TiE Orange County sign now


Date: August 15, 2009


Subject: Orange County, (CA) Chapter Application

We, the undersigned, are the prospective founding Charter Members of a potential TiE Orange County chapter. As part of your review process, we request that you consider this petition and the following representations made in support of our application:
1. We are a group of very successful entrepreneurs and professionals and we need a local TiE chapter that is responsive to our needs.
2. Orange County is remarkably different than Los Angeles from a business perspective. Orange County has significant technology, pharma, medical device and action sportswear base, while Los Angeles/Hollywood area has a greater focus on media / entertainment, defense, etc.
3. TiE LA has historically been striving to service the whole Southern California region, a massive geography stretching from Santa Barbara to the Mexico border and it has, for obvious reasons, been unsuccessful in engaging all of the constituents in this far flung region. Charter membership has been steadily declining even though the region has a very diverse and successful business population. San Diego, which was successfully spun off a few years ago into a separate chapter, has now its own vibrant charter membership base. The time has now come to form Orange County as a separate chapter. TiE LA will still retain Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, a vast geographic area with a huge GDP base (in fact, if this region was a separate country, it would be one of the 15 largest economies in the world!).
4. Southern California has unique traffic and congestion issues. Attending TiE events that require more than an hour and-a-half of commute time each way during rush hour is a major impediment to one chapter covering such a large geographic area. We lose the opportunity to engage a significant membership base that would engage in a more local environment. San Diego's success, post separation, is a testament to that fact.
5. Some of our higher profile members (and potential charter members) would only look to engage with TiE in a local environment where the charter member base is of a quality that is satisfactory to the Orange County environment. This would require starting a new chapter with the appropriate selection criteria that would ensure the recruitment of local business leaders into the TiE family.
6. For all the reasons stated above, we have no interest in joining TiE LA should our application not be approved. If we had an interest in joining the LA chapter, we would have already been (or would have renewed).
7. Orange County will support a new chapter with its own new charter members, members and its own sponsors, and none of these resources will be taken from TiE LA.
Our Pre-Launch Report submitted earlier provides the necessary research and supporting evidence regarding the viability of a successful chapter in Orange County. Creation of an Orange County chapter should also be a catalyst in providing TiE LA with an opportunity to focus on its own geography and membership's needs more effectively.

We trust that you will make your decision solely on the merits of the business case supporting a new chapter.

Thank you.


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Shawna FrancoBy:
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