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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.

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

 

 

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

 

 

WinLAVA

  

Do it Yourself Marketing/Social Media

Building Your Market Presence

 

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


Location:
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

 

Register!

Moderators:

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.

Presenters/Panelists

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.

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

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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.

 

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SAM Client Invested.In Honored with LAVA Award : “Best Marketplace Platform Funding 2012”

Congratulations to SAM client Invested.In for winning the LA Venture Association’s (LAVA) award for “Best Marketplace Platform Funding 2012.”  Jeff Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the company. What an honor!

Other SAM nominees included:

Machinima for Best Digital Media Funding

Leads 360 for Best Software Funding

Congratulations to all!

For more information about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4501 or salderton@stubbsalderton.com

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Encourages You to Attend: LAVA’s Annual Venture Capital Panel – Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make. To register, click here.

When:  Tuesday, August 14, 2012 6:00-9:30PM
Where: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)

Moderator

  • Jon Funk, Founder, Ocean Road Partners


Confirmed Panelists


  • Jim Andelman, Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners
  • David Casares, Principal, Vicente Capital Partners
  • Dana Settle, Partner, Greycroft Partners


Event Pricing

 

Guests: $60 (onsite $85)
LAVA Annual Members: No Charge
LAVA Associate Members: $35 (onsite $50)
Students (with valid ID): $40 (onsite $50)


Cancellation Policy


  • Breakfast/Event cancellations must be received and confirmed by NOON the day before the breakfast/event to receive a refund. Email info@lava.org to submit a cancellation. Your cancellation is not effective until LAVA Member Services responds to confirm.
  • No-shows and late cancellations will be charged the full breakfast/event price
  • Late registrations (after the online pre-reg cutoff) are non-refundable


Payment Policy


Registrations must be made online via Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are welcomed. In special circumstances, checks will be accepted before the event at the discretion of LAVA Member Services. Any checks not received in time will require credit card payment onsite.

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Louis Wharton Elected to Los Angeles Venture Association Board of Directors

SAM Partner Louis Wharton was recently elected to the Los Angeles Venture Association’s (LAVA) Board of Directors at its annual meeting.  The term for each BOD member is 2 years.  Founded in 1984, LAVA is Southern California’s premier forum for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and professional advisors.

Regarding his new position on the board, Louis states “I’m both proud and excited to serve on the Board of Directors of LAVA, an organization that continues to play an integral role in Southern California’s venture financing eco system.  I look forward to advancing LAVA’s focus on more closely integrating the communities it serves over the next two years.”

In addition to his role on the board of directors of LAVA, Louis is actively involved as a member of the Executive Committee of ProVisor’s TECH Group.  The ProVisors Technology Industry Group’s mission is to provide a networking, educational, and referral driven forum to one another through personal knowledge and expertise in the Technology sector. The group’s intent is to be purposeful and accountable, in forming relationships and driving business to other group members who are trusted professional advisors working primarily with companies in the technology sector.

Louis’ practice focuses on advising startup, emerging growth and middle market companies across a spectrum of industries in securities compliance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. To view Louis’ full bio, click here.

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Partner Louis Wharton Moderates Startup Financing Panel at LAVA Investment Capital Conference

SAM Partner Louis Wharton moderated the Startup Financing panel at the Los Angeles Venture Association’s 2011 Investment Capital Conference. The panel featured startup founders and venture, angel and private equity investors exploring salient issues for entrepreneurs seeking early-stage funding. The ICC, LAVA’s signature event for the past 19 years, featured a rich program focusing on financing from startup through exit, extensive networking and the Company Showcase Exhibit Park, which provided access to more than 40 of Southern California’s top innovation companies.

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