Preccelerator® Program Company Animate Objects Featured as Official AR App at VRLA Expo 2017

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ARGO Adds Augmented Reality Infotainment, Commerce, and Analytics To “Destination Venues.”

Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators get all new insight into their patrons.

Preccelerator Program company Animate Objects (AO) is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified AR location platform that drives engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. While ARGO keeps guests occupied, venue operators use ARGO’s real-time management dashboard to monitor and analyze their visitors and properties.

“Every single destination venue is being hijacked by competing brands right on their property. ARGO enables these operators to take back control of their premises and gives guests a reason to share their information.” said CEO of AO, Chance Roth. “It’s truly a new way to always be connected to your customers, and maximize their experience before, during and after their visit.”

ARGO creates a completely immersive experience throughout a venue including enhanced attractions, shop, food and merchandise. Long wait times become play time. Dioramas, set pieces and merchandise become fully interactive and augmented. Venues use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage the operation and identify and drive traffic to underutilized areas maximizing revenue per square foot by leveraging real-time and historical guest data.

AO is also proud to have ARGO named as the official AR App for the VRLA Expo 2017. They are looking for new partner venues and licensing opportunities for “in-the-wild” deployments.

AO is a leading developer of Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR and AR) software, tools and experiences for consumer product, shopping and theme park industries. Roth is a veteran entrepreneur having started a successful toy company and one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history that actually shipped.

Check out Argo this weekend at VRLA Expo 2017, click below to purchase tickets.
For more information about Argo, contact Ken Harris at (619) 630-7684 or press@animateobjects.net

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

 

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Preccelerator® Program Alumni Company Rally Networks Featured in Virgin Media Business Blog

Rally NetworksPreccelerator® Program alumni company Rally Networks was featured on the Virgin Media Business Blog catching up with co-founder Cory Azzalino and discussing how far the company has come in the six months since they have left the Virgin Media Business Accelerator, including a partnership with black cab hailing app GETT. Congratulations Rally on all your progress!

About Rally Networks
Mobile apps are the best way to keep connected to customers, but the biggest problem for businesses is how do you actually get your customers to discover and download your app? Rally solves this problem by reaching and rewarding customers for their engagement when they are in relevant locations, leading to incredible activation rates. Rally is a marketing technology company helping businesses make lasting connections with their customers. Rally helps transition customers onto mobile platforms and drives higher sales through increased customer loyalty, satisfaction, foot traffic and dwell time. Rally collects data and engages customers with custom content served at the most opportune time. www.rallycharge.com

To read the full article visit the Virgin Media Business Blog here. 

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

 

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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured as Speaker at Digital Hollywood Event

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud featured as a speaker at Digital Hollywood Spring “Financing, Packaging, & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups.” The event will be May 23-25, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Other panelists include:

  • Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+
  • Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital
  • Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP
  • Nick Davidov, Co-Founder, Gagarin Capital
  • Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.
  • Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

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

 

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Preccelerator® Program Announces Demo Day for Its Fifth Class of Companies

Digital Media Thought Leader Peter Csathy to be Keynote Speaker on Media 2.0(17) at the Preccelerator® Demo Day Event

The Preccelerator® Program, a Santa Monica, CA based accelerator program for early stage startup companies in all sectors, announced today that it will be holding its Class 5 Demo Day on May 18, 2017 where four promising startups will present their ideas to the investment and entrepreneurial community.

In addition, the evening will feature digital media expert Peter Csathy discussing his new book “Media 2.0(17).” In the book, Peter identifies today’s digital media leaders, identifies their strengths and risks, and names his “Fearless Five” companies that made the boldest moves in 2016.  Csathy also lays out a detailed roadmap of where the digital media world is going in 2017 and beyond via his renown “Top 10” predictions and identifies concrete strategies and actions to immediately leverage the power of Media 2.0. Csathy is a member of the Board of the Preccelerator program.

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. The Program provides these benefits to as many as 10 promising young startups in separate growth tracks.

The Preccelerator® Program demo day presenting companies include:

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Ballerz World seeks to revolutionize the basketball and streetball culture. If you have ever tried feverishly to start a simple pickup basketball game with your streetball friends, only to be left feeling unsatisfied because no one showed up, or the level of competition was less than adequate, then Ballerz Mobile Basketball app is here for you. The Ballerz Mobile Basketball app will finally unite streetball and basketball, while removing that familiar sense of redundancy we all feel from playing or looking for a pick-up basketball game. Ballerz Mobile Basketball app will do this by revolutionizing the cult of pick-up streetball through simply combining it with social networking, all the while utilizing the powers of GPS technology and mobile applications.

KneeVoice, worn around your knee, uses acoustic signals and telemetry data to assess tissue and joint condition non-invasively. Using a mobile app, Knee Voice provides information to maintain your knee’s health and wellness.  Knee Voice is helping many users perform and excel at sports, others to prevent deterioration, and all to keep track of their health.

PlaySpace VR is creating the next generation of graphic storytelling by bringing comic books to Virtual Reality. Their team has domain expertise in VR/AR, media/entertainment, intense work ethic, and a true love for what they do.

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 https://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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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Ranked in Los Angeles Business Journal 200 Largest Law Firms

Los Angeles Business Journal

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP has been ranked in the #111th place in the 2017 edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal for “Largest Law Firms.”  The LA Business Journal provides comprehensive data and statistics on top-ranked Los Angeles companies across all industries.

