SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Featured as Guest Lecturer at UCLA

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a guest lecturer at UCLA’s School of Engineering “Laboratory to Market, Entrepreneurship for Engineers.” The event will be Tuesday May 23rd at the Math and Science Building at UCLA and will discuss a range of topics about legal issues for entrepreneurs. Some of the questions that will be answered are:

  • Do I need a corporation?
  • What is a sole-proprietorship?
  • What is a partnership?
  • What is a corporation?
  • An S-corp?
  • What is a LLC?
  • How does a team divide ownership?
  • What are stock options and who gets them?
  • Where to incorporate and why?

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

Kevin D. DKevin DeBré eBré 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.

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SAM Client Sofie Biosciences to Acquire Zevacor Pharma

Sofie BiosciencesStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client Sofie Biosciences, Inc, a developer of molecular imaging diagnostics and technologies to empower widespread access to Positron Emission Tomography (PET), announced last week that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will purchase Zevacor Pharma (previously IBA Molecular North America) and its high performance manufacturing and distribution network of PET imaging diagnostics and radio-therapeutics.

To read the full press release click here.

About Sofie Biosciences
SOFIE is a molecular imaging company combining new PET imaging diagnostics with innovative imaging and synthesis systems to provide researchers and physicians with tools to better investigate the biology of disease. By empowering a wide array of people with valuable, translational imaging tools, SOFIE is making PET scans more accessible. www.sofiebio.com

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

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Preccelerator Program Now Accepting Applications for Class 7 -Deadline June 1st!

Preccelerator Program

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 June 1st, 2017.

Benefits include:

  • Potential investment in select Preccelerator companies up to $50,000
  • 24/7 access to co-working space and a collaborative environment in our Santa Monica co-working space
  • A robust strategic perks program worth over $250,000 to early-stage Preccelerator companies and $450,000 for Preccelerator-funded companies
  •  50+ strategic mentors that provide regular office hours and are dedicated to each company’s success. Check out our mentor list here.
  • Over 50+ educational and networking events per year. Check out our upcoming events here. 
  • Potential introductions to funding sources
  • With an emphasis on community and collaboration, the Preccelerator alumni continue to participate, give back and help foster the success of current and future Program participants.
  • Access to the top Southern California business law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for legal services and their extensive network and relationships
  • Access to the business advisement and business development services and network of CREATV Media

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 Beverly Hills Bar Association Event

Kevin DeBréStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a speaker at “Commercial Activities Conducted Through the Internet: Exploration of Transactional Aspects, IP Rights, Business Law Considerations and Tax Issues.” The event will be Thursday May 11th, 2017 at the Beverly Hills Bar Association and will discuss and analyze a range of topics about allocation of digital IP rights, cross-border date transfers and compliance with applicable privacy laws, and data security and liability exposures from breaches and more.

To find out more information about this event click 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 Encourages You to Attend “ACG101’s First Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition & Showcase”

DATE AND TIME
Wed, June 7, 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

LOCATION
Hub 101
31416 Agoura Road #105
Westlake Village, CA 91361

On June 7th, we’re showcasing 10 of Los Angeles’s finest startups in an event you won’t want to miss. These selected startups will pitch to attendees, guest judges (investors and seasoned entrepreneurs) in a showcase/demo table style presentation.

From 5:30 to 7:00, we’ll enjoy complimentary beverages and amazing food from Chef Kim Vu of Vucacious Catering as we hob nob with founders, investors and ACG101 Member professionals. From 7 to 8, let the votes be counted, feedback and awards begin!

Guest Judges – Coming Soon!

Featured Startups
Post-seed round and working on something awesome? We’d love to have you pitch! Register for the Pitch Competition to Apply!

Agenda
5:30pm – 7:00pm: Startup Pitching and Showcase – Enjoy Free Drinks and Catering by Vucacious Catering!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Votes are Counted, Judges Give Valuable Feedback to Participants, and Awards are Presented!

 

ACG101 Emerging Growth Pitch Competition Sponsors

ACG101

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

Cal Lutheran University

HUB101

We hope to see you there!

