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SAM Preccelerator Alumni Tina Hay of Napkin Finance Featured Speaker at “Hypothesis Driven Management”

Women In LAVA and Pivotal Labs are excited to announce
a joint strategy-focused event on October 24, 2017 :

“Hypothesis Driven Management: Learn how to reduce risk
and create the product customers want.”

This is a hands on, experiential session which will take you through the initial stages of assessing the next steps for your company and potential product launch.

Event details:
Monday, October 24, 2017
6-8:30pm

Pivotal Labs
1333 2nd St., Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Here’s a brief description of what you will experience:

Workshop Objectives and Agenda:

Building new products will always be challenging and never without risk. However, the processes for creating the right solution, increasing market fit and reducing time to market have evolved significantly over the last decade.

Learn how to:

  • Identify your biggest risk
  • Create an approach for reducing that risk
  • Leverage your customers to test your new approach
  • Generate better insights about your user that will inform all future development

You will work along side two successful entrepreneurs: Jennifer Beall Saxton, CEO of Totsquad and Tina Hay, CEO of Napkin Finance, who will share their experiences as they built their companies and made essential pivots along the way.

Tina Hay

Napkin Finance is a multimedia company that grew out of our own needs for a better way to learn and understand finance.
We developed our platform as a quick and easy resource on everything you need to know about money in 30 seconds or less. Our mission is to empower our readers to manage their money and understand basic financial concepts in a simple, fun and engaging way. In addition to Napkins, we have grown into a wide range of products and features including: Videos, Life Events, NapkinGrams, and Podcasts. Most importantly, Napkin Finance has become a community of ideas and concepts that has empowered our readers to fully understand the complexity of personal finance. Money isn’t boring and educating yourself about it shouldn’t be either!

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

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SAM Attorney Caroline Cherkassky to be Featured Speaker at Plugin South LA’s Digital & Beyond in LA – October 12, 2017

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Event” – October 19th!

Women Founders Network:
Building the Female Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Women Founders Network

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 $37 million in funding.

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

Early Bird Rate: $75 effective through 8/31
Regular Rate: $100 effective 9/1-10/15
Late Registration: $125 effective 10/16-10/19

Annual Fast Pitch Competition:
Women entrepreneurs apply to compete in our annual Fast Pitch Competition for a prize package of $35,000 in cash awards plus over $100K of 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.

Top 10 Companies:
Aerosol Devices
Basepaws
Blendoor
Blue Fever
Bootstrap Legal
CONVRG
Hintd
Karmies
Reeelit
Tea Drops

AGENDA:
4:00-5:00pm – Female Funders Forum – by invitation only
VIP special event for angel investors and venture capitalists
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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Preccelerator® Program Announces Demo Day for Its Sixth Class of Companies and Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Los Angeles Digital Media Tech Accelerator, SAM Preccelerator®, Gears Up for Its Sixth Demo Day and Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Preccelerator®

The Preccelerator® Program, a Santa Monica, CA based accelerator program for early stage startup companies in the digital media and technology sector, announced today that it will be holding its Class 6 Demo Day on Sept. 13, 2017 where four promising startups will present their ideas to the investment and entrepreneurial community.

In addition, the evening will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Preccelerator® Program that was founded in 2012.  A party on the patio will be held immediately after the Demo Day presentations. To register, click here. Since 2012, the Preccelerator has fostered the growth of 32 companies: 10 which are current, 22 that have graduated, with 18 receiving funding totaling over $9M.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles launched the first-of-its kind Preccelerator® Program to provide select start-ups with co-working space, mentorship, customized curriculum, sophisticated legal services, user testing sessions, 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:

Argo 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.

RentSpreeRentSpree – 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 Tapp That App – Tapp That App is a new social, app discovery platform that allows you to see the favorite apps of people you follow on Twitter. From family and friends to professionals and celebrities, you’ll be able to see which apps they love most. But more importantly, you’ll be able to share the apps that you love with your followers and the world. Beyond star ratings, Tapp That App lets you find the apps that matter to the people who matter to you.

Swoppit Swoppit – With recycled fashion now top of mind, 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.

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, video games, 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. The next class of companies begins Nov. 1, 2017.

Contact:

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

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You’re Invited to Preccelerator® Program Class 6 Demo Day + 5-Year Anniversary Party!

 Preccelerator

 

The Deal

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Preccelerator® Program Class 6 Demo Day kicks off on September 13th @ 5:30pm, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. SAM Preccelerator® Program is our meeting spot to showcase the Preccelerator®’s current class of all-star companies to investors and the start-up community. Followed by an endless summer party and networking on our outdoor patio to celebrate the Preccelerator’s 5-year anniversary!

