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The Future of Blockchain: A Silicon Valley Perspective and Beyond

Speaker(s): Aaron J. Wright, Brian Behlendorf, David Berger, Dr. Stephanie Hurder, Gabriel Shapiro, Jamie Finn, Lewis Cohen , Mark F. Radcliffe, Natalie Furman , Olga V. Mack, Susan Joseph
Recorded on: Nov. 4, 2020
PLI Program #: 278882

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.

Dr. Stephanie Hurder is a Founding Economist at Prysm Group, an economic advisory firm specializing in the blockchain industry. While at the firm, she has led projects for nine Fortune 500 companies, a Big Four auditing firm, and dozens of leading startup projects that have collectively raised over $700M in funding from top VCs including Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. As a thought leader, she has spoken at industry events including Consensus, IBM Blockchain Accelerator, and SXSW and her research has been presented at DARPA, NBER, Federal Reserve of Cleveland, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. Dr. Hurder is an advisor to blockchain projects at the World Economic Forum, a Visiting Scholar at the CCI IoT at USC, and an Opinion columnist at CoinDesk.

Some of her recent notable projects include her work on Blockstack’s approval by the SEC of the first Reg A+ offering by a cryptocurrency, her participation in the workshop ‘Economics of Blockchain Litigation Webinar Series: ICOs and Securities Laws and Trends in Litigation’, and her role as an expert witness in the legal case Iron Workers Local 580 Joint Funds v. Nvidia Corporation et al.

Prior to Prysm Group, Dr. Hurder was a management consultant at BCG. She holds an AB in Mathematics, an AM in Economics, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University where she studied under Nobel Prize winner Prof. Al Roth.

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

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.


Gabriel Shapiro is a U.S. attorney with over a decade of experience in the structuring, negotiation and execution of strategic transactions for technology clients. He represents and advises clients in connection with:

  • mergers, acquisitions & joint ventures
  • ·venture financings & crowdsales (SAFTs, stock, tokens)
  • securities law compliance (private & public)
  • governance design & issues
  • product design & compliance for peer-to-peer technologies

Prior to joining BSV, Gabriel practiced for many years in the tech M&A groups of top corporate law firms Dewey & LeBoeuf, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Hogan Lovells.

Gabriel obtained his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and is admitted to practice in California.


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.

Aaron Wright is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. Before joining Cardozo's faculty, he sold a company to Wikia, the for-profit sister project of Wikipedia, where he ran Wikia’s New York office, served as General Counsel and Vice President of Product and Business Development, and helped build an open source search engine.   Wright has clerked for the Honorable William J. Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and worked as an associate at several prominent New York law firms, including Patterson Belknap and Jenner & Block. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Cardozo Law Review.  He has a forthcoming book about blockchain technology and the law (co-authored with Primavera De Filippi) that will be published by Harvard University Press.

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.