Press on TCA and Portfolio Companies in July 2019

Press Highlights (links provided in table below):

  • Tech Coast Angels: Tech Coast Angels invest $13.7 M in 28 Deals in 1H 2019; TCA-OC President Hicham Semaan named to OC 500
  • Apeel Sciences: Newsweek article on “What’s Your Moonshot? Meet the Man Coating Fruits and Vegetables to Alleviate Food Waste and World Hunger”
  • BetaBlocks: Bahrain Fintech Bay partners with this US blockchain firm
  • Bitvore: Announces enhancements to municipal bond intelligence solutions
  • Buy It Installed: Window covering firm Tilt implements BIY
  • CaseStack: Parent Hub Group, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2019 Results
  • Cloudbeds: Increases Distribution Reach For Hotelbeds
  • Cognition Therapeutics: Receives $3.3 Million NIA grant to conduct qEEG study of Elayta™ and extends IP coverage to additional major pharmaceutical markets with patent issuances in Japan and China
  • Connected Signals: Deploys its cloud-based V2I transit priority system in Arcadia, California
  • CytomX Therapeutics: To present at the 2019 Wedbush PacGrow Healthcare Conference
  • Enmotus: Introduced micro-tiering and SSD server software
  • EV Connect: Expansion in Australia and partners with GM
  • FloWater: Announces new controller and new Chief Sal3s Officer to lead expansion for world’s best tasting drinking water without the plastic
  • Green Dot: Unlimited 3% cash back on online and high yield Checking/Savings account paying a 3% Annual Percentage Yield – best in US
  • GroGuru: New website includes key precision agriculture Information
  • H2scan: Commissions New Environmental Conditioning Lab For Increased Production and hires new Chief Growth Officer
  • InfoBionic: Cardiac device combines three monitors in one, gains efficiencies for cardiologists
  • Interplay Learning: Provides virtual reality solar training with Global Sustainable Energy Solutions
  • iPourit: Announces more installations
  • Laredo Sciences: Launches ‘Schools Without Lice’ national educator partnership
  • LeaseLock: TCA investors realize 31x return on secondary private sale
  • MINDBODY: Co-founder Blake Beltram leaves company to start a new venture
  • Mission Bio: Brings single-cell genomics offering to China by announcing Distribution deal with Novogene 
  • myLAB Box: Selected to participate in Kickstart
  • Neural Analytics: Partners with NGK Spark Plug to scale up medical robots
  • Nevados Engineering: Introduces all-terrain tracking as a potentially superior solution for sites with sloped terrain.
  • P2Binvestor: Overcomes naysayers to gain funding
  • Parcel Pending: Announced the promotions of two executives: Mike Williams from Vice President of Sales to Senior Vice President of Sales, and Kate Reidel from Vice President of Business Development to Senior Vice President of Business Development.
  • Phytonix Corporation: Unleashes a new Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) technology to combat climate change
  • Procore Technologies: Acquire Honest Buildings to Enhance Project Management for Owners  and introduces Procore Invoice Management, a product built to simplify the billing and invoicing process for the construction industry
  • ResortPass: Various customers announced
  • Salarius Pharmaceuticals: Goes public through reversemerger with FlexPharma approved and Salarius now listed on NASDAQ;  sells a legacy consumer product
  • Savara: To present at the 39th Annual Canaccord Genuity Global Growth Conference
  • SleepSafe Drivers: Executive selected to speak on the importance of fatigue management programs at trucking legal forum
  • Snap Bio: With i2020 Accelerator (Torrey Pines Investment) reach lead compounds milestone for pediatric oncology and advanced liver cancer programs
  • Trust & Will: Coverage on starting a Trust or Will
  • WeGoLook: Joins Duck Creek Partner Ecosystem, giving insurers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada the ability to gather and validate information anytime, anywhere
  • Youmail: Selected as one of best robocall blocker apps, and 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 July 2019: 

Tech Coast Angels Press Releases

 
Date Company Headline Outlet
8/1/19 Tech Coast Angels Tech Coast Angels Invest $13.7 M in 28 Deals in 1H 2019 Cision PR Newswire
       

Tech Coast Angels in the Press

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
7/9/19 Tech Coast Angels The science of summer fun WRAL Tech Wire
7/10/19 Tech Coast Angels OC 500: Hicham Semaan Orange County Business Journal
7/16/19 Tech Coast Angels Q&A: Hospitality tech guru Dave Berkus on disruption, exec mistakes and Amazon PhocusWire
7/30/19 Tech Coast Angels Introducing Enmotus, micro-tiering and server speed-up Blocks & Files
       

