January 20, 2020

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Hi all, we've talked a lot about how OC is playing a major role in EV adoption through new vehicle production and technology infrastructure development. With the announcement of another $2.5B in funding by Rivian, the electric truck maker will definitely be growing locally. With Irvine as its head office, this fundraise means lots of new jobs so let's help them recruit the brightest and best to the region. 

If you haven't been to an event at The Cove at UCI, hopefully you've joined one virtually, including their VC Speaker Series and check out all of the events coming up in our Events section below; there's a ton! And UCI's Beall Center for Innovation has put out their latest issue of Rising Tides and I'm honored with a feature. Check out the article and the video where I share a bit about my background and give advice to startup founders.

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Meet Neal Bloom, Founder of Fresh Squeezed Tech
In this latest from UCI Beall, learn about the background of Fresh Squeezed Tech's founder, Neal Bloom - how he went from working on rockets to today's work connecting people in the OC startup ecosystem.

2021 Best Tech Startups in Costa Mesa according to Tech Tribune

University College Oxford sees success with Parcel Pending by Quadient of Irvine

Reflections on 2020 from Carey Ransom of Operate of Costa Mesa

Ephesoft of Irvine partners with JIFFY.ai on HyperApp solution for mortgage processing

Veritone of Costa Mesa partners with Alteryx on AI-driven data insights

Irvine's Syntiant adds new AI processor to its product line for audio and sensor applications

Orange County launches app powered by Othena to manage COVID-19 vaccine enrollments

Virgin Galactic Holdings will be setting up new executive offices in Tustin

Rivian adds $2.65B in new funding round led by T. Rowe Price, bringing total raised to over $8B

Irvine-based Viant Technology files for an IPO, looking to raise up to $150M

Longeve Brands of Irvine raises $5M in seed funding round from Wavemaker Partners and Springboard Ventures

LoanDepot of Foothill Ranch files for an IPO, target raise amount undisclosed

Emerald Holding of San Juan Capistrano acquires PlumRiver LLC for $34M

QuestSoft of Laguna Hills acquired by Ncontracts for undisclosed terms

Mosaic Laboratories of Lake Forest acquired by Caprion-HistoGeneX for undisclosed terms
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

Ignite Series: Employment Law Update, January 14

VC Speaker Series Featuring Anderee Berengian from CIE, January 15

Innovation 2021 - An Insider's View, January 15

Aesthetics Technology Summit 2021, January 20-22

Startup 101: Legal & Fundraising Bootcamp, January 21

OC Lifesciences Innovators Forum, January 27

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
Account Manager, Trumpia (Anaheim)

Customer Success Manager, Veritone (Costa Mesa)

Product Owner - Supplier Management, Rivian (Irvine)

Financial Analyst, FP&A Sr, LoanDepot (Lake Forest)

Sr. Software Engineer, Zigzy (Tustin)

Back-End Software Engineer, Viant Technology (Irvine)

Product Manager, DiaSorin Molecular (Cypress)

Content Marketing Manager, WhiskerCloud (Newport Beach)

Account Executive, Commercial - Marketing Cloud, Salesforce (Newport Beach)

Digital Marketing Specialist, Experian (Costa Mesa)
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