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Antone Johnson

Social/Digital Media Startup Lawyer, Advisor, Commentator, Cheerleader

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Internet
Current
  1. Bottom Line Law Group,
  2. DailyDonor, Inc.,
  3. Ahhha, Inc.
Previous
  1. Kibin, Inc.,
  2. Silicon Arabia,
  3. eHarmony.com
Education
  1. Columbia University School of Law
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Bottom Line Law Group

Bottom Line Law Group

Founder

– Present

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Background

Summary

Lawyer, advisor and executive with 18+ years experience advising entrepreneurs, investors, early stage startups through Nasdaq 100 growth companies in the full range of legal matters. Former VP / global head of legal affairs at eHarmony.com and original in-house counsel at MySpace.

Trained at top-tier Wall Street and Silicon Valley law firms, followed by in-house roles at publicly traded market leaders in consumer Internet and digital media sectors from broadband Internet access to Web search, online advertising, e-commerce, social media, entertainment content and more, ranging from $100 million to $1 billion in annual revenue.

Now in independent law practice, drawing on years in the trenches as legal and business affairs executive at consumer Internet pioneers, I offer unparalleled depth and breadth in legal and business issues unique to social Web and mobile startups. With offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica, we are well positioned to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and Hollywood business and legal cultures.

Specialties include:
• New business formation and structuring, early stage startups, seed financing, venture capital, angel investments, intellectual property (IP)
• Internet law, privacy, e-commerce, user-generated content, social media, content and technology licensing, online advertising and marketing, mobile apps, related SaaS and enterprise software
• Strategic corporate and business development transactions, M&A, international joint ventures
• Founder equity and executive compensation matters, stock option plans, employment and consulting agreements
• Risk and crisis management, litigation management, law department management, government affairs

Experience

Founder

Bottom Line Law Group
– Present (4 years 11 months)San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA

Bottom Line Law Group provides business-critical legal services to emerging growth companies in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. We offer the accessibility and pragmatism of experienced in-house counsel, coupled with the subject matter expertise of top-tier international firms, all delivered with the personal touch and flexible pricing of a small law office.

BLLG is a different kind of firm, built from the ground up and optimized to serve lean startups and other high-growth, IP-intensive companies in the technology and digital media sectors. Having represented pioneers and leaders in the broadband Internet access, new media content, online advertising, community, Web search, e-commerce, social networking and online dating categories since 1998, we have developed unparalleled breadth and depth of experience in legal and business issues unique to social media, location-based services, mobile commerce and similar innovation-driven enterprises.

Like our clients, we are focused on innovation, speed to market, and value. As startups seek partners to help them launch, cultural fit and a shared vision for success is imperative. Our goal is to provide high value to businesses who require that a small investment in legal services generate a large return.

Board of Directors

DailyDonor, Inc.
– Present (6 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

Board member and General Counsel to DailyDonor, an education and charity fundraising app that allows consumers to earn donations for the classroom or charity of their choice when doing business with local sponsors. Think of it as a charitable mobile payments tool that lets you support whatever you care about, just by supporting businesses that give back.

Outside General Counsel

Ahhha, Inc.
– Present (3 years 6 months)Palo Alto

Crowdsourced "Open Innovation": AHHHA enables individuals to register their ideas and then uses crowdsourcing to encourage continuous collaboration around those ideas. The wisdom of the crowd is then called upon to select the best ones to put forward for realization.

Blogger

Gust
– Present (3 years 3 months)Greater New York City Area

Writer for Gust Blog: "Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them & entrepreneurs that run them." Gust, founded by New York Angels chairman David S. Rose, is a trusted platform for angel groups and venture capital funds to invest in startups worldwide.

Publisher

Mashtag
– Present (4 years 11 months)San Francisco Bay Area

A "blawg" observing social media, Web 2.0, entrepreneurship, and all things at the intersection of people, capital, technology, and creativity. And what a busy intersection it has become! Content often cross-posted at Tumblr, Quora and Pinterest.

Advisory Board

Kibin, Inc.
(2 years 10 months)San Francisco

Professional proofreading & editing service that strives to help you become a better writer and realize the power of words.

Board of Directors

Silicon Arabia
(2 years 3 months)Alexandria, Egypt

Silicon Arabia aims to power the Arab Internet with proven business models and web apps to accelerate socioeconomic development throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

VP, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary

eHarmony.com
(3 years 1 month)Greater Los Angeles Area

Originated broad senior management role at eHarmony, Inc., the Internet's #1 trusted relationship service, with more than 20 million registered users and $200+ million annual revenue. Front-line responsibility for the company's full range of legal, regulatory and government affairs, reporting to the CEO. Built and led a combined in-house and external team including three direct reports and more than a dozen outside law firms across five countries with a budget in the $3 million range. Served as primary legal counsel to the CEO, President/COO and Board of DIrectors. Spearheaded cross-functional initiatives in privacy/data protection, risk management, fraud and abuse mitigation, law enforcement relations, crisis communications, and equity compensation.

