Jasmine Spearing-Bowen

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Recent Stories

EvoNexus Grad Evasyst Gets Finnish Interest

App, Launched in March, Helps Gamers Connect

Evasyst, an Irvine-based maker of a gaming app designed to help users connect to friends’ live games, and discover new parties, groups, and people to play with, was chosen to join Helsinki-based gambling company Veikkaus’ Innovation Challenge Week.

Software, Consulting Firm Ntersol Keeps Growing

Aims for $6M+ Revenue This Year

Ntersol, an Irvine-based consulting and software development firm, moved to new headquarters a month ago after it outgrew its cramped office space.

Resortigo on the Go: New HQ in Spectrum

6-Person Company Leases 4,600 SF at The Quad

High-end vacation rental management firm Resortigo is taking a trip to one of the newer office complexes in the Irvine Spectrum.

GSA Nod for Cryotherapy Co.

Will Treat Military; Fitness Uses Too

Newport Beach-based cryotherapy chamber manufacturing firm Cryo Innovations has been awarded a government contract through the General Services Administration to provide its product to veterans and military personnel.

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BizHaus Opens in Costa Mesa

14,000-SF Spot Near Lab and Camp Malls

Coworking company BizHaus is opening its first OC location in Costa Mesa on June 15th.

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CBio Speeds Up Land Remediation

CellPhoresis Brings Lab Testing Straight to Site

Upstart cell research and biotech firm CBio recently launched its first product, cellPhoresis.

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Volunteering App Launches

Connects Students With Opportunities, Tracks Work

Irvine-based VolunteerCrowd has launched its main app, which helps connect students with volunteering opportunities.

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Agave Surf Looks to Build Better, Sustainable Boards

STARTUPS: Plant base, cost topping $2,000

For many people, agave is either a decorative desert plant, or best served with salt and a lime.

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Disinfecting Co. Targets Hospitals

Can Clean Planes And Space Station

Los Alamitos-based Dimer UVC Innovation, a maker of ultraviolet light-powered disinfectant products for businesses in the medical, aerospace and other industries, has launched a new product targeted at hospital uses.

Intellivision is Back, in Irvine

Internet-Connected Video Game Offers Nostalgia

Irvine-based video game maker Intellivision Entertainment has closed a $2.1 million seed round led by a Dubai-based private investor, with input from more than 20 Orange County investors.

Brooke Brings Augmented Reality to Warrior Class

Smart Glasses, Training Systems

On Sept. 11, 2001, Marlo Brooke woke up to a panicked phone call from her mother, who thought she was flying to Washington, D.C. that morning.

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OCTANe Holds TIF Event

Irvine’s CellOnyx, VolunteerCrowd Present

Aliso Viejo-based life sciences and technology company accelerator OCTANe held its 2019 Technology Innovation Forum at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa last week, with a focus on the evolution of data and technology.

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Binji Launches ‘Branchless Bank’

Pairs Mobile App With Digital Mastercard

Irvine-based fintech Binji last week introduced a mobile app paired with a digital display Mastercard.

Locker Board Founder, Family, Firm Grind On

Kropfls Swim Upstream In Post ‘Shark Tank’ World

If the Kropfl family was on TV—again—they could call it “The Real Struggles of an OC Family Startup.”

TechSpace, OC’s Original Coworking Landlord, Sold

Part of National Growth Push by Industrious

Orange County’s rapidly expanding coworking scene has seen a big shake-up, with the longest-running area provider of flexible workspace, TechSpace Inc., acquired by a New York competitor with big national growth plans.

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Kargoo LLC has launched an app that connects shoppers seeking unique items overseas with travelers going to those locales who have room in their luggage to buy, transport and deliver products to them.

Chipotle’s Niccol Wraps Up ‘Stunning’ Year

Brian Niccol’s tenure as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s chief executive has been one of the biggest business stories in Orange County—and the restaurant industry—over the past year.

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

A new coworking space and business accelerator for women entrepreneurs will open in Irvine this month. Hera Hub has leased 6,000 square feet at 16480 Bake Parkway, near the Spectrum Center mall.

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TechSpace Acquired

Coworking company TechSpace has been acquired by New York City-based competitor Industrious. Details of the acquisition were not immediately disclosed.

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Irvine’s Specright Wraps Up $8.8M

TECHNOLOGY: Pritzker VC leads Series A round

Specright Inc., an Irvine-based software company that helps companies in the food and retail packaging industries organize and share their supply chain specifications, has wrapped up a large round of funding.

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Parcel Pending Hires Irvine Co., Ten-X Alum As CMO

MARKETING: Lambros to oversee product expansion

Irvine-based Parcel Pending hired Irvine Co. alum Colleen Lambros as its chief marketing officer, adding another connection between Orange County’s dominant real estate company and one of the area’s fast-growing businesses.

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Tinkerer-Innovator Hopes Ollyball Becomes Smash Hit

STARTUPS: $150K play projects 900K unit sales

Turns out you can play ball in the house.

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Job recruitment startup Jobot is moving its headquarters next week from Los Angeles to WeWork’s coworking location at Irvine’s Boardwalk office development, along Jamboree Road.

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Irvine-based software maker Eyes4Lives has signed an agreement to license its Dr. i-Coach software to Taiwanese Quanta Computer Inc., one of the largest laptop manufacturers in the world.

Practice Perfect

$110M Facility the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Ice Rinks

The development team behind Irvine’s new $110 million Great Park Ice facility hope it attracts fresh hockey talent to the Anaheim Ducks, becomes a sought-after training center for U.S. Figure Skating competitors and, with the rest of the Orange County Great Park, enhances an amenity for local residents that boosts the city’s economy.

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Parcel Pending Names Irvine Co. Alum CMO

Irvine-based Parcel Pending hired Colleen Lambros as chief marketing officer.

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Women’s Angel Investor Group Growing

Osea Provides Inspiration, Education, Founder Says

Xandra Laskowski has been an angel investor since 2013. She’s a member of Tech Coast Angels and Titan Angel Fund, and an investor in The Cove Fund II.

UCI Startups Build, Plow Distinctly California Fields

Earthquakes, Agriculture, Women in Business Opps

In addition to entertainment and beaches, California is known for earthquakes and agriculture.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Two Irvine-based biotech startups, Cellgen Diagnostic, a precision diagnostics company, and Genomic Testing Cooperative, a molecular testing firm, are collaborating to develop companion tests for oncology treatments.

Chipotle Foundation Accelerator Sees Future of Food

RESTAURANTS: Maple Tree Water, Ostrich Meat

Last week came word—on April Fool’s Day, no less, which caused a minor stir as social media doubted the news—that Burger King restaurants will sell meatless Whoppers.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Affordable medical waste disposal startup OnSite Waste Technologies recently closed a $3.5 million seed round led by Mark IV Capital, a Newport Beach-based real estate investment and development firm that counts a number of medical offices in its portfolio, with contribution from The Cove Fund II.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Irvine-based accelerator and maker of digital products Cie Digital Labs has hired Micah Miller as its director of product development.

Startups & Innovations

Irvine-based visual resume startup SparkSet launched its app in beta earlier this month.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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

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.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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

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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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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.`

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

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.