ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 20, 2015) - OCTANe, the technology economic development organization and startup accelerator dedicated to driving technology industry growth, enabling new company creation and new jobs in Orange County, is pleased to announce that Microsemi's President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Pickle, will kick off the keynote addresses at the Technology Investor Forum on May 5, 2015. His presentation, titled "Security Solutions for the Internet of Things," will speak to the overall theme of the conference: "The Convergence of Everything." Following Pickle's keynote will be Walter O'Brien, CEO of Scorpion Computer Services and the real-life genius and inspiration behind the CBS television series "Scorpion." He will discuss how on-demand intelligence and technology can mitigate risk and solve complex problems, both on a business and personal basis. His firm is noted for their recent work in helping pinpoint the Boston Marathon bombing suspects through video forensics. Wrapping up the keynotes will be Orange County entrepreneur Hayes Drumwright, CEO of POP, Inc. who will recount his success in creating Trace3 in his talk, "How to Turn Your Last $100 Into $100 Million."

"The Technology Investor Forum presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, local universities' faculty and staff, strategic advisors, and corporate CEOs to come together in one place to build upon the strong foundation of resources in Orange County," said OCTANe CEO Bill Carpou. "We are excited to showcase panel discussions that highlight the 'internet of things' and feature discussions led by representatives of well-known companies such as Microsemi, Boeing, Broadcom, Microsoft, CoreLogic, and Mucker Capital."

The Technology Investor Forum attracts nearly 800 attendees every year; as leaders in the technology industry gather to discuss the most relevant issues and opportunities in the Southern California technology industry.

OCTANe's annual event gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with investors from all over the country. Attendees will have access to investment panel discussions, a "fast pitch" competition with prominent regional investors, and an innovation showcase demo day highlighting technologies from some of Southern California's newest companies. Industry experts will also be presenting on important innovation trends, such as smart, connected technologies and financial services technologies. The Technology Investor Forum will be hosted at Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA. For a full agenda and event registration, go to

About OCTANe:
OCTANe connects people and resources to drive technology industry growth enabling new company creation and new jobs in Orange County. Its members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 800 companies via the LaunchPad™ SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad™ companies have received more than $700 million in investment and equity exits. These investments have supported the creation of more than 3,500 new jobs in Orange County. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 6,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the Orange County region are OCTANe members. For more information, visit

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