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SAM Encourages You to Attend the LA Venture Association’s SoCal First Look Showcase

You are invited to the SoCal First Look Showcase!

Wednesday, June 20 2018
The Luskin Conference Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA (map)

Join LAVA for an exclusive showcase of innovative early-stage teams from SoCal’s top research institutions

The intimate afternoon event is invite-only and has limited seats available so please register now


Come see 30 early stage startups who are commercializing their deep scientific breakthroughs from 18 of SoCal’s top research universities and institutions. The day will feature three simultaneous domain tracks: Life Science, Computer Science, and Physical Science.  This exclusive, invite-only half-day program will bring together investors, innovators and executives in an intimate setting. This event is brought to you by the Alliance for Southern California Innovation and the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).

1:00 p  Check-in + Refreshments
2:00 p  Keynote + Panel
3:30 p  Team Presentations
6:30 p  Cocktails

Why you should attend:
See hand-picked teams from 18 of SoCal’s top research institutions
Teams were vetted and selected from a pool of applicants by domain-specific panels of investors and industry experts
Join an intimate invite-only guest list of investors, innovators and executives
Keynote by Bill Gross, Founder + Chairman of Idealab
VC Panel includes Rick Smith (CrossCut Ventures), Kara Nortman (Upfront Ventures), Shahin Farshchi (Lux Capital) and Jay Goss (Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health)

There is no charge to attend thanks to generous support from:
Goldman Sachs | Google | Silicon Valley Bank | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

About the Alliance for Southern California Innovation (Alliance)
The Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”), formed in 2017 by serial entrepreneur and public servant Steve Poizner, has successfully brought together the heft of Southern California’s top research institutions, local business leaders, and world-class advisors to focus on bridging critical gaps in the SoCal ecosystem. The goal of the Alliance is to nurture and accelerate the growth of Southern California’s technology and life sciences innovation ecosystem. As a first step, the Alliance will host two technology innovation showcase events: the first on May 24th in the heart of Silicon Valley and the second one on June 20th on the campus of UCLA in SoCal. A complete list of the Alliance board and strategic partners can be found at www.alliancesocal.org.

About the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA)
Since 1985, the Los Angeles Venture Association (“LAVA”) 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 professional services providers. Our extensive slate of monthly and annual meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities.

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 Myspace.com.  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!


SAM Encourages You to Attend the 14th Annual LAVA Venture Awards Dinner

LAVA 14th Annual
Venture Awards Dinner

Celebrating 30+ years of service to the Los Angeles Entrepreneurial Community

Wednesday, March 22th, 2017
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
5:30pm – 10pm

Tickets $200 for  LAVA Members $250 for Non-Members
Tables – $2500

 The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will hold its 14th Annual Venture Awards Dinner to recognize Southern California’s best venture-backed companies, and to celebrate the induction of Jeff Stibel, Partner of Bryant Stibel & Company into the LAVA Hall of Fame. The awards dinner will be attended by over 300 leaders in the Venture Capital community, including CEOs and founders of successful emerging companies.



 Join this celebration and network with Southern California’s best Venture Capital firms and investors.




In Case You Missed “Networking for Capital” with Len Lanzi…

On behalf of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles thank you to everyone who attended the “Networking for Capital” event with Executive Director of LAVA, Len Lanzi. To those that were unable to make it, the full video from the event can be viewed below.

For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to subscribe to our mailing list for events, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com


SAM Encourages You to Attend WinLAVA: “Sharpen Your Digital Marketing Focus & “The Tornado Technique..Why ‘Isolation’ is a Good Thing”

Women in LAVA (WinLAVA) is thrilled to present two top leaders in the world of digital marketing and business incubation to share their tried and true strategies on effectively taking your company to the next level. Whether you are seeking financing, launching a digital marketing campaign, or just creating your brand, you will acquire tangible tools and strategies to add to your toolbox and implement immediately.

This will be a 2-part event:

First Segment:
“Sharpen Your Digital Marketing Focus…Trends. Integration.Execution”

Laurel Mintz, CEO of Elevate My Brand will discuss how to move your marketing strategy forward through a holistic approach. Touch points will include:

  • Keeping up with trends without getting lost in them (i.e. social media),
  • Integrating new and innovative marketing tools to reach customers via apps, geo-targeting and current lists
  • The importance of execution and metrics reporting on these tactics to generate repeat business and loyal consumers.

