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SAM Encourages You to Attend LABIC’s ICO Panel Discussion on March 29, 2018

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and SAM attorney Shanita Nicholas encourage you to attend:

LA Black Investors Club 
ICO Panel Discussion
Thu, March 29, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join the LA Black Investors Club 501(c)(3) in a lively panel discussion with three startups venturing into their own ICOs. Businesses include ZEN, and the eSports Amateur Competitor’s League.

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



SAM Encourages You to Attend LABIC Fireside Chat on March 15, 2018

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and SAM attorney Shanita Nicholas encourage you to attend:

LA Black Investors Club 
Fireside Chat Series
Thu, March 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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LABIC’s Fireside Chat Series is back! Join them for their first Fireside Chat of 2018 featuring Anna Barber, Managing Director of the Techstars LA Accelerator, and Sky Kelley, CEO & Founder of Avisare.

fireside chat

The Fireside Chat Series features different speakers who will lead a discussion on various issues and topics of interest to entrepreneurs, from venture capital and fundraising to investing and marketing.

Techstars LA focuses on investing in LA area companies in media, entertainment, e-commerce, marketplaces, enterprise SAAS, edtech, cleantech and aerospace. They are particularly interested in diverse founding teams.

Avisare is a platform for companies that want the highest caliber talent in the world. Avisare is an online community of privately invited pre-screened executive level consultants and consulting firms with the skills needed to get results for the jobs or projects posted by businesses on the platform.

For more information visit here.



SAM Attorney Caroline Cherkassky Featured Panelist at UCLA Law School’s “Law & Entrepreneurship” Conference

March 9th, 2018

UCLA School of Law
385 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

Located in UCLA’s back yard, the Silicon Beach economy is exploding. This inaugural conference will explore the legal and policy issues faced by more than 500 tech startups, incubators and accelerators as well as companies like Snap. Attend the conference to understand the issues critical to this burgeoning hub of entrepreneurship in West LA and the beach cities of Santa Monica, Playa Vista and Venice.

The Silicon Beach Conference will address three important areas all with a focus on the businesses we see here:  governance, financing and acquisitions. Our governance panel will look at various structural approaches, including dual class stock structures.  The financing panel will explore the SEC’s pro-IPO initiatives as well as the emerging Initial Coin Offering debate. Finally, the panelists will look to the LA and Silicon Beach acquisitions market and how to support and grow M&A in Silicon Beach.

Opening Remarks
Joel Feuer, UCLA School of Law

Corporate Governance and Founder Control
Ken Bertsch, Council of Institutional Investors
David Berger, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Caroline Cherkassky, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles
Chris Shoff, Latham & Watkins
Moderator: Stephen Bainbridge, UCLA School of Law

Financing of Start-Ups and Emerging Growth Companies
Lona Nallengara, Shearman & Sterling  
Nick Hobson, Cooley
Philippa Bond, Proskauer
Adam Ettinger, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Moderator: James Park, UCLA School of Law

Silicon Beach Acquisitions: Legal and Business Issues
David Hernand, Paul Hastings
Brandon Quartararo, Intrepid Investment Bank
Andrew Erskine, Orrick
Moderator:  Iman Anabtawi, UCLA School of Law

We hope to see you there!




SAM Encourages You to Attend LABIC Business Pitch Competition

Los Angeles Black Investors Club (LABIC)
Business Pitch Competition
January 25, 2018

Black Business Pitch Competition

Each quarter, LABIC hosts a prize competition that provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative products, technologies, or services in particular industries.

LABIC will have its first Black Business Pitch Competition of 2018 on January 25th at Sip & Sonder, located in Downtown Inglewood. Upto 10 finalists will be selected to compete in the live pitch event, where finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges and compete for amazing prizes. Last quarter’s prizes included free consulting sessions with a top VC fund manager and LABIC partners, a one year subscription to Entrepreneur Magazine, AMEX gift cards, and more!


Sherri Brewer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Retail Officer of OneUnited Bank.  She is dedicated to impacting the lives of youth. Ms. Brewer works with World Impact’s Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) as a judge of business plans during shark tank like presentations to receive grant funds. She has worked with Los Angeles Educational Partnership by providing High School seniors with resume review services and mock employment interviews. She works with organizations such as Adelante Youth Services (AYS) to provide financial literacy to middle school students. Ms. Brewer serves on the Board of Vox Collegiate Charter School in Watts and serves on the loan committee of Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation.

