Press on TCA and Portfolio Companies in April 2019

Press Highlights (links provided in table below):

  • TCA: Tony Sarris Joins TCA-OC as Executive Director; Two TCA Portfolio Companies (GrandPad, Aquacycl) Picked by Angel Capital Association as Finalists for Its Prestigious Most Innovative Startup Award
  • Apeel Sciences: Selected by Fast Company for “World Changing Ideas 2019: 17 winning solutions that could save the planet” and by Inc Magazine for “5 Bold Ideas that might just change the World”
  • Connected Signals: Key Hire to Pursue Signal Priority System expanding new revenue stream from synchronizing/optimizing flow of municipal vehicles
  • Dthera Sciences: Announced it is seeking a strategic transaction 
  • EV Connect: Launches Certification Program for Electric Vehicle Charging Station Manufacturers
  • Forge Therapeutics: Enters Multi-Target Agreement with Basilea To Discover And Develop Novel Antibiotics
  • GrandPad: Expands in Ireland and expected to add 75-100 jobs
  • H2Scan; Launches New Gas Safety Monitor
  • InfoBionic: Top Technology Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for MoMe Kardia
  • MINDBODY: Named to the Pacific Coast Business Times 2019 Central Coast Best Places to Work List
  • Mobile Cause: MobileCause Expands its Event Fundraising Software with Advanced Ticketing Capabilities and Live Animated Thermometer
  • Parcel Pending: Expands Team with new CMO and Two New Retail VPs
  • Procore: Procore Doubles Specialty Contractor Customers to 1,200 Companies
  • Savara: Initiates Phase 2a Clinical Study of Molgradex for the Treatment of NTM Lung Infection in People Living with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Vital Therapies (VTL): Announces Stockholder Approval of Business Combination with Immunic AG
  • Youmail: Continues to be cited as the Leading Source for Tracking Robocalls, fueling pushes for legislation

See below for links to articles on Tech Coast Angels, angel investing in general, and TCA’s portfolio companies (with links) from April 2019: 

Tech Coast Angels Press Releases

 
Date Company Headline Outlet
4/2/19 Tech Coast Angels Tech Coast Angels Orange County Appoints Anthony Sarris as Executive Director Cision PR Newswire
4/11/19 Tech Coast Angels GrandPad Named One of the Most Innovative Companies by Angel Capital Association Cision PR Newswire
       

Tech Coast Angels in the Press

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
4/2/19 Tech Coast Angels Tech Coast Angels Orange County Appoints Anthony Sarris as Executive Director Benzinga
4/3/19 Tech Coast Angels Three ACA Member Portfolio Companies Named as Finalists for Ingenuity Award Angel Capital Association
4/26/19 Tech Coast Angels Connect, San Diego Venture Group Announce Plan to Merge Operations Xconomy San Diego
       

Articles on Angel Investing

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
4/16/19 Angel Investing Angel Investing Returns: Research and Reality Seraf Investor
4/17/19 Angel Investing A quick look at how Series A and seed rounds have ballooned in recent years, fueled by top investors TechCrunch
4/22/19 Angel Investing Ask yourself these questions before accepting venture capital MIT Sloan
4/24/19 Angel Investing Confusing Angels with VCs is a common startup mistake e27
4/29/19 Angel Investing Angel Capital Association Announces Angel and Company Awards and New Investment Data at 2019 ACA Summit Yahoo! Finance
       

