Tech Coast Angels Orange County Appoints Anthony Sarris as Executive Director

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New position will make deal flow processes more effective for entrepreneurs and investors.

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"...Tony will help speed up the time to funding, provide better direction to companies that come to us, and ultimately source the best investment opportunities for our members." -- Hicham Semaan, president, Tech Coast Angels Orange County

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) Orange County recently announced its appointment of Anthony (Tony) Sarris as Executive Director, a newly-created, full-time position. Mr. Sarris brings a wealth of experience of more than 20 years with his direct involvement, encompassing many different roles, in Orange County’s startup ecosystem. He will play a key role in working with both entrepreneurs and investors to ensure deal flow is orchestrated with efficiency and quality.

“Tony’s track record and experience in our community are superb, and we are thrilled to have him on board,” said Hicham Semaan, president of TCA Orange County. “His knowledge is vital as we continue to increase the value our network and our members bring to our portfolio companies.”

“I am excited to be part of such a highly-esteemed angel network,” said Mr. Sarris. “My major role will be to put together great deals, to get results at each stage of the deal flow and to make sure that TCA is considered a long-term partner. In addition, as a full-time role, I will be able to ensure agility and fairness in our due diligence. We want to provide entrepreneurs who come to us with meaningful feedback, even when we say no. This may mean that they come back to us and reapply when the concept or idea or company has resolved concerns that emerge during our review and process.”

“As a full-time position, Tony will help speed up the time to funding, provide better direction to companies that come to us, and ultimately source the best investment opportunities for our members,” concluded Mr. Semaan.

Early stage companies interested in applying to the Tech Coast Angels can visit for more information.

About Tech Coast Angels:
Tech Coast Angels is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all innovation industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who individually invest in startup companies. Companies go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. As founders and executive-level business leaders, TCA members provide companies with more than just capital; they also contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.

TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation. A recent Halo Report rated TCA as #2 nationally in a number of funded deals, and a recent analysis by CB Insights ranked TCA #1 out of 370 angel groups on “Network Centrality” and #5 overall in “Investor Mosaic.” Since its founding in 1997, TCA has invested over $218 million in more than 380 companies and has helped attract more than $1.66 billion in additional capital/follow-on rounds, mostly from venture capital firms.

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