*OPINION: Collaboration or Competition? Rory Moore, Co-Founder of EvoNexus Gives His Opinion…

This is the first in a series of opinion pieces about whether OC’s startup/innovation ecosystem is more prone to collaboration or competition. This is the opinion of Rory Moore, co-founder of the EvoNexus incubators. As the original one is in San Diego, he has a unique perspective to compare and contrast San Diego’s ecosystem with OC’s. The OC incubator is in Irvine. And, EvoNexus has two fintech incubators, one in SD and one in Silicon Valley. See related article here.

OCSN: Do you see the EvoNexus incubator in Irvine as a collaborator or a competitor within the OC startup ecosystem?

Moore: EvoNexus augments and amplifies the existing and emerging programs that assist the OC’s startup ecosystem

OCSN: Where do you see room for more collaboration here in OC?

Moore: I believe an understanding of the broad goals of sustaining and growing the innovation economy of the OC and how each organization provides their own unique contribution will enable greater collaboration between the organizations.

OCSN: Do you see the OC startup ecosystem as fragmented? If so, why?

Moore: Fragmentation is good! It leverages the diversity of many sectors and gives the region more security that it won’t be depending on a handful of whales to support the innovation economy.

OCSN: How does OC’s startup ecosystem compare to San Diego’s, in terms of collaboration and/or competition?

Moore: I see the OC and the SD startup ecosystems as very similar with challenges in attracting venture capital, keeping the top talent in the region, scaling a startup with a management team that creates a sustainable company, and pulling startups from other areas of the country to relocate.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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