Category Archives: Preccelerator

Preccelerator Program Presents: “The Art of Fundraising Episode I: 5 Types of Funding” – July 21st

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 “The Art of Fundraising Episode I:  5 Types of Funding


Thursday, July 21, 2016


 **Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

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




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






Delilah PanioDelilah Panio, Founder, Stiletto Dash

I love helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams… just like I am!

As the founder of Stiletto Dash, I am passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through my one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, I work with clients on their business planning and getting investor-ready.

I am leading the L.A. chapter of SheEO’s Radical Generosity program in which 1000 women invest $1000 to provide low interest loans to 10 local women-led companies. I am also a Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses. As well, I am active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as the Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) and coach for local pitch competitions.

My background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. I have advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.


Sarah MoretSarah Moret, Crosscut Ventures – Venture Capital

Sarah is an Associate at Crosscut Ventures. Her role includes meeting with startups, evaluating investment opportunities, and helping to manage fund operations. Prior to joining Crosscut, Sarah was at Formation8 Partners, a Venture Capital fund in San Francisco, where she focused on finance, operations, and due diligence for the fund’s hardware investments. Prior to that, Sarah worked in PwC’s Transaction Services Consulting Practice, advising clients on M&As, IPOs, and various other capital market transactions.

evan markilesEvan Markiles, FlashFunders –  Crowdfunding

Evan is the Business Operations Manager at FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform. An attorney, Evan works with companies that are interested in raising equity funding on FlashFunders, and manages companies’ offerings from the onboarding stage to closing.


frank obrienFrank O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank – Lending

Frank O’Brien is currently a Senior Associate with the SVB Technology and Life Sciences Teams based in Orange County, CA, focused on companies from the pre-revenue stage though over $100MM in revenues. Areas of focus include Big Data, Analytics, SaaS Platforms/Infrastructure, Medical Device, and Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. O’Brien joined SVB in early 2011 as an Associate, where he was responsible for financial analysis, business analysis, credit underwriting, portfolio management and new client development.


Alfred MirandaAlfred Miranda, Analog – An Idea Company, Inc. – Angel Investor

Angel Investment Firm owned by my partners and I to provide: Funding, Guidance, Technology Acumen, and Mentorship to promising Start-ups.



Andy TomatAndy Tomat, Teradyne – Strategic Investor

Andy was hired by Teradyne in the Fall of 2008 as the first head of Corporate Development to grow and diversify Teradyne’s business outside of semiconductor equipment through acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Areas of particular focus include Green Tech, Medical Equipment, Wireless and Optical Communication products.

Prior to Teradyne, Andy was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Peerless Systems Corporation where he led a team to deliver high performance color imaging products to market and enabled the company to become the 3rd best performer on NASDAQ in 2005. He was also with Peerless in the mid-1990’s where he helped coordinate their successful IPO.

As a consultant with the Adrenaline Group in Washington DC, he performed technology due diligence for a unit of NASDAQ (now FINRA); and in partnership with McKinsey & Co. helped a Nortel spin off (now Bill-Me-Later) re-position their online payment processing system to appeal to and Dell.

Andy has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, finance, M&A, and new business development at large organizations like Canon and Perkin-Elmer, and as co-founder of several startups in the imaging space. He holds multiple patents in digital imaging and content management and has participated in various international standards groups.



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SAM-High-Res-Logo-1Stubbs 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.

Capital InVenturesCapital InVentures is a New York-based boutique investment bank serving middle market companies in the $5-mm to $100-mm range. The firm performs consulting and investment banking services within the global financial community.  Through its association with other investment banking houses, underwriters and other private and public, domestic and offshore financial sources, Capital InVentures handles venture capital deals, bridge and mezzanine financing, syndications, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate capitalization, technology transfer, commercial debt and other creative business structures.


 LAVALosAngelesVenturaAssociationLogo.pngSince 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.

