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The Future of Blockchain: A Silicon Valley Perspective and Beyond


Speaker(s): Brian Behlendorf, David Berger, Jamie Finn, Lewis Cohen, Mark F. Radcliffe, Miko Matsumura, Natalie Furman, Olga V. Mack, Spencer Kaye, Susan Joseph, Thomas P. Brown
Recorded on: May. 29, 2019
PLI Program #: 269410

Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.


Jamie Finn is a seasoned executive who has worked in 6 countries in both startups and corporations, and is currently the President and Co-Founder of Securitize, Inc. During his nearly 20 years of experience he has participated in over $500m worth of transactions, including Kontera, Sansa Security, Jajah, Tokbox, RingRing Media, and Zingy. Most recently, Jamie helped grow Aki Technologies from an 8 person, $1m company, to a profitable enterprise with over 60 people and tens of millions in revenue. His previous employers include Ericsson and Telefònica o2, and Jamie also held the position of AVP of Product Innovation at AT&T, as well as executive positions at numerous startups. He has been in San Francisco for the past 5 years, after spending 6 years in London. Jamie grew up in Puerto Rico and is a native English and Spanish speaker.


Natalie Grunfeld Furman is the General Counsel for Hedera Hashgraph, LLC, where she has worked since September 2017. 

Natalie was previously a senior associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property, unfair competition, and rights of privacy and publicity.

Prior to law school, Natalie started her career in Silicon Valley, providing strategic advice to high tech startups. She first worked for three years as a strategy consultant at the boutique firm RB Webber & Associates in Palo Alto.  After RB Webber, she worked as Director of Strategy and Business Development at ONElist / eGroups, Inc., an online group communication startup acquired by Yahoo! Inc. and then as Director of Business Development for Appareon, Inc., a technology startup that was developing a global collaborative supply chain platform.  She has a longstanding interest in issues at the intersection of technology, culture and law.

Natalie received her BA in Anthropology with honors from Stanford University and her JD from Columbia University School of Law.


Spencer Kaye is a partner at Transform Capital and Spark Labs as well as VP of Corporate Development at Vertalo. Spencer got introduced to the blockchain space in 2012 when he built one of the first Bitcoin ASIC mining operations in the United States. He began investing early into Ethereum and throughout the ecosystem and this led to the formation of Transform Capital, a fintech focused private investment firm. At Transform, Spencer led the fund's core thesis centered around Security Token Infrastructure by investing into companies like Tzero, Securitize, and Vertalo where he works at VP of Corporate Development. Vertalo is improving the way the private market are funded, managed, and sold by providing a suite of products for fund managers, broker-dealers, and privately held business owners.


Thomas Brown is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition and the Global Banking and Payment Systems practices. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. In addition to strategically advising payment systems and financial services clients across a broad spectrum of regulatory issues, he has litigated notable antitrust cases, including class actions, in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years.

Mr. Brown was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Visa U.S.A. Inc. There he was responsible for managing the aftermath of the settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, including the dozens of consumer class actions that were filed following the settlement. He was also deeply involved in the company’s transformation from a co-op to a shareholder owned company.

 


Co-founder of DLx Law, a law firm created to serve the needs of a new, technology-driven economy.  Lewis works together with co-founder Angela Angelovska-Wilson and the rest of the DLx Law team to provide in-depth legal counsel to startups, growth companies, major enterprises, and governmental entities on a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other disruptive technologies.  Passionate about the ability of innovative technologies to change the way businesses and individuals work together, Lewis has become a major advocate for potential of emerging technologies to benefit and transform industries around the globe.

Lewis brings more than 20 years of experience as a traditional capital markets and finance partner at two Global Top 50 law firms.  Lewis is a frequent public speaker on the topic of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.  Lewis served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG).  Lewis is also recognized by Chambers Global as one of only three lawyers in “Band 1” for Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies – USA.


 


Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property law at DLA Piper. DLA Piper has over 4200 lawyers in more than 40 countries. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Radcliffe’s practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. He has worked both on transactions implementing blockchain technology and initial coin offerings as well as security token offerings. 

His combination of experience in corporate transactions and intellectual property (particularly open source licensing) make him particularly well suited to assist on blockchain issues. He has worked on over 1,000 venture transactions. Virtually all blockchain software is licensed under open source licenses and he is one of the most experienced open source software lawyers in the world. Chambers USA, the legal publisher, has repeatedly recognized him as "outstanding" and "a leader in open source-related matters." Chambers & Partners has commented that Mark "has a wealth of experience in the technology sector. Clients particularly value the proactive approach he takes to understanding their needs and the strategic advice that follows." "He is also well known for his specialist expertise on open source matters."

He has worked on open source software matters for over 20 years and has advised global Fortune 500 companies on their open source matters including Oracle, Red Hat, Sun, Adobe, Palm, eBay and Accenture. He also represents or has represented many "open source" startup companies. He assisted Sun in “open sourcing” the Solaris operating system and ran one of the four committees rewriting General Public License version 2 to create General Public License version 3.

