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This Q&A is with Minnie Ingersoll, an investor and host of the LA Venture podcast (which can be found on the Podcasts page of OC Startups Now). She’s a partner at TenOneTen in LA. This VC firm invests in early-stage companies

Mitchael Freeman, the COO of Ocutrx, gave a presentation on AR (augmented reality) this week at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West Conference in Anaheim. Ocutrx is a med-device startup, with HQ in Irvine, which serves the macular degeneration market. 

A startup that enables students to do chores for seniors around the OC community has snagged a contract with a large senior housing community and is opening up a $1 million seed round. Neighboring got the contract with United Mutual, which

This was written by Tony Lim, co-founder and president of Carma Project, which alerts owners of vehicles that have had airbag recalls. See related article on Carma Project here. “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” I never knew

Two startups that OSEA has invested in have received investments from Shark Tank investors. Genius Juice received a $500,000 investment – $250,000 from Mark Cuban and the other $250,000 from Barbara Corcoran, CEO Alex Bayer told OC Startups Now. Genius Juice

Techstars Music has accepted 10 music tech startups into its accelerator program. This program is in partnership with member companies Warner Music Group, SONY, Concord, Peloton, AVEX, Bill Silva Entertainment, RecoChoku, Royalty Exchange, Q Prime Management and Entertainment One. Each year,

The Irvine developer and manufacturer of the a transcatheter aortic valve replacement system has raised $50 million in equity financing led by Bain Capital Life Sciences. Additional participants in the financing for JenaValve Technology included existing investors Andera Partners, Gimv, Legend

An Irvine startup that developed computational storage drives has closed a $20 million Series C funding round. NGD Systems announced the news in a press release issued today. According to the release, the company will use the funds to accelerate the

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

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

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

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,


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