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About Us

Launched in 2018, OC Startups Now is the original digital news presence covering OC’s startup/innovation ecosystem. It’s an independent news website run by a professional journalist. It publishes news, opinions, Q&A’s, investigative series and feature stories about the OC startup ecosystem, as well as the greater SoCal innovation ecosystem. The goal is to make this the first place to get this news. This will be accomplished by frequent email blasts.
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There are now copycats and imitation websites. Do not be fooled if they pass themselves off as “news,” when in fact they are peddling free publicity to advance their own self-interest and business interests.

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The majority of OC Startups Now’s posts are full-fledged articles, with interviews with CEO’s and co-founders, not just re-published press releases. So, subscribers are getting new and valuable information, with deeper insights. Press releases are just a starting point. This is how OCSN differentiates itself.

**Although a new bonus to the website is a partnership with PR Newswire that provides press releases — hot off the press – spanning the area from Santa Barbara to San Diego – freeing me up to write original content. As this is such a large area to cover, it’s a tremendous asset for the website. These press releases are also a great resource when the website is on hiatus, i.e. over the holidays.**
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STARTING JAN. 1, 2020, ALL THE CONTENT IS FREE TO ACCESS, so all you have to do is sign up on the home page to receive the email blasts.These have headlines, which will direct you back to the website for the full articles, and perks, including discounts to pitch events, and the like.
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OCSN was created by Deirdre Newman, who covered startups for two years for the Orange County Business Journal.

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At the Business Journal, Deirdre had several other beats to cover besides startups. This website allows her to focus exclusively on the vibrant OC startup ecosystem. And, give the ecosystem the attention it deserves as it grows.

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Deirdre was so inspired covering entrepreneurs for two years that she decided to become one herself. As a long-time journalist, this is the first time she’s embarking on her  own business venture.

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She now continues to cover the OC startup ecosystem and giving entrepreneurs a voice – especially with the opinion pieces and Q& A’s that are featured on this website.

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Check the Events tab for OCSN’s own events.

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And, the Community Calendar is a great FREE resource to check out what’s happening throughout the ecosystem, as well as to use for planning, so large-scale events don’t compete with each other on the same day.

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