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Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead Featuring: Ben Kuo, editor and founder,

We are excited to invite back Benjamin Kuo, editor and founder of, for another year in review. He will talk about some of the noteworthy funding deals, acquisitions, exits and trends of 2017, and talk about what might be in store for the future.
Find out...

  • What's going on in Southern California's entrepreneurial environment, and what were the noteworthy things that happened this year -- and what might we expect in the future?
  • What were the big exits this year along the Central Coast (IPOs, acquisitions)?
  • What gained the attention of investors in 2017, and what technologies and companies might be hot for next year?
  • What were the big successes, and what were the big failures?

Benjamin F. Kuo is the founder of SOCALTECH LLC, and the publisher of provides an online resource with real time news updates on high tech companies across the entire Southern California region, with interviews with entrepreneurs, updates on venture capital funding, major business deals, and much more. The site also features the region's most extensive calendar of high tech events and conferences, job postings, and an extensive database of venture capital sources, high tech companies, and other resources for high tech entrepreneurs.

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