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Successful Enterprise Blockchain Adoption: Critical Economic and Legal Issues

Speaker(s): Dr. Stephanie Hurder, Mark F. Radcliffe
Recorded on: Jul. 16, 2020
PLI Program #: 302686

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.

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