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Preccelerator® Program Company Jambo Launches in Android and iOS App Stores

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Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator Company Zero Mass Energy (“ZME”) on the launch of their first product Jambo in the Android Google Play and iOS App Stores. Jambo is a chat app that combines social productivity with integrated social gaming.  “Jambo’s approach is to allow these games and tools to be utilized right within your chat threads without having to leave the app” says founder and CEO, Carey Chico.   While this first version allows the user to play games, send real-time character animation, as well as voice and photos – future releases will add a large number of entertainment and productivity functions.

ZME has also launched their new Jambo Chat Platform, that is a licensable platform to help businesses scale and retain their user base by utilizing a diverse set of social productivity and social play features. Companies that have a large number of apps or sites, can take these fragmented user bases and combine them into a single community promoting engagement and retention.  “We see an opportunity to create a pervasive chat platform that goes where you want to go, rather than you having to go to it.  There are so many isolated and siloed app experiences that we think could benefit greatly from our technology.”

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To learn more about Zero Mass Energy, visit http://www.zeromassenergy.com/

For more information about the Preccelerator Program contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or visit www.preccelerator.com.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Client Zephyr Receives $31M Investment from Frontier Capital

Press Release_Frontier-Capital-investmentLos Angeles, CA – May 13, 2016 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles announces that it represented its client D-Software, d/b/a Zephyr, one of the software industry’s fastest-growing providers of real-time, on-demand enterprise test management solutions, in an investment deal of  $31M from Frontier Capital.

Based in Newark, Calif., in the epicenter of the software industry, Zephyr provides more than 8,500 customers in over 100 countries with innovative applications, seamless integrations and unparalleled, real-time visibility into the quality and status of their software development projects. With additional operations in London and Bangalore, the company has more than doubled its customer base in the past 12 months by helping companies like LG Electronics, Adobe, HSBC, Honda, Oracle, Citibank, Amex, GE, Starz and Hyundai drive down costs and bring higher quality software to market faster.

The $31 million investment from Frontier Capital will be used to fund key growth initiatives for the company like enhancing the product portfolio and scaling sales and marketing capabilities, according to Zephyr founder and CEO Samir Shah.

“Partnering with Frontier Capital will help us realize our potential by investing in the critical business functions that will fuel our growth,” said Shah. “Their business acumen and experience helping similar next-stage growth companies achieve their goals will be just as, if not more, valuable to us than the money they have invested. We are excited to have Frontier on board as an engaged partner and look forward to working with them to build a market leader.”

SAM Partner Scott Alderton has represented D-Software, d/b/a Zephyr, since its inception and Stubbs Alderton as a whole is very proud of their success.  SAM Partners that led this deal include Scott Galer, Scott Alderton, Nick Feldman and Adam Bagley.

To read the full Zephyr press release, click here.

About Frontier Capital

Frontier Capital is a Charlotte-based growth equity firm focused exclusively on software and technology-enabled business services companies. Founded in 1999, Frontier partners with management teams that can benefit from capital to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions or generate shareholder liquidity. The firm makes minority and majority equity investments in high growth companies and has built an excellent track record of delivering returns to both investors and management partners. For more information, please visit frontiercapital.com.

About Zephyr

Zephyr is a leading provider of on-demand enterprise test management solutions, offering innovative applications, seamless integrations and unparalleled, real-time visibility into the quality and status of software projects. Zephyr products are the fastest-growing agile test management products in the world, with more than 8,500 global customers in over 100 countries. Their feature-rich products address today’s dynamic and global needs across a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, media, automotive, IT services and enterprise software. Zephyr is headquartered in Newark, Calif., with offices in Europe and India. For more information, please visit www.getzephyr.com.

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. For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com.

