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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
8:00-10:00am

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

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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.

Moderator:

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.

Panelists:

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 jmcilvery@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Client ArtCraft Entertainment Raises Close to $1.8M on Kickstarter for New Game Crowfall

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Congratulations to SAM Client ArtCraft Entertainment as they’ve raised close to $1.8M on their Kickstarter campaign that was set up to raise funds to launch their new MMO game Crowfall.  In just three days, the campaign surpassed their original goal of $1.5M.  That amount will continue to climb as development progresses, as developer ArtCraft Entertainment is maintaining its own in-house crowdfunding campaign at Crowfall.com.

To view the ArtCraft Entertainment Team’s “thank you” to the Crowfall community:

To read the PC Magazine article on the funding the Crowfall review, click here.

About ArtCraft Entertainment

ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc. is an Austin, Texas based independent developer and publisher of cutting-edge Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs). Their flagship title, Crowfall, was announced in January of 2015 and has quickly gained a loyal following of players looking for innovation and vision in the MMO genre.

For more information about our Interactive Entertainment & Video Game practice, contact Ryan Azlein at (818) 444-4504 or razlein@stubbsalderton.com.

 

SAM Client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation to be Acquired by Microsemi Corporation

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SAM Client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation has announced that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Microsemi Corporation for $389 million, furthering a drive toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry.

Vitesse, which has headquarters in Camarillo, CA, designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductors, application software, and integrated turnkey systems solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide.

Based in Aliso Viejo, CA, Microsemi offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ attorneys John McIlvery and Jonathan Friedman are representing Vitesse in this pending transaction.

For more information about our Public Securities practice, contact John McIlvery at (818) 444-4502 or jmcilvery@stubbsalderton.com.

Obtaining a Federal Trademark Registration

Trademark Registration

The Federal Circuit in Couture v. Playdom, No. 2014-1480 (Fed. Cir. March 2, 2015) clarified that in order to obtain a U.S. trademark or service mark registration there must be actual trademark “use” (15 U.S.C. 1051) prior to filing an application to register or filing a Statement of Use (intent-to-use applications) with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Practical Pointers

1. A photograph on a website or the advertising of a product is not sufficient to establish “use”. A product must be shipped in commerce.  Keep documentation of earliest shipments.

2. A service offered on a website or simply advertised is not sufficient to establish “use”. The service must be provided in commerce. Keep records showing earliest provision of services.”

For more information regarding our Trademark & Copyright practice, contact Tony Keats at (310) 746-9802 or akeats@stubbsalderton.com.

 

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

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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 Amplify.la 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 salderton@stubbsalderton.com

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

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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…!

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Barak J. Kamelgard

Barak-Kamelgard

Associate

Barak J. Kamelgard

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Barak J. Kamelgard is an associate of the Firm.  Barak’s practice focuses on litigating various types of intellectual property and business litigation matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the firm, Barak served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. While attending UCLA School of Law, he also participated in mock trial and moot court competitions, as well as pre-trial civil litigation and trial advocacy clinics.

Barak has extensive prior experience in the entertainment industry. For several years, as a law clerk for Halloran Law Firm, a transactional entertainment law firm, he directly worked with and learned from Mark Halloran, a copyright expert and author of several entertainment industry legal and business guides. Barak also previously worked for Whalerock Industries, formerly known as BermanBraun Productions, The Walt Disney Company, and the Producers Guild of America.

Barak graduated with a B.S. in Marketing, from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland – College Park in 2011, and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2014 with a specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, where he received the Runner-Up Dean’s Award in Trademark Law.

Barak is also fluent in Hebrew and a member of Mensa. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California, at both the state and federal level.

practice & experience

  • Business, Intellectual Property, and Entertainment Litigation
  • Copyright and Trademark Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement
  • Brand Protection and Development Strategy
  • Federal and State Trial and Appellate Practice

Nick C. Feldman

Nick-Feldman

Associate

Nick C. Feldman

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Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

Nick also serves an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University, where he lectures on media law topics.

Nick received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and a recipient of the Otto Kaus Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

practice & experience

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • capital formation, venture capital and financing transactions;
  • commercial contracts, including license agreements, distribution agreements and consulting agreements;
  • entertainment contracts;
  • executive employment agreements;
  • acting as strategic counsel to a variety of privately held technology companies;
  • advising public and private companies on general corporate matters, including formation, commercial contracts, licensing transactions and compensation matters.

Bridging the 49th Parallel – Cross Border Business in British Columbia – December 10, 2014

 

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Join us for a catered lunch as we discuss the benefits of US businesses having operations in British Columbia.  The program will explore the economic incentives available to technology companies that are offered by the Government of British Columbia and by local authorities in Vancouver, how to access the programs and how to commence operations in BC.  The program will also include first hand insights of companies that have opened a satellite office in British Columbia.

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Moderator:

Jonathan Friedman, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP- Jonathan Friedman is Partner at the law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.  Jonathan advises a wide range of both public and private clients, including development-stage, emerging-growth and middle-market companies as well as angel investors, venture capital firms and strategic investors. Jonathan’s practice focuses on venture capital and corporate finance, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate and business matters. Jonathan has represented corporations and other entities in a wide variety of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, apparel, medical devices, entertainment and high technology. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian California Business Council, an entity that was formed to support Canada and California businesses growth. The Council aims to use its membership network to connect bi-lateral opportunities that will result in the job creation, investment connection and trade partnership support.

Panelists:

Robert Wong, Creative BC – After working for several years for a chartered accounting firm in Vancouver, Robert joined BC Film + Media (now Creative BC) where he is currently the Vice President and Acting Film Commissioner. Robert joined the staff just prior to the launch of the film and television tax credit program in 1998, and has since played an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s film and television tax policy, including the recent enhancements to the tax credit program. He is responsible for all administrative aspects of Film Incentive BC (FIBC), the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC), and development funding programs.  As Acting Film Commissioner, he is tasked with marketing British Columbia as a destination of choice for projects and companies looking for a world class production centre.

Lui Petrollini, Ernst & Young – Lui is the EY B.C. Media & Entertainment Services Leader, Private Mid-Market Services Leader and the Director, Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He has over 29 years experience in Public Accounting, serving private Canadian and international companies. Serving a wide variety of clients from start-up, development stage to full mature companies, Lui has extensive experience with software development companies, Media & Entertainment production companies and industry-related service providers. He currently sits as a director of the B.C. Technology Industry Association, the Telus World of Science (“Science World”) and the B.C. Motion Picture Production Industry Association. Lui possesses considerable knowledge and expertise in the film and television production industry. He has worked closely with film and television producers, and government and taxation agencies in dealing with the various film and tax credit incentives available to producers in Canada.

Mikko Setala, Rovio Animation Company- Mikko Setala joined Rovio Entertainment in 2006 as the Chairman of the Board and has also served Rovio as the CFO and EVP of Corporate Development. Living currently in Los Angeles, he is the President of the Rovio subsidiaries in North America.  Mikko’s background is in the software industry and he has been an entrepreneur, worked as an executive in major software companies and also as the CEO of a listed company. Mikko has written two books and acts as an angel investor and board member.  Mikko has a M.Sc. degree from Helsinki University of Technology.
Twitter: mikesetala

Agenda: 12:00-12:30 Networking and Free Catered Lunch; 12:30-1:30 Panel Discussion

Parking: Ramp #5 on 4th Street near Broadway, or at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  No Validations.

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