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SAM Wire – January 2016

January 27, 2016
SAM Wire

SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: Startup Superhero Series with Adam Nazar of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct)

Please join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP and CohnReznick LLP for this special invitation-only speaker session and networking event!
What is a startup superhero? Join us as Adam Nazar, Founder and CTO of ACD (f/k/a AutoClaims Direct), is interviewed by Matt Swider, US Mobile Editor for TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and what it feels like to create a brand used by thousands of people.


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Clients have received unsolicited official-looking mail notifications offering to register their trademarks with various international registries or to have additional trademark protection work done by the soliciting company. The notices often require the trademark holder to pay thousands of dollars for the promised services. As set forth in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday, January 20th, two individuals in Los Angeles, Artashes Darbinyan and Orbel Hakobyan doing business as Trademark Compliance Center and Trademark Compliance Office, were indicted for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in addition to other related crimes. 
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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Assists Colle Capital Partners I, L.P. with Fund Formation
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP recently completed the formation of 
Colle Capital Partners
 I, L.P., a $20M global, opportunistic, early stage technology venture fund. 
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SAM client Finny announced the completion of an initial funding round of $300k that includes participation from Spartan Ventures, Inc. and several other ventures.

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SAM Client GI Logic Receives FDA 510K Clearance for AbStats™ System for Real-Time Digestive Telemetry

SAM Client GI Logic, a privately held gastroenterology medical device company, announced today it has received FDA 510K clearance for the AbStats™ System to be used by physicians in hospitals and other healthcare settings for non-invasive, real time telemetry of the digestive system.


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Tony Keats, Co-Chair of SAM’s Trademark & Copyright Group, addressed fine artists during the preeminent national modern art show, Art Basel, in Miami on December 1st.

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SAM Client MJoose Surpasses $45K Mark on Indigogo Campaign
SAM Client MJoose, the 3-in-1 smartphone case, has announced that its Indigogo Campaign has surpassed the $45K mark.


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Preccelerator Program Company District2 Receives Equity Investment from Sacandaga Capital Corporation
Congratulations to Preccelerator Program company
District2 that has received an equity investment from Sacandaga Capital Corporation, bringing its valuation to $3,000,000 and providing valuable cash and expertise to the promising new start-up.


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Preccelerator Program Company Voter Receives Huge Press!

Congratulations to Preccelerator Program company Voter for being featured
in multiple publications this month!  Voter was featured in Tech Crunch, Fast Company, The Daily Dot, NPR, US News & World Report and Newsweek.
To view the articles, click  here.

Preccelerator Program Company Swggr Featured in TechWeek LA Article

Preccelerator Program company Swggr was featured in’s article ” Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile, Health Care and Fashion Innovations #TechweekLA” where they were listed as the featured Fashion App of the 
To view the full article, click  here.
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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “PR for Startups” with Jessica Engholm – ESSE PR

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



“PR for Startups”


ESSE PR’s founder Jessica Engholm will be providing an in-depth presentation and discussion on how startups can best utilize public relations.

Jessica will address the notorious questions that startups really want answered:

What type of companies need PR? When is it needed? What is the ROI? How much does it cost? Will it increase sales? How long will it take to see results? How should a startup select an agency?

The program will also include an overview of public relations strategies and tactics,  how PR differs between mature companies and startups, DIY methods versus professional services, and the ESSE PR program developed specificaly for startups.

Thursday, September 17, 2015




**Networking with food and drinks to start!**


***SAM Partner Scott Alderton to pass the
Heart Centered Tech Award to This Month’s Honoree***






Jessica Engholm, Founder, ESSE PR


ESSE PR’s Jessica Engholm, best known for avant-garde PR tactics, has worked with some of today’s most revered consumer brands, startups, technology, and entertainment entities. To name a few: HBO, Dove, Wells Fargo, PG&E, celebrities including Al Pacino and Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as non-profits: Boys & Girls Club, Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure, Special Olympics, and UCSF Hospital.

Jessica is the founder and principal of ESSE PR, an agency aiming to redefine standards and practices of public relations. Based out of San Francisco and Santa Monica, ESSE PR has scaled to a network of more than150 publicists since 2009. ESSE’s clients, both established companies, as well as startups in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, are regularly featured in media majors including Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, NY Times, and more.

ESSE’s owner, Jessica Engholm has been nominated for PR Week’s 40 Under 40, and is a recipient of PR News’ Platinum Award for digital campaigns.

More information on ESSE can be found at

Additional Career Highlights of Jessica Engholm:

  • September 2012: Secured a partnership between The Officecreator Ricky Gervais and and the the technology startup CloudTalk. Developed a respective campaign that resulted in more than 500 M media impressions, 500,000 product downloads, as well as an API integration with Twitter.
  • March, 2014: Facilitating a partnership between fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker and a Los Angeles based jewelry e-commerce company WeTheAdorned, resulting in 300 M media views pre-launch.
  • October, 2014: With relevant clients and experience with Silicon Valley startups and venture capitalists, Engholm was tapped as a PR and technical advisor to the HBO series Silicon Valley, Season 2. 


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