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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.

Olga V. Mack is the CEO of Parley Pro, a next-generation contract management company that has pioneered online negotiation technology. Olga focuses on improving and shaping the future of law, having led from the front lines for decades as an award-winning general counsel, operations professional, startup advisor, public speaker, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur.

Leaders from multiple industries value Olga’s in-depth analytical work on the impact of disruptive technologies such as blockchain, AI, and smart contracts. Her ability to demonstrate how the legal profession will emerge stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than ever, and the trust her work inspires, encourages others to embrace legal innovation with confidence.

Olga’s skills and enthusiasm for working with cutting-edge technology led her to previously serve as Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp, the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. She currently serves as an advisory board director at Quantstamp as well as Phylos, ChannelMeter, and Lovelyloot, in addition to serving on numerous boards.

Thriving at the forefront of technological innovation and committed to helping others turn knowledge into action, Olga co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security and authoring Blockchain Business Models. As a popular speaker, she connects with groups of all sizes, industries, and disciplines. Recent engagements include speaking at TEDxSanFrancisco about the impact potential of blockchain and smart contracts and at SXSW about blockchain business models.

Olga is also an outspoken advocate for professional women, co-founding SunLaw, an organization that prepares women in-house attorneys to become general counsels and legal leaders, and WISE, which helps female law firm partners become rainmakers. She also founded the Women Serve on Boards movement that advocates for women to participate on corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies, motivating over a dozen Fortune 500 companies to recruit their first women directors. In 2019, she authored Get on Board: Earning Your Ticket to a Corporate Board Seat to help demystify effective board service for all.

Primary Areas of Practice: IP Licensing, Open Source Software Licensing, Venture Capital, Corporate Structuring; Corporate Collaborations

School/Graduate School: Harvard Law School

Work History:

Mr. Radcliffe represents corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. His clients include both startups and global multinationals.  He has been at the forefront of many of the major legal developments in the last three decades, including the development the first domain dispute resolution policy for Network Solutions, Inc. (which is still the basis for dispute resolution under ICANN),  the revision of the bankruptcy law to deal with the intersection between bankruptcy and intellectual property licenses, the open sourcing of the Solaris operating system for Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the development of the General Public License version 3.  He has served on the US Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council and was appointed by the Department of State to be the US Private Sector Co-Chair His experience covers a wide variety of industries from web to software (particularly open source) to cloud to semiconductors. His deep experience in both venture capital financing and intellectual property makes him particularly effective in assisting companies in developing and implementing innovation strategies.

In April 2009 (the first year of the award), he was recognized for his experience in assisting companies in intellectual property strategy by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the World’s Leading 250 IP Strategists.  The National Law Journal in 1997 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.  He has been listed in the “The Best Lawyers in America,” and as one of Northern California’s Top 100 intellectual property attorneys in “Super Lawyers.”  And he has been named as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Who’s Who Legal publication.  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.  Mr. Radcliffe has published articles in such legal magazines as the National Law Journal, Trademark World, Computer Lawyer, California Law Business and Copyright World

Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, International Bar Association

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.


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,, 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), (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.

Lewis is co-founder of DLx Law LLP, a brand-new law firm designed from the ground up for a new economy.  Together with co-founder Angela Angelovska-Wilson, Lewis and the DLx team have handled a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, working with everyone from start-ups to major enterprises to governmental entities.  

Lewis is a passionate advocate for the beneficial changes blockchain technology can bring to the world but also a realist in terms of the many legal and regulatory challenges involved in getting there.

Lewis obtained his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1986.