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SAM Preccelerator Program Company TrekSavvy Announces Launch

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SAM Preccelerator Program company TrekSavvy has announced that they have launched their premier travel site www.treksavvy.com.  TrekSavvy is your resource for discovering how best to experience the location’s must dos. Similar to asking a good friend who’s been there, TrekSavvy’s like-minded traveler contributors hook you up by suggesting the best way to hit multiple destinations on your trip and how to create Ideal Days by telling you which must-do’s work perfectly together. The end result is a fully personalized travel guide that can be accessed from almost any device – even offline.

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

SAM Preccelerator Program Company Swggr, Inc. Announces Their Launch in App Store

 

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SAM Preccelerator Program Company Swggr, Inc. has announced their launch into the App Store.  Swggr is the fashion love child of Instagram and Pinterest where users style themselves and others while being rewarded.

Users host a virtual online closet “collection” where they can instantly style and share looks for themselves, friends and followers. Users rack up reward points that are redeemable for discounts from their favorite brands and retailers, exclusive merchandise, and special access to fashion tastemakers.

For more information and to download the app, visit swggr.net

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

SAM Client and Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac

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wire-products-family-1Simple, beautiful conversations on your phone, tablet and desktop

Switzerland – A team of more than 50 people from 23 countries, supported by SAM client and Skype co-founder Janus Friis, is launching Wire, a communications network for messaging, voice calling, sharing pictures, music and video on your phone, tablet and desktop.

“Skype was launched more than a decade ago. A lot has changed since then – we are all used to free calls and texting, and we have taken to carrying our computers in our pockets,” said Friis. “It is time to create the best possible communication tools, as beautiful as they are useful. Wire is just that.”

Wire is available on iOS, Android and OS X. It offers communications with an emphasis on high fidelity paired with elegant design. People can use Wire for personal and group messaging, voice calling, sharing pictures, SoundCloud music and YouTube video sharing. Wire conversations are kept in sync across all your devices. It is engineered to take advantage of today’s devices, including iPhone 6, iPads and the latest Android devices.

With deep expertise in media processing technology, Wire’s voice calling benefits from its in-house developed audio technology. This makes calls on Wire sound crisp and clear. By remaining compatible with standard WebRTC, Wire will support audio calls to and from WebRTC compatible browsers.

“We asked ourselves how modern communications could look and work. How could we take full advantage of the latest devices and advances in cloud computing to deliver something that is really simple, very useful and truly beautiful?” said Jonathan Christensen, Wire’s co-founder and CEO. “Today’s launch is the beginning for Wire.”

The company’s team comprises former product and technology leaders from Apple, Skype, Nokia, and Microsoft. Christensen held leadership roles at Microsoft and Skype, and was co-founder and CEO at Camino Networks. Along with Christensen, founders include Alan Duric, Wire’s CTO, a co-founder of Telio (Oslo exchange TELIO) and co-founder of Camino (acquired by eBay/Skype); and Priidu Zilmer, Wire’s head of product design, who led design teams at Vdio and Skype. Wire’s Chief Scientist Koen Vos, created SILK and co-created Opus, the standards for fidelity and intelligibility in voice over IP that billions of people use today.

About Wire

Wire is headquartered in Switzerland and has a development center in Berlin, Germany. Wire is backed by Iconical, a collective of designers, engineers and entrepreneurs including Janus Friis. For more information, visit wire.com.

Wire is available worldwide and can be downloaded free from wire.com.

To read the full TechCrunch article, click here.

FlashFunders Featured on KNX1070’s Business Hour with Frank Mottek

 

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Vincent Bradley, Co-Founder of SAM’s joint venture FlashFunders was featured on KNX1070’s Business Hour with Frank Mottek.

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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.

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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

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SAM Preccelerator Program Company CardBlanc Announces Its Launch

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INTRODUCING CARDBLANC –
THE NEW DESIGNER WALLET FOR A 
VIRTUAL GENERATION

 New Mobile App Offers Consumers a Simple, Secure Solution to Shop Hundreds of
Top Brands and Share Purchases on Mobile Devices

 LOS ANGELES, CA (Tuesday, October 14, 2014) CardBlanc, a mobile shopping platform launches today, offering consumers a simple and secure solution to shop hundreds of top brands, connect with friends and share purchases on their mobile devices through a virtual card. CardBlanc is the first mobile application that provides members an all-in-one social commerce experience on a trusted digital payment platform.

 Here’s how it works:

  •  Download the CardBlanc App to receive a virtual personalized card,  with your name and a unique card number.
  • Easily load funds or request funds from family, friends, etc.
  • Shop by trends, stores, categories or specific brands.
  • Earn rewards and share purchases with friends.
  • CardBlanc is secure! CardBlanc authenticates each member and uses bank-grade security encryption.
  • CardBlanc is free to load and free to use.

 Once activated, members enter a curated shopping experience across hundreds of merchants, including, Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, NastyGal, Urban Outfitters, Lululemon, Nike, TopShop, Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, Abercrombie, Victoria’s Secret, Bluefly, with new stores being added daily. Members can earn points and redeem them for hundreds of rewards through CardBlanc’s rewards program based on purchasing and sharing.

“We wanted to create a mobile shopping experience that was a one-stop shop for consumers, where they can learn to be financially responsible but still have fun shopping and sharing with friends,” said Tina Hay, CEO and founder of CardBlanc.

CardBlanc is a part of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Preccelerator Program and was selected by PayPal to join the Startup BluePrint program. CardBlanc is privately funded by investors including Tom Dolby.

 For more information, visitMyCardBlanc.com; CardBlanc is available now for iPhone on theApp Store.

About CardBlanc:

Founded in 2013 by Tina Hay, CardBlanc is a digital payment platform that unlocks an effortless and secure mobile shopping experience through a virtual card. We provide anintegrated shopping experience – payments, shopping, and social all in one.  Our focus is  bringing the best financial and shopping experience to consumers through thoughtfully designed mobile products and resources. For more information visit:http://www.mycardblanc.com.

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

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

 

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.