CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Launches Notary App


CSUF Startup Incubator Residents Aruta Isaiah Lopez and Pooka Platner source OC Register
Isaiah Lopez and his business partner Pooka Platner, are launching their company Aruta On-Demand with the help of the Cal State Fullerton Startup Incubator. They are photographed in the offices of the Small Business Development Center in Irvine on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Aruta On-Demand, allows people to summon a notary quickly, and allows notaries to efficiently schedule their jobs — sort of like Uber for notaries. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Need a notary? New app will let you call one like an Uber (you may need a subscription to view) is an article in the OC Register that is about the launch of an exciting new service called Aruta. Isaiah Lopez, the founder of Aruta, along with his business partner Pooka Platner have been hard at work getting the site and app ready for the public and now that they have launched they are focused on gaining traction and growing their business.

It’s tough work and the CSUF Startup Incubator is helping them along the way. Since Isaiah and Pooka became residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator we have worked with them on the development of an investor pitch, connecting them with key partners and potential investors (Aruta has already received a seed investment!), and provided them with space to do their work. Working with CSUF Entrepreneurship professor Dr. Deborah Ferber, Isaiah and Pooka have big goals in mind for Aruta and are well on their way to making an impact!

The story from the OC Register is well worth the read (subscription may be required) and here is a key snippet:

Lopez launched his app and website with the help of the [CSUF] Startup Incubator in Irvine. He isn’t a CSUF student or alum; he’s a senior at Brandman University, which is affiliated with Chapman. He was invited to work with the incubator by Deb Ferber, an entrepreneurship professor at CSUF who also teaches at Brandman and Chapman.

The incubator helped Lopez get his corporation up and running, get his licensing and permits, file patents and mount a pitch to investors, which won him $15,000. That was just the first month.

“I like to move very quickly,” he said. “When I have momentum, I use a lot of it.”

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