Articles on Angel Investing

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
7/1/19 Angel Investing Cincinnati Resident Tony Shipley Elected as Chair of the Angel Capital Association’s Board of Directors Angel Capital Association
7/9/19 Angel Investing The Q2 2019 Global Venture Capital Report: A Market Gone Sideways Crunchbase
7/11/19 Angel Investing Startups Must Get Creative as Early-Stage Investors Shift to Larger Deals Entrepreneur
7/16/19 Angel Investing Angel Investing Lessons: The First Mover Disadvantage Part 1 Lexology
7/23/19 Angel Investing How to Build a Leadership Team that Attracts Venture Capital Bio Buzz
7/24/19 Angel Investing Is Angel Capital The Same As Venture Capital? Does It Matter? Forbes
7/28/19 Angel Investing 12 Key Issues for SaaS Startups Seeking Financing All Business
7/29/19 Angel Investing The Venture Capital Blind Spot Forbes
7/31/19 Angel Investing If Impact Investing Is The Future, What Comes Next For VC Investors? Forbes
       

TCA Portfolio Companies in the Press

 
       
Date Company Headline Outlet
7/1/19 Apeel Sciences David Nelley joins Apeel Sciences Blue Book Services
7/1/19 Apeel Sciences David Nelley joins Apeel Sciences as VP of domestic buyer relations The Packer
7/5/19 Apeel Sciences David Nelley Joins Apeel Sciences as VP of Domestic Buyer Relations And Now You Know
7/9/19 Apeel Sciences Edible coating on fruit could spell end for mouldy produce and help solve world’s food waste epidemic The Telegraph
7/9/19 Apeel Sciences Upfront Ventures Is Raising $250 Million For Its Third Growth-Stage Fund Pulse 2.0
7/16/19 Apeel Sciences Cutting-edge solutions at Asia’s fresh produce hub Capital Press
7/17/19 Apeel Sciences Businesses must ‘move the dial’ or face food waste regulation, warns UK waste czar Food Navigator
7/9/19 Bitvore Bitvore Announces Enhancements to Municipal Bond Intelligence Solutions Yahoo! Finance
7/1/19 Buy It Installed*** Hassan Archer is the new chief operating officer at Buy It Installed Orange County Register
7/26/19 Buy It Installed*** tilt: World’s Smartest Window Coverings Just Got Smarter—and Save Homeowners More Money Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 Casestack Hub Group, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2019 Results Globenewswire
7/31/19 Casestack Hub Group sees record quarter despite softening demand and increased competition Freight Waves
7/18/19 Cloudbeds** Cloudbeds Increases Distribution Reach For Hotel Partners Orlando Political Observer
7/9/19 Cognition Therapeutics* Cognition Therapeutics Receives $3.3 Million NIA Grant to Conduct qEEG Study of Elayta™ with World-Leading Alzheimer’s Biomarker Experts Yahoo! Finance
7/23/19 Cognition Therapeutics* Pittsburgh funding news: Artificial intelligence, science and engineering top local investment Hoodline
7/24/19 Cognition Therapeutics* Cognition Therapeutics Extends IP Coverage of Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Elayta™ to Additional Major Pharmaceutical Markets with Patent Issuances in Japan and China Yahoo! Finance
7/3/19 Connected Signals** City of Arcadia and Connected Signals Partner to Improve and Enhance Mass Transit IoT Evolution
7/8/19 Connected Signals** Connected Signals aims to improve mass transit in Arcadia ITS International
7/8/19 Connected Signals** Connected Signals deploys its cloud-based V2I transit priority system in California Traffic Technology Today
7/30/19 CytomX Therapeutics CytomX Therapeutics to Announce Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results Globenewswire
7/30/19 Enmotus** Introducing Enmotus, micro-tiering and server speed-up Blocks & Files
7/8/19 EV Connect Australian capital cities will soon be connected by the largest network of high-speed EV charging stations in the country Yahoo! Finance
7/9/19 EV Connect Tasmania hands out grants for electric car charging network The Driven
7/9/19 EV Connect Australian capital cities will soon be connected by the largest network of high-speed EV charging stations in the country Stockhead
7/12/19 EV Connect EVgo Announces New Roaming Access for EV Charging New Kerala
7/23/19 Flowater FloWater Announces Major New Hire to Lead Sales Expansion as Company Rolls Out New-tech Platform for World’s Best Tasting Drinking Water—Without the Plastic Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 Flowater Denver-based FloWater Names Colorado Native as Controller Continuing Expansion of Leadership Team Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 Green Dot Online bank Green Dot reveals savings account with a rate 30 times the national average CNBC