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SAM Encourages You to Apply for the Women Founders Network 2017 Fast Pitch Competition

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS are invited to apply for the Women Founders Network (WFN) 2017 Fast Pitch to compete for $35,000 in cash prizes and professional services!

Women Founders Network


Building the Female Entrepreneur Ecosystem

WFN connects women founders building high-growth businesses not only with the required capital but also with the resources, connections, mentorship and sponsorship they need to grow scalable, transformative, successful businesses. WFN has awarded and directly invested $485,000 in women-founded companies in the past four years, and alumni have gone on to raise over $30 million in funding.

Annual Fast Pitch Competition:
Applications accepted May 1-June 1

Women entrepreneurs are invited to apply via their website to compete in their annual Fast Pitch Competition for a prize package of cash and in-kind professional services. Through two rounds of voting, the top 10 companies are selected to present on-stage at the Fast Pitch event on October 19th for the final voting round. All top 10 finalists receive in-kind service awards plus other perks such as individualized pitch coaching and mentoring.

Top 10 Companies will be announced on July 17, 2017.

FAST PITCH APPLICATION LINK: https://www.judgify.me/wfn-2017-fastpitch

FEES: Early Bird rate is $50 through May 15. Regular rate is $100.

FAST PITCH EVENT:
OCTOBER 19, 2017 from 5:00-9:30pm

LOCATION:
California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114, MC 722710, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7227

Parking is available on-site for $12

Register here:



Early Bird Rate: $75 effective through 8/31
Regular Rate: $100 effective 9/1-10/15
Late Registration: $125 effective 10/16-10/19
Female Funders Forum: promotional code required

AGENDA:
4:00-5:00pm – Female Founders Forum  (by invitation only)
5:00-6:00pm – Check-in & Networking Reception for Fast Pitch Event (CNSI Lobby)
Program begins – CNSI Auditorium
6:00-6:15 – Opening remarks
6:15-8:15 – Fast Pitch Presentations by Top 10 Companies
8:15-9:00 – Open networking/Vendor & Top 10 tables (CNSI Lobby); Fast Pitch Judges convene for final voting
9:00-9:30 – All guests return to auditorium for announcement of winners/award presentations

We hope to see you there!

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Women in LAVA: The Money: From Angel Investors, Private Investors, Venture Capital and More”

Our panelists include:
Brett Brewer-co-founder Crosscut Ventures
Prior to co-founding Crosscut Ventures, Brett was a serial entrepreneur who has built, operated, and sold a number of Internet media companies.  In 1998, he co-founded Intermix Media, which launched several online businesses including Myspace.com.  Brett sold Intermix to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 2005 for $680M.  After leaving News Corp,  Brett became President and Vice Chairman of Adknowledge, and helped grow the business from $40M to $300M in revenue over the span of seven years. Brett is an active angel investor and a pillar in the SoCal tech community.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events including Bear Sterns Internet Roundtable, Goldman Sachs Internet Conference and the Montgomery Technology Conference.  Brett received a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Sara Christensen-Raptor Group Strategic Advisor and Operating Partner
Sara Christensen has experienced all sides of the business world. In 2000, she predicted the rise of the juice craze when she co-founded Liquiteria, the first micro pressed juicery in New York City. After starting a successful brand herself, Sara wanted to help others grow their businesses, so she became an angel investor and venture capitalist. Most recently Sara served as the Managing Director of The Raptor Group, where she invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, Spotify and more. Sara received a BA from Bucknell University.

Nancy Hayes- Angel Investor Golden Seeds
Nancy Hayes is the Membership Chair of the Golden Seeds Silicon Valley chapter.   In this role, she seeks to grow the number of local members.  Nancy was a senior executive at the IBM Corporation and then became CEO of a nonprofit organization serving seriously ill children and later of one focused on frail elderly.  Next she was dean of the college of business at a large state university and was subsequently CFO of that university. Later she co-founded a rewards-based crowdfunding site for women with small businesses. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Women in LAVA

We hope to see you there!
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Preccelerator® Program Featured on Built in LA

Built in LA SAM Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, was featured on Built in LA‘s Tech Roundup last week announcing its newest class of companies. The companies include Swoppit, CA$Het, Tapp That App, RentSpree, and Animate Objects.

