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SA&M Preccelerator Alumni Napkin Finance Featured in The New York Times

Preccelerator alumni company Napkin Finance and founder Tina Hay were featured this past week in The New York Times. The interview discusses her new book by the same name “Napkin Finance:  Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less.”  Ms. Hay, a Harvard M.B.A., covers things as diverse as investing and saving for retirement and cryptocurrencies, digital money that can be sent electronically.

To read the full article in the New York times, visit here.

About Napkin Finance 
Napkin Finance empowers readers by educating them about their money in a fun, engaging, visual way. We create unique content—including images, infographics, videos, and articles—that breaks complex financial topics down into simple, easy, bite-sized lessons.
Their content reaches more than 80 million households worldwide through their partnerships with global financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and UBS. (Learn about working with us.) They also engage with readers directly through their website, print publications, and social media channels.
A core part of their mission is to make high-quality educational content available to those who need it most, which is why they donate a portion of our creative resources to nonprofits, schools, and other organizations. Napkin Finance has worked with Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room initiative, the US Olympic Committee, and others to bring their educational content to financially underserved populations.

SA&M Preccelerator Company Auxxit Featured on Built in Colorado’s “50 Startups to Watch in 2020” List

SA&M Preccelerator company Auxxit, a next-generation group chat mobile app that connects like-minded members in close-knit online communities where they can participate in games, discussion and event style auctions of their favorite things, was featured on Built in Colorado’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020 list. Communities are rooted in building connections based on shared interests. That’s also the key to creating a successful social media platform. Auxxit is elevating these concepts by making it easy for social media users to buy and sell goods attached to their interests. Want to build out a comic book collection? Join the comic book group. Interested in auto repair? There’s a group for that, too. In 2019, Auxxit launched a beta version of its app and was selected to join the Preccelerator Program, an accelerator for early-stage startups based in Southern California.

To see the full list of 50 Startups to Watch on Built in Colorado and learn more about Auxxit, click here.

Applications are now open for the next class of the Preccelerator ® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space! Apply today.

SA&M Preccelerator Company nēdl Featured on Built in LA’s “50 Startups to Watch in 2020” List

SA&M Preccelerator alumni company nēdl, an app that allows radio listeners to use speech recognition to eliminate the need to go station-to-station to find specific news, sports, talk, and music, was featured on Built in LA’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020 list. As a member of the team that developed the original iHeartRadio app, Ayinde Alakoye knows a bit about the radio business. His startup, nēdl, is an app that lets users search live radio broadcasts and podcasts for specific songs and subjects using keywords. In addition to its search function, nēdl also lets users “go live” and create their own stations

To read the full article on Built In LA and learn more about nēdl, click here.

Applications are now open for the next class of the Preccelerator ® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space! Apply today.

Preccelerator Managing Director Len Lanzi Featured on Biz Journal’s “People on the Move”

The Preccelerator’s new Managing Director, Len Lanzi was featured on LA Biz Journals People on the Move. Len leads the day to day program management, investor relationships, and investment screening of the Preccelerator Program. The Los Angeles Business Journal is a weekly newspaper and online news source that provides coverage of local business news.

To view the full post visit here.

About Len Lanzi

Leonard M. Lanzi has over 30 years of organization management and fund development experience. He has been serving as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association since 2007. In his capacity at LAVA, Len works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs within the venture-funded startup ecosystem in the greater Los Angeles region.

Len brings a well-rounded knowledge from such diverse human service organizations as the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Boy Scouts of America.

Leonard graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has professional certification from Pepperdine University on Private Capital Markets. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica where he served on its Board of Directors as VP Programs. Leonard also serves as Board Chair for Meals on Wheels West, as a director for Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, Board Treasurer for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Governors for StartOut, a nationwide entrepreneurial organization for the LGBT community.

About the Preccelerator
The Preccelerator® Program is an accelerator for early-stage startups offered to select companies out of the Santa Monica office of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP that provides initial capital, sophisticated legal services, interim office space, mentorship, a targeted curriculum, investment strategy counseling and access to a strategic perks portfolio with the objective of helping grow founders’ ideas from business concept to funded startup.


SA&M Preccelerator® Announces Addition of Len Lanzi as Managing Director

Len Lanzi, former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) Joins Preccelerator team as Managing Director, effective January 1, 2020.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., January 13, 2020  – The Preccelerator® Program, a Santa Monica, California-based early-stage startup accelerator focused on technology and digital media startup companies, announced today that it has hired Len Lanzi, former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association, as its new Managing Director. The addition of Mr. Lanzi to the Preccelerator team will broaden the network and continue to strengthen its resources and commitment to the Southern California tech community that it has become well known for.

Len said the following in connection with his new opportunity, “I am looking forward to this new challenge as the Managing Director of the Stubbs Alderton and Markiles’ Preccelerator® Program. My world got smaller and bigger at the same time. I will be focusing on specific startups that are part of the Preccelerator® and my contacts and friends remain as relevant or more so in this new role.”

In 2018, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles expanded the Preccelerator office into a new space located at 1316 3rd Street Promenade, which both increased the co-working space for the in-house companies and increased the event space. That same year, the Preccelerator and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP announced a change in the program, adding an investment of $50,000 into Preccelerator cohort companies.

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, curriculum 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 seven years, 46 diverse companies have graduated the Program, and most have received funding, with over $16M invested in Preccelerator companies in the aggregate.

