SAM Joint Venture FlashFunders Makes Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100 Companies to Watch List!

FlashFunders logoCongratulations to SAM Joint Venture FlashFunders for their being listed in Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100 Companies to Watch list!

Flashfunders is a no-fee equity investment platform that streamlines the fundraising process by offering entrepreneurs SEC-compliant documents and FDIC-insured escrow accounts, saving them thousands in legal fees.

To view the full article on, click here.


SAM Client The Mighty Announces Closing of Their Seed Financing

The Mighty PicSAM Client, The Mighty, a content site based in Los Angeles designed for “a community of people who are thrown a curveball” has announced its $2.5 million seed round led by Upfront Ventures.

SAM Partner, Ryan Azlein represented The Mighty in this transaction.

To read the full press about the funding and the inspiring story behind TheMighty, click here.

SAM Client HelloTech Launches In-home Tech Support and Tech Sales in LA

HelloTech PicHelloTech, an on demand in-home tech support and technology sales service delivered by a vetted and trained college student workforce, has launched its service in Los Angeles.

In addition, HelloTech announced that it has raised an additional $2 million from tier 1 investors that include Collaborative Fund, Baroda Ventures, Greycroft Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank. These backers join Accel Partners, Upfront, CrossCut ventures, Amplify.LA, among others.

“We are thrilled to announce today the availability of HelloTech in Los Angeles,” said Richard Wolpert, co-founder and CEO of HelloTech. “With the ‘Internet of Things’ more cool technology is available for the home than ever before. This is both a very exciting and potentially very confusing time for homeowners. HelloTech will take the confusion out of the equation.”

To read the full press release on the launch, click here.

For the Re/Code article featuring HelloTech, click here.

SAM Preccelerator Program Company CardBlanc Featured as Finalist in IDEO and MasterCard Challenge


We are very proud to announce that our Preccelerator Program company CardBlanc is being featured as a finalist for the IDEO and MasterCard challenge: “How might we use the power of communities to financially empower those who need it most?”

View the Napkin Finance presentation:

CardBlanc is a virtual debit card that unlocks an effortless and secure mobile shopping experience. We are simplifying the process for teens to buy, and parents to provide control and supervision in a mobile environment. Napkin Finance is the brain-child of CardBlanc.

Congratulations Tina and Team! We’re rooting for you!

About IDEO –  IDEO is one of the most prominent design firms in the country. They create products for IKEA, Microsoft, HBO, among others.  They designed the first Apple mouse. Here is a video about them on 60 min:


SAM Preccelerator Company Swggr Announces a Preferred Equity Offering on FlashFunders

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Swggr –  fashion love child of Instagram and Pinterest, is the first app designed to empower Millennial’s by providing a platform to directly style and share purchasable looks with friends all while getting rewarded! When users share styles from their virtual closet, they rack up points redeemable for discounts and exclusives from their favorite brands and retailers. TO INVEST OR LEARN MORE PLEASE VISIT:

SAM Encourages you to Attend: Opus Connect’s VC Chapter: “Building for an Exit” – May 28, 2015

Opus Connect

VC Chapter:
Building for an Exit


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Venue:  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Entrepreneurs are driven by a passion to build companies. Inherent in this drive is the desire to create products or services that are superior to their predecessors, so that they make business more efficient, elevate the customer experience, or improve the quality or longevity of life. Of course, underpinning all entrepreneurial endeavors is the goal for profit and the maximization of enterprise value. While such value may be realized in many forms and through various mechanisms, it is the corporate “exit” with which most are keenly familiar. But, is it ever too early to plan for an “exit”? Should every CEO have an exit in mind when building a business? Does building for an exit conflict with the goal of entrepreneurship, which is to build great companies? Please join us for a lively breakfast discussion, where panelists will debate the merits and pitfalls of building early-stage companies for a corporate sale. Panelists will include seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and bankers, with a range of perspectives on the topic at hand.


Kevin DeBré, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP – Kevin D. DeBré leads the intellectual property and technology transactions practice at Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP, a corporate, securities, M&A and intellectual property law firm in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Kevin is a business lawyer, a registered patent attorney and a former engineer. He advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses and also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations. Kevin received his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis.


Roberta Jacobs, CEO at FANATTAC - Roberta Jacobs is a C-level executive who earned her global expertise in consumer technologies working for American and Japanese companies in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She was the decision-making executive for Viacom’s new media assets including Star Trek, Mission Impossible and SpongeBob. In between corporate positions she worked with well-known start-ups helping them to launch, get funded and/or acquired including Craigslist, WIRED, Hewlett Packard’s “portable music platform,” Sega, First Data Corporation and JVC Electronics. She has been instrumental in the sale of four different companies in part or in whole to First Data Corporation, eBay, Conde Nast and Forstmann Little.

