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SAM Client CallFire Makes List of Deloitte’s Technology Fast500 for the Third Year in a Row

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles would like to congratulate its client CallFire for being named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast500 list for the third year in a row!

CallFireCallFire provides user-friendly, intuitive voice and text connectivity products to over 100,000 businesses. The company is dedicated to providing high-availability systems, intuitive user interfaces, furious developer support, and unparalleled customer care. Our customers include small business owners, nonprofits, political groups, insurance agents, and marketers. CallFire is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with affiliated offices in Jersey City, NJ, and Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

SAM Client MoJoose, Inc. Twice Named as Honoree at CES Innovation Awards

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MJooseSAM Client MoJoose, Inc., manufacturer of the mJoose 3-in-1 Smartphone Case that combines a cell signal amplifier, a battery and protective case, was twice named as honoree at the CES Innovation Awards in the Portable Power and Wireless Accessories categories.

To read the full press release, click here.

MoJoose also has a campaign on Indigogo where they are taking donations for early mJoose 3-in-1 units.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Honored as Dealmaker of the Year by ACG101


ACG101Stubbs Alderton & Markiles is honored to have received the Dealmaker of the Year Award by ACG101 (Association for Corporate Growth) at their Stars of the 101 Banquet.  The Stars of the 101 Banquet benefited the Casa Pacific Centers for Children and Families.

The Association for Corporate Growth is the premier organization for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions. ACG 101 serves corporate executives and professionals in the West Valley-Ventura County-Santa Barbara areas.

RedBull Global Rallycross 2015 Announces Worldwide Live Stream Tonight at 7pm PST




SAM Client Global Rallycross Announces that they will have a worldwide live stream on RedBull TV tonight, November 4th at 7:00pm PST.  The RedBull Global Rallycross 2015 event can be found at:

GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track and watching broadcasts alike. Events are designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports, without lengthy breaks in the action.

You’re Invited! Startup Superhero Series with James Citron and Networking Under the Stars – Nov 12, 2015



Startup Superhero Series & Networking Under the Stars


Please join CohnReznick LLP and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for a special invitation-only speaker session followed by an opportunity to network under the stars.

What is a startup superhero? Join us as James Citron, CEO of Pledgeling, is interviewed by Matt Swider, US Mobile Editor for TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what it feels like to create a brand used by thousands of people.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:30-7:00pm – Startup Superhero Series with James Citron
7:00pm-9:30pm – Networking Under the Stars (2nd Floor Patio)


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


Katie Garcia, 310-843-8218


Matt SwiderMatt Swider is the Mobile Editor of, covering smartphones, wearables and car tech. He began writing about gadgets when we started his own video game news and reviews website at 14 back in 1999. He holds a Journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University.
James CitronJames Citron is a mobile entrepreneur, evangelist, and disruptor. Over the last dozen years, Citron has led multiple companies through acquisitions, built products that have reached 150MM Americans on mobile and launched mobile products in 20 countries.

As Co-Founder & CEO of Mogreet, he helped to jump start the mobile video industry when his products powered the first mobile video campaigns for ABC, Fox, Nike and Paramount beginning in 2008. Nicknamed the ‘Father of MMS’, Citron’s company sent the first cross-carrier MMS in the market and today, his technology powers 80% of all MMS messaging sent by US brands. While serving as President of Outspoken, his mobile CRM platform become an industry standard used by brands and agencies to power over fifty thousand mobile campaigns. As CRO of mGage, Mr. Citron’s ran the largest mobile messaging business in the United States delivering over four billion mobile messages annually to over fifty percent of American wireless subscribers. In

2015, Mr. Citron recently joined Pledgeling as its CEO with the goal of making charitable donations via mobile simple, secure and fun.

Citron is a long-time active member of the Mobile Marketing Association and author of several mobile industry guidelines currently in use today. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry trade events, published author, educator, and an advisor and investor in early-stage companies. Citron is a graduate of Princeton University.



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, visit

About CohnReznick

CohnReznick LLP is one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today’s dynamic business environment demands. Headquartered in New York, NY, and with offices nationwide, CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for middle market and Fortune 1000 companies, private equity and financial services firms, government contractors, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The Firm, with origins dating back to 1919, has more than 2,700 employees including nearly 300 partners and is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Featured as One of the 25 Top Boutique Law Firms in California by the Daily Journal

Supplement 10-14-15 LDJ TBFURN101415Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of the top 25 boutique law firms in California by the Daily Journal in their October 2015 “Top Boutiques” supplement. Only two firms were selected whose practice is primarily business and technology law.  The term “boutique” is assigned to a law firm of any size where at least 90 percent of the firm’s attorneys devote 100 percent of their practice to one specialty.

Stubbs Alderton is a business law firm with a niche in emerging growth and technology. We handle public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property and brand protection while representing Southern California businesses from venture-backed emerging growth companies to midsize and large companies involved in technology, entertainment, video games, apparel and medical devices.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP also sets itself apart with our innovative business model which includes SAM Venture Partners, SAM Development Company, Preccelerator Program, and its joint venture FlashFunders.

We take great pride in fostering growth in the Los Angeles startup eco-system.

To read the full article, click Stubbs Alderton DJ2015 Top Boutiques.

