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Must-Haves for Successful Fundraising

Last week, The Portal had its quarterly Face to Face with Investors event. This time, presenters focused on sharing the things that startups and entrepreneurs need to successfully raise an investment round. Speakers from multiple industries and backgrounds came to share their knowledge, and we…

Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Content Marketing Strategy

Content marketing is an important steps in starting to grow your business, and there’s a lot that goes into it. Content creation, curation, distribution, consistency — there’s a lot that needs to be juggled, and its easy to get lost if you’re going at it…

Data Analytics and the Future of Marketing

Today we were happy to welcome Kerry Konrady, VP of Marketing at OluKai at our bi-weekly lunch and learn. He came by to see what The Portal’s students have been learning, getting a feel for some of the projects that they’ve been working on, and…

Sprinting to the Marathon – A Better Start to a Successful Business

  Running a business is probably one of the most intimidating undertakings to think about. No two journeys end up looking exactly the same, and each business can provide unique insights on what they believe led them to success. Although every approach is different, at…

The Number One Thing Startups Should Focus On

Being an entrepreneur in the dynamic startup world is a long, difficult road of challenges and new experiences. From NDAs to building MVPs and fundraising, there are a million things that any successful entrepreneur has to look out for. Between documents and development, one of…

14 Lessons from a Y Combinator Company

On Monday, The Portal hosted our quarterly Face to Face with Investors event — one of the largest investor and entrepreneur gatherings in Orange County. This time we wanted to give our entrepreneurs an opportunity to join in the conversation and showcase their work, so…

Cultivating Communication Skills in a Tech Company

The Portal prides itself in being a safe place for students to learn and gain confidence as they gain experience through live projects for clients. When students graduate from our apprenticeships, we want them to leave as different people — cooperative, confident, and capable. ​This…

Pioneering On-the-Job Training in Tech

The Portal is bringing a pioneering model to the tech industry in southern California by breaking out of curriculum-based learning and into live project-based, professional immersion. We don’t have a standard curriculum with lectures or classes. Instead, our apprenticeship program offers student teams the opportunity…

Connecting Local Companies to Exceptional Talent

The Portal is a product strategy and development studio bringing exciting web and mobile products to local companies in southern California. Our vision is to be a local talent engine for high-tech driven businesses throughout the country. We are bridging the gap between companies who…