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Founder of Preccelerator® Program Company Voter Acqui-hired by Brigade

Voter Hunter Scarborough, CEO of Preccelerator® Program company Voter, announced this week that Brigade, a civic engagement and activism platform, has brought him on as an acqui-hire.   Brigade hasn’t purchased Scarborough’s company or assets and there are plans to shutter Voter later this year. Scarborough will work on the product team to create tools that’ll enable citizens to become more active in local and state elections.

“I’m thrilled to be joining an such a talented and experienced team tackling some the same problems we were at Voter. We’ll be sunsetting Voter in 2017, but its spirit and mission will live on at Brigade,” Scarborough said in a statement.

Voter is matchmaking for politics.  Voter analyzes exorbitant amounts of data, including public stances, voting records, speeches, and more. All users have to do is answer a few simple questions about their political opinions. Swipe through issues quickly. Need more info about a question? Tap the card to get more information, including bullet points for and against. Voter displays users match score as a percentage, describing how closely their views align with each candidate. On Election Day Voter tell users where to vote, when to be there, and what to bring.

To read the article on Venture Beat click here. 

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

 

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Startup Superhero Series with Kimberly Brooks – Dot-Com Entrepreneur, Artist and Tech Wizard at Lightray

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for this exclusive event!

 

Startup Superhero

What is a Startup Superhero? Join us as Kimberly Brooks, Founder and Chief Strategist of Lightray, is interviewed by Kevin DeBre, Partner at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, stories from her Dot-Com adventures, and how entrepreneurship has changed for her today.

When:
Thursday, February 23, 2017
5:30-6:15pm – Networking
6:15-7:30pm – Fireside Chat with Kimberly Brooks

Where:
SAM Preccelerator Program
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly Brooks is a Contemporary American Painter, Innovator, Technologist. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and has been showcased in juried exhibitions, including curators from Mira Schor, Chris Burden, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As founding arts editor at the Huffington Post, Brooks grew the section to 22M unique monthly readers/month. She also founded the Science Section and Art Meets Science. In 1996, Brooks founded of Lightray, a web development incubator and design lab which works with numerous companies around the world: www.lightray.com. Website www.kimberlybrooks.com

Moderator 

Kevin DeBre Kevin D. DeBré is the chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice Group. Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses. Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements. He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations. Kevin is a business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles 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 www.stubbsalderton.com

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP Featured in LA Times

LA Times Stubbs Alderton & Markiles  was recently featured in an article in the LA Times Tech Round Up discussing the expansion of its Preccelerator® Program and new partnership with Creatv Media‘s Peter Csathy.

“By adding more companies, formalizing our class structure, expanding benefits and providing initial seed capital, we will give them a greater shot at success,” law firm managing partner Scott Alderton said in a statement.

To read the full article in the LA Times click here.

Applications are now open for the Preccelerator® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space! Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. To apply visit www.preccelerator.com/application

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

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SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Featured as Speaker at USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Kevin DebréStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a speaker for a Legal Workshop for the USC Viterbi Innovation Teams during the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition and Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. Congratulations on this honor!

To find out more about the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge visit here.

To find out more about the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition visist here.

To find out more about Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions practice contact Kevin DeBré at kdebre@stubbsalderton.com

 

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SAM Attorney Tony Keats Ranked in World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 2017

January 2017 – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles is pleased to announce that partner Tony Keats has been ranked in World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 2017- The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. The WTR 1000 is a guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 70 global jurisdictions.

Nicholas Richardson, research editor for the WTR 1000, explains: “A strong brand is vital to success in today’s intensely competitive and increasingly globalized market. Trademarks are key tools through which businesses can protect the goodwill and reputation inherent in their brands, and build and maintain demand for their products and services. As a result, external advisers play a crucial role in developing and implementing brand strategies for both local and international markets and in protecting these vital assets in the face of infringement. It is thus imperative to choose the best legal counsel and the WTR 1000 serves as an essential guide in today’s brand-focused economy – as well as highlighting the health of the trademark marketplace.”

To full the full press from World Trademark Review release visit here. 

Tony Keats is a partner of the Firm and co-chair of the Trademark and Copyright Practice Tony KeatsGroup. 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. 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.

For more information about our Trademark & Copyright Practice, contact Tony Keats at akeats@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Client HouseCanary Raises $33M

HouseCanaryStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client HouseCanary, a real estate analytics company leveraging data science to accurately value and forecast over 18,000 U.S. residential markets and 100 million properties, announced this week that it has raised $33 million in a Series A round of funding. HouseCanary’s investors include Hillspire (Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s family office), Alpha Edison, ECA Ventures, Morpheus Ventures and Raven Ventures. Congratulations to HouseCanary on this success!

To read the full press release click here.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing HouseCanary in this transaction was Greg Akselrud and Adam Bagley.

About HouseCanary
Founded in 2014, HouseCanary’s mission is to help people make better real estate decisions. Built on a foundation of great data, powerful models and predictive analytics, the HouseCanary platform aggregates millions of data elements, including more than four decades of property data and a rapidly expanding arsenal of proprietary data calculations and analytics, to accurately define and forecast values and market influences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. www.housecanary.com

For more information about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms” for Commercial Litigation

SAM-High-Res-Logo-1December 2016 — U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the sixth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 1 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP received the following rankings in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

  • Regional Tier 2
    • Los Angeles
      • Commercial Litigation

The official Best Lawyers 2017 publication can be read in its entirety here.

For more information about Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP contact the firm at info@stubbsalderton.com.

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “How to Network for Capital” with Len Lanzi

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“How to Network for Capital”
 

This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community.  We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up. 

 Thursday January 26th, 2017
5:30pm-8:00pm
 
**Networking and Startup Demos!**

SAM Preccelerator Program participants will have demo tables where they will showcase their companies. Check them out!
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Featuring

Len Lanzi, Executive Director,
LA Venture Association, (LAVA)
 

Len Lanzi is Executive Director of LAVA, and has over 20 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. In his role, he works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs about the venture business environment in the greater Los Angeles region.

 
Sponsored by

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

 
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Napkin Finance Founder Tina Hay Featured on Equities.com®

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Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator® Program’s company Napkin Finance and its founder Tina Hay for having an article featured on Equities.com this week. The article written by Tina Hay, entitled “A 7-Point Financial Checklist to Starting Your Own Business”  creates a list  to help guide those new to entrepreneurship. Napkin Finance is a multimedia company that simplifies financial matters and uses napkins to teach users everything they need to know about money in 30 seconds or less.

To view the full article on Equities.com click here.

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

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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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