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Alliance Super Connector Strategy Fully Coming to Life: Enlisting 75+ Strategic Partners (and counting)

As an entrepreneur building something new, we often latch on to sound bites that we think best represent what we are trying to accomplish. Eighteen months ago I published a blog post that attempted to try to explain how a small startup not for profit could truly have an impact on the...

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BYOB 2.0: Leadership Lessons from the Frontline to Achieve Inclusive Workplaces

On a recent Friday, the Alliance convened the second edition of our Bring Your Own Bias (BYOB) workshop generously sponsored by Amgen. We were again led by UCI Law School Dean, Song Richardson, a national expert on implicit bias, and Julie Hill, Board Member of Anthem as well as Lord...

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Alliance Debuts VC Engagement Program to Strengthen VC Network & Elevate Region

I guess I need to admit it - I am an old-timer when it comes to the SoCal startup and venture ecosystem. I led my first venture-backed startup in 1999 (RiverOne in Westlake Village) . . . the original tech boom. Those were crazy days - we raised more than $50m in VC in 24 months and were...

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Announcing SoCal Venture Pipeline powered by Silicon Valley Bank

Despite 2020 being one of the best funding years for SoCal startups in total dollars raised -- we eked by New York to take #2 spot in the US -- there is still a serious logjam when it comes to Series A rounds. In fact, this past year, despite additional new funds and little downward...

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SoCal Ecosystem Leadership Forum Connects Region Stakeholders

We’re probably one of the few organizations who is fortunate enough to grapple with the question: what does it mean to be a Super Connector for a region? It’s a role we took on over a year ago because as a small team with limited resources, it makes most sense for us to leverage the power of...

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Verizon Media & Alliance for SoCal Innovation partner to digitally connect and energize SoCal region

Last week, Verizon Media officially announced their partnership with the Alliance that includes a committed investment in the SoCal ecosystem by generously underwriting our digital platform that we launched earlier this year to connect the region’s compelling and diverse SoCal...

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Visualizing SoCal’s Diversity Advantage

Many of us know that SoCal has a diversity advantage through its breadth of people, industries, and technologies. I like to say that our diversity is our “regional superpower.” Our population is among the most diverse in the US in terms of breadth of ethnicities and origins – 67% non-white and...

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Bring Your Own Bias

No one has to be reminded that our country has been deeply affected by the renewed awareness of the mistreatment of our Black citizens. The police violence directed at members of our Black community has given rise to greater awareness, protests, policy debate and some policy changes. As we...

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Brad Feld’s “The Startup Community Way” is the “New Testament” for Building Startup Communities

To those of us focused on building startup communities and innovation ecosystems, Brad Feld stands out as our unofficial “spiritual leader.” I vividly recall Brad speaking at the Cahill auditorium at Caltech in 2012 just as he released his seminal book “ Startup Communities ” where he...

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All Together For Good

Here at the Alliance for SoCal Innovation, we are fortunate to work closely with a number of leading corporations in the SoCal region who are aligned and committed to elevating the region as a global center for innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s a credit to many of these companies that they...