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Preccelerator® Program Featured on Built in LA

Built in LA SAM Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, was featured on Built in LA‘s Tech Roundup last week announcing its newest class of companies. The companies include Swoppit, CA$Het, Tapp That App, RentSpree, and Animate Objects.

To read the full article and learn more about the companies click here.

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

 

 

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Preccelerator® Program Announces Its Sixth Class of Companies

SAM accelerator program for early stage companies, The Preccelerator Program, announces its new class of five digital media & tech startups

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The Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica, CA-based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, announced today that it has added its sixth class of companies featuring five innovative startups.

In 2012 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. Over the past five years, 22 companies have graduated the Program, of which 16 have received funding totaling over $8M.

Preccelerator Program Class 6 companies include:

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.

RentSpree – 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 –  At Tapp That App they’re passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. 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.

Ca$het –  CA$Het is a multi-services platform (MSP) that allows users to identify, curate, and monetize products in movies and TV shows.  We believe that the entertainment industry creates tremendous value by associating characters and products on screen.  The emotional impact created when actors and products interact has been impossible to monetize due to a lack of a suitable mechanism and marketplace.  We aim to change that through our platform. CA$Het provides a mechanism to quickly and accurately identify on screen products while simultaneously creating the marketplace where they can be purchased. (Coming Soon!)

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.  Swoppit has been founded by a 16-year-old Gen-Zer that understands the market and is driven to make it a success. (Coming Soon!)

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 http://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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Preccelerator® Program Alumni Zero Mass Energy to be Featured at VRLA Expo & Launch New Game

Zero Mass Energy Preccelerator alumni and VR game studio Zero Mass Energy (ZME), Inc has just launched their VR game called COG: Center Of Gravity. Destroy asteroids and run up the score against your friends in COG (Center of Gravity), a stunning VR homage to the classic arcade game, Asteroids.


“Our goal in creating COG was to deliver a sense of epic scale—something that can only be experienced in VR—to a very familiar arcade game premise.”

The Zero Mass Energy team plans to continue updating and advancing the experience over the next few months.

“With this game, we are targeting what we believe will be a rebirth of the traditional arcade. As such, we’ve delivered a casual, family-safe game experience with the visuals of a triple-A console game.”

The game is available for PC on both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift platforms and supports controllers. Interested gamers can find the game on the Steam online store here.

Zero Mass Energy, Inc is based in Los Angeles and is focused on building amazing VR and AR games and experiences.

Zero Mass Energy is being featured at VRLA Expo 2017 this weekend April 14-15th, click below to purchase tickets.

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

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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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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:

StyleMD is the smartest way to find a fashion stylist that will help you look and feel more confident on any budget. We curate talented stylists from across the country that help you save time and money to achieve your style goals. Whether you’re looking for a simple consultation, an online shopper, or closet assessment we’ve got you covered.

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

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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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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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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 Client Resonant Announced $7.5 Million Private Placement

Resonant Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client Resonant, Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) a designer of filters for radio frequency, or RF, front-ends that specializes in delivering designs for difficult bands and complex requirements, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of Longboard Capital Advisors, LLC, an existing stockholder of Resonant to raise gross proceeds of $7.5 million. Congratulations to Resonant on this success!

To read the full press release click here.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing Resonant in this transaction were John McIlvery and Nick Feldman.

About Resonant Inc.
Resonant is creating software tools and IP & licensable blocks that enable the development of innovative filter designs for the RF front-end, or RFFE, for the mobile device industry. The RFFE is the circuitry in a mobile device responsible for the radio frequency signal processing and is located between the device’s antenna and its digital baseband. Filters are a critical component of the RFFE that selects the desired radio frequency signals and rejects unwanted signals and noise. For more information, please visit www.resonant.com.

For more information about our Public Securities practice, contact John McIlvery at jmcilvery@stubbsalderton.com

 

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