2010 - Present (almost 11 years)
General counsel providing business-critical legal services to early stage startups & growth companies. "Full stack" corporate law from founders' equity through angel,...more accelerator & VC financing, M&A exits, crowdfunding, crypto tokens / ICO. Wide range of tech transactions, licensing, Internet law, fraud & abuse matters, online privacy, mobile & e-commerce. Unparalleled depth in social media legal & risk issues since co-founding the original MySpace legal team in 2004. Northern & Southern CA.
General counsel responsible for worldwide legal and regulatory affairs, risk management, government relations, compliance, stock administration, crisis communications, fraud...more & abuse prevention for $200M+ household-name consumer Internet company, reporting to the CEO. Built the in-house legal function from scratch, marshaling resources of a dozen outside law firms with an annual budget in the $2M range.
Frontline legal support tackling vast range of issues raised at MySpace, the flash point of the mid-2000s social media explosion, as registered users rocketed from 1M to 100M+....more Culminated in $650M sale of publicly traded parent company to News Corporation.
Lead corporate attorney at a Nasdaq 100 media & technology company (GMST) spearheading overhaul of corporate governance, SEC compliance, disclosure controls and financial...more reporting in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and subsequent raft of SEC and stock exchange regulations.
Veteran tech industry lawyer with broad and deep experience in social media/consumer Internet. Unique perspective as a former startup executive, outside the law firm "ivory tower" for 10+ years, including MySpace as it rocketed from 1 to 100MM users. Passionate about early stage Web/mobile startups.
I build lean profitable companies, play in the mountains/oceans, fly planes & try to live a good life with my wife & 3 boys. 2 x Acquisitions, more on the way.
Antone was the third person on our team after the founders had a crazy idea to start Social Rewards, incorporating us in the early days and has now been our counsel for 5 years seeing us through contracts with Caesars Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Film and helped us through 4 stages of seed round financing of over $1.5 Million. He definitely knows his stuff and has helped advise us through many of the tricky nuances of the startup world. When picking your battles, choose Antone to help guide you through the minefields.
Creator @storecoin • CEO @footprintlabs • Executive Director @data4america-org-1 • Invented @yoursports • Studied @university-of-washington 02-10
Working with us from Day 1, Antone's experience & guidance in the startup world has been invaluable. Through the million twists & turns the average ambitious entrepreneur is put through, & all the "surprises" that come along the road of getting a startup off the ground in general, Antone has always been ready with expert advice & insight into areas that few can provide.