Meggan Oirech is the founder and CEO of CHNO Brands, LLC. CHNO is a startup that curates black-owned products for your everyday life and makes them available in their online store. She is also the recipient of a Madame CJ Walker business award that honored her work with black businesses. She has also developed an algorithm and works with a venture company to build and sell it. A native of Riverside County, she is a gradate of the Art Institute of Orange County.

Demarcus Williams is the Director of Silicon Valley Bank’s Early Stage Practice in Los Angeles. He focuses on guiding entrepreneurs from incorporation through Series A financing and fostering community within Los Angele’s early stage tech ecosystem. Prior to his position at SVB, he was Vice President of Business Strategy at Zealot Networks. He has also served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is a graduate of UC, Irvine.

We hope to see you there!


You’re Invited to Preccelerator® Program Class 7 Demo Day!

The Deal
Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Preccelerator® Program Class 7 Demo Day kicks off on January 24th @ 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.
Appetizers and drinks on us!

The Location
1453 3rd Street Promenade
Suite 300 Santa Monica, 90401

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

Now, Every Moment of Your Live Stream is Searchable in Real-Time

nēdl is a B2B2C platform addressing a nearly $40B global ad market by providing 100’s of millions of radio listeners an AI-powered tuner to instantly locate specific live news, sports, talk, information, and music content using keyword search on live broadcasts; eliminating the need to go station-to-station for specific live content. nēdl not only lets you search live content on over 120,000 domestic and international broadcast radio stations for free, but users can instantly create their own live broadcast stations to inject their speech into the same real-time search results so others may discover them by words they are saying as they speak. Visit


Virtual Reality Platform Providing Content for Independent Creators

EVRealities is a secure marketplace for licensing and digital rights management of virtual/augmented reality stock and packaged video content.  We are empowering professional VR creators, 360 video, and AR graphic artists to sell immersive content of current events and culturally significant VR/AR experiences to digital media publishers. We deliver curated content directly to publishers for ease of discovery of relevant pieces that can be licensed, editorialized, and published into AR/VR formats to fulfill a steady VR/AR content strategy. Visit


Share your Lyrics with Sound, Promote your Music with Custom Lyric Video Clips

LineForLine is a software service for music promotion that gives artists and their fans the ability to share song lyrics across all social media platforms as music videos known as lyric video clips. The growing demand for short form video content on social media platforms is making it difficult to promote songs that are meant to be heard. By syncing lyrics with songs LineForLine gives artists and their fans the ability to create and share lyrics video clips on the fly. These audiovisual snippets of lyrics with sound encourage viewers to listeners, to help artists leverage social media as a platform for music discovery. Visit 


The Lineup 
5:30pm –Registration & Networking


You’re Invited to “Roadmap to Small Business Success” with Christine Perakis

Find out what makes some people more successful than others. During this event you will create your custom Roadmap to Small Business Success using the 7-TEER system from Christine’s bestselling book, “The Entrepreneur’s Essential Roadmap – Take Your Business from 0 to 7-Figures in Record Time”. Now you can focus on the 20% of your activities that really matter to get where you want to go, faster and more efficiently!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**


Christine Perakis

Christine Perakis
 Business Startup Navigator, Best-Selling Author, “Entrepreneur’s Essential Roadmap”

Christine Perakis has been a lawyer, business adviser, entrepreneur, C-Suite executive, adj professor, and professional boat captain, navigating myriad transactions and businesses across 5 continents. Christine has run or been a part of a management team in 10 businesses, growing, expanding and achieving results beyond the expectations of all involved. The most recent role being as a COO in a company that went from a 100% equity funded startup to a $10 million/year business in 4 years. Christine is a natural teacher and very much enjoys sharing her business knowledge, whether speaking to groups from her “Roadmap to Small Business Success” programs taken from her best-selling book, in online courses to graduate students, or through her online business advisory system.

Connect with her on Twitter and Linked-In.

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

4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

We hope to see you there!


*You must register with your name & email to attend this event.


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

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


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


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.

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

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
Blue Fever
Bootstrap Legal
Tea Drops

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! 


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


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

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

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


Heidi Hubbeling
Chief Operating Officer, Preccelerator® Program