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Tips and Tricks from Successful Entrepreneurs

Last month, Tech Coast Angels, K5 Ventures, and The Portal hosted Face to Face for Investors, one of Orange County’s largest gatherings of investors and entrepreneurs. We welcomed investors and company founders to speak in panels and presentations about unique challenges and tips they experienced…

Re-Introducing Face to Face — March 21, 2018

Our next Face to Face event is coming up on March 21st, and we’re excited to announce a new format that focuses more on the companies that make up Orange County businesses. We’re having presenting companies share insights that have been the keys to their…

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…

Founder Stories – Sarah Shewey

The Portal is following the journey of founders and their companies to showcase their backgrounds and what they learn along the way. Since every founder’s road to success leads them in different directions, we hope their stories can provide any entrepreneur at any stage of…

Two Investors on the OC 500 List Take the Orange County Startup Ecosystem to the Next Level with The Portal

Late last year, the Orange County Business Journal released its second edition of the OC500 — a list of 500 of the most influential individuals in different areas of businesses throughout the Orange County Area. The Portal is so happy to announce that Ray Chan,…

1/25 CEO and Founder Roundtable!

The Portal is proud to present our next CEO and Founder Roundtable event! We’re teaming up with The Other Idea to host the roundtable at their office, and we’ll be continuing where we left off, in looking at how to effectively tell your startup story…

What to Watch Out for When Hiring Student Interns

  If you’re looking for an extra hand to help your company build your minimum viable product or website, hiring an intern isn’t a bad idea. Orange County is full of talented technical students who are eager to gain experience and would be a good…

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…