Director, Business and Legal Affairs

MySpace, Inc.
(2 years 1 month)Greater Los Angeles Area

Represented MySpace.com, the premier online social networking site and lifestyle portal and most highly trafficked site on the Internet (with more than 45 billion monthly page views), in corporate and business development, entertainment and technology licensing transactions, policy enforcement, international expansion and related matters. Helped execute the parent company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media, a News Corporation company.

Director, Business and Legal Affairs

Fox Interactive Media
(2 years 1 month)Greater Los Angeles Area

Asst. General Counsel

Intermix Media
(1 year 10 months)

Advised senior management team at online entertainment and marketing company ($100+ million revenue, the publicly traded parent company of MySpace.com) with respect to a broad variety of legal matters, with emphasis on complex transactions (M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances), public company governance and securities compliance, technology and content licenses and commercial agreements. Helped execute the company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media, a News Corporation company.

Director, Legal Affairs

Gemstar-TV Guide
(2 years 1 month)

Corporate counsel to publicly traded publishing and broadcast media and technology leader in television guidance and home entertainment ($1 billion revenue), a News Corporation company. Responsible for corporate legal matters with emphasis on securities and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial reporting, corporate governance and M&A.

Director, Corporate Counsel

Excite@Home
(1 year 11 months)

In-house counsel to publicly traded pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider ($600 million revenue). Advised the corporate and business development teams in strategic transactions (M&A, joint ventures, equity investments, content partnerships). Responsible for corporate governance, securities compliance and stock plan administration, reporting to the General Counsel.

Attorney

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
(2 years)

Corporate attorney at the world's leading technology law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto. Represented a broad variety of emerging growth technology companies in the Internet, IT and life sciences industries, as well as venture capital funds and underwriters. Emphasis on start-up, general corporate and intellectual property matters, private equity and debt financing, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions.

Attorney

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
(2 years 11 months)

Served as outside corporate/securities counsel to major NYSE and Nasdaq-traded corporations and financial institutions in strategic transactions including M&A, public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, asset securitizations and syndicated credit facilities.

Education

Columbia University School of Law

J.D., Law

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Activities and Societies: Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts, Columbia Law Revue and Cabaret

Williams College

B.A., Economics

Palo Alto High School

Peninsula School

Skills

  • Mergers
  • Joint Ventures
  • Social Media
  • Litigation Management
  • IPO
  • Startup Consulting
  • Angel Investing
  • Venture Capital
  • Internet Law
  • Data Privacy
  • Digital Media
  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Software Licensing
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Risk Management
  • E-commerce
  • Equity Compensation
  • Start-ups
  • Intellectual Property
  • Crisis Communications
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Employee Stock Options
  • Securities
  • Capital Structure
  • International Business...
  • Licensing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cyberlaw
  • Lean Startup
  • Business Development
  • Social Networking Apps
  • Legal Affairs
  • New Media
  • Private Equity
  • Executive Management
  • Corporate Development
  • Privacy Law
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Publications

5 'IP' Mistakes Start-ups Should Avoid(Link)

Wall Street Journal
May 2012

In the information economy, the core assets of a new venture are likely to be talented people, the IP they create, and little else. To maximize future value, here are five common mistakes for startup founders to avoid.

Why Are Lawyers So Expensive Even With The Excess Supply Of Lawyers?(Link)

Forbes
March 2012

The legal industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-generation disruption. Clients are fed up with large firms’ endlessly escalating billing rates and cost insensitivity during tough economic times.

Facebook’s High-Stakes 'Poker' Game(Link)

TechCrunch
December 2012

Facebook's "Poke" application faces a unique competitive disadvantage from the company's long history dealing with child-safety issues, its ubiquity, and unparalleled scale. Simply put, Facebook will be held to a higher standard than startups like Snapchat from day one.

What Silicon Valley Was Like Right After The Dotcom Crash: An Insider Perspective(Link)

TechCrunch and Quora
January 2011

Robin Wauters wrote, "I obviously have a lot of interest in what happens over there [in Silicon Valley], and I also happen to think one can learn much from occasionally reading about past times, preferably from people with excellent insider knowledge – who know how to express themselves eloquently to boot."

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Honors & Awards

Quora "Top Writer" 2013

Quora.com

Top Writers 2013 is a group of remarkable people with a talent for communicating with expertise, knowledge, authenticity, and empathy. Some people in the group are experts in specific fields, while others are simply great writers with a talent for describing the human condition and the world around us.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Co-organizer, ideakickLA

ideakick
(11 months)Economic Empowerment

ideakickLA organizes events at which a vibrant community of startup enthusiasts serves as a sounding board for entrepreneurs pitching new business ideas, as well as a catalyst for collaboration. “Where you start when you want to start something…”

Opportunities Antone is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board

Causes Antone cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Antone supports:

Languages

  1. Spanish

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