Jasmine Spearing-Bowen

Staff Reporter

Email: spearing@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373

Recent Stories


Irvine-based work communication software maker TeamKnit recently signed a $1.8 million contract to provide its technology to a national insurance company, the details of which are being kept private until implementation is complete in June.

Irvine Travel Startup Books $12M in Funds

INNOVATION: Tech vet Mark Moshayedi on board

Irvine-based vacation rental software company BookingPal said last week it raised $12 million in a funding round, led by New York City-based Valor Capital Group.

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Ketogenic cookie startup Nui Foods LLC moved into a new headquarters along Santa Ana’s 4th Street, relocating from its previous office in Fullerton.


Fullerton-based cannabis technology company MyJane has been acquired on undisclosed terms by Commerce-based cannabis distribution and compliance solution provider MJIC Inc.

Cruttenden Startup Pays Consumers for Online Data

INNOVATION: Atm.com users valued up to $100/month

Just days after California Governor Gavin Newsom called for consumers to be paid for providing companies access to their data, a new Orange County fintech company announced the launch of a service to do just that.

Parcel Pending Sale a Home Run for OC Investors

STARTUPS: Initial backers earn nearly 20-fold return

Parcel Pending founder and Chief Executive Lori Torres isn’t the only one smiling after last month’s sale of her upstart Irvine-based company, which uses electronic lockers and proprietary software to store and access delivered packages.

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Irvine-based medical research startup DocBot Inc. has been awarded a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to expand its study of upper gastrointestinal issues.`


Irvine-based aviation group purchasing company Aviaa has bought another purchasing business based in Europe, Convolus.

Women Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage

INNOVATION: $1.1B in deals, job growth, more in store

Don’t tell Kristine Smith that Orange County’s a tough market for entrepreneurs to get their visions realized, projects funded, and companies launched.

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UCI Applied Innovation Wayfinder startup Brevvie kicked off its pilot program last week to provide tool and product rentals to residents of high-density housing.

An Education in Entrepreneurship

Teaching People Well Goes Higher Tech

After 10 years of providing in-home tutoring for middle and high school students locally—and “the driving, the scheduling, the whole having-a-parent-at-home” this entails—Adam Sadri said an old-school tutoring mentality was ready to graduate.


Commercial real estate company Real Clear Software LLC unveiled its RCS Portfolio business intelligence app this month.


OCTANe’s life sciences and technology startup accelerator LaunchPad is moving to the Five Point Gateway office campus in Irvine. Launch


Titan School Solutions recently raised $5.2 million Series A to help grow its school nutrition program.

Former Blizzard Gamers Grab $30M

INNOVATION: Marvel game in the works

A handful of former Blizzard Entertainment Inc. employees, who helped build the Irvine-based video game developer’s popular Hearthstone franchise, started a new venture with $30 million in financial backing from an internet company headquartered in China.