Appetizers and drinks on us!

Demo Day

The Location

1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, 90401 CA

The SAM Preccelerator® is located in the heart of Silicon Beach. Off of 3rd Street Promenade, it has the ease of parking at both the Santa Monica Main Place Mall and Parking Structure #5 on the corner of 4th Street and Broadway.

The Participants

Tapp That App is passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. So 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.

RentSpreeRentSpree – 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.

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.

 

Animate Objects is 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.

 

The Lineup

5:30pm-Registration & Networking

6:00pm-Opening Remarks
Heidi Hubbeling, Chief Operating Officer- Preccelerator Program

6:15pm-Preccelerator Demos: 8 minute presentations / 5 minute Q&A

7:30pm-Networking + Preccelerator Anniversary Party on the Patio

 

We hope to see you there!

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo”

The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort:

Friday, August 18th from 8:00 am right until after dinner at 11:00 pm.
VIP Reception on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Exhibitors, Sponsors and and Speakers only.

ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo

 Use code “VIP99”

for $99 off any ticket!

 

The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort brings together capital sources, investors, public companies, private companies, start-ups, executives, professionals, employers, job seekers, and resource providers together in exhibit hall space at the Disneyland® Resort.

The Expo is a vacation destination event, with special ProgressWorks discounted hotel rooms, park tickets, and more.  Attend or exhibit at The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo and find new opportunities while enjoying a mini vacation at the world famous Disneyland® Resort.

ProgressWorks is a nonprofit corporation with the mission of facilitating job creation and retention- endeavoring to make an impact across the nation one job at a time. ProgressWorks’ vision is to impact the growth of employment through targeted investment, strategic partnering, and resources that reduce the challenges small businesses face when seeking job creation capital.

Why attend?
  • Meet with a like-minded peer group of executives and leaders that are disrupting & transforming the industry.
  • Make valuable connections with a dynamic range of companies, service providers, C-level executives, small business owners, and investors.
  • See innovative CEOs pitch their startups through ProgressWorks PitchFest Company Presentations.
  • Learn from industry experts on current hot topics during keynotes and panel sessions.
  • Visit over 75+ companies in the Innovation Showcase, including startups, public companies, and nonprofits.
  • Explore new opportunities and showcase your individual skills and talents to companies seeking new talent.
  • Babel Ventures will be participating in the program and as a PitchFest judge.

PITCHFEST

Showcase inspiring and innovative Public, Growth and Startup Companies.

3-Minute Pitch Contest; 2 Minute Critique.
All pitches will be video recorded and given to the company.
Companies compete from three pools: Startup, Growth, Public.
Each category $10k cash prize for the winner.
Additional prizes for 2nd, 3rd place.
Pitch and meet investors from across the US.

For more information or to apply for the PitchFest click here.

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Startup Game Changers Panel – Los Angeles 2017

Startup Game Changers Panel - Los Angeles 2017Startup fundraising can be an arduous journey. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had your own team of guides to help you along your way?

Team startup to the rescue!

Our team of VCs, financial consultants, bankers, and lawyers has collectively helped walk thousands of companies down the fundraising path — from identifying the best funding source to negotiating the best terms.

Now we’d like to share our common wisdom with you, to help take some of the pain and confusion out of the fundraising process.

Friday, August 4, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Join us for this 2-hour session during which we’ll cover:

  • The process of a raise
  • Pre-money and post-money valuation
  • Understanding dilution
  • Negotiating your best VC deal
  • Term sheets: what you need to know
  • And more!

Our distinguished panelists for this event are:

Moderator: Caroline Cherkassky, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Panelists: 
Peter Moon, Square 1 Bank
Chris Fitzjarrald, Trinet
Rudy Barthelemy, Early Growth Financial Services
Doug Sills, Moonshots Capital
Frank Grant, Interstate VC
Alex Rubalcava, Stage Venture Partners
Virginia  Schmitt, B Capital Group

Come prepared to ask questions, to network, and to learn how to take your startup to the next level.

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SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Speaking at FirstFridays @ UCLA TDG “Secrets of Startup Success”

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a speaker at
UCLA FirstFridays on “Secrets of Startup Success.”
The event will be Friday, August 4th at  10889 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820-20.

ABOUT UCLA TDG FirstFridays
UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) hosts a monthly educational series and mixer called UCLA TDG FirstFridays.

The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 820-20, 10889 Wilshire Blvd.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurship at UCLA and to ask questions and network.