 

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 https://stubbsalderton.com.

Contact:

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Heidi Hubbeling
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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SAM Encourages You to Attend the 14th Annual LAVA Venture Awards Dinner

LAVA 14th Annual
Venture Awards Dinner

Celebrating 30+ years of service to the Los Angeles Entrepreneurial Community

Wednesday, March 22th, 2017
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
5:30pm – 10pm

Tickets $200 for  LAVA Members $250 for Non-Members
Tables – $2500

 The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will hold its 14th Annual Venture Awards Dinner to recognize Southern California’s best venture-backed companies, and to celebrate the induction of Jeff Stibel, Partner of Bryant Stibel & Company into the LAVA Hall of Fame. The awards dinner will be attended by over 300 leaders in the Venture Capital community, including CEOs and founders of successful emerging companies.

Register

 

 Join this celebration and network with Southern California’s best Venture Capital firms and investors.

 

 

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Preccelerator® Program Alumni Company Simplifeye Raises $3M and Partners with Henry Schein

Simplifeye Preccelerator Program alumni company, Simplifeye Inc, a provider of SaaS platform for medical offices that connects wearables, like the Apple Watch, to existing health record software, announced that it has raised $3 million in funding. Investors in this round include SoftTech VC, First Round Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as Semil Shah’s Haystack Fund, Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures and angels Wiley Cerilli and Ariel Poler. Simplifeye will also be teaming up with Henry Schein, a major distributor of healthcare products and services. Congratulations to Simplifeye on this success!

To read the full article on TechCrunch click here.

About Simplifeye 
Simplifeye provides a modern interface on wearable technology and allows providers to see a high-level view of every patient in their practice that is ready to be seen. It displays medical alerts and overview of appointment details.The #1 mobile experience for healthcare providers, Simplifeye connects health care providers, their patients, and their business in amazing ways via state-of-the-art consumer tech.

About the Preccelerator Program
The Preccelerator® Program is a platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Santa Monica office of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, mentorship and access to a strategic perks portfolio with the objective of helping you grow your idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator® Program provides these benefits to as many as 10 promising young startups in separate growth tracks.

For more information about the Precclerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com. Application deadline for the upcoming class of companies is March 15th. To apply, click here.

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Preccelerator Program Applications Deadline March 15th!

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 March 15, 2017.  The newly expanded program will host 10 companies in its Santa Monica-based co-working space.

Preccelerator Program

Benefits include:

  • Potential investment in select Preccelerator companies up to $50,000
  • 24/7 access to co-working space and a collaborative environment
  • 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
  • Over 50+ educational and networking events per year
  • 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

The Preccelerator® has had 22 companies go through the Program, with a majority of the companies being accepted into larger accelerator programs and/or getting their seed funding.

To read about the recent expansion of the Preccelerator and partnership with CREATV Media, click here.

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 Michael Sherman Featured in Law360 representing Cocrystal Pharma

Law360Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Michael A. Sherman was featured on Law360 representing Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (COCP) against BioZone Laboratories Inc. and provided his insight into the difficult situation facing both companies.

The full article on Law360 can be viewed here.

Michael Sherman is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation. He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as energy, securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law.

For more information on our Business Litigation Practice, contact Michael A. Sherman at msherman@stubbsalderton.com.

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Public Venture Capital: A Growth Path You Need to Explore”

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) & TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) present

“Public Venture Capital: A Growth Path You Need to Explore”

 

Tue, 4 April 2017
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

Register

If you have a growing business and need funding, then you should attend this event.

Find out what public venture capital is and how it is different from traditional VC funding. Also see why it is a viable funding alternative for early-stage Southern California companies. Companies with $5M+ in revenues can access $5Mto $50M+ for growth, pivot and acquisition.

Join us for a wine-tasting, reception and seminar to learn how to access public venture capital in Canada (without needing to move there). You will meet capital providers, dealmakers, and advisors who will discuss why this is a growth path you should explore.

Our target audience is VC partners, founders of companies and US investment and advisory firms.

Venture Capital

AGENDA

3:30 pm – Registration
4:00 pm – Public Venture Capital seminar & case studies
5:30 pm – Networking reception & wine-tasting

Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings can also be requested. If your company has $5+ million in revenue and you are interested in meetings with capital advisors, click the correct option when registering and we will contact you.

 

CAPITAL MARKET PARTNERS

Capital Market Partners

INVESTMENT BANK PARTNERS

Cannacord Genuity, Echelon Wealth Partners

LOCAL SUPPORTERS
Expert DOJO, Equities.com, LAVA, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

EXPERT SPEAKERS

Jamie Brown: Vice-Chairman & Managing Director – Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity. Former VC, Difference Capital

Bill Demers: Partner & National IPO Leader, EY. Former Director of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program

Michael Hinshaw: President, MCorpCX, Guest Lecturer and Mentor, Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Blair Jordan: Managing Director, Investment Banking, Echelon Wealth Partners. MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. LLB, University of British Columbia

Sean Maniaci: Partner, Securities Group, Cassels Brock Lawyers. MBA, Richard Ivey School of Business

Michael Urbani: Partner, Corporate & Securities Group, Stikeman Elliott LLP

HOSTS

Michael Kousaie: Innovation Head, Business Development, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange. Former Investment Banker, UBS

Dylan P. Gittleman: VP Capital Formation US West, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange. Board Advisor and Alumni of GE, Merrill Lynch and IBM

Andy Creech: Director, Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange

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