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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client TeenSafe featured on Today Show

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SAM client TeenSafe was featured on the Today Show as one of the most advanced systems for overseeing teen’s cell phone activity. TeenSafe is a monitoring service that allows parents to discreetly monitor their child’s iPhone or Android smartphone activities, including texts, web searches, and phone location without violating the phone’s warranty. TeenSafe has been used by more than 500,000 parents to help keep their teens safe.

To read the full article on the Today Show website click here.

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Preccelerator Program Company Ballerz World’s Version 2.0 is a Slam Dunk

ballerzworld-logoStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Preccelerator Program company Ballerz World announced today that it has launched its version 2.0 in the iOS App Store.  Founded by Navy veterans Kyle E. Cox and Nicholas Damuth, Ballerz World is the single largest marketplace that is dedicated to all things basketball. They help their worldwide users find basketball courts, as well as connect and play basketball with one another using their geo-location technology and over 12,000 pre-loaded basketball courts in every country, all while providing their users an opportunity to view and share content, in addition to buying discounted basketball gear via the in-app store portal.

During their beta phase, the Ballerz World basketball app received more than 10 awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, and the Best GPS-Enabled App at the Mobile App Awards.

Version 2.0 of Ballerz World includes additional aggregated content from top Basketball creators such as trainers, leagues, highlights, news and lifestyle influencers, as well as the expansion and official debut of their in-app store portal.

“Man, I wish I’d had this type of app when I was playing pickup,” Co-Founder Kyle E. Cox stated. The Ballerz World brainstorm came to him while driving around Los Angeles thinking about basketball. “What if there was an app that tells you where the courts are, all around you? That would be so cool!”

To check out and download the Ballerz World App, click here.

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

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Announces New Class of Preccelerator® Program Companies

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce the admission of a new group of companies to join the fifth class of its Preccelerator® Program.  The Preccelerator® is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and access to a strategic perks portfolio worth over $200,000 with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup.

The new participants include:

ballerzworld-logoBallerz World is the single largest marketplace that is dedicated to all things basketball. Their worldwide market of 500 million ballerz, and 30 million in the US, can connect and play basketball with one another using our geo-location technology, and their 12,000 pre-loaded courts in every country. They have successfully aggregated the top basketball content on the web allowing our users to share and watch content, in addition to buying discounted basketball gear via the in-app store portal. Ballerz World will feature courts, players, leagues, training, multimedia, and e-commerce all through our digital platform. During its beta phase, the Ballerz World app received more than 10 awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, and the Best GPS-Enabled App at the Mobile App Awards. Available in the iOS App Store.

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Virtual Reality represents a creative revolution. Humans have always told stories with words and pictures. Now PlayspaceVR is creating the next generation of graphic storytelling by bringing comic books to Virtual Reality. Their team has domain expertise in VR/AR, media/entertainment, intense work ethic, and a true love for what they do. http://playspacevr.com/

“The Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Preccelerator® Program is committed to continuing to support the Los Angeles technology scene and provide a platform for early stage companies to gain momentum and secure a solid foundation to build their businesses,” says Heidi Hubbeling, Co-Director of the Program.

Led by Stubbs Alderton Partner Louis Wharton and Heidi Hubbeling, the Preccelerator® Program has had great success with its classes, which has resulted in a majority of the companies being accepted into larger accelerator programs and incubators or successfully raising their seed funding round.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Their mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of their Firm.

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program and to fill out an application, visit www.preccelerator.com or contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803.

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Preccelerator® Program Company Napkin Finance Featured in PopSugar Article

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Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator® Program’s company Napkin Finance for being featured in a PopSugar article this week. The article, entitled “American Hustle: How the Next President Will Affect Your Finances” uses Napkin Finance’s easy to understand charts to explain how the upcoming election results will affect your personal finances.

To view the full article click here.
To learn more about Napkin Finance click here.

For more about the Preccelerator Program, contact HeidiHubbeling, Director at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM & Traklight present: “IP Basics” with Tony Keats & Mary Juetten

 

 

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP &

Traklight for this exclusive event!

 

“IP Basics”
with SAM Partner Tony Keats, and Traklight’s Marty Juetten

 

Learn about the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents, and the steps that you need to take to protect the intellectual property of your business, including the introduction of a free business risk assessment.

 

 

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

* Food, Drinks, and Networking Included *

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

 

Parking
4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

 

Register!

 

Featuring 

 

 

Mary Juetten, Founder & CEO, Traklight
Mary Juetten, founder and CEO of Traklight, has dedicated her more-than-30-year career to helping businesses achieve and protect their success. Specializing in leading companies in transition or start-up phases and helping them create sustainable, operational, and financial growth. Using her extensive education including Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State, as well as her US and Canadian accounting and public accountant certifications, Mary created the only self-guided software platform that creates a custom intellectual property (IP) strategy plus assesses business risk. Traklight Pro is lead generation or triage for companies; business, startup & venture, and IP attorneys; CPAs; and other professionals. Mary is an international author, blogger, speaker, and mentor. She previously represented entrepreneurs on the Board of the Crowdfunding Investment Regulatory Advocates and is currently on the Emerging Enterprise Committee of the Licensing Executives Society. In 2015 Mary co-founded Evolve Law, a sales and marketing channel for Traklight and speaks internationally on change and technology adoption in the legal industry. Mary was named to the American Bar Association’s Legal Resource Technology Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and the FastCase Class of 2016. She now serves on the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA) Board.

