Russell Fischer Business Collection presents Startups Ventura County Education Series


Startups Ventura County Education Series

The Startups VC Education Series is a unique series that caters to aspiring tech entrepreneurs. Featuring CEO’s and Business Attorneys, this series is one that you will want to bring your founding team to. Join us to learn how to structure a company for success and develop a strategy for intellectual property.

Structuring Your Company For Success

Wednesday, March 21st  from 6-8pm

Join us for this workshop by CEO Kevin Bromber of myDevices and Brent Reinke, Business Attorney of MPG Law and CEO of Vapur, Inc.

  • Learn how to avoid the most common Founder issues
  • Choose the best entity structure for your company
  • Understand how to properly capitalize your company

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Brent Reinke, CEO of Vapur, Inc. and Business Lawyer of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP.

Brent Reinke is a business lawyer in the Westlake Village office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP. His corporate practice emphasizes the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, advising emerging growth companies, corporate securities and finance, strategic alliances and licensing. He represents numerous technology and “brick and mortar” companies who are in various stages of development, ranging from early-stage and venture backed companies to corporations with multi-national operations. His clients are involved in a broad array of industries, including, consumer brands, high tech, software,venture capital, real estate and manufacturing.

Mr. Reinke is a Co-Founder, Director and the Chief Administrative Officer of Vapur, Inc.  In September of 2009, the company launched its initial product called “Vapur” which is a flexible re-usablewater bottle and has since expanded with multiple hydration product lines. Since its entry into the hydration market, Vapur has become an internationally recognized brand and received widespread regional and national media attention having been featured in a variety of media outlets, including NBC’s The Today Show, Teen Vogue, Ski Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Real Simple, Entrepreneur Magazine and Sunset Magazine to name just a few. Vapur is now sold in retail locations throughout the US and also in 13 foreign countries.

Mr. Reinke serves on the Board of Directors and advisory boards of a variety of companies. As a Director and advisory board member, he has been asked to draw upon both his extensive business and legal experience in helping guide these companies through critical decisions in their growth.

He was (i) named by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2016 and 2017 to “The Valley 200” as one of the 200 most influential business leaders in the greater Valley region; (ii) selected by Los AngelesMagazine as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” for his work in the mergers and acquisition area; and(iii) featured on the cover of a special edition of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as a “Valley Visionary”.

Kevin Bromber, CEO of myDevices

Kevin is an entrepreneur, investor and proven leader with a track record developing, acquiring or selling innovative hi-tech businesses. He has held a number of executive positions in both private and public technology companies. Kevin served as Co-Founder and CEO of, an electronic greeting card company sold to NASDAQ: MAT; Co-Founder and CEO of NowMedia Corporation, an interactive, live broadcasting platform; General Manager of Arvixe, a web hosting company sold to NASDAQ: EIGI; Head of global business and corporate development for Avanquest, the 5th largest consumer software company in the world; and currently is CEO of myDevices, a connected device, IoT platform company.

Kevin enjoys inventing and patenting products, developing real estate projects, and spending time with his wife and kids in Los Angeles.

Intellectual Property Strategy

Wednesday, March 28th  from 6-8pm

Join us for this workshop by CEO Ross Dueber of ZPower and Attorney Steve Sereboff from SoCalIP.

  • Discover how IP strategy is different for startups
  • Find out how some low-cost filings usually make sense

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Ross E. Dueber, Ph.D., President and CEO of ZPower

Dr. Ross E. Dueber is a leading international authority on battery technology. As president and CEO of ZPower, he has led the company in pioneering the development of silver-zinc battery chemistry for microbattery applications. His success in commercializing silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology is enabling the industry to achieve unprecedented new levels of battery performance, safety and environmental-friendliness.

In the environmental arena, Dr. Dueber’s efforts have resulted in ZPower being named a 2009 Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. The company also won the 2008 Innova award from Battery Power Products and Technology magazine, the 2007 GoingGreen award from AlwaysOn and the Technology Innovation Accelerated (TIA) award at the 2006 Intel Developer Forum.

Over the years, Dr. Dueber has been invited to speak at many major conferences including, CES, the Intel Developer Forum 2008 and other international battery symposiums. In April 2006, Dr. Dueber was invited to speak at a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

During his career, Dr. Dueber has participated in defining battery and energy storage strategies for many of the world’s top organizations, including the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and NASA. He has worked with companies, such as Ford, United Technologies and Dow Chemical, on battery and fuel cell development, and he headed lithium-ion battery research and development at EaglePicher Industries.

His experience in the power industry extends from energy storage to power generation. He is a past Chairman of the Board for Clean Air Power, a manufacturer of dual fuel engines for heavy-duty trucks and generator sets. Prior to joining ZPower, Dr. Dueber was a Vice President at Emerson Corporation where he worked in advanced technology, venture capital and new business development.

Early in his career, Dr. Dueber was an Associate Professor and Director of Analytical Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he was named an “Outstanding Academy Educator.” He was a member of the technical investigation team that analyzed NASA’s Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite after it returned to Kennedy Space Center from four years in space. He is a co-author of the book “Chemical Principles Applied to Spacecraft Operations.” He has authored and co-authored 17 technical papers and holds a patent for sodium-sulfur rechargeable batteries, which are used in stationary energy storage by utilities.

B.S. Chemistry, Air Force Academy, 1982; M.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford, 1988; Ph.D. Chemistry, Oxford, 1993; MBA, University of Colorado, 1994.

Steve Sereboff, Partner at SoCal IP Law Group LLP

Steve Sereboff is the founder of the region’s leading intellectual property law firm, SoCal IP Law Group LLP, and the managing director of its venture capital affiliate, SoCal IP Ventures. Steve is recognized as a premiere intellectual property strategist. Clients depend on Steve’s economic and business acumen to guide their decisions on what to patent and where. Steve’s clients rely on him for pragmatic advice on managing corporate risks arising from IP. He regularly advises clients on how to leverage their IP rights, and how to avoid claims of infringing others’ IP rights.

Steve Sereboff has specialized in intellectual property law since 1991. His law practice includes licensing and contracts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. His technical expertise includes many aspects of computers (both software and hardware) and myriad electronic and medical devices, their operation and manufacture.

SoCal IP Ventures is a boutique investment firm that specializes in early stage and seed startup companies. As the venture capital affiliate of SoCal IP Law Group, SoCal IP Ventures primarily provides funding for purchases of legal services from SoCal IP Law Group. The venture fund and the law firm enjoy a symbiotic relationship, where the law firm secures intellectual property and advises clients on intellectual property legal and business issues, and the venture fund relieves the client from concern about how to pay for these necessary but expensive services.

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