Kambiz Aghili, Managing Partner at K2 Capital Partners  – Kambiz Aghili is a Managing Partner and a co-founder of K2 Capital Partners. He has more than a decade of experience in product strategy, management consulting, market and competitive positioning, intellectual property and operational advisory services. Prior to co-founding K2 Capital Partners, Mr. Aghili served as a managing partner at Eton & Stallion Capital, offering strategy consulting, capital formation, M&A and private to public structured products to family offices and lower/middle market firms. Mr. Aghili has served as a senior fellow for UCLA Anderson School of Management’s entrepreneurship center since 2009. In this capacity, he managed consultants and advised 100+ lower/middle market companies on growth and business strategy formation including business plan development, competitive positioning, sales/channel expansion, capital formation and post-merger integration. Previously as the managing director of the AFH Holding and Advisory family office in Beverly Hills, he led the placement of strategic private and public equity/debt investments. In his prior role as a director of product strategy and intellectual property for Teradata Corporation, Kambiz actively contributed to M&A engagements and strategic partnerships. He also led and contributed to numerous buy vs. build product roadmaps in emerging technologies, database management and big data analytics and managed large development teams across the U.S., India and China. Mr. Aghili earned executive training in business strategy from Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management in business strategy and finance, as well as PhD and M.S. degrees in computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Brett Parker, Co-Founder & COO of Cargomatic, Inc - Brett Parker is Co-Founder and COO of Cargomatic, Inc., a technology platform that connects shippers and truckers in real-time (“Uber for Trucking”). Previously, as Managing Partner of The Triangle Group, Brett oversaw large national accounts, such as Dillard’s, Belk and Perry Ellis and was instrumental in Levi Strauss and Co.’s launch into Target and Walmart, considered one of the largest apparel launches in history. At Triangle, Brett was directly responsible for the strategic growth, as well as financial and operating performance of West Coast operations. Brett serves as a Board Member of the CSCMP, Southern California, earned a BA from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a JD from The Pepperdine University School of Law.

Jon Kraft, Managing Partner at LiftOff  – Jon Kraft has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in software and consumer digital media, and is currently Managing Partner at LiftOff, a Business Accelerator, and an advisor for several early stage companies. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer and a member of the founding team at UberMedia, Idealab’s prominent Internet start-up which he helped build into the world’s leading independent developer of mobile social apps. Before that, he was Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., an advanced avatar platform company recognized by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s 20 Most Promising Companies, and sold to Image Metrix (IMGX:OTC) in 2010. Jon previously served as Co-founder and CEO of Pandora Media, the largest and fastest growing online radio product in the world with over 150M registered users in the U.S. (NYSE: P). Jon was also a Co-founder of Stanford Technology Group, an innovator in the relational OLAP market, funded by Sequoia and Hummer Winblad, and acquired by Informix Corporation in 1995. Jon served four years as Chairman of the Technology Council of Southern California, and currently sits on that organization’s Board of Directors. Jon holds a B.A. from Stanford University. 

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Attorneys Represent Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation in its Sale to Microsemi Corporation

vitesse homepageStubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP announces that it represented client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS) in its successful sale to Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC).  Microsemi acquired Vitesse through a cash tender offer and follow-on merger at a price of $5.28 per share, for a total transaction value of approximately $389 million.  SAM Attorneys John McIlveryJonathan Friedman and Daniel Kim represented Vitesse in this transaction that closed at the end of April.

For more information about the Public Securities Practice of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, contact John McIlvery at (818) 444-4502 or

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Equity Crowdfunding Platform FlashFunders Is Automating Securities Law For Seed-Stage Rounds


SAM joint venture FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform, is announcing a new program that automates the process for entrepreneurs, making it entirely free to raise an or invest in a seed round.

To read the full Tech Crunch article, click here. 

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Pitching Your Financial Vision to Investors (and More)” with Eli Eisenberg – May 21, 2015

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
for this exclusive event!



“Pitching your Financial Vision
to Investors (and more)”



This course will show you how to put your best foot forward when presenting your company’s business model to potential investors.  Areas covered will include:

1.       What investors are looking for in your pitch

2.       How to prepare a credible financial model

3.       Pitching techniques that work




Thursday, May 21, 2015




**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**






Eli Eisenberg has more than 35 years of hands on experience in the financial and business management of entrepreneurial companies.  As founder and CEO of Straight Line Management™, he specializes in providing financial expertise and mentoring to high-potential early stage companies. Mr. Eisenberg helps them to increase profitability, secure funding, evaluate and capitalize on opportunities, streamline financial operations, and get the financial side of the business under control.

Since launching his Straight Line Management consulting company in 1991, he has served as a trusted advisor to more than 70 early-stage companies, both traditional and web based, across a variety of industries including software and game companies, high and low tech manufacturing companies, wholesale distribution companies, product and services companies and non-profit organizations.

Prior to starting Straight Line Management, Mr. Eisenberg served as Chief Financial Officer for three high technology companies, served in senior financial and operational management positions (including VP of Finance and VP of Operations) in several other high growth companies, and established, ran and sold his own successful consumer products company.

Mr. Eisenberg has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital raising strategies, financial management and forecasting, business plan preparation, and development and streamlining of management reporting systems and controls. He received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976 and became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California is 1978. He is also a Fellow of the Larta Institute, where he conducts workshops and mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs in conjunction with their NIH, NSF, TATRC and USCA Commercialization Assistance Programs


Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall
We hope to see you there!

Vote For FlashFunders on TechCrunch’s Startup Alley Today!

flashfunders2SAM’s joint venture  FlashFunders is aiming to shake up the Financial Technology landscape with their innovative online equity funding platform.  We empower startups to raise capital for free and democratize investor access. Startups are able to manage their whole offering online while investors can discover new companies and invest as little as $1,000.

Here’s how to vote:

Voting starts at 8am EST and ends at 2pm EST (Make sure to get your votes no later than 11 AM PST).

  1. Go to:
  2. Select “Misc”
  3. Scroll down the FlashFunder’s row (7thRow)
  4. Click “Vote”


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