7/30/19 Green Dot Online bank Green Dot looks to lure customers with new rewards Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 Green Dot Green Dot Launches the Unlimited Cash Back Bank Account to Help Americans Build Savings While They Spend BusinessWire
7/31/19 Green Dot Green Dot touts bank industry’s highest-yielding savings account CBS News
7/31/19 Green Dot A Checking/Savings Combination That’s Worth Making the Change – But Know the Rules Payments Journal
7/2/19 GroGuru GroGuru Adds EvoNexus CEO Rory Moore to Its Board of Directors Cision PR Newswire
7/11/19 GroGuru GroGuru’s New Website Includes Key Precision Agriculture Information Cision PR Newswire
7/25/19 H2Scan Sensing and Energy and Utility Industry Veteran Bharat Vats Joins H2scan as Chief Growth Officer Yahoo! Finance
7/25/19 H2Scan H2scan Commissions New Environmental Conditioning Lab For Increased Production of HY-OPTIMA™ Hydrogen Monitoring Products and Certification of New Customized Analyzer Products Environmental Technology
7/8/19 InfoBionic Cardiac device combines three monitors in one, gains efficiencies for cardiologists Healthcare It News
7/31/19 Infobionic Concern Grows Over Security of Remote Cardiac Devices; New Technology and Increased Awareness Reduces Risk says InfoBionic CEO Yahoo! Finance
7/9/19 Interplay Learning*** Interplay Learning to provide virtual reality solar training with Global Sustainable Energy Solutions Solar Builder
7/12/19 Interplay Learning*** Despite Interest From Coastal VCs, Venture Funding In Texas Fails To Impress Crunchbase
7/15/19 iPourit The Vault Taproom lets you sample beer at the iPourIt self-serve draft wall Next Pittsburgh
7/25/19 iPourit Mountain Pizza Opens Second Taproom Location in South Fork Pagosa Daily Post
7/2/19 Lareda Sciences Husband and Wife Team Brings Lice Clinics of America to Lansdale Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 Lareda Sciences Lice Clinics Of America® Launches ‘Schools Without Lice’ National Educator Partnership Yahoo! Finance
7/6/19 LeisureLink Tarporley golf club to hold charity day in aid of Cancer Research UK Cheshire Live
7/8/19 Mindbody MindBody co-founder quits company — to sell 7-foot statues of a naked woman in a yoga pose The Tribune
7/1/19 Mission Bio Single-Cell Sequencing Sifts through Multiple Omics Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
7/10/19 Mission Bio Mission Bio, Novogene Announce China Distribution Deal Genome Web
7/12/19 Mission Bio  Mission Bio Launches in China, Announces Distribution Partnership with Novogene Select Science
7/16/19 Mission Bio Mission Bio brings single-cell genomics offering to China Outsourcing-Pharma
7/24/19 mYLAB Box** myLAB Box Announces Top Travel Hook-Up Destinations in the World Yahoo! Finance
7/30/19 mYLAB Box** Healthtech startups selected to participate in Kickstart Med Tech Innovation News
7/26/19 Neural Analytics Neural Analytics, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Yahoo! Finance
7/28/19 Neural Analytics Neural Analytics partners with NGK Spark Plug to scale up medical robots ROBOT REPORT
7/28/19 Neural Analytics Neural Analytics, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Biospace
7/31/19 Nevados Engineering All-terrain tracking systems: optimizing the production value of variable terrain PV Magazine
7/17/19 P2Binvestor*** Krista Morgan of P2Binvestor Overcomes Naysayers To Fund Growing Small Businesses Forbes
7/22/19 Pacific Mercantile Bank Pacific Mercantile Bancorp Reports Second Quarter Operating Results Globenewswire
7/18/19 Parcel Pending** Parcel Pending Announces Executive Promotions Yahoo! Finance
7/18/19 Phytonics Phytonix Corporation Unleashes a New Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) Technology to Combat Climate Change Citizen Tribune
7/18/19 Phytonics Phytonix Corporation Unleashes a New Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) Technology to Combat Climate Change Yahoo! Finance
7/10/19 Procore Technologies Procore Announces Executive Management Appointments Cision PR Newswire
7/12/19 Procore Technologies How I Succeeded: Procore Technologies’ Tom Karemacher LifeHacker
