February 5, 2020
THE FRESH SQUEEZE

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BLOOMBITES
Wow, February is here already and thank God. January was a whirlwind no? I'm still recovering from the loss of Kobe, to be honest. As a Newport Beach resident, I'm sure you've had your own interactions with him. Growing up in LA, Kobe was the constant hero in our sports saga. He may have retired but he didn't go far and now it's weird to think he's not there. It's certainly fired me up to remember to come prepared and keep pushing to win. RIP Kobe.
There's a lot of new and expanded office news, as you'll see below. As we've previously mentioned the Cove's new expansion is ready, which you can come see on their Feb. 12th opening party .

The big event everyone is talking about is that Y Combinator is visiting tonight to meet biotech companies. This is a huge validation from the "Ivy League" of startup accelerators and puts our scene on the big stage. Let's share and support!
Cheers,
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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Reynolds Bish, CEO of Kofax, one of the largest software companies in Orange County.
ORANGE COUNTY TECH ECOSYSTEM NEWS

Fullerton College's drone program expands to help with shark research

Costa Mesa's Ajustee launches app configuration storage and management

Irvine's Infinite Electronics earns Top 20 spot on OCBJ's 2020 Book of Lists

Anaheim's Biophotas projects growth of 40-50% of last year's $10M in revenue

Irvine's Syntiant rounds up investors for next funding round

Lake Forest-based Panasonic Avionics announces several upgrades to in-flight entertainment technology

Send.It app co-founders to compete in Silicon Valley after winning OC Global Student Entrepreneur Award

OCTA announces nation's largest hydrogen fueling station and new zero-emission fuel cell electric buses

Irvine's Smart Energy Water announces partnership with Wipro Limited for IoT tech and services in utilities
OFFICE EXPANSIONS

NowRx launches in OC with brand new facility in Irvine

Gaming tech company Razer to expand presence in Irvine

CBRE opens second Hana coworking spot in Irvine

Ekran System opens new headquarters in Newport Beach

SoftBank-backed CloudMinds Technology opens new office in Irvine

Carmaker Karma unveils new design studio at its Irvine HQ
ACQUISITIONS

Irvine-based Advantage Solutions acquires Quantum Networks, terms undisclosed

Tustin's Cornerstone Payments buys Move Your Mountain for undisclosed terms

Western Digital, which maintains large OC operations, sells ActiveScale business to Quantum Corporation
DEALS

Irvine-based NGD Systems nabs $20M Series C funding led by MIG Capital
JOBS SPOTLIGHT
Product Manager, AI/ML, Netreo (Irvine)

Product Marketing Manager, NextVR (Newport Beach)

Product Manager, Arconic (Fullerton)

Sr. Analytics Developer, Avetta (Irvine)

Frontend Shopify Developer, DYODE (Orange)

Web Developer, Prism Software (Irvine)

UX Developer, Kajabi (Irvine)

VP, Software Engineering, Experian (Costa Mesa)

Principal Enterprise Architect, Salesforce (Newport Beach)

Digital & Email Marketing Specialist, VIZIO (Irvine)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Biotechnology Entrepreneurship in 2020: Featuring Y Combinator @ The Cove, February 5

Deadline to apply for the SBIR/STTR Workshop @ The Cove, February 10

UCI Beall 5 Year Celebration & Grand Opening @ The Cove, February 12

Emerging MedTech Summit 2020 @ The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, February 18-20

1 Million Cups @ EvoNexus Irvine, February 19

UX Portfolio Reviews, Startup Pitches and Design Projects @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Meeting Room, February 20

1st Annual SoCal StartupDay @ Hangar 244, February 26
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