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SAM Alert- Employers Must Now Provide Notice of Whistle Blower Immunity

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Employers Must Now Provide Notice of Whistle Blower Immunity

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Requires Immediate Changes to Employee and Contractor Agreements

Starting May 12, 2016, all agreements with employees and individuals that are independent contractors or consultants governing the use of trade secrets or confidential information must include a notice of immunity for the disclosure of a trade secret to the government or in a court filing.  Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), the disclosure of a trade secret will be immunized from civil and criminal liability if it is made (i) in confidence to a Federal, State or local government official, or to an attorney, solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law or (ii) in a lawsuit complaint or other court documents filed under seal.  Failure to comply with this new legal requirement may preclude a company from recovering punitive damages or attorneys’ fees in a lawsuit against an employee or contractor for trade secret theft.  Also, it is possible government agencies could bring regulatory enforcement actions and employees could bring class action lawsuits against companies that fail to provide this notice.

Our recommendation for adapting to the new law:

  • Update agreements with employees, independent contractors and consultants. The required notice must be included in any contract or agreement with an employee or individual that is an independent contractor or consultant that governs the use of a trade secret or other confidential information.  This includes employee confidentiality and intellectual property assignment agreements, independent contractor agreements, consulting services agreements, professional services agreements, advisory board member agreements, intern agreements and nondisclosure agreements, and any amendments and renewals of such agreements entered into prior to the date the new law went into effect.  Instead of stating the immunity notice in each agreement, the agreement may cross-reference to a policy document (e.g., employee handbook) containing the company’s reporting policy for a suspected violation of law.

How Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP can help.  We are a business law firm with expertise in intellectual property law. Our standard employee, independent contractor, nondisclosure and advisory board member agreements have been updated to comply with the DTSA’s notice of immunity requirement.  We can help update your employee and independent contractor agreements.

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Kevin D. DeBré
leads the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Practice Group advising entrepreneurs and growth companies on how to use technology and intellectual property in building successful businesses.  For more information, email Kevin at kdebre@stubbsalderton.com.

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Preccelerator Program Presents: “From Runway to Exit – How Proper Financial Modeling Sets up Startups for Raising Capital & Financial Success”

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for this exclusive event!

 

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“From Runway to Exit – How Proper Financial Modeling Sets up Startups for Raising Capital & Financial Success”

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

 

5:30pm-8:00pm

 

Bring your Laptop!

 

**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

 

Register!

 

Featuring

 

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

   

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Preccelerator® Program Company Napkin Finance Partners with White House

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Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator® Program company Napkin Finance, a subsidiary of CardBlanc. Napkin Finance has teamed up with the White House to promote financial literacy among students and young adults, and assist them with preparing for college and Federal Student Aid.  This is part of President Obama and the First Lady’s Reach Higher, Better Make Room and National College Signing Day initiatives.

The White House just released the Fact Sheet “Celebrating Progress in Expanding College Opportunity for Every Student on College Signing Day.”  In regards to Napkin Finance it states, “Napkin Finance breaks down financial concepts in a simple, engaging, and visual way in 30 seconds or less. Most importantly, it teaches teens and young adults how to make smart money decisions and build a lifetime of financial well-being. For the First Lady’s Better Make Room initiative, Napkin Finance has created a course with “napkins” that prepare students for the financial challenges of a college education. The Better Make Room collaboration with Napkin Finance will inspire and empower teens to fill out the FAFSA, learn more about options for paying for college, understand how student loans work, and encourage ongoing engagement with the Reach Higher platform.”

To read the full Fact Sheet, click here.

To learn more about Napkin Finance visit: http://www.napkinfinance.com

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

 

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Revenue Recognition” with Crowe Horwath

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

 

“Revenue Recognition”

With this new revenue recognition standard on the horizon, now is the time for organizations to understand how the changes will affect their organization and develop an implementation plan that will help their organization experience a seamless transition. You are invited to join Crowe Horwath LLP for a presentation on revenue recognition and implementing the new Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, “Revenue From Contracts With Customers” including:

  • Summary of the new standard
  • Considerations for digital media and technology companies
  • Developing an implementation plan for the new standard
  • Internal control considerations

 

 
Thursday, April 21, 2016
 
5:30pm-8:00pm
 
**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**
Register!

 

Featuring

Sam Aina is a leader in the Risk Consulting Practice and has more than 12 years of experience providing Internal Audit and SOX services. He has a proven track record helping clients in a variety of industries with their internal audit, compliance, and risk management needs.