Second Segment:
“The Tornado Technique… Why ‘Isolation’ is a Good Thing.”

Stephen Meade, CEO of MagMo (Magic Moments) will share his signature strategy on the Art of being Specific, Targeted, and Focused in getting exactly what you want. Learn the 10 steps of how to build personal and business relationships.  The content will be actionable, and easily implementable to provide immediate results.

Event Details:

Date:              March 7, 2017

Time:              6-9pm

Location:       Details given upon Registration. Culver City Area

For event info and to register for this WinLAVA event click here.


SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “How to Network for Capital” with Len Lanzi

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


“How to Network for Capital”

This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community.  We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up. 

 Thursday January 26th, 2017
**Networking and Startup Demos!**

SAM Preccelerator Program participants will have demo tables where they will showcase their companies. Check them out!


Len Lanzi, Executive Director,
LA Venture Association, (LAVA)

Len Lanzi is Executive Director of LAVA, and has over 20 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. In his role, he works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs about the venture business environment in the greater Los Angeles region.

Sponsored by

   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



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

Join the SAM Preccelerator Program
for this exclusive event!



 “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 Amazon.com 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.



Special Thanks to our Sponsors!


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. www.stubbsalderton.com

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. www.CapitalInventures.com


 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. www.lava.org


SAM Preccelerator Program Presents, “How to Network for Capital” with Len Lanzi of LAVA





This session will focus on techniques and ways to network in the VC and Angel Community.  We will interact and share best practices on business development and promoting your start-up.


Eventbrite - SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: "Networking for Capital" with Len Lanzi





Len Lanzi

Len Lanzi, Executive Director,
LA Venture Association, (LAVA)
Len Lanzi is Executive Director of LAVA, and has over 20 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. In his role, he works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs about the venture business environment in the greater Los Angeles region.
Sponsored by
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Ramp #5 on the Corner of 4th and Broadway
or at the Santa Monica Mall
We hope to see you there!


SAM To Host: WinLAVA “Do it Yourself Marketing/Social Media – Building Your Market Presence” – September 24, 2014





Do it Yourself Marketing/Social Media

Building Your Market Presence


Date: September 24, 2014 Wednesday
Time: 11:30am-2:00pm

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

Parking: Parking across the street in the Santa Monica Place Mall  (first 90 minutes free. $1 for the next hour and $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes)

Free for LAVA Members   $35 for Non-Members




Natalie Do, Steering committee member and sponsor of Women in LAVA (WinLAVA),  VP, Relationship Manager of Torrey Pines Bank, specialize in banking and lending for professional service firms, middle market companies and non-profit organizations.

Maggie Shih, Steering committee member of Women in LAVA (WinLAVA), VP of Product & Technology Services at DataPop.


Jedd GoldJedd Gold
Co-Founder and CEO
The Kive Company

Jedd Gold is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Kive Company, creators of the Artkive app and Tastemaker Mom.  Artkive has been featured on the Today Show, Katie Couric, named a Cool Mom Tech Pick of the Year, a Daily Candy Favorite Find of the year, and featured on iTunes for more than a year in their Best Apps for Parents category.  Tastemaker Mom is a community whose insight and voices are helping shape the way brands market to women.  Jedd co-founded and sold his last business which built training games for corporations and the government.  Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jedd served as Managing Director of Marketing for Variety Magazine, and was VP of Marketing for an entertainment company where he was responsible for developing the brand strategies, marketing promotions, launch plans and corporate partnerships for properties such as Strawberry Shortcake.  Jedd received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and BA from the University of Michigan. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 daughters.

Kelsey DooreyKelsey Doorey
Founder and CEO
Vow To Be Chic

Kelsey Doorey is the Founder and CEO of Vow To Be Chic, the first company to offer designer bridesmaid dress rentals, introducing cost savings and convenience to the bridesmaid experience and bringing an age-old tradition into the 21st century.  It introduces an affordable, convenient, and stylish alternative to the status quo, offering dresses from $95 that retail for an average of $300.  By offering designer bridesmaid dress rentals online, Vow To Be Chic is a disruptive concept in the bridal industry, bringing an age-old tradition into the 21st century.  Being a bridesmaid is an expensive honor and we’re here to help.  Kelsey has an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from Columbia University. Prior to Vow, Kelsey worked as a management consultant for four years before following her passion to the retail industry. In retail, Kelsey has worked at RentTheRunway, Bloomingdale’s, Michael Kors, and BCBGMaxAzria.