He also has experience on advising companies and investors on token offerings, both in the US and globally. He has worked with a number of startups who are using token offerings to raise capital in addition to venture financing and discussed the issues in the following article: https://bravenewcoin.com/news/icos-and-hybrid-token-offerings-a-legal-perspective/. He was the co-author of an article on the issues for venture investors https://www.pehub.com/vc-journal/rise-tokens-critical-considerations-vc-firms/.  He was involved in the effort by the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition to enact statutes to define “utility tokens” which was successful and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the issue: https://www.wsj.com/articles/daviss-take-crypto-cowboys-ready-to-lay-down-the-law-1520512200.  He has assisted companies in a wide range industries on blockchain matters, from the formation of a consortium by Global Fortune 100 energy companies, to assisting a major media company in selling tokens that it received in a venture capital transaction to advising a cryptocurrency exchange on the risk of listing certain tokens under the current SEC guidance.

In April 2009 (the first year of the award), he was recognized for his experience by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the World’s Leading 250 IP Strategists. He has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management magazine again in each year to the present. In 1997, the National Law Journal named him one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States. He is consistently cited by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as being in the first rank in California for IT and IT Outsourcing. In 1998, Harvard Law School designated him a “Distinguished Alumni”. He has been quoted on intellectual property matters in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News and the Daily Variety.


Olga V. Mack is the CEO of Parley Pro, a next-generation contract management company that has pioneered online negotiation technology. Olga embraces legal innovation and had dedicated her career to improving and shaping the future of law. She is convinced that the legal profession will emerge even stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than before by embracing technology. Olga is also an award-winning general counsel, operations professional, startup advisor, public speaker, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. She was previously General Counsel at ClearSlide. Olga also worked at Visa, Yahoo, ClearSlide, Zoosk, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

She is a Corporate Social Responsibility fellow at Berkeley Law and CodeX fellow at Stanford University. She advises numerous startups including Quantstamp, the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform, where she has served as VP of Strategy. Olga spoke at TEDxSanFrancisco about the impact potential of blockchain and smart contracts and at South by Southwest (SXSW) about blockchain business models. She authored Get on Board: Earning Your Ticket to a Corporate Board Seat, Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security, and Blockchain Business Models (Business Expert Press, 2020).

Olga received a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Law and Technology from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She also graduated with a double major in Economics and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley.


Prior to joining Integra as the CTO, David spent 28 years as a technologist applying cutting edge development techniques such as AI, Augmented reality and cloud based SOA to solutions ranging from computer adaptive testing, mobile medical education and college admissions to online tutoring, slot machine development and  internet connected toys. David started his first company out of the Harvard dorms and has served as CTO at numerous companies including SciMediMedia, Tutor.com, Apogy and Overlay Gaming as well as serving as a technical lead at public companies such as the Princeton Review and IGT. In his spare time he plays tournament Scrabble, practices close-up card magic and helps raise the family pig.


Miko Matsumura is a General Partner with Gumi Cryptos, a US $30M venture capital fund focused early stage blockchain startups and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is also an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital. He has been a keynote speaker at dozens of blockchain conferences around the world. He is also cofounder of crypto exchange Evercoin.

Miko participated in the first wave of the Internet as chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems and is now fully engaged in Internet of value. With 25 years of enterprise software marketing experience in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups such as Gradle, Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, Db4O. He has invested in open source money, advising successful startups like Naga Group ($50M Stock Trading), Playkey ($10.5M Streaming Gaming), Celsius ($50M Ether Lending), Wala (African Cryptobanking), Lottery.com (Online Lottery), Refereum ($30M Gamer Affiliate Marketing), Pundi X ($35M Payments), WiFiCoin, Guardian Circle (Decentralized Global 911 Emergency Services) and Hub (Decentralizing Professional Social Networking). He is also an LP with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits. He holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks. He’s leads the Crypto Underground meetup in San Francisco and is a well known speaker at many cryptocurrency and blockchain events.

 


Susan is a JD/MBA and former General Counsel who has been consulting in blockchain and fintech for the past five years in the areas of consortia, insurance, identity, financial services, cryptocurrency, regulatory impact, real estate, supply chain, and humanitarian concerns. She was formerly the B3i North America Representative, and separately advises on digital rights, insurance, real estate, smart contract/financial instrument strategies, data models and licensing, tokens, securities, cryptocurrencies and incentives. She is often consulted about regulatory and technology policy. She is co-founder of S&A Cryptic, a company who supports cryptocurrency markets through indices and other vehicles. Notably, she is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Diversity In Blockchain, Inc. NFP which promotes inclusion, educates and sets Best Practices for the industry. Susan was the first Executive Director of ID2020, consulted for IBM blockchain/identity and is an Advisor to BlockRe (digital asset insurance) and OneWorldIdentity. She is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and the Digital Chamber of Commerce. Susan speaks regularly on blockchain to industry and legal groups across verticals and has guest lectured at Cornell, Stanford, MIT, CKGSB, and Cleveland Marshall Law School. Additionally, Susan founded and runs the womeninfintech group on LinkedIn which has 2100 plus members in 47 countries.