 

Scott Sachs is a leader within Crowe audit services and specializes in publicly traded and private companies in the technology, manufacturing, and media industries.

  

             

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SAM Preccelerator® Program Featured in San Fernando Valley Business Journal

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Preccelerator® Program Company Rally Networks Admitted to Virgin Media Accelerator Powered by TechStars

Rally NetworksCongratulations to SAM Preccelerator® Program company Rally Networks for being admitted to the first class of the Virgin Media Accelerator Powered by TechStars. Rally is a rapid device charging network that helps developers and enterprises drive mobile app downloads and high-value ad engagements. Customers at retail locations can charge their phone for free after downloading an app or engaging with an interactive ad.

Companies from 71 countries around the world applied to come to London for the summer to be a part of this inaugural class to work side by side with world class mentors from Virgin Media and the Techstars London startup community.

To read the full press release from TechStars, click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, visit www.preccelerator.com or contact Heidi Hubbeling, Director of Operations at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Wire – February 2016

February 29, 2016
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Congress passed and the signed a tax act in December. Here are some highlights that may benefit startup companies. To view the articles, click here.

Preccelerator Program Company LockAware Publishes Article Regarding Locksmith Scams and their Entrepreneurial Journey

 

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Program Company LockAware published an article about the source of their idea for LockAware, a startup designed to combat fraud in the locksmith industry.
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Preccelerator Company Voter Featured in The Blaze and Re/code

Preccelerator company Voter has once again received fantastic media exposure! This time in online publications, The Blaze and Re/code.
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SAM Preccelerator Program Company Team(You) Selected as Top 10 Emerging Startups in Education By LAUNCH Fest!
Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator Program company Team(You) for their selection by LAUNCH Festival 2016 as one of the Top 10 Emerging Startups in Education!
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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is proud to announce that five of their attorneys have been listed in the 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers edition. Congratulations toScott Alderton, Joe Stubbs, Kevin DeBré, Tony Keats, and Michael Sherman.
To view the full article, click here.

 

Digital LA – Digital Women Spring 2016 – March 8th

You’re invited to the second annual Digital Women Spring 2016 from Digital LA on March 8th! Held on International Women’s Day, the second Digital Women symposium celebrates women in tech including women startup CEO / founders, digital professionals, developers, designers and more. Heidi Hubbeling from Stubbs Alderton will be speaking on behalf of the Preccelerator Program and SAM Venture Partners for the Venture Capital & Accelerators track.

For more information, click here.

You’re Invited! Women Founders Network “Meet the Accelerators” Featuring the Preccelerator Program

Meet the Accelerators.
Join us to meet some of the top accelerators in Los Angeles! Get insider tips and advice for taking your startup to the next level. An informative panel discussion will be followed by open networking so guests can visit each accelerator’s booth to learn more.
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Digital LA – Digital Women Spring 2016 – March 8th

You’re invited to the second annual Digital Women Spring 2016 from Digital LA on March 8th! Held on International Women’s Day, the second Digital Women symposium celebrates women in tech including women startup CEO / founders, digital professionals, developers, designers and more. The symposium includes panels, keynotes, and workshops featuring women and men to discus action steps to increase and retain women in tech, and connect and inspire attendees. Heidi Hubbeling from Stubbs Alderton will be speaking on behalf of the Preccelerator Program and SAM Venture Partners for the Venture Capital & Accelerators track. For more information and to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-la-digital-women-spring-2016-tickets-21054432374

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