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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

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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

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Accelerate OC Podcast

Accelerate OC
Accelerate OC
Bringing the innovators, disruptors and next generation of entrepreneurs into conversations with the Orange County community
Reynolds Bish – CEO of Kofax
by accelerateoc

I was super excited to have Reynolds Bish on Accelerate OC. He’s had an illustrious career in the technology industry, mainly here in Southern California, and we had a lot to discuss. He is currently the CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors of Kofax, one of the largest software companies in Orange County, and he also has employees in 35 countries and over 25,000 customers.  He’s on his second tour of duty with Kofax, and we talked about that and the fun world of private equity.  In an incredibly unique story, he shared how Kofax was sold 3 times in less than 3 years – what an experience!

Reynolds is super involved in our community outside of his company. He’s on the board of OCTANe, where we serve together, and he’s also on the board of Trustees at The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, one of my kids’ rival schools. Ha.  He’s is on and has been on other company boards as well, both public and private companies.  And before Kofax he co-founded and was CEO of Captiva Software in San Diego, and successfully grew and ran it for many years. It was a NASDAQ listed company and was eventually acquired by EMC Corporation.

He’s been an E&Y Entrepreneur of the year and a corporate director of the year. And like me, he’s a Big 10 guy (Penn State) for his university alma mater.

Another one of the things I was excited to talk with Reynolds about is the pace of change he’s seeing now vs. earlier in his career in the software industry.

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