SAM Preccelerator Program Company TrekSavvy Announces Launch


SAM Preccelerator Program company TrekSavvy has announced that they have launched their premier travel site  TrekSavvy is your resource for discovering how best to experience the location’s must dos. Similar to asking a good friend who’s been there, TrekSavvy’s like-minded traveler contributors hook you up by suggesting the best way to hit multiple destinations on your trip and how to create Ideal Days by telling you which must-do’s work perfectly together. The end result is a fully personalized travel guide that can be accessed from almost any device – even offline.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at 310-746-9803 or

SAM Preccelerator Program Company Swggr, Inc. Announces Their Launch in App Store




SAM Preccelerator Program Company Swggr, Inc. has announced their launch into the App Store.  Swggr is the fashion love child of Instagram and Pinterest where users style themselves and others while being rewarded.

Users host a virtual online closet “collection” where they can instantly style and share looks for themselves, friends and followers. Users rack up reward points that are redeemable for discounts from their favorite brands and retailers, exclusive merchandise, and special access to fashion tastemakers.

For more information and to download the app, visit

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803 or

SAM Preccelerator Company GoGet! Announces Launch Into App Store




SAM Preccelerator Program company GoGet! has announced their launch into the App Store.  GoGet! is an App and Marketplace that helps Store Owners and Consumer Users make money by obtaining a marketing commitment from the Store Owner and giving money in small increments to loyal and new customers in exchange for sharing information.

To learn more and to download the app, visit 

For more information about our Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803 or

SAM Encourages You to Attend – Startup Grind LA March 10th Event with Cody Simms of TechStars

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Where: General Assembly – 2nd Street, Santa Monica

When:  Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30-9:30pm



Cody Simms, Managing Director, Techstars

Cody has been operating at the intersection of technology and media since the late 1990s when his first employer merged into NBC Internet. He is particularly interested in the ever-changing ways that our increasingly networked and connected society, creates, distributes and consumes information.

Cody is presently Managing Director for Techstars in Los Angeles where he is working along with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven investment program for technology-enabled media and entertainment startups. (Learn more at Previously, Cody was Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon where he led a team responsible for product development activities across all consumer platforms (mobile, tablet, web), publisher products, and StumbleUpon’s pioneering and profitable native advertising platform, Paid Discovery.

Prior to StumbleUpon, Cody served as Vice President of Product at Yahoo! with global responsibility for entertainment products including Yahoo! Movies, omg!, Shine, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, and Yahoo! Games, spanning 30+ global markets and encompassing approximately $200M in revenue. In preceding roles at Yahoo, Cody led many of Yahoo!’s social and developer platform initiatives including the Yahoo! Developer Network.

Earlier in his career, Cody worked in product management capacticies at The New York Times, Sprint and NBC Internet. He has developed courses and taught in adjunct capacity at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in history and East Asian languages and a focus on Mandarin Chinese. When he’s not working or with his family, Cody can often be found in the Pacific Ocean trying to make his Kansas heritage proud by attempting to catch some waves.

AGENDA 6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking



Joe Famalette, Chapter Director

Joe Famalette has immersed himself into the entrepreneurial world from a young age.  Joe is the founder and CEO of OneMusicPortal, a music platform designed to help emerging artists be discovered.  Joe’s team consists of software engineers working at Microsoft and Success Factors, marketing ambassadors from around the country and a number of talented in-house musicians.  Joe and his team currently create and execute marketing strategies for a number of musicians ranging from Michael Jordan’s violinist to emerging hip hop artists and electronic dance music DJ’s.  Driven and determined, Joe fought through the challenges that every new business leader faces when they set out to change the world.  His journey led him to re-launch Startup Grind’s Minneapolis chapter where he operated as the Director from March 2014 to August 2014.  Now, Joe looks forward to bringing Startup Grind back to Los Angeles and it’s booming community of entrepreneurs.

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SAM to Sponsor Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management Business Plan Competition


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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a proud sponsor of this year’s Business Plan Competition at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management on .  Student teams of entrepreneurs face off for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $7,000: a $4,000 grand prize, a $2,000 second-place prize and a $1,000 third-place prize. The first-place winners will have the chance to represent Pepperdine in the California Dreamin’ Competition. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, advisors and venture capitalists will judge the competition and provide invaluable feedback and networking opportunities to the teams.

The business plan competition reflects the Graziadio School hallmarks of experience-driven and entrepreneurial education – giving students a chance to apply the knowledge they’ve learned to fulfill their dreams of launching their own business. Students from all schools of Pepperdine are invited to compete.

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “How to Build a Winning Startup Team” – February 19

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


“How To Build a Winning Startup Team”

Your team is one of the keys to your success, but how do you choose the right one?  How do you find the right people? How do you know if they’re compatible with your style? How do you create a company culture that reflects your values? How do you motivate the team? Hear from our panel which includes: an experienced executive search recruiter, a venture investor, a successful CEO, and a corporate attorney on their experience building entrepreneurial teams.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**


John Tabis, CEO & Founder -The Bouqs

John is passionate about disruptive businesses, cool brands, and showing love to the important people in his life. The Bouqs Company is a combination of those things, and he is thrilled to bring it to you and yours.

