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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

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.

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!


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.
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

Laurelle, Co-Founder of 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.


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

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.


Preccelerator Program Presents: Startup Superhero Series with Michael Schneider, Founder of Service and Mobile Roadie



What is a Startup Superhero? Join us as Michael Schneider, founder of Service and Mobile Roadie, is interviewed by Matt Swider, Senior Mobile Editor of TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, stories from his time with Mobile Roadie, one of the world’s most successful mobile app platforms, and his adventure into founding Service, a platform that compensates travelers for delayed or canceled flights.



Thursday, June 29, 2017
5:30-6:15pm – Networking
6:15-7:30pm – Fireside Chat with Michael Schneider


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


Michael Schneider, CEO & Founder – Service


Michael Schneider is the founder and CEO of Service, a company that gets travelers compensation anytime their flight is delayed or cancelled. The idea for Service was born when Schneider realized that in today’s digital world customers can get almost anything, from a car, food, or a place to stay, on-demand, yet they are still required to waste an irreplaceable asset – their time – dealing with customer service issues. Schneider started small – he tracked down people complaining of flight disruptions on Twitter and offered to help get them compensation. Today, Service handles thousands of claims per month, and is saving the average frequent traveler over $600/year. Prior to Service, Schneider was the co-founder and CEO of Mobile Roadie, one of the world’s most successful mobile app platforms, with clients such as Disney, the World Economic Forum, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Schneider is active in the Los Angeles tech community, having served on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, advising the Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy and speaking regularly at his alma mater – the University of Southern California
Fast Facts
● At the age of 15, Schneider founded Video Game Central, where he sold new and used video games online at the advent of the digital age
● A serial entrepreneur, Schneider has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Los Angeles County SBA “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and was named one of the “Top 20 in their 20s” by the Los Angeles Business Journal


Matt Swider, Senior Mobile Editor – TechRadar


Matt Swider is the Senior Mobile Editor of, covering smartphones, wearables and car tech. He began writing about gadgets when we started his own video game news and reviews website at 14 back in 1999. He holds a Journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University.
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

We love tech! We’re unashamedly geeky about it. So we’ll tell you what we think in a fair, unbiased way. That’s what we’re about. We’re able to promise this because TechRadar is the largest UK-based consumer technology news and reviews site (and now rapidly growing in the US and Australia), our editorial independence backed by the weight of technology publisher Future plus objective test data from the TechRadar Labs. Our experienced writers who operate from our offices in London, Bath, San Francisco, New York and Sydney operate under Future’s 20 year old policy of a cast-iron guarantee of editorial independence.

TechRadar will tell you about the coolest new stuff. We’ll work hard to bring you original quotes and exclusive access. We’ll review it more thoroughly and carefully than anyone else. We’ll explain how it works and why you buy it (or not). Then it’s up to you. Add your own comments and opinions. Review gear for yourself. There’s no monopoly on the truth here – tell us what you think. Visit


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.
A VIP Reception on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Exhibitors, Sponsors and and Speakers only.

ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo

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.


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.


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


SAM Encourages You to Attend “ACG101’s First Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition & Showcase”

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

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!

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


Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

Cal Lutheran University


We hope to see you there!


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

Women Founders Network 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. Women Founders Network 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.


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

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

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

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!


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  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!