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Octane CEO Bill Carpou told OC Startups Now on Tuesday that the organization is planning a “substantial” fund of its own, independently of the two Visionary Venture funds it created and remains a general partner in. He declined to disclose
NEWS: OC Could See $100 Million Fund Close by Mid-Year. Visionary Ventures Fund II Would be the First $100M Fund in OC….
The Visionary Ventures Fund II LP has set its sights on being the first $100 million venture fund in OC. Octane -- the multi-faceted organization and event presenter with a tech and life sciences accelerator in Aliso Viejo -- created the
NEWS: OC CryptoCurrency Startup Gets Investment From Legendary Silicon Valley Investor, with New Base in Santa Monica….
A cryptocurrency startup, with HQ in Costa Mesa, has received a seed investment, the amount of which the company is declining to disclose at this time. Lunarcrush's goal is to “bring transparency to the cryptocurrency markets through community-driven insights.” The lead investor
NEWS: VR Startup Announces Partnership with Silverado Memory Care Community. Partnership Enables MyndVR’s Entrance into the LA Market…..
A startup that provides VR tech and devices for senior living communities has inked a partnership with Silverado, a memory care operator with communities in six states across the country. MyndVR, with HQ in Irvine, said in a January 21
The Eureka co-working building in Irvine is starting a series of “Eureka Moments” invite-only, live podcasts. The first, which will take place later this month, features Sean Ellis, host of the Breakout Growth Podcast and author of "Hacking Growth." Peter Polydor,
A vision tech startup using AI announced two partnerships at a recent trade show. Adroit Worldwide Media, which created the AWM Smart Shelf, will enter into a global partnership with OptiCrib, a Shamrock company. And, AWM also announced a partnership with
A SaaS startup with the goal of helping companies grow their inventories has elevated Zack Schiffelbein to the role of CEO. Locate Inventory, with HQ in Laguna Hills, said in a January 21 press release that Schiffelbein will take the
A rising tide lifts all boats. The Alliance for SoCal Innovation is dedicated to unifying and elevating the visibility of the entire SoCal innovation ecosystems, which includes the individual ecosystems of OC, LA and SD. This interview with Andy Willson,
A global e-sports entertainment company, with HQ in Irvine, announced that Brookfield Property Partners will become a shareholder, via a $5 million equity investment. Allied Esports Entertainment made the announcement in a January 14 press release. As a result of the agreement
A startup developing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles announced its fourth-gen tech. Enevate said that its new XFC-Energy tech achieves charging in five minutes to 75% capacity, compared to today’s conventional large-format Li-ion EV cells, which typically take over an hour
NEWS: Space Startup Raises $35 Million. SpinLaunch Says Will Use Funds on Hiring and Building Out Long Beach HQ……
A startup that's developing a kinetic launch system has raised $35 million. SpinLaunch, with HQ in Long Beach, announced the news in a January 16 press release. The company said its designing “the lowest-cost, environmentally- responsible orbital launch system," which will target
NEWS: Smart Device for Musicians Being Showcased at Annual Music Trade Show Event, Through Sunday in Anaheim
A startup -- which created a portable synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller that fits in the palm of your hand -- raised more than $1.4 million on Kickstarter and is showcasing its product at the annual NAMM (National Association of
Octane's inaugural Aesthetics Technology Summit took place Friday at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The summit convened physicians, industry members and entrepreneurs, who discussed medical aesthetic technologies, as well as what they perceive are unmet clinical needs and new
NEWS: Five Aesthetics Tech Startups Seeking Funding. All Gave Pitches at Octane’s Inaugural Aesthetics Technology Summit…
Octane's inaugural Aesthetics Technology Summit took place Friday at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. At the summit, five companies, which have gone through Octane’s LaunchPad tech and life sciences acclerator, known as LaunchPad, gave pitches. The aesthetics market is
The first news about this fund to be released, to OC Startups Now, was written as an opinion piece by Jim Pickell, the administrator of the new TCA OC fund and its official spokesperson. In this way, Pickell can talk
NEWS: February Event Will Feature Celebration of OC Entrepreneurship with Stories of New Venture Creation. Event is Collaboration Among CSUF, UCI and Concordia University…
Startups, business leaders, investors, bankers and advisers will gather to share stories about new venture creation in an inaugural event to be held at CSUF on February 29. This event is a collaboration between UCI, CSUF and Concordia University. The directors