To read the full article and learn more about the companies click here.

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

 

 

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SAM Client HouseCanary Featured in Forbes Magazine

HouseCanaryCongratulations to Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client HouseCanary for being featured in Forbes magazine as the leaders of the real estate data revolution. Jeremy Sicklick, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based HouseCanary saw a great opportunity to use technology and data science to modernize the real estate industry. He partnered with economist and statistician Chris Stroud – then a 27-year-old doctorate student – and the two formed HouseCanary in 2014. Their goal was to aggregate and analyze vast amounts of real estate data to help investors, lenders and real estate professionals make decisions in real-time. To date HouseCanary has raised $33 million in Series A financing from investors like Hillspire, Eric Schmidt’s family office, Alpha Edison, Raven Ventures and ECA Ventures.

To read the full article on Forbes click here.

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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Preccelerator® Program Announces Its Sixth Class of Companies

SAM accelerator program for early stage companies, The Preccelerator Program, announces its new class of five digital media & tech startups

Preccelerator Program

The Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica, CA-based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, announced today that it has added its sixth class of companies featuring five innovative startups.

In 2012 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles launched the first-of-its-kind Preccelerator Program to provide select start-ups with co-working space, mentorship, sophisticated legal services, and access to a strategic perks portfolio with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to a funded company. Over the past five years, 22 companies have graduated the Program, of which 16 have received funding totaling over $8M.

Preccelerator Program Class 6 companies include:

Animate Objects – Animate Objects (AO), an augmented reality and virtual reality development company,  is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified Augmented Reality (AR) location platform. ARGO adds AR enhanced infotainment, commerce, and analytics that drive engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage, monitor and analyze their properties and visitors.

RentSpree – Most apartment searches involve numerous resources, multiple applications, and too many added fees. Rather than spending massive amounts of time and money applying for individual Los Angeles apartment rentals with separate companies, they’ve created a streamlined system. Simply fill out one application, pay an inexpensive application fee, and receive a soft credit check, sparing you unnecessary damage to your budget and credit score. Best of all, their one-stop application allows you to spend more time exploring your favorite listings, and gives our renters a distinct advantage in a competitive market.

Tapp That App –  At Tapp That App they’re passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. They’ve set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so, they allow users to satisfy their curiosity and developers to take part in one of the most powerful purchase motivators around: seeing the apps their friends and influencers are using.

Ca$het –  CA$Het is a multi-services platform (MSP) that allows users to identify, curate, and monetize products in movies and TV shows.  We believe that the entertainment industry creates tremendous value by associating characters and products on screen.  The emotional impact created when actors and products interact has been impossible to monetize due to a lack of a suitable mechanism and marketplace.  We aim to change that through our platform. CA$Het provides a mechanism to quickly and accurately identify on screen products while simultaneously creating the marketplace where they can be purchased. (Coming Soon!)

Swoppit – With recycled fashion now “white hot”, Swoppit offers Generation Z women 15-24 the perfect social marketplace. Here, they swap fashion with friends. Swoppit provides Gen-Zers a terrific way to both expand their community and gain access to a far wider selection of style. It’s an easy, fun experience that doesn’t pollute the market. For Gen-Zers, looks count, opinions matter and Swoppit offers them the chance to refresh their closet whenever they like.  Swoppit has been founded by a 16-year-old Gen-Zer that understands the market and is driven to make it a success. (Coming Soon!)

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, visit www.preccelerator.com

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a Southern California based 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 a broad range of industries with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. The firm’s 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 the firm. For more information, visit http://stubbsalderton.com.

About the Preccelerator® Program

The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and $250,000 in usable perks from Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, and HubSpot among others, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup. The program also retains more than 50 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 50+ educational workshops and networking events each year. The Program expanded in 2017 to accept a greater number of companies in more formalized classes, depending upon where the companies are in their evolutionary growth, expand benefits to accepted companies, and will look to make strategic investments backed by strategic angel investors. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit www.preccelerator.com/application.

Contact:
Heidi Hubbeling
Chief Operating Officer, Preccelerator® Program
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com
310-746-9803

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