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A toy and media company focused on encouraging young girls to take an early interest in entrepreneurship will soon be featured on an animated series on the Nickelodeon network. GenGirl Media, founded by Gina Heitkamp and her sister Jenae, created Middle

A software development and design company with an office in Irvine has acquired an award-winning agency specializing in brand strategy. Vincit California acquired Devise Interactive, which has done design work for clients including Tapatio Hot Sauce, Creamistry and Dacik Fit Foods. Devise

OCTANe recently announced the appointment of Jim Mazzo as its chairman, effective January 1. Mazzo, global president of Ophthalmic Devices of Carl Zeiss Meditec, has been elected for a two-year term.  “Jim has been a strong advocate for OCTANe and was instrumental in the

What determines whether or not an entrepreneur is successful? Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Leadership recently brought Ryan Gottfredson to its incubators to share some of his latest research that helps answer this question. What might surprise you is that the answer

Darkness. Despair. Isolation. Uncertainty. Unfathomable boredom. These are the feelings Taylor Carol grappled while battling a rare form of leukemia as a child. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after turning 11 years old and given two weeks to live.

Finding a job should be based on merit – not gender, skin color, or socio-economic background, according to the founder of a local startup. Ladan Davia founded Beeya with the goal of eliminating bias from job searches. It’s a meta-search

A VC firm in Pasadena has become an affiliate member of Tech Coast Angels. SWS focuses on active and passive investments in early-stage companies within the consumer products and technology sectors. The affiliation provides startups with an opportunity for introduction

Cloudvirga, an Irvine provider of digital mortgage software today announced that mortgage industry veteran James Vinci has been selected to fill its newly-created EVP of technology position. In this role, Vinci will execute Cloudvirga’s technical vision, oversee initiatives to strengthen developer

Blockchain is making inroads into business more and more these days and the financial industry is especially conducive to this technology because of its focus on security. First American Financial Corporation, a global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk

An Irvine startup is having a banner year. It officially launched, and has raised $30 million to date: $5 million in a Series A round and $25 million in a recently-closed Series B round. This company’s white-hot trajectory is yet

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