                                                                                                                                                        

Tony Keats, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Tony Keats is a partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and Co-chair of the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group. He was a founding partner of Keats, McFarland & Wilson LLP, in Los Angeles, and intellectual property practice team leader for the national law firm Baker & Hostetler. Tony’s almost three decade legal career has focused on both the legal and business protection of brands and creative content from consumer products to entertainment, from designer goods to the Internet. Since he commenced practice, he has provided counsel and has litigated cases on behalf of many of the world’s largest consumer product and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians. Tony’s litigation background also includes related commercial matters involving unfair competition, contract disputes, rights of publicity violations, business torts, domain name infringement, and idea submission claims.

 

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors! 

 

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. www.stubbsalderton.com

Traklight is the only self-guided software platform to identify business risks and capture the value of ideas and intellectual property for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). In addition to helping SMBs and investors accurately identify and minimize business and legal risks and maximize the value of intangible assets, Traklight licenses its platform to attorneys, other professionals, and software platforms to streamline the client intake process, prequalify and educate customers, and generate additional billable hours or revenue. The company’s leadership role in helping SMBs leverage their company value is supported by a Partnership Program that includes Federally sponsored organizations, trade associations, and industry. Traklight is privately held and headquartered in Arizona. Visit traklight.com to learn more.

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SAM Client Alert: “Time Off to Vote” Notices

635928989646379029-1077750017_headlinerCalifornia law requires employers to post a notice (available here) ten days before an election (which is tomorrow) advising employees of provisions for taking paid leave for the purpose of voting in statewide elections.

Thank you to Zoe J. Sussman, Esq. of Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC for this update. For more information on this and other employment law matters, contact ZSussman@ThomasEmploymentLaw.com

 

 

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Scott Alderton Featured Speaker at South Bay Economic Forecast Annual Event at CSU Dominguez Hills

 

Scott_Alderton_cropStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Scott Alderton was a featured panelist at South Bay Economic Forecast’s annual event at Cal State Unviversity Dominguez Hills Thursday, October 27th. Scott spoke about how new technology businesses often face road blocks in regards to policy and regulation.

For more information, click here.

To learn more about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4500 or salderton@stubbsalderton.com

 

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Scott Alderton Featured As Panelist at OC Tech Happy Hour at The Cove

Scott_Alderton_cropStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Scott Alderton was featured yesterday, October 26th, as a panelist on the topic of Funding & Growth at the OC Tech Happy Hour that was held at The Cove at UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation Center.

For more information on the event click here.

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4501 or salderton@stubbsalderton.com

 

 

 

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Represents Client NEOGOV in Investment by Warburg Pincus

ngv-logo_2015-1Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client NEOGOV, the leading talent management software platform focused on government, education and public sector clients announced that Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing has invested in them. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2000, NEOGOV provides market-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) talent management solutions to automate and streamline the recruitment, onboarding and performance evaluation processes for government and other public sector institutions. NEOGOV’s software is designed specifically for the unique human capital management requirements of these complex and regulated end-markets and serves more than 1,500 organizations including over 40% of the largest U.S. cities and more than 20 state customers.

“The team at NEOGOV has built the leading provider of human capital management software to the public sector,” said Alex Berzofsky, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus. “We are excited to invest in the company and partner with the NEOGOV management team as they continue to broaden the product platform and identify additional opportunities to serve their large and growing customer base.”

“Warburg Pincus has deep experience in cloud-based software and the firm will be a valuable partner as we continue to focus on growing our whole talent management suite tailored for the local government sector,” said Damir Davidovic, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NEOGOV. “With this investment, we plan to enhance our product offerings, serve more customers and accelerate growth of the business.”

“As more companies continue to use SaaS-based systems to deliver HR solutions, we see a significant growth opportunity for NEOGOV given it is configurable specifically for the needs of the public sector, where fewer organizations have adopted these technologies,” said Brian Chang, Principal, Warburg Pincus.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing NEOGOV in this deal were Sean Greaney and Scott Alderton.

About NEOGOV
NEOGOV HR software automates the entire hiring, onboarding and performance evaluation process, including position requisition approval, automatic minimum qualification screening, test statistics and analysis, and EEO reporting. NEOGOV works with more than 1,500 federal, state and local government, universities and K-12 organizations nationwide, ranging in size from 100 to over 100,000 employees, including agencies such as the State of South Carolina, the State of Tennessee, City of Dallas, TX; City of Houston, TX; Baltimore County, MD; City and County of Denver, CO; City and County of Honolulu, HI; City of Nashville, TN; and more than 25% of California’s Counties, including Santa Clara County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County. Because NEOGOV’s solutions are both easy-to-use and fast to implement, it is able to offer a public sector model that is low risk, but offers a high ROI at the same time.

About Warburg Pincus
Warburg Pincus LLC is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $40 billion in private equity assets under management. The firm’s active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 15 private equity funds, which have invested more than $58 billion in over 760 companies in more than 40 countries. Warburg Pincus has been an active investor in SaaS companies, with current investments including The Gordian Group, DocuTAP, Liaison International, PayScale, and Avalara, among others.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. www.stubbsalderton.com 

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Practice, contact Sean Greaney at sgreaney@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4554

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Client THX Acquired by Leading Lifestyle Brand for Gamers, Razer

thx-logoStubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP client THX announced this week that Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, has acquired the majority of the assets of THX Ltd. and brought onboard the management and employees of the company. THX will continue to operate as an independent entity under its own management and apart from the ongoing business of its parent company. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ attorneys representing THX in the transaction include Scott Galer, John McIlvery, Sean Greaney and Nick Feldman

 

To read the full press release, click here.

 

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP (SAM) is a California business law firm with robust intellectual property, litigation, corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, and entertainment practice groups.  SAM focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, celebrities and entertainment companies. SAM’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services and outstanding results in a highly-responsive, service-oriented, and cost-effective manner. These principles are the hallmarks of our firm.

 

To learn more about our Mergers & Acquisitions practice, contact SAM partner Scott Galer at sgaler@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4513.

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