February 3, 2020
THE FRESH SQUEEZE

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BLOOMBITES
Space, the final frontier! And OC is all about it. Southern California has long been a hub for aerospace and space engineering specifically. There's some strong talent in OC which keeps the companies nearby and new ones popping up. Rocket Lab was founded in Huntington Beach and recently moved to Long Beach. And Long Beach based Virgin Galactic will be moving to Tustin. Welcome to town, Sir Richard Branson! What other space companies should we be keeping an eye on in OC?

Speaking of out of this world, the announcements of new social impact initiative funds by RevOz and ServiceNow, both with Newport Beach offices, are incredible. I'm hoping we see more and more of this kind of corporate commitment to our underserved communities. 

Cheers,
Neal
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SmartMoney Ventures Podcast
Listen to hosts Dave Berkus and J.D. Davids interview Richard Sudek, Executive Director of UCI Beall Applied Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at UC Irvine.
ORANGE COUNTY TECH ECOSYSTEM NEWS

Irvine-based Cloudvirga doubled revenue in 2020 and expects similar growth this year due to digital mortgage market

Smart TV maker Vizio of Irvine announces free sports programming to its SmartCast viewers

Skyworks Solutions of Irvine reports record revenue in final quarter of 2020

Several OC companies show off their tech at the virtual CES 2021 show

EvoNexus, which has an Irvine location, partners with Arm to accelerate launch of semiconductor startups

RevOZ Capital of Newport Beach announces $1B Social Impact Initiative with goal of investing in Opportunity Zones

E-Fish of Newport Beach joins Techstars Anywhere Class of 2021
OFFICE EXPANSIONS

Tesla plans to add 58k sq ft sales facility at intersection of Barranca and Jamboree in Irvine
DEALS

Aliso Viejo-based esVolta receives funding from Macquarie's Green Investment Group
ACQUISITIONS

Halo Technology Group of Irvine buys Skylane Optics for undisclosed terms

Lake Forest's Higher Ground Education buys Altitude Learning LMS for undisclosed terms

Hyperice of Irvine acquires RecoverX of San Diego for undisclosed terms

Infinite Electronics of Irvine adds NavePoint LLC to its portfolio of brands for undisclosed terms
ONLINE EVENTS & DEADLINES
EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Application

Women in Tech Scholarship and Mentorship Program, Open Enrollment

OCBJ's 2021 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards nominations due by February 3

Identifying Compatible Co-Founders Using DISC, February 22

Octane's Partner Summit 2021, February 25

OCBJ's 2021 CFO of the Year Awards nominations due by March 3

Ignite Series: Why MedTech Opportunities in Europe Remain Robust, March 4

How to Handle Exponential Growth in Your Startup, April 5
JOBS SPOTLIGHT
Customer Success Manager, Veritone (Costa Mesa)

Customer Success, Personable Inc. (Fountain Valley)

Customer Success Manager, GTT (Costa Mesa)

Software Engineer, Hycor Biomedical LLC (Garden Grove)

Full Stack Web Developer, Uptech (Tustin)

Web Developer, SureCo (Santa Ana)

Systems Engineer, Netskope (Irvine)

Digital Program Coordinator, Shift Digital (Laguna Beach)

Marketing Advisor, Compass (Orange)

Sr. Manager, Community, Rivian (Irvine)
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