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SAM Preccelerator Program Now Accepting Applications!

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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 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.

The perks include:

  • Free co-working space on a rolling basis, including free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for meetings and presentations
  • Access to real-time legal advice and transactional legal services on site (under our standard engagement and/or fee arrangements)
  • Access to in-house educational workshops and activities
  • Potential introductions to our network of investors and other service providers

Apply Today

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

SAM Joint Venture FlashFunders Featured on Fox Business News “After the Bell”

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Following their October 16th launch, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ joint venture, FlashFunders has received enormous press coverage.  Yesterday, Fox Business News interviewed co-founder Vincent Bradley on “After the Bell.”

 

Other recent press for FlashFunders includes:

PR Newswire

Huffington Post

Crowdfund Insider

Wired Magazine (Online)

Inc.

WWD

SAM Preccelerator Program Now Accepting Applications!

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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 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.

The perks include:

  • Free co-working space on a rolling basis, including free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for meetings and presentations
  • Access to real-time legal advice and transactional legal services on site (under our standard engagement and/or fee arrangements)
  • Access to in-house educational workshops and activities
  • Potential introductions to our network of investors and other service providers

Apply Today

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

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Joint Venture FlashFunders Launches Industry Standard for Online Equity Funding

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No-Fee Platform Connects Accredited Investors to
Innovative Startups Pursuant to the JOBS Act

SANTA MONICA, Calif.: Oct. 16, 2014 – FlashFunders today announced the launch of its no-fee, online equity funding platform at www.flashfunders.com.  FlashFunders (member FINRA/SIPC) was started by Europlay Capital Advisors, law firm Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, and co-founders Vincent Bradley and Brian Park, and was formed to help startups raise capital efficiently while also opening up access to startup investing for accredited investors.

FlashFunders’ platform helps entrepreneurs navigate complex SEC regulations and offsets costly legal fees, while giving accredited investors unprecedented access to startup investment opportunities. FlashFunders provides a turnkey solution for raising capital and a marketplace where entrepreneurs can connect directly with accredited investors across the globe.

FlashFunders ensures all investors are accredited and that all offerings are SEC-compliant and executed using FDIC-insured escrows — which are created and paid for by FlashFunders.

“We worked with FINRA over the past year to expand the scope of our broker-dealer license, allowing FlashFunders to operate an online equity funding platform in a regulated environment,” said Vincent Bradley, the co-founder of FlashFunders. “We felt it was critical to ensure our platform was compliant for both startups and investors. Online equity funding is in its infancy and seeing tremendous growth; by engaging with FINRA, we’re leading the way for how it should be done — creating an industry standard.”

“97% of the 8.5 million accredited investors in the United States currently don’t partake in startup investing,” said Mark Dyne, the chairman and founder of Europlay, a seed and early-stage investor in technology companies, as well as former Skype seed investor and board member and founder and CEO of Sega Ozisoft, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, and many others. “This is largely because they don’t have access to early stage companies. Leveraging technology and decades of combined experience in finance, venture investing, securities law and startup operations, FlashFunders provides entrepreneurs and investors a secure, SEC-compliant user experience, with e-Signature technology and document management capabilities backed by a team of FINRA-registered representatives to help ensure successful offerings on the platform.”

“FlashFunders is designed to fundamentally alter the capital-raising process,” said Brian Park, co-founder of FlashFunders. “We provide startups with a compliant, efficient and no-fee online equity funding platform to develop their business plans, publicly market their offerings and collect funding from accredited investors —saving startups thousands of dollars in legal fees. At the same time, investors on FlashFunders can purchase shares directly in startups with no transaction fees or carried interest charges.”

FlashFunders creates a safe and intuitive process that allows investors to view startup offerings and execute investments legally and properly in minutes using Flash Seed Preferred documents and e-Signature technology.