Scott Alderton, Managing Partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and Chairman of the Preccelerator commented, “I have known Len for nearly 15 years, and worked alongside him on the Board of LAVA as he transformed that organization into the significant force within the technology ecosystem that it is today. The Preccelerator has reached an inflection point where it is now much more than a project of the law firm, it is a business of its own, and a meaningful contributor to the Southern California tech community. When we decided to hire a dedicated leader for the Preccelerator, I couldn’t think of any greater candidate for Managing Director than Len. He was our first and only choice for the job, and we are thrilled to be working with him.”

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 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

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 $500,000 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 100 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 75-plus 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 and expanded benefits to accepted companies. To view Len’s full bio visit here. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit

Heidi Hubbeling
Chief Marketing Officer,
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Preccelerator Chairman and Board Member Scott Alderton Featured on SoCalTech

socaltechPreccelerator Chairman and Board Member and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Managing Partner, Scott Alderton, was featured this month on SocalTech Interviews series. In his interview with Ben Kuo, founder and editor of, Scott discusses the Preccelerator Program and its offerings, as well as his top pieces of advice for startup entrepreneurs.

Scott Alderton is a Founding Partner of the Firm, Managing Partner, and a member of the Firm’s executive committee.  Scott is co-chair of the Firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Growth practice group. Scott is also Chairman and a Board Member of the Preccelerator.

Scott advises clients across a number of industries, including software, technology, digital media, interactive entertainment and video games, cyber security and life sciences.

Scott’s practice focuses on advising early stage to middle-market technology and emerging growth companies in all aspects of capital formation, venture capital and finance, corporate and securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, high technology, intellectual property, licensing, interactive entertainment and video games, the internet,digital media, manufacturing and distribution of goods in commerce and commercial contracts. Scott also regularly advises senior executive officers with respect to employment, compensation and equity incentives.  Scott is frequently referenced as one of the top “start-up” lawyers in Southern California, and with over thirty years of experience working with technology and emerging growth companies at all stages along their evolutionary path, is sought out for his business as well as legal advice.

Scott is a frequent speaker on matters relating to technology, intellectual property, capital formation, capital raising transactions and emerging growth companies, and was formerly an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law school, teaching securities regulation.

To learn more about our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth practice, contact Scott Alderton at (818) 444-4500 or

Preccelerator Company Checkplis and Founder Abner Flores Featured on SoCal Tech

checkplisPreccelerator company Checkplis and founder Abner Flores were featured this past week on SoCal Tech’s new video interview series. Checkplis is an early, bootstrapped startup developing software for mobile payment and restaurant maintenance. Checkplis and founder Abner Flores are part of Class 10 of the Preccelerator.

To view Abner’s interview visit here. 

About Checkplis
Checkplis believes people should feel like they are visiting friends when they go out for a meal or drinks with their friends. It’s all about the experience. They are solving the last mile problem of the hospitality industry service. Whether a solo lunch, a brunch with girlfriends or a table with friends at a club, paying the check can ruin what otherwise would be a great experience after an amazing meal or drinks with friends. Checkplis is a mobile app integrated into POS systems so customers can pay, tip and split the check themselves, all from their phones. They are strategic partners and experience creators for restaurant, bar and nightclub industry leaders. Visit

Preccelerator Company Trufl and Founder Tavio Hobson Featured on SoCal Tech

truflPreccelerator company Trufl and founder Tavio Hobson were featured this past week on SoCal Tech’s new video interview series. Trufl is an on-demand seating platform that allows guests to wait less at busy restaurants by bidding on the next available table. Tavio and Trufl are part of Class 11 of the Preccelerator.

To view Tavio’s interview visit here. 

About Trufl
Trufl is an on-demand seating platform that allows guests to wait less at busy restaurants by bidding on the next available table. The total amount bid may be used as a credit towards their food and beverage dining experience. The Trufl platform includes a guest profile CRM system that allows restaurants to create a more personalized hospitality experience. Trufl also allows restaurants to managed their waitlist, seated guests, and floor plan. Visit


The Preccelerator® and SAM Venture Partners Featured In LA Business Journal “Law Firms Find Fit With Venture Capital Funds”

SAM Venture Partners and the Preccelerator were featured this week in an article by the LA Business Journal entitled “Law Firms Find Fit with Venture Capital Funds.”

“Several law firms in Los Angeles have created venture capital outfits that invest in early-stage startups and offer legal advice in exchange for equity stakes in the companies. These offshoots at firms such as Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and Manatt Phelps & Phillips are not necessarily huge revenue generators, lawyers at the firms said. But the venture capital initiatives — as well as accelerator and incubator programs tied to the operations — offer access to a pool of new clients, and relationships formed with executives at startups can lead to a steady billing stream down the line.”

To read the full article, visit here.

For more information about SAM Venture Partners or the Preccelerator contact Heidi Hubbeling at

Preccelerator Alumni RentSpree Automates Tenant Screening Across all 50 States

Preccelerator alumni RentSpree announced this week that as of 2019 their ground-breaking technology is now available and in the hands of real estate professionals across all 50 states. To overhaul an industry as old as real estate is no easy feat but that is exactly what they have done.

After first teaming up in 2017, zipLogix™ and RentSpree are now expanding their efforts to automate rental transactions. Since launch, the successful integration has benefited thousands of agents nationwide.

The improved relationship comes on the heels of the launch of an online version of the California Association of REALTORS® rental application and will entail exciting new integrations to address the growing US rental market.

To read the full press release visit here.

Los Angeles-based RentSpree is a real estate technology company that has created a proprietary platform allowing agents and owners to seamlessly screen and verify tenants. The award-winning tool automates the lease application process for agents by providing a 24/7, one-stop system for screening applicants. For more information visit

For more information about the Preccelerator and its offerings, contact Heidi Hubbeling at