November 6, 2019

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Happy November!

I was recently honored to give some opening remarks at the OC Innovation Summit by  41Orange . I talked about innovation in building inclusive startup and tech ecosystems. You can actually  watch the talk here  and Ethan Perez at The Cove wrote some takeaways  here  as well. I was thrilled to see how much it resonated with a lot of the audience and how it fired others up to want to lean in and help.
At the center of it all, it's about the entrepreneurs but that also means entrepreneurs need to lead not just their companies but their community too. As I talk about in the presentation, at every step of the entrepreneur's journey moving forward, there is a responsibility to help the next entrepreneur who is one step back. We often talk about how a big exit will help our community because it will free up capital and successful founders to start giving back. There's no reason to wait for that. We can't wait 10 years to then start planting the next seeds. We need to be planting now and that's what we intend to continue showcasing in these newsletters; how to give back now, who's already doing it, and how you can too.

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to the latest episode as Carey Ransom interviews Peter Nguyen, founder and CEO of Ad Exchange Group, based in Irvine.

Irvine and Laguna Beach startups win top two prizes in QuickPitch competition

OC & LA area rank among fastest-growing tech markets in the nation according to latest CBRE report

Irvine's Cloudvirga signs new client serving all 50 states

OC one of major markets serviced by healthcare startup backed by Lionel Richie and Jeb Bush

Tech and beauty come together in Beautytap's personalized skin analysis at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa

UCI's ANTrepreneur Center receives $550k in charitable funding for student entrepreneurs

Huntington Beach's Rocket Lab plans to launch spacecraft into moon's orbit in 2020

Autonomous ride-hailing service BotRide starts testing in Irvine this month

Irvine's Digital Motors sheds stealth mode ready to launch B2B automotive retail platform

Broadcom completes acquisition of Enterprise Security arm of Symantec for $10.7B

San Clemente-based ICU Medical buys Pursuit Vascular for $75M in cash

Intrinsyc Technologies Corp by Irvine-based Lantronix for $11.5M in cash plus stock

Anaheim-based Willdan Group acquires E3 for undisclosed terms

Newport Beach's Carrick Capital Partners announces sales of three portfolio companies

Costa Mesa-based Hurley International to be sold by Nike to Bluestar Alliance for undisclosed terms

Graham Partners acquires Foothills Ranch-based Gatekeeper for undisclosed terms

Bastion Collective acquires consultancy db5 for undisclosed terms

TOCA Football of Costa Mesa raises $25M Series D led by WestRiver Group and RNS Partners

Fountain Valley's Moving iMage Technologies plans an IPO of around $7M
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Lean Marketing Fundamentals @ CSU Startup Incubator, November 6

CTO Global Forum @ USC Hotel, November 11-12

Valuation! How much is your startup really worth? @ Evonexus Irvine, November 14

OC StartupDay VC and Angel Investor Experience @ Hangar 244, November 14

Campus-Community Research Incubator Research Program deadline: November 15

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program deadline: November 19

Startup Grind OC Friendsgiving @ LearningFuze, November 20

Fireside Chat with Dan Held @ Eureka Building, November 21

Startup Scrimmage: Halftime pitches and networking @ The Cove, November 25

Wayfinder Incubator application deadline: November 29

GiveBitcoin Holiday Party @ Eureka Building, December 10

5th Annual Tech the Halls @ Eureka Building, December 12

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