TCA Portfolio Companies in the Press

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
4/29/19 Amplyx Pharmaceuticals On a Mission with Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Sage Intacct
4/8/19 Apeel Sciences This invisible, protective coating on fruit and vegetables fights food waste Fast Company
4/8/19 Apeel Sciences World Changing Ideas 2019: 17 winning solutions that could save the planet Fast Company
4/10/19 Apeel Sciences 5 Bold Ideas for 2019 That Might Just Change the World Inc.
4/15/19 Apeel Sciences Shelf life wizardry & magic PLU stickers Blue Book Services
4/23/19 Bitvore Bitvore Appoints New Chief Financial Officer Cision PR Newswire
4/4/19 Brainrush “Blockchain marks a new dawn for video games”: Atari founder Nolan Bushnell Tahawultech
4/15/19 Cloudbeds** Smaller Hotels and Hostels Catch Up on Tech With New Wave of Software Makers Skift
4/5/19 Cognition Therapeutics* Cognition Therapeutics Expands Clinical Expertise on Medical Advisory Board with Addition of Drs. Mary Sano and Philip Scheltens Globenewswire
4/22/19 Comfreight*** Long Beach Area Provides Fertile Ground For Growing Logistics Startup Scene Long Beach Business Journal
4/2/19 Connected Signals** Connected Signals Hires Luke Faubion to Steer Signal Priority Systems Sales and Business Development Cision PR Newswire
4/30/19 Connected Signals** Connected Signals Launches Cloud-Based V2I Systems to Address Smart Cities’ Transit and Traffic Challenges Benzinga
4/2/19 Dthera Sciences (Everystory) Dthera Sciences Announces Pursuit of Strategic Transaction AP News
4/17/19 EV Connect EV Connect launches certification program for electric vehicle charging station manufacturers Fleet Equipment Magazine
4/23/19 EV Connect EV Connect Launches Certification Program for Electric Vehicle Charging Station Manufacturers Cision PR Newswire
4/24/19 EV Connect EV Connect launches certification program for electric vehicle charging station manufacturers Green Car Congress
4/24/19 EV Connect EV Connect Launches Certification Program for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Energy Manager Today
4/24/19 EV Connect 2019 ACT Expo: EV Charging Network Certification Drive Begins Trucks
4/25/19 EV Connect EasyVista 2019 Global User Conferences Will Gather IT Leaders, Focus on Transforming Service for the Future of Work Yahoo! Finance
4/12/19 Fama Technologies** This company uses AI to flag racist and sexist comments from potential hires CNN
4/15/19 Fama Technologies** Employers Reject People Flagged by Tech Firm for ‘Bigotry’ MRC News Busters
4/24/19 Forge Therapeutics Forge And Basilea Enter Into Multi-Target Agreement To Discover And Develop Novel Antibiotics Cision PR Newswire
4/3/19 GrandPad Three ACA Member Portfolio Companies Named as Finalists for Ingenuity Award Angel Capital Association
4/6/19 GrandPad US tech firm brings major jobs boost Corey Guardian
4/11/19 GrandPad GrandPad Named One of the Most Innovative Companies by Angel Capital Association Cision PR Newswire
4/23/19 GrandPad Acer-reinvested GrandPad enjoys exponential subscribership growth Digitimes
4/24/19 Groundtruth (xAD) GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy Officer Yahoo! Finance
4/24/19 Groundtruth (xAD) GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy Officer Cision PR Newswire
4/1/19 H2Scan H2Scan to launch HY-ALERTA Gen 5 H2 gas safety monitor Gas World
4/16/19 Infobionic InfoBionic’s Revolutionary MoMe Kardia Earns Top Technology Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan Benzinga
4/13/19 iPourit Patrons will pour own beers at Huntsville restaurant/bar Al
4/17/19 iPourit iPourit (Self Serving Beer Tap) In Bethel Park – Vice President of Marketing at Penn-Cove Group Capital​, Erin Remaley KDKA News Radio
4/17/19 iPourit Bethel Park’s ‘Clubhouse’ First In State To Offer Self-Serve Alcohol KDKA News Radio
4/22/19 iPourit New self-serve tap wall coming to Huntsville WHNT 19
4/17/19 KangarooTime The power of automation Aberdeen News
4/8/19 Lareda Sciences Lice Clinics of America to Host Fourth Annual “Egg Hunt” Nationwide Globenewswire
4/2/19 LeaseLock Apartment Industry Expert Lisa Trosien Named to LeaseLock Advisory Board Cision PR Newswire
4/16/19 Mindbody MindBody Launches Wellness Wednesdays at ViewHouse 5280
4/16/19 Mindbody Mindbody Brings Wellness to Denver Fox 31 Denver
4/18/19 Mindbody Software Co. Investors Ask Court To Size Up $1.9B Vista Deal Law 360
4/19/19 Mindbody MINDBODY Named to the Pacific Coast Business Times 2019 Central Coast Best Places to Work List Cision PR Newswire
4/24/19 Mindbody Procore Partner Summit to Bring Together Industry Leaders Focused on Building Connected Solutions for Everyone in Construction Cision PR Newswire
4/2/19 Mission Bio Mission Bio Partnership to Accelerate Targeted Drug Development with Single-Cell Genomics Select Science
4/23/19 Mission Bio Single-cell sequencer Mission Bio adds 3 new executives Fierce BioTech
4/25/19 Mission Bio Mission Bio Scales Executive Leadership Team With Three New Hires Webwire
4/26/19 Mission Bio BioSpace Movers and Shakers Biospace
4/3/19 MobileCause MobileCause Expands its Event Fundraising Software with Advanced Ticketing Capabilities and Live Animated Thermometer EIN Newsdesk
4/1/19 Movocash*** ‘Why would anyone want to become a bank’: Will more challenger banks evolve as banking as a service providers? Tearsheet