Our extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. Our annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are our region’s premiere forums on investment capital. We also co-produce events with many of our affiliated organizations.


You’re Invited!! Preccelerator Program Demo Day – June 23, 2016


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Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Preccelerator® Program Demo Day kicks off on June 23rd @ 5:30pm, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. SAM Preccelerator® Program (1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300) is our meeting spot to showcase the Preccelerator®’s current class of all-star companies to investors and the start-up community. Party on the Patio to follow! 



June 23, 2016
5:30-8:00pm – Presentations
8:00-9:30pm – Endless Summer Party on the Patio!



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







Preccelerator® Program Company Jambo Launches in Android and iOS App Stores

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Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator Company Zero Mass Energy (“ZME”) on the launch of their first product Jambo in the Android Google Play and iOS App Stores. Jambo is a chat app that combines social productivity with integrated social gaming.  “Jambo’s approach is to allow these games and tools to be utilized right within your chat threads without having to leave the app” says founder and CEO, Carey Chico.   While this first version allows the user to play games, send real-time character animation, as well as voice and photos – future releases will add a large number of entertainment and productivity functions.

ZME has also launched their new Jambo Chat Platform, that is a licensable platform to help businesses scale and retain their user base by utilizing a diverse set of social productivity and social play features. Companies that have a large number of apps or sites, can take these fragmented user bases and combine them into a single community promoting engagement and retention.  “We see an opportunity to create a pervasive chat platform that goes where you want to go, rather than you having to go to it.  There are so many isolated and siloed app experiences that we think could benefit greatly from our technology.”

Get it On Google Play

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To learn more about Zero Mass Energy, visit

For more information about the Preccelerator Program contact Heidi Hubbeling at or visit


Preccelerator Program Presents: “From Runway to Exit – How Proper Financial Modeling Sets up Startups for Raising Capital & Financial Success”

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“From Runway to Exit – How Proper Financial Modeling Sets up Startups for Raising Capital & Financial Success”





Thursday, May 19, 2016




Bring your Laptop!


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Eli Eisenberg has more than 35 years of hands on experience in the financial and business management of entrepreneurial companies.  As founder and CEO of Straight Line Management™, he specializes in providing financial expertise and mentoring to high-potential early stage companies. Mr. Eisenberg helps them to increase profitability, secure funding, evaluate and capitalize on opportunities, streamline financial operations, and get the financial side of the business under control.

Since launching his Straight Line Management consulting company in 1991, he has served as a trusted advisor to more than 70 early-stage companies, both traditional and web based, across a variety of industries including software and game companies, high and low tech manufacturing companies, wholesale distribution companies, product and services companies and non-profit organizations.

Prior to starting Straight Line Management, Mr. Eisenberg served as Chief Financial Officer for three high technology companies, served in senior financial and operational management positions (including VP of Finance and VP of Operations) in several other high growth companies, and established, ran and sold his own successful consumer products company.

Mr. Eisenberg has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital raising strategies, financial management and forecasting, business plan preparation, and development and streamlining of management reporting systems and controls. He received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976 and became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California is 1978. He is also a Fellow of the Larta Institute, where he conducts workshops and mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs in conjunction with their NIH, NSF, TATRC and USCA Commercialization Assistance Programs


Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
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!


Preccelerator® Program Company Trekk Featured in SMASHD


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CongratulTrekk Logo - High defations to Preccelerator® Program company Trekk on being featured in SMASHD.  Trekk is an on-demand moving service.  Trekk sends you a mover who will help you move your items. Their movers, also known as Trekkers, come equipped with a truck, van, or SUV.  Their service is available on iOS app and their web platform.

To read the full article click here.

SMASHD, is the brain child of Troy Carter of Atom Factory. They tell stories covering what entrepreneurs go through and how they build startups, how the tech and entertainment industries are merging, and how our culture is changing. Atom Factory is a diversified entertainment company with roots in talent and investments.