7/16/19 Procore Technologies Procore to Acquire Honest Buildings to Enhance Project Management for Owners Cision PR Newswire
7/18/19 Procore Technologies Procore to acquire Honest Buildings Real Estate Weekly
7/24/19 Procore Technologies Procore Invoice Management Streamlines Construction Billing Process Cision PR Newswire
7/31/19 Procore Technologies Procore buys Honest Buildings Real Estate Weekly
7/18/19 ResortPass 13 ways to keep cool this summer in Southwest Florida Naples Daily News
7/27/19 ResortPass Daycation passes now available at 2 Tucson resorts Tucson
7/12/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Flex Pharma Announces Approval of all Merger-Related Proposals at Special Meeting Biospace
7/12/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Flex Pharma stockholders back Salarius merger; shares up 15% after hours Seeking Alpha
7/15/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Flex Pharma shareholders OK reverse-merger after drug failure Boston Business Journal
7/18/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Flex Pharma Announces Rights Dividend BusinessWire
7/22/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals Announces Closing of Strategic Merger with Flex Pharma Yahoo! Finance
7/22/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals Announces Closing of Strategic Merger with Flex Pharma Globenewswire
7/22/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals Enrolls First Patient In A Phase 1 Clinical Study Of Its Novel Inhibitor Targeting Epigenetics In Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors Clinical Leader
7/23/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Houston oncology co. goes public, begins trading on Nasdaq after closing reverse merger Houston Business journal
7/24/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals Successfully Monetizes Legacy Consumer Product Yahoo! Finance
7/24/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals Successfully Monetizes Legacy Consumer Product Globenewswire
7/29/19 Salarius Pharmaceuticals*** Salarius Pharmaceuticals to Ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell Globenewswire
7/31/19 Savara Pharmaceuticals* Savara to Present at the 39th Annual Canaccord Genuity Global Growth Conference NASDAQ
7/12/19 Sleepsafe Drivers SleepSafe Drivers® Executive Selected to Speak on the Importance of Fatigue Management Programs at Trucking Legal Forum PR.com
7/25/19 Snap Bio Snap Bio and i2020 Accelerator (Torrey Pines Investment) Reach Lead Compounds Milestone for Pediatric Oncology and Advanced Liver Cancer Programs Yahoo! Finance
7/11/19 Trust & Will How to Set Up a Will Benzinga
7/11/19 Trust & Will Setting Up a Trust Benzinga
7/22/19 Trust & Will Couples: Here’s How To Start The Estate Planning Process Value Walk
7/1/19 Youmail* Memphis City Council, robocalls, exercising tips & July 4th grilling New 3 CBS
7/7/19 Youmail* Student loan scams spike post-graduation season Argus Observer
7/8/19 Youmail* Owe on student loans? Scammers may love you Couer d’Alene Press
7/8/19 Youmail* Spotting student loan scams Post Register
7/9/19 Youmail* This is where robocalls are coming from (and where they are targeting) USA Today
7/10/19 Youmail* U.S. Gets 4.35 Billion Robocalls in June, According to YouMail Robocall Index Cision PR Newswire
7/11/19 Youmail* Are we finally starting to win the battle against annoying robocalls? Sun Sentinel
7/12/19 Youmail* Robocall numbers continued to decline in June Consumer Affairs
7/12/19 Youmail* Finally, Some Good News About Robocalls Consumer Reports
7/12/19 Youmail* Congratulations, you graduated. Now watch out for student loan scams Idaho Press
7/18/19 Youmail* There’s hope for stopping robocalls Jackson Sun
7/24/19 Youmail* House Passes Bill To Crack Down On Robocalls Law360
7/24/19 Youmail* FCC Wants Phone Companies To Start Blocking Robocalls By Default Easton Caller
7/25/19 Youmail* Only one state generated more complaints about robocalls than Colorado, where residents receive 2.4 million a day Denver Post
7/26/19 Youmail* Best Robocall Blocker Apps for Android and iOS Technobezz
7/30/19 Youmail* FTC rolls out new interactive robocall data site Consumer Affairs
7/31/19 Youmail* Hanging Up On Robocallers NBC 7 San Diego

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**   ACE 2 Portfolio Company

*** ACE 3 Portfolio Company 

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