FlashFunders has created “Flash Seed Preferred,” a set of safe, balanced and transparent investment documents that have been customized to facilitate fundraising on the platform, further streamlining a process that would otherwise take months of road shows, multiple middlemen and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to execute.

“Unlike other equity funding portals, FlashFunders does not curate or try to pick winners, and investments are not made through LLCs or Special Purpose Vehicles,” said Scott Alderton, Managing Partner at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. “FlashFunders provides a seamless end-to-end solution for startups raising capital with virtually no external cost, fees or investor carry. FlashFunders receives an ongoing right to invest a limited amount under the same terms as all other investors if a startup is successful in getting funded on the platform.” Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is southern California’s leading business law firm, with deep experience in providing legal services to companies including LinkedIn, Beats by Dre and Skype, among many others.

The announcement today is the first phase of FlashFunders’ rollout. Additional enhancements to the user experience will be added over time along with new tools and technologies to increase functionality and scale. Offerings from startups will be incrementally uploaded by the site’s concierge service, which assigns a live team to guide entrepreneurs through the process.

“We are educating a new generation of investors and building a more efficient roadshow for startups,” said Vincent Bradley.

About FlashFunders

A registered broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, FlashFunders provides a no-fee online equity funding platform for entrepreneurs to publicly market their offerings, collect funding from accredited investors and gain access to SEC-compliant legal documents and escrow accounts to create their offerings.

For more information, visit: http://www.flashfunders.com

Media Contact:
Amy Morris                                                 Susan Guerra
FlashFunders                                              Thatcher+Co.
amyshapiromorris@gmail.com               sguerra@thatcherandco.com
917.887.2725                                              973.650.6555

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Closes Financing Deal to Form Indigenous Media

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLC closed a financing deal to form digital media company Indigenous Media.  This new digital media company is founded by  the team behind YouTube Channel WIGS, including producer Jon Avnet (Black Swan), his son Jake Avnet and director Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment).  The deal received funding from communications conglomerate WPP and U.K. TV giant ITV.  Additional investors include Steven TischShari Redstone‘s Advancit Capital and Michael PriceJon Miller, former CEO of digital media for News Corp, has been appointed Indigenous chairman.   

To view the full Hollywood Reporter press, click here.

For more information regarding our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact SAM Partner Greg Akselrud at (818) 444-4503 or gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

 

SAM To Host: WinLAVA “Do it Yourself Marketing/Social Media – Building Your Market Presence” – September 24, 2014

 

 

WinLAVA

  

Do it Yourself Marketing/Social Media

Building Your Market Presence

 

Date: September 24, 2014 Wednesday
Time: 11:30am-2:00pm


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

Parking: Parking across the street in the Santa Monica Place Mall  (first 90 minutes free. $1 for the next hour and $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes)

Free for LAVA Members   $35 for Non-Members

 

Register!

Moderators:

Natalie Do, Steering committee member and sponsor of Women in LAVA (WinLAVA),  VP, Relationship Manager of Torrey Pines Bank, specialize in banking and lending for professional service firms, middle market companies and non-profit organizations.

Maggie Shih, Steering committee member of Women in LAVA (WinLAVA), VP of Product & Technology Services at DataPop.

Presenters/Panelists

Jedd GoldJedd Gold
Co-Founder and CEO
The Kive Company

Jedd Gold is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Kive Company, creators of the Artkive app and Tastemaker Mom.  Artkive has been featured on the Today Show, Katie Couric, named a Cool Mom Tech Pick of the Year, a Daily Candy Favorite Find of the year, and featured on iTunes for more than a year in their Best Apps for Parents category.  Tastemaker Mom is a community whose insight and voices are helping shape the way brands market to women.  Jedd co-founded and sold his last business which built training games for corporations and the government.  Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jedd served as Managing Director of Marketing for Variety Magazine, and was VP of Marketing for an entertainment company where he was responsible for developing the brand strategies, marketing promotions, launch plans and corporate partnerships for properties such as Strawberry Shortcake.  Jedd received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and BA from the University of Michigan. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 daughters.