4/12/19 Movocash*** What Are The Benefits Of Blockchain In Banking? 6 Experts Share Their Insights Disruptor Daily
4/17/19 Movocash*** Should you quit your super-stressful job? These 5 entrepreneurs did Ladders
4/5/19 myLAB Box** myLAB Box Promotes STD Awareness Month with “Safe is Sexy” Health Tips Benzinga
4/17/19 Parcel Pending** Parcel Pending Continues Impressive Growth With Addition of New CMO Globenewswire
4/17/19 Parcel Pending** Parcel Pending Names Irvine Co. Alum CMO Orange County Business Journal
4/19/19 Parcel Pending** Irvine-based Parcel Pending has hired Colleen Lambros as its chief marketing officer Orange County Register
4/24/19 Parcel Pending** Parcel Pending Adds Two New Vice Presidents of Retail to Growing Company Roster Yahoo! Finance
4/25/19 Parcel Pending** Parcel Pending Adds Two New Vice Presidents of Retail to Growing Company Roster Globenewswire
4/1/19 Parchment Inc (Docufide) Parchment Unifies Services into One Comprehensive Platform to Benefit Registrar Offices Cision PR Newswire
4/3/19 Procore Technologies Local businesses support International Women’s Day Santa Barbara Family & Life Magazine
4/8/19 Procore Technologies Procore Promotes Construction Safety With Third Annual Procore Safety Qualified Program Cision PR Newswire
4/10/19 Procore Technologies Procore Joins the Pledge 1% Movement Cision PR Newswire
4/16/19 Procore Technologies More Than 1,200 Specialty Contractor Companies Now Rely on Procore to Manage Their Business Cision PR Newswire
4/16/19 Procore Technologies Computer Guidance Corporation Introduces eCMS Connect For Procore Field Technologies Online
4/17/19 Procore Technologies Procore Doubles Specialty Contractor Customers to 1,200 Companies For Constrruction Pros
4/25/19 Procore Technologies Procore Partner Summit to Bring Together Industry Leaders Focused on Building Connected Solutions for Everyone in Construction GroundBreak Carolinas
4/11/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals to Present at the 2019 World Orphan Drug Congress Cision PR Newswire
4/1/19 Savara Pharmaceuticals* Savara Initiates Phase 2a Clinical Study of Molgradex for the Treatment of NTM Lung Infection in People Living with Cystic Fibrosis AccessWire
4/2/19 Savara Pharmaceuticals* Savara to Present at the H.C. Wainwright Global Life Sciences Conference in London AccessWire
4/7/19 The Bouqs Company  Nearly five years after its ‘Shark Tank‘ debut, here‘s how The Bouqs Company is doing today Seneca Standard
4/10/19 The Bouqs Company  7 Flower Delivery Services For Mother’s Day 2019 That Ship Quickly Bustle
4/24/19 The Bouqs Company  Designer Monique Lhuillier Just Launched Ridiculously Affordable Flower Arrangements for Your Wedding PureWow
4/26/19 The Bouqs Company  The Best Places to Buy Plants Online for Mother’s Day or Any Day Good Housekeeping
4/30/19 The Bouqs Company  The Best Subscription Boxes for Mom This Mother’s Day Forbes
4/24/19 Transcepta Transcepta Announces Participation at IOFM’s AP & P2P Spring Conference Yahoo! Finance
4/4/19 Vital Therapies Vital Therapies (VTL) Announces Stockholder Approval of Business Combination with Immunic AG Street Insider
4/12/19 Vital Therapies Vital Therapies completes merger with Immunic; shares up 33% Seeking Alpha
4/2/19 Youmail* The 8 most sophisticated phone scams right now the average person falls for Business Insider
4/2/19 Youmail* ROBOCALLS: No escaping them, but it’s not all bad news Green Valley News
4/4/19 Youmail* 5.23 Billion Robocalls Set Record in March, According to YouMail Robocall Index Cision PR Newswire
4/4/19 Youmail* Track Shack preview, Thad Seymour chat: This weekend Orlando Sentinel
4/5/19 Youmail* Die, robocalls, die: A how-to guide to stop spammers and exact revenge Washington Post
4/5/19 Youmail* Robocalls hit an all-time high in March Consumer Affairs
4/5/19 Youmail* State, federal lawmakers want to ban Robocalls Oswego County News
4/5/19 Youmail* How to stop getting so many robocalls — and take your revenge Post and Courier
4/5/19 Youmail* Chenette bill would prohibit telemarketer robocalls Journal Tribune
4/7/19 Youmail* The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed Wired
4/9/19 Youmail* The Morning Call Podcast: How did robocalling get this bad? Morning  Call
4/11/19 Youmail* Congress Taking Up Issue Of Robocalls, Hoping To Pass Legislature Increasing Fine To Phone Companies CBS Miami
4/11/19 Youmail* “The TCPA Is Straightforward and Clear”: NCLC Spokeswoman’s Finger-Pointing Congressional Testimony Blames Legitimate Business for Robocall Cloud National Law Review
4/11/19 Youmail* Lawmakers, consumer advocates push to block pesky ‘robocalls’ WABI
4/12/19 Youmail* ‘Spouse spoofing’ new robocall deception hits Central Florida Click Orlando
4/12/19 Youmail* Tax deadline does not mean the end of tax scams RR Star
4/16/19 Youmail* From the Web: ‘NCLC Spokeswoman’s Finger-Pointing Congressional Testimony Blames Legitimate Business for Robocall Cloud’ ACA International
4/18/19 Youmail* Preventing robocalls and what you can do KMTV Omaha
4/23/19 Youmail* Groundswell building around bill targeting robocall ‘plague’ WCVB 5 ABC
4/23/19 Youmail* Markey pushes bill targeting robocall ‘plague’ Greenfield Recorder
4/25/19 Youmail* Robocalls more than an annoyance, with a third considered high-risk WBAL TV 11
4/30/19 Youmail* Beating the system: 60% of robocalls are legal, despite increased legislation NJ News 12

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