SUTTON STONE: meaning, stone from the south settlement. Our firm’s name describes our business as our location based in the southern US city of Houston, Texas. It also describes our commitment to our partners as being set in stone.
A Note From Our Managing Partners
Projects we enjoy the most are those that give us the opportunity to be hands-on and affect pivotal decisions that tailor the brand, product, strategy, and, ultimately, success.
We believe that we must love what we do while creating a meaningful impact around the things we produce. As fellow entrepreneurs, we believe the value of an outside perspective is invaluable for growth. This is why you should consider us, and also why we partner with experts and brilliant minds to help you be more successful.
James is an Australian attorney, engineer and a financial architect but, above all, he thinks like an entrepreneur.
James holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering & Law, graduate diplomas & certificates in applied finance & investments, digital currency applications, and carbon credit auditing & trading. He is a counsel at Rothmores Lawyers, acts as an agent for Phoenix Beverages Limited in the USA, serves on the board of 21 Capital and the Texas Coinitiative, and also guides various companies as a senior executive. He is also the Honorary Representative in the USA, Board of Investment – Republic of Mauritius.
James is passionate about what he does and has worked in various fields, from bitcoin and decentralized consensus systems, technology, mineral mining, waste management, property, logistics, marketing, loyalty & engagement products to capital investments.
Adam is a force multiplier with a broad spectrum of experience. He is the co-founder of Sutton Stone, co-founder of Volt Markets (Boost VC alumnus), founder of the Houston Bitcoin Meetup, co-founder of the Houston Ethereum Meetup, and president of Texas Coinitiative (501(c)(3)). He previously co-founded Metal Networks, Inc. (Surge Accelerator alumnus) (3-time winner at Rice University software start-up competitions). His professional diversity spans roles as CTO, software project manager, start-up adviser/mentor, branding manager, web developer, user experience and user interface designer, graphic designer, photographer and cinematographer.
Adam enjoys studying decentralized computing applications, cryptography, IT security, integral theory, and organization development. He’s passionate about seizing opportunities that push the boundaries of technology and innovation.
Laurel is an attorney, and an active participant in the Austin and Houston startup communities. She has extensive experience with launching startups, and a thorough understanding of new business venture needs and requirements. She has successfully founded and launched several of her own companies, one of which while she was still in law school. She counsels and helps clients with forming, organizing, developing, and launching their new businesses. Additionally, she has experience with trademarks, internet law, drone law, incorporating companies, negotiating contracts, drafting complex agreements, employment law, and litigating a variety of cases. Her background in law, finance, business, marketing, and computer programing is a unique blend of qualities that enables her to advise and assist clients with their businesses from both strategic and legal standpoints. She was voted one of Houston’s Top Lawyers – 2016 Houstonia Magazine.
Matt is a U.S. Patent Attorney with a passion for innovation and inventions. He holds a PhD in science, JD, and MS in tech commercialization. To him, there is nothing more rewarding then having the opportunity to enable other entrepreneurs to bring about positive changes to the world. Thus, he sees it as his life-long mission to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.
Prior to joining Sutton Stone, Matt was a former US patent examiner and an associate attorney at a number of top tier global law firms. He serves as counsel and business advisor to a number of cutting edge biomedical startup companies. His interest in inventions does not stop at the conceptual level of patents, but extends to the entire life cycle of invention-driven companies. Matt’s view on innovation is heavily influenced by his formal training at UT Austin’s Technology Commercialization program where the mantra is “one does not need to wear a lab coat to become a technology entrepreneur.”
Camden is an early bitcoin enthusiast and entrepreneur with experience in hospitality, industry, financial markets, real estate and many other business ventures.
Camden specializes in economic advisory, financial modeling and business model modification for Sutton Stone’s clients.
The praxeological method, an essential element to understanding trends and mechanisms at play in the cryptocurrency markets, is what Camden applies by meticulous and deductive reasoning to attain a sound, practical way of doing business in this rapidly evolving economic construct.
Camden believes those companies that better adopt the trend of decentralization will be at the forefront of their respective industries.
Jim is a licensed attorney, certified full-stack developer and blockchain entrepreneur.
Jim has been involved in bitcoin-altcoin development since 2013, filed a USPTO patent application for a decentralized blockchain voting platform in 2014, was featured in techcrunch magazine in 2015, and is currently the founder/CEO of a tech startup that leverages blockchain technology for corporate-shareholder proxy voting.
In 2017, Jim joined Sutton Stone to help advise clients on the technical, legal and business aspects of applying blockchain technology to their currently existing business models.
Prior to joining Sutton Stone, Jim was an attorney associate at Vinson & Elkins, and before entering the legal profession Jim worked as a Network and Systems Administrator at IBM and Northrop Grumman.
Jim received his JD from Georgetown Law and his BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
We take an active role in building several companies at the same time. In some cases, we generate ideas for start-ups internally, while in others we partner with great entrepreneurs.
Our involvement comes in different flavors. Sometimes as second co-founders to start-ups, or entering into partnerships to build new products or divisions within established businesses. We specialize in international commercialization and deal architecture.
Those we help benefit from our custom tailored solutions in business modeling, marketing strategy, technology architecture, financial guidance, and legal counsel. Businesses, investors, and regions of the world all experience an influx of innovation and compounded by returns in economic strength and strategic success.
Businesses Seeking Solutions
- Fit for purpose solutions
- Working with dedicated founders, experts
- Significantly reduce cost of solution implementation and switching cost
- Ride growth of new solutions prior to mass adoption
- Ability to turn cost centers into profit centers
- Immediate market differentiator
- Tapping into a culture of innovation and development of fresh products
Young Ventures and Businesses Seeking New Markets
- Commercialization of their solutions
- Partnering up with and selling to strong businesses and individuals
- Increase in, or justification of, their valuation
- Testing solution in commercial environment and ability to iterate on demand
- Access to untapped market potential
- Access to ‘cream-of-the-crop’ high growth ventures by tapping into a new market or offering
- Commercialized and vetted ventures for risk reduction
- Ability to invest prior to potentially significant growth stage
- A diversified group of ventures to consider in various fields, globally
Countries and Regions
- Positioning for and attracting foreign direct investments
- The facilitation towards a knowledge based economy
- May partake in ventures thereby decoupling economy from natural resources or established industries
- Subsequently export know-how and reinvigorate economy
- Practical implementation of innovative solutions and new products
- Becoming a global trade center around new products and innovation