Kelsey DooreyKelsey Doorey
Founder and CEO
Vow To Be Chic

Kelsey Doorey is the Founder and CEO of Vow To Be Chic, the first company to offer designer bridesmaid dress rentals, introducing cost savings and convenience to the bridesmaid experience and bringing an age-old tradition into the 21st century.  It introduces an affordable, convenient, and stylish alternative to the status quo, offering dresses from $95 that retail for an average of $300.  By offering designer bridesmaid dress rentals online, Vow To Be Chic is a disruptive concept in the bridal industry, bringing an age-old tradition into the 21st century.  Being a bridesmaid is an expensive honor and we’re here to help.  Kelsey has an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from Columbia University. Prior to Vow, Kelsey worked as a management consultant for four years before following her passion to the retail industry. In retail, Kelsey has worked at RentTheRunway, Bloomingdale’s, Michael Kors, and BCBGMaxAzria.


Renee MillerRenee Miller

President/Creative Director
The Miller Group Advertising

Renee Miller has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ leading creative directors.  She has won nearly every major creative award including One Show, Communication Arts (CA), Best of the West, ADDY, Graphis, and N.Y. Art Directors Club.  She has judged Communication Arts advertising annual and presented at several prestigious awards shows.  For seven consecutive years, the Los Angeles Business Journal has named The Miller Group one of the top 75 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles.  Renee was also one of 200 women in Los Angeles nominated for the “2007 Women Making a Difference” awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Business Journal.   Renee has been featured in Adweek, Brandweek, Ad Age, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Marketing Sherpa and dozens of other publications around the country and has spoken to dozens of groups around the country, as well as guest lectured at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Ohio State University.

Christine WoodwardChristine Woodward
Founder and CEO
Henry Woodward Communications

Christine Woodward has spent more than two decades creating successful marketing campaigns for companies across the Western United States. Through her consulting firm, Henry Woodward Communications, Chris has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including law, finance, accounting, health, insurance, architecture, engineering, real estate, recreation, high technology, and aviation.  She has designed campaigns for Los Angeles World Airports, the Boeing Company, Earth Tech, Loyola Marymount University, Psomas, and Raging Waters Theme Parks, to name a few.  Chris created My PR Tools to bring the benefit of her marketing and PR expertise to professionals and entrepreneurs. She designs comprehensive, affordable marketing campaigns designed to hit the sweet spot with target clients.  Through her consulting packages, Chris brings the power of marketing and PR to professional services firms and start-ups at a fraction of the cost of hiring an agency. She helps her clients get up and running with proven, highly successful marketing strategies to get maximum exposure and boost revenues. Before forming her own company, Chris was director of Public Affairs for the 1,000-acre Playa Vista master-planned community just south of Marina del Rey, CA. Prior to that, she served on the executive staff of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of UCLA and a long time Manhattan Beach resident.

Please Vote! SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Submits Digital Media Panel for SXSW 2015!

SAM PARTNER GREG AKSELRUD HAS SUBMITTED A PANEL FOR SXSW 2015 MARCH 13-22, 2015 – AUSTIN, TX

VOTING NOW OPEN!

 

Please cast your vote by Friday, September 5 (11:59 PM CST).

To Vote: 

1) Sign up for a SXSW PanelPicker account (just your name and email required)

2)  Click on the voting link:

Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!

Voting from the public accounts for about 30% of the decision-making process for SXSW panel programming. Also important in this decision-making process is the SXSW Advisory Board (40%) and the input of the SXSW staff (30%).  A few minutes of your time can make a huge difference!

