medical, medical device maker, $60M Series G with Huagai Capital, BioVenture

Axon Networks, AI orchestration, $27M Series A

Fuel50, talent marketplace, $15.5M Series B with Peakspan & Shearwater Capital

Blaze, cannabis supply chain, $8M Series A with Delta Emerald Ventures, Act One Ventures

Cohere, customer support tech, $3.1M Series Seed with Initialized Capital, Y Combinator, Shrug Capital, Chapter One

Swarm Engineering, device tech, $2.7M Series Seed with Serra Ventures, S2G, & VTC Seed Fund

Active Cypher, cybersecurity for file encryption, $600k Seed

Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) announced that its inaugural annual fund, TCA OC Fund 20 provided seed capital to 18 promising early-stage companies

UCI nabs $500k grant for COVID-19 data collab
ACQUISITIONS
Irvine-based CloudBlue, a cloud ecosystem technology company, has acquired Harmony Business Systems of the U.K

Irvine-based BioDot acquired for $84 million by Cambridge, Ontario-based ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc
ONLINE EVENTS & DEADLINES
Orange County Startup Council
2021 Orange Fellowships

America's SBDC & UCI Beall
Healthcare Innovation: From Idea to Market
JOBS SPOTLIGHT
Marketing Manager
Electric (San Clemente)

Manager, Worldwide Professional Education, Technology and Innovation (VR/AR)

Project Manager
Microsoft (Irvine)

Custom Experience Manager
Tesla (Mission Viejo)
Manager, Business Operations
Zillow (Irvine)

Senior Enterprise Account Executive
ServiceNow (Newport Beach)

Senior Engagement Manager
VaynerMedia LLC (Costa Mesa)

Manager, Employee Advocacy & Belonging
Salesforce (Irvine)
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