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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…

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…

Top 5 Reasons to Learn at The Portal

Last week, we shared with you our interview with Miles Bonner, a Portal alumnus. He expressed that his time at The Portal helped him cultivate communication skills, in addition to providing him real-world technical experience. This week, we want to show you that Miles does…

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…

Dean of ICS Visits The Portal!

This week, Dean Marios Papaefthymiou of UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences visited The Portal because he recognizes the value of the services we provide to our community. Papaefthymiou is new to UCI. He began serving as the dean of the Donald…

Mini-Training Opportunity

The Portal is happy to announce the introduction of our mini-training opportunities! These mini-training sessions are designed to help students that have struggled with our interview process, those that are interested in seeing what our curriculum is like, or for students who simply want to…

Providing Critical Startup Resources to Students

This article is by Ray Chan, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Portal. The Portal’s goal is to revolutionize the local startup and business economy. We’ve made good progress, especially in providing experience to students who want to work in the technical field, but this…

Lifelong Learning and the Evolution of Education

This article is a response to a piece by littleBits founder, Ayah Bdeir. Lifelong learning stands as one of the core goals for us at The Portal. Since the job market is incredibly dynamic, evolving in conjunction with society and technology, teaching students the information…

The Solution to the Growing Skills Gap

We at The Portal believe that 1–2 years of experience during university is critical to successfully landing a job out of graduation. Colleges, universities, and higher educational systems are vital for laying the foundations of knowledge and hard, technical skills, but they face problems of…

5 Pointers for Technical Students in the Job Hunt

This article was written by Rena Zuabi, managing director and co-founder. 1. Gain at least 1–2 years of experience before you graduate The hunt for seasoned talent is a full-time endeavor in many tech-driven companies. While your GPA is important (many companies set a minimum…

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…

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