Prior to Founding The Bouqs, John worked in strategy consulting at Bain & Company, followed by marketing strategy for brands including Disney, ESPN, ABC, Marvel, ShoeDazzle and Gerber Baby. John received his BS in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Mark Landay, Managing Director – Dynamic Synergy

Mark is Managing Director of Dynamic Synergy, a premier retained executive recruitment firm. In business for over two decade and Dun & Bradstreet rated, Dynamic Synergy provides start up and growth companies with retained executive recruitment.  Approximately 33% of the companies Mark has consulted to have had positive exits!  Prior to executive search, Mr. Landay worked in private equity and has been recognized as an industry expert in both technology & executive search.  Mark is the President of LA CEOs, a founding mentor for the Founders Institute, Chairman of SoCal Tech Group, and the Chairman Emeritus of the Harvard Business School Angels of Southern California.

Ryan Azlein, Partner – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Ryan Azlein is a Partner with the Firm, and serves as Director of the Firm’s Preccelerator Program.  Ryan advises a wide range of both private and public clients, focusing on emerging growth, development stage and middle-market companies as well as the venture capital firms, angel investors and strategic investors that invest in these types of companies. Ryan’s practice concentrates on venture capital and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and executive compensation matters, intellectual property development and licensing arrangements, SEC reporting and disclosure, public and private securities offerings, complex partnering arrangements, and general corporate matters.


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1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall


We hope to see you there!

SAM Represents Client HelloTech in Raising $2.5M to Bring On-Demand Convenience to In-Home IT Support


The on-demand market is quickly expanding.  Most recently, SAM client, HelloTech, a Los Angeles-based IT Company has joined the movement. The company today announced $2.5 million in seed funding from a Upfront Ventures, Accel Partners*, Crosscut Ventures, Amplify.LA, Ron Burkle, and other angels, as well as plans to launch its alpha service in West-LA in April. The company was founded by Richard Wolpert, a former Apple, Disney, and RealNetworks executive, co-founder of the accelerator, and a venture-partner at Accel.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorneys Scott Alderton and Ryan Azlein represented HelloTech in the transaction.

To view the PandoDaily article regarding the transaction, click here.

For more information regarding our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4501 or

SAM Preccelerator Company Fleck Reaches More Than 50k Users




SAM Preccelerator Program company Fleck, launched their 2.0 version in mid-December, and have reached more than 50,000 users, tripling their user base.  Upon launch, Apple also featured Fleck as the #1 Best New App, and they maintained being on that list for 3 weeks after launch.  Congratulations on the continued success Fleck!

To download the app, click 

About Fleck
Curated inspiration from a global community of artists.  Share your inspiring photos to topics like Street Art & Typography. Vote on submissions and influence tomorrow’s top photos. Each day, explore the best photos selected by the Fleck community

About the Preccelerator Program

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is one of the leading start-up law firms in Southern California. We pioneered a fixed fee start-up package making the formation and organization of your start-up as seamless as possible. Our Preccelerator Program is a new platform offered to select start-up companies out of our Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping you grow your idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator Program provides free co-working space and other perks for 5-6 promising young startups.

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at or (310) 746-9803.





SAM Encourages you to Attend the Webinar: “How to Raise Venture Capital: What’s Your Plan?” – February 3


Are you looking to raise investment capital?

If so, you need a plan.

The trick is to get investors to believe in you, in your company, in your vision, and in your ability to execute.

Join Ryan Azlein, Partner for Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles and Gadiel Morantes, Chief Revenue Officer for Early Growth Financial Services for simple tips to help you build your fundraising plan and get funded.

Ryan and Gadiel have worked with hundreds of successfully funded companies and know what works. Bring your questions and dig into topics such as:

– How to successfully target VCs
– Creating an effective executive summary
– Pitch deck essentials
– Top tips for telling your story
– And more…!


SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Fireside Chat with Ian Siegel, Co-Founder and CEO, ZipRecruiter


Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!


Fireside Chat with
Ian Siegel,

CEO & Co-Founder
of ZipRecruiter




Thursday, January 22, 2015



**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**





Ian Siegel

Ian Siegel, CEO of ZipRecruiter, has played an Executive Product and Technology role at a number of early stage to mid-size start-ups including City Search,, and Pictage. The idea for ZipRecruiter sprang into Ian’s head while contemplating all the things he would rather do than read through a three inch stack of applicant resumes. Ian creates the product roadmap for ZipRecruiter as well as being the designated “talker” for the company.

Moderated By:


  Espree Devora


Espree Devora is known as “the Girl who Gets it Done”. She is Comms VP and Podcast host at WeAreLATech, a virtual tourist office for LA Startups, in addition to being a contributing journalist for TechZulu. On her blog, she curates and reviews the best business software for startups to be more productive. She has provided seminars in entrepreneurship and technology to many corporations and universities including CBS, Disney and USC Executive MBA. Connect with Espree on Twitter @espreedevora or LinkedIn





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!