I’ve spent the last few years learning and sharing in tech communities. I’ve looked for other local leaders to share notes and to answer questions like “How do we grow our local talent pools?” Or “How do we find more local capital to invest in local companies?”
By looking at how other cities do it, we find unique yet similar approaches that we can try in our ecosystem.
One of those cities is Santa Barbara where they’ve had continued tech success through multiple billion-dollar exits, IPOs and re-investment. As I’ve spent time there over the last few years, we’ve discovered that our tech media approach could benefit the community there too. And so, we’ve launched Fresh Coast Tech with our first Santa Barbara and Central Coast tech newsletter!
A few commonalities between OC and SB are also around the talent that comes from our UCs, companies that have offices in both cities (Google, Procore and Amazon) and companies acquiring startups in both regions (LinkedIn, HP, Mad Engine and Microsoft).
Give it a subscribe or forward on to someone in the region that would enjoy keeping up to date.
Neal is our founder and the person behind our weekly Bloombites column, giving insight into the current tech happenings in Orange County and interviewing tech leaders on the Tacos and Tech Podcast. Neal went from working on rocket engines to becoming a tech entrepreneur and investor. When he’s not working, you can find him going on trail runs and experimenting to make the perfect cocktail.