For more information, contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Director of Marketing
Director of Operations, Preccelerator Program
(310) 746-9803

SAM Joint Venture Online Equity Funding Platform FlashFunders Surpasses Twelve Million In Investments for Startups

flashfunders2SAM joint venture, FlashFunders, the online equity funding platform accelerating innovation within the capital raising landscape, today announced on its one-year anniversary that it has successfully funded over twelve million dollars in startup seed rounds. In addition to this investments milestone, FlashFunders will partner with Raven Ventures to further ensure that featured offerings are provided access to an extensive global network of accredited investors. Raven Ventures, a leading global seed and early stage venture capital firm, has committed to investing five million dollars in startups listing on the FlashFunders platform effective immediately.

To read the full press release, click here.

About FlashFunders

FlashFunders, the online equity funding platform, provides equal investing and funding opportunities for all. FlashFunders empowers startups to raise capital for free and democratizes investor access. Startups are able to manage their whole offerings online while investors can discover new companies and invest as little as $1,000. FlashFunders is a broker-dealer, securities law firm and technology platform rolled into one ecosystem–a powerful combination providing efficiencies that save investors time and startups money. Launched in 2014, FlashFunders is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. For more information, visit and follow FlashFunders on Twitter at

Preccelerator Program Pizza and Pitch Day!

Big shout out to our Preccelerator companies that participated in this month’s Pizza and Pitch day!  A mock pitch session was organized for each company to present to their peers and mentors and receive constructive critiques.  A great success!  Prizes were given for pitching the closest to the alotted time frame, best PowerPoint presentation, and the People’s Choice award.   A big “thank you” to Preccelerator mentor Mark Wald of Supporting Strategies for sitting in as a guest judge today.  For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, Director of Operations, at or (310) 746-9803.









Peer Office

Peer Office

Preccelerator Program - Hard at Work!

Preccelerator Program – Hard at Work!

Prize Winners for Time Frame and People's Choice! District2!

Prize Winners for Time Frame and People’s Choice! District2! From Left: Cassie Betts, Heidi Hubbeling, Sean Fitzpatrick

Rally Networks

Rally Networks



Verde Circle

Verde Circle

SAM Client HelloTech Raises $12.5M Series A to Expand Its In-Home Tech Support


HelloTech PicStubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP announced today that it assisted client HelloTech with its $12.5 Series A Financing to expand their in-home tech support.  The funding was led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Upfront Ventures, CrossCut Ventures, and Accel Partners.  HelloTech closed their $4.5M seed funding in February, bringing their total raise to $17M.

HelloTech is a new on-demand tech support service provided by our fully-vetted team of techs. Each HelloTech Hero is hand-selected, background-checked and completes a variety of tests and assessments. In addition to a complete range of tech support services, we also provide new technology consultation and training. We not only fix problems, we educate and help architect a home’s tech eco-system.

In today’s world of connected devices and the Internet of Things, our mission is to make the newest in technology available and understandable to all. We’re making technology in the home simple.

SAM attorneys Ryan Azlein, Scott Alderton and Caroline Cherkassky represented HelloTech in this transaction.

To view the TechCrunch article, click here.

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Ryan Azlein at or (818) 444-4504.

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “PR for Startups” with Jessica Engholm – ESSE PR



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



“PR for Startups”


ESSE PR’s founder Jessica Engholm will be providing an in-depth presentation and discussion on how startups can best utilize public relations.

Jessica will address the notorious questions that startups really want answered:

What type of companies need PR? When is it needed? What is the ROI? How much does it cost? Will it increase sales? How long will it take to see results? How should a startup select an agency?

The program will also include an overview of public relations strategies and tactics,  how PR differs between mature companies and startups, DIY methods versus professional services, and the ESSE PR program developed specificaly for startups.

Thursday, September 17, 2015




**Networking with food and drinks to start!**


***SAM Partner Scott Alderton to pass the
Heart Centered Tech Award to This Month’s Honoree***






Jessica Engholm, Founder, ESSE PR


ESSE PR’s Jessica Engholm, best known for avant-garde PR tactics, has worked with some of today’s most revered consumer brands, startups, technology, and entertainment entities. To name a few: HBO, Dove, Wells Fargo, PG&E, celebrities including Al Pacino and Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as non-profits: Boys & Girls Club, Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure, Special Olympics, and UCSF Hospital.

Jessica is the founder and principal of ESSE PR, an agency aiming to redefine standards and practices of public relations. Based out of San Francisco and Santa Monica, ESSE PR has scaled to a network of more than150 publicists since 2009. ESSE’s clients, both established companies, as well as startups in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, are regularly featured in media majors including Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, NY Times, and more.

ESSE’s owner, Jessica Engholm has been nominated for PR Week’s 40 Under 40, and is a recipient of PR News’ Platinum Award for digital campaigns.

More information on ESSE can be found at

Additional Career Highlights of Jessica Engholm:

  • September 2012: Secured a partnership between The Officecreator Ricky Gervais and and the the technology startup CloudTalk. Developed a respective campaign that resulted in more than 500 M media impressions, 500,000 product downloads, as well as an API integration with Twitter.
  • March, 2014: Facilitating a partnership between fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker and a Los Angeles based jewelry e-commerce company WeTheAdorned, resulting in 300 M media views pre-launch.
  • October, 2014: With relevant clients and experience with Silicon Valley startups and venture capitalists, Engholm was tapped as a PR and technical advisor to the HBO series Silicon Valley, Season 2. 


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