Renee MillerRenee Miller

President/Creative Director
The Miller Group Advertising

Renee Miller has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ leading creative directors.  She has won nearly every major creative award including One Show, Communication Arts (CA), Best of the West, ADDY, Graphis, and N.Y. Art Directors Club.  She has judged Communication Arts advertising annual and presented at several prestigious awards shows.  For seven consecutive years, the Los Angeles Business Journal has named The Miller Group one of the top 75 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles.  Renee was also one of 200 women in Los Angeles nominated for the “2007 Women Making a Difference” awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Business Journal.   Renee has been featured in Adweek, Brandweek, Ad Age, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Marketing Sherpa and dozens of other publications around the country and has spoken to dozens of groups around the country, as well as guest lectured at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Ohio State University.

Christine WoodwardChristine Woodward
Founder and CEO
Henry Woodward Communications

Christine Woodward has spent more than two decades creating successful marketing campaigns for companies across the Western United States. Through her consulting firm, Henry Woodward Communications, Chris has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including law, finance, accounting, health, insurance, architecture, engineering, real estate, recreation, high technology, and aviation.  She has designed campaigns for Los Angeles World Airports, the Boeing Company, Earth Tech, Loyola Marymount University, Psomas, and Raging Waters Theme Parks, to name a few.  Chris created My PR Tools to bring the benefit of her marketing and PR expertise to professionals and entrepreneurs. She designs comprehensive, affordable marketing campaigns designed to hit the sweet spot with target clients.  Through her consulting packages, Chris brings the power of marketing and PR to professional services firms and start-ups at a fraction of the cost of hiring an agency. She helps her clients get up and running with proven, highly successful marketing strategies to get maximum exposure and boost revenues. Before forming her own company, Chris was director of Public Affairs for the 1,000-acre Playa Vista master-planned community just south of Marina del Rey, CA. Prior to that, she served on the executive staff of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of UCLA and a long time Manhattan Beach resident.


SAM Partner Louis Wharton to be Panelist for Mobile LAVA Event “Start Your ‘Mobile’ Startup” – May 30th, 2013


SAM Partner Louis Wharton will be a featured panelist on the May 30th Mobile LAVA presentation, “Start Your ‘Mobile’ Startup.”  Other panelists include:  Hank Leber, Co-founder & CEO, GonnaBe, Matt Sandler, Co-founder & CEO, Chromatik, TX Zhou, Managing Partner, Karlin Ventures, Mark G. Sogomian, Ernst & Young, and moderator Lori Kozlowski, columnist for Forbes.

They will examine some of the practical, nuts-and-bolts components of building a new business in the mobile and online spaces. Entrepreneurs are naturally infused with passion, ideas, and a desire to attract people to their passion and ideas. Often, however, the practical realities of starting a business can get lost in the midst of an entrepreneur’s enthusiasm, and easily avoidable mistakes can result in huge headaches down the road, or worse — business failure.

In order to provide practical advice and context, the panel will share with us some fundamental components for starting a startup, including:

  1. Team:  What makes the right start-up team?
  2. Partner:  What should you look for in a business partner?
  3. Legal:  How do you set up the legal framework for an organization that mitigates future conflicts?
  4. Docs:  What are the basic core documents required to get a start-up going?
  5. Financial:  How do you ensure financial sanity and what kinds of financial people are necessary – controller, CFO, accountant?
  6. HR:  What are the essential human resource issues that need to be considered?
  7. CTO:  When it comes to the mobile space, specifically – what do you need in a CTO? What do you need to look for in the engineers/programmers you hire?
  8. Staffing:  What are the practical costs of bringing people aboard early on? For instance, is everyone working for little to no pay? How do you gain enough capital to pay people in the early stages?
  9. Startup Issues:  For mobile startups, what are some of the crucial things to know, especially in a space so rapidly growing and constantly changing?
  10. Mobile Challenges:  Are the challenges that mobile start-ups face different from those not focused on mobile? If so, what are the pitfalls and how can you avoid them?

To Register, click here.