Panel:

DON’T HIT SEND Avoid Mistakes of Snapchat & Tinder

Emails, text messages and chats overwhelmingly represent the ways in which we communicate for work and in our personal lives. The problem is – they create serious problems that can jeopardize what’s most important to us. Seemingly innocent communications can end your career, destroy your personal relationships, become leverage in disputes, and become media sensation. This presentation explains the many ways in which people can access your communications, and provides guidance on how to communicate in today’s digital world. Do you want your emails and texts to go public like the founders of Snapchat and Tinder? Didn’t think so.

Questions Answered

1)   How can your personal and professional communications create problems for you or your employer/client/customer?

2)  What do your computer and mobile phone know about you?

3)  How can people access your communications and other information?

4)  Can you safeguard your communications and other information, including deleting from time to time?

5)  How can you manage your communications in a digitally recorded world? 

 Panelists:

  • Greg Akselrud, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Link to vote: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41735 

Congratulations to SAM Client Beats Music and Beats Electronics in Their Sale to Apple, Inc.

 

beatsStubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP would like to congratulate long time client Beats Electronics and Beats Music in their acquisition by Apple, Inc.

In addition to acting as Beats’ counsel since its formation in 2008 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, SAM was involved in the sale to Apple.  Attorneys assisting in the acquisition transaction included Scott Galer, Gaurav Krishan and Mariam Tonya Karson.

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

 

 

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Marketing Bootcamp for Startups – July 10, 2014

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

 

 

 

Thursday, July 10th , 2014

5:30pm-8:00pm

 

**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

Register!
Great products and services don’t just deserve great marketing, they demand it! The 0 to 60 Marketing for Startups Bootcamp helps early stage companies cover the essentials in key areas including:
  • Building your brand
  • Setting up marketing processes
  • Boosting awareness and credibility
  • Lowering customer acquisition costs
  • Raising funding
Using real world examples, the bootcamp will equip entrepreneurs with practical tools and processes to build sustainable and targeted marketing programs.

 

 

Featuring

 

 

Peter Mansfield

 

Peter Mansfield is the quintessential startup marketing professional. Over the course of 25 years, he has been involved in a notable sequence of early stage company adventures and successes.  Peter’s in-the-trenches experience makes him particularly valuable in helping new ventures move quickly and efficiently to realize their market potential. He has helped fast growth companies including Xircom, Xylan, Optimal Networks, Packeteer, and Gearworks reach an aggregate market value of close to $5 billion. Alongside his strategic and tactical marketing involvement, Peter helps companies raise money, develop customer acquisition programs, and build channel partnerships. His extensive network includes top-tier VC firms and angels, venture-focused attorneys, recruiters, and other startup experts.

In addition to his market-proven ability to drive awareness and credibility for startups, Peter also provides marketing services for larger organizations. This includes financial services leaders such as Union Bank, and non-profits like The California Wellness Foundation.

On a tactical level, Peter gets actively involved in branding, website development, presentations, event/conference management, social media, SEO/SEM, advertising, collateral development, PR, and sales support.

Peter founded Mansfield + Associates in 1992. The firm works with fast growth companies across the US.

Peter’s current roster of venture-funded clients includes BillFloat (San Francisco), Marqeta (Emeryville), Revolution Credit (Irvine), Wallaby Financial (Pasadena), and ClickWithFriends (Toronto).

Peter was previously a co-founder of Dodge & Mansfield, an award-winning creative agency in Ventura County, California. He also served in senior marketing roles at Kodak U.K., Ltd., and John Lewis Ltd., the UK’s fastest growing department store chain.

   

 

 

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

We hope to see you there!

SAM Public Securities Group Boasts Two Public Offering Deals in June

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP’s Public Security Practice has had a successful June, closing two public offering deals in the first half of the month.

SAM advised client Resonant Inc. in its initial public offering of 3,105,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $6.00 per share.  The deal closed June 3, 2014.  To read the Stubbs Alderton press release, click here.

SAM also advised client Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq VTSS) in an underwritten public offering of 8,582,076 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $3.35 per share.  The offering closed on June 17, 2014.  To read the Stubbs Alderton press release, click here.

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