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


Preccelerator® Program Company Napkin Finance Partners with White House

Napkin Finance provided by CardBlanc, Inc

Congratulations to SAM Preccelerator® Program company Napkin Finance, a subsidiary of CardBlanc. Napkin Finance has teamed up with the White House to promote financial literacy among students and young adults, and assist them with preparing for college and Federal Student Aid.  This is part of President Obama and the First Lady’s Reach Higher, Better Make Room and National College Signing Day initiatives.

The White House just released the Fact Sheet “Celebrating Progress in Expanding College Opportunity for Every Student on College Signing Day.”  In regards to Napkin Finance it states, “Napkin Finance breaks down financial concepts in a simple, engaging, and visual way in 30 seconds or less. Most importantly, it teaches teens and young adults how to make smart money decisions and build a lifetime of financial well-being. For the First Lady’s Better Make Room initiative, Napkin Finance has created a course with “napkins” that prepare students for the financial challenges of a college education. The Better Make Room collaboration with Napkin Finance will inspire and empower teens to fill out the FAFSA, learn more about options for paying for college, understand how student loans work, and encourage ongoing engagement with the Reach Higher platform.”

To read the full Fact Sheet, click here.

To learn more about Napkin Finance visit:

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



Preccelerator® Program Now Accepting Applications!


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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is one of the leading business law firms in Southern California. We pioneered a fixed fee start-up package making the formation and organization of your start-up as seamless as possible. Our Preccelerator® Program is a platform offered to select start-up companies out of our Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping you grow your idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator® Program provides free co-working space and other perks for 5-6 promising young startups.

The perks include:

  • Free 24/7 access to our co-working space on a rolling basis, including free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for meetings and presentations
  • Access to real-time legal advice and transactional legal services on site (under our standard engagement and/or fee arrangements)
  • Access to in-house educational workshops and activities
  • Access to our extensive network of mentors
  • Potential introductions to our network of investors and other service providers
  • Partnerships with Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, FacebookStart, the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), Trinet, Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) and many more!
  • Perks package worth approximately $150K!

Apply Today

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, visit or contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803 or


SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Revenue Recognition” with Crowe Horwath

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and Crowe Horwath for this exclusive event!


“Revenue Recognition”

With this new revenue recognition standard on the horizon, now is the time for organizations to understand how the changes will affect their organization and develop an implementation plan that will help their organization experience a seamless transition. You are invited to join Crowe Horwath LLP for a presentation on revenue recognition and implementing the new Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, “Revenue From Contracts With Customers” including:

  • Summary of the new standard
  • Considerations for digital media and technology companies
  • Developing an implementation plan for the new standard
  • Internal control considerations


Thursday, April 21, 2016
**Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**



Sam Aina is a leader in the Risk Consulting Practice and has more than 12 years of experience providing Internal Audit and SOX services. He has a proven track record helping clients in a variety of industries with their internal audit, compliance, and risk management needs.


Scott Sachs is a leader within Crowe audit services and specializes in publicly traded and private companies in the technology, manufacturing, and media industries.



Office of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
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!


SAM Preccelerator® Program Featured in San Fernando Valley Business Journal

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Preccelerator® Program Company District2 Featured in SoCalTech Article


Cassie Betts, CEO of SAM Preccelerator® Program graduate District2 was featured in’s article “Why District2 is Creating an Online Marketplace for the Fashion Industry.”

To read the full article, click here.


About District2

District2 is a B2B collaborative online platform within the shared economy Maker’s Space. New fashion designers don’t know where to get their prototypes made. Where do I find this screen-printer? This dye house? This factory? District2 is an online B2B platform that helps designers get prototypes made in half the time, at half the price with 90% less stress. Their free search directory allows users to search our virtual garment district for contractors & service providers.

Designers can also post their projects and receive competitive bids from factories and other service providers. They will be able to leave ratings, reviews and hire contractors safely within District2.

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at or visit