About Kevin DeBré
Kevin represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in building successful businesses. He is a corporate and intellectual property attorney and a partner at Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP, a full-service, Los Angeles-based business law firm representing many of Southern California’s most promising emerging growth technology companies. Kevin structures and negotiates equity and debt investment transactions, technology development deals and commercialization agreements and ventures for monetizing intellectual property assets. Prior to Stubbs Alderton, Kevin was a partner in leading international law firms, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, where he headed the firm’s technology transactions practice in Southern California. Kevin is a registered patent attorney and worked as an engineer before law school. He served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. John G. Davies, United States District Court for the Central District of California and received his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law and his B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis.

We encourage you to attend!

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Women in LAVA and Global LAVA Present: Moving your business to the USA”

Women in LAVAWomen in Lava and Global LAVA invite you to a panel discussion on establishing or moving your business, as an expat, in the USA. Los Angeles is an international city with over 225 languages spoken and immigrants owning 33% of businesses in California. So how does one establish themselves in Los Angeles? Join our panelists in this lively discussion covering topics such as starting from scratch, international IP, taxes, cultural and language barriers and immigration law and current USCIS regulations.

11 Jul 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm PDT

Our Panelists include:
Allison-Claire Acker, Esq.
Immigration Law
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP

Allison-Claire Acker is a 1988 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and was recently named Southern California’s Top Female Attorney of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine. She has over twenty-five years of immigration law experience, counseling individuals and corporations with regard to all aspects of entertainment, family and employment-related immigration law. Ms. Acker assists both individuals and corporate clients to obtain both non-immigrant and immigrant visas in almost every US immigration category. She advises corporate clients regarding the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions. She also represents foreign investors with regard to visa options.
Ms. Acker is a noted speaker at immigration conferences, seminars and local universities. She is also the author of several immigration related articles. She is currently in charge of the immigration section of the Santa Monica Bar Association as well as one of its trustees, in addition to being a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations Immigration section, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Japanese American Bar Association. Most recently, Ms. Acker was AILA’s Southern California Chapter Advocacy Event Co-Chair. She has also been reappointed as an Advisory Committee member to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, representing the County of Los Angeles. Ms. Acker also served on the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Dr. Tatianna Kolpakov, M.D.
Co-Founder
Wellness Pro

Tatiana Kolpakov is a Medical Doctor and a co-founder of a nutritional company, WellnessPro. As a third generation medical doctor, Tatiana began to develop an appreciation for proper nutrition and preventative medicine. In 1999, she moved to the US with her husband and started an international nutritional company – WellnessPro. WellnessPro manufactures high-quality nutritional products and supplements for general health, wellness and weight-loss. From an idea to scale, Tatiana understands what it takes to start and develop and enterprise in the US and looks forward to sharing her experience.

Connie Chang Scotti, CPA
International Tax Senior Manager
Moss Adams LLP

Connie is a Senior Manager in the International Tax Service Group at Moss Adams LLP and works on some of the firm’s most complex engagements—coordinating global services and consulting with taxpayers on the worldwide tax implications and planning opportunities for their international assignments and business ventures.
Connie works closely with international legal and accounting professionals to coordinate cross‐border planning and compliance for individuals, trusts, estates, and closely‐held businesses. She serves as an integrated international business advisor and works at optimizing the worldwide effective tax rate and reducing foreign taxes through tax efficient financing, efficient cash management, and repatriation of earnings to the U.S. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Panel Leader:
Laurelle Johnson
Co-Founder
Myexpat.us

Laurelle, Co-Founder of myexpat.us works closely with expat spouses, co-joint and partners to adjust to the daily American way of life. In addition she offers investment visa business plans and strategic sales initiatives. She has worked with the start-ups, the last 11 years, in the communities of Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista. She offers a comprehensive program to identify and guide the spouse, co-joint, partner to new areas of interest, employment and adjustment to USA social life. She was born in Los Angeles to French parents who taught her the beauty of the French culture and language. Her worldwide travels gives her a deep appreciation of all cultures and a knowledge on how to bridge the gap with American way of life.

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SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Moderating Panel on “Innovation in Large Corporations/Scouting for Opportunities” at USC

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a moderator at USC Viterbi School of Engineering on “Innovation in Large Corporations/Scouting for Opportunities” at their Technology Scouting Workshop. The event will be Tuesday, June 20th at the Marina del Rey Marriot from 8AM-5PM.

Technology Scouting Workshop
June 20, 2017
Marina del Rey Marriot
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

To register for the event click here.

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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