An OC finance executive and entrepreneur has been elected as the new president of an LA venture group, creating more synergy within the entire SoCal innovation/startup ecosystem. The board of directors of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), a nonprofit organization
OC Startups Now will periodically run Q&A’s with interesting entrepreneurs, investors and other key players in the OC startup/innovation ecosystem, in their own words. This Q&A is with Parham Javaherian, the CEO of Eyes 4 Lives, which created an optical
NEWS: Active Angels Invest in Bevy of Startups; Tech Coast Angels Members’ Investments Reflect Diversity of Startups in SoCal Region
Individual angel investors who are part of Tech Coast Angels’ five SoCal chapters have invested in a diversity of startups recently, including a medical device company; a company that raises poultry in an environmentally-conscious way; and an augmented reality (AR)
OC Startups Now will periodically run Q&A’s with interesting entrepreneurs and key players in the OC startup/innovation ecosystem, in their own words. This Q&A features Jessica Acosta Jacquez, the director of Startup Grind Irvine since late last year. The local
Startups in a wide variety of fields, including telecommunications/5G; blockchain; entertainment/media and artificial intelligence (AI) can apply to pitch to a panel of judges at a global event taking place in L.A. in September. The deadline to apply for the
*NEWS: Novartis Confirmation of Alcon Spinoff Happens to Coincide with OCTANe’s Ophthalmology Technology Summit. Alcon Says Will Keep Manufacturing and BD&L in OC.
OCTANe’s annual 2018 Ophthalmology Technology Summit on June 29 coincided with the national news that Novartis will definitely spin off Alcon – with a presence in Lake Forest - to shareholders and buy back up to $5 billion in stock,
Bennett Washabaugh, co-founder and CEO, TenantBase A tech-enabled commercial real estate brokerage startup that was incubated in Irvine raised $10.7 million in its latest venture round. TenantBase, which has since moved its HQ to Santa Monica, was founded by CEO
Canada has become a hotbed of innovation activity lately. Tech, lifescience and cannabis companies are flocking to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange (for more established companies) and its second tier, the TSX Venture Exchange (for pre-revenue/early-stage companies). Montreal is becoming
NEWS: AI Secret Sauce Helps Differentiate This AR Company From Competitors. It’s Seeking $4 Million More for its Seed Round.
Robert Brown, founder and CEO, Meridiun A B2B startup with multiple augmented reality applications has raised $1.1 million of a $5.1 million seed round. (Augmented reality (AR) is the overlay of digital images on the physical world.) This company gives
Accelerating growth throughout SoCal is a main mission of OCTANe, a technology and life sciences accelerator, in Aliso Viejo. To that end, it used its annual Technology Innovation Forum (TIF) on May 31-June 1 to formally announce a shift in