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Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.

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Shawn Atkinson

Shawn Atkinson

Over the past 20 years my consistent passion has been to advise and support high-growth tech companies and investors throughout their life cycle, from incubation to exit, and across different geographies and sectors. I have overseen hundreds of deals involving leading tech and fintech players in the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia, leveraging my deep industry knowledge, market insight, and relentless commitment to their success. I have also been recognized as a leading individual in several legal directories, including Legal 500, for my expertise and excellence in venture capital, M&A, emerging markets, and fintech.

Clients I've worked with: Scoro | Rossum | Many Pets | Salesforce Ventures | Bessemer Venture Partners

  • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

    Working with people that challenge the status quo and have an impact drew me to this area of law. That plus, I am the ultimate deal junkie and I love the energy of a fast paced deal environment!

  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    It is an absolute privilege working with dynamic, optimistic and energetic people who think about the world differently than the majority, challenging the world and themselves to make for a better place.

  • Tell us about one of your mentors.

    "The world belongs to the energetic!" is what one of my mentors, friends and favourite people always says and those are words that I live by to this day. Hard work and walking that extra mile is what defines me.

  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

    A baseball player (if I could actually play) or a great punk rock drummer (if I was any good) or a full time anthropologist (if only the world appreciated us (because I could count myself as a part time anthropologist now) more)!

  • What is your ideal weekend?

    A long country walk across the English countryside ending up in a small and old pub surrounded by my family and friends followed by Fulham FC winning the Champions League final @ Wembley (dare to dream)!

  • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

    After more than 20 years in this gig, there are too many favourites! I have to say that there is a special place in my heart however for my clients and deals that are Nordic. Hard work and striving for perfection but at the same time having fun and displaying real humility!

    James Badge

    James Badge

    I represent early and growth stage companies as well as investors and venture capital funds on a wide range of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on venture capital and growth equity. I am passionate about working with innovators and investors to provide commercially focused advice to drive growth and success.

    Clients I've worked with: Atomico | Scalapay | Floww | Stage 2 Capital | C-Capture

    Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4711
    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

      I have always been fascinated by the strength of entrepreneurship and innovation. I have been fortunate to immerse myself within the dynamic and innovative startup ecosystem and guide inspiring entrepreneurs through the good, the bad and the ugly to protect, encourage and support the disruptive technologies they develop and the transformative impact they have.

    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

      Finding a suitable use case for my height and stature, whether that be on the rugby pitch or assisting Sunday shoppers with items on the top shelf.

    • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

      Innovations in waste reduction, pollution control and other environmental technologies which are critical to addressing climate and environmental challenges (and in supporting my (purportedly) high level of food consumption).

    • What is your ideal weekend?

      Walking through my native homeland of the Yorkshire Dales rounded off at a gruff Yorkshire pub with copious amounts of hearty grub.

      Samir Bakhru

      Samir Bakhru

      I help founders and investors successfully raise capital and build their business from inception through exit. I help companies see around corners, not just a legal advisor, but as a business partner that always looks to strike the right balance and find the ideal commercial approach to achieve their goals.

      Clients I've worked with: K Health | Dataiku | Merama | Warby Parker | Betterment

      Contact me Partner, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 3771
      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

        Because every so often, you get to work with founders and teams that dare to do the things that no one can imagine.

      • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

        At my core, I'm a relationship driven person and building long lasting friendships with founders and investors by helping them achieve their visions starting from day 0 of a new company through an exit is what keeps me going as an ECVC lawyer.

      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

        I would probably work in sports or go into politics.

      • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

        The iPhone & mobile broadband (hands down).

      • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

        I already have one - it's my ability to work from any where, time or place. I think it's one of the reasons (fortunately and unfortunately :-)) that my clients love working with me - they know I have their backs and they can reach me at their most critical moments.

      • What's your mantra?

        Don't ask someone else to do something that you don't or wouldn't do yourself.

        Julien Barbey

        Julien Barbey

        Based in New York, I advise tech companies from formation to exit as well as venture capital investors. Many of my clients are based in Europe (particularly France and Switzerland) and I work regularly with my colleagues in Germany, UK and France. Prior to joining the tech companies group, I practiced general corporate and M&A law and even worked in-house for a tech company for one year.

        Clients I've worked with: PhotoRoom | Gorgias | Noveon Magnetics | Auterion

        Contact me Senior Associate, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 3589
        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

          When I was just starting out as a corporate lawyer my close friend launched a tech start-up. After living vicariously through his experience, I knew I wanted to work with start-ups and help companies and founders succeed.

        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

          Historian or a winemaker.

        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

          In another life, I spent time in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with the United Nations.

        • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

          Travel in time to unlock the many mysteries of the past.

          Jamie Baroff

          Jamie Kamen Baroff

          My practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, advising companies on formation and equity financings, and corporate governance matters—a little bit of everything in the corporate world. I approach every transaction with enthusiasm and work to serve as both a trusted advisor and friendly face for each client. I love a puzzle and consider myself a problem solver and creative thinker.

          Clients I've worked with: Shopify | Workday | Squarespace | Trimble | Catalyst Biosciences

          Contact me Senior Associate, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 5068
          • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

            Working with people who relentlessly push the envelope.

          • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

            Art museum docent or a professor…never say never!

          • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

            Gerald Murphy's "Cocktail" painting located in the Whitney Museum. Growing up, my house and favorite local restaurant had a lot of Jazz Age inspired artwork, just like Murphy's painting, and, fittingly, I have a print of "Cocktail" in my kitchen.

          • What's the best advice you've ever received?

            Everything Is figureoutable.

            Laura Rose (Bloxham) Barr

            I work with some of the most innovative thinkers in the world. I take legal pain-points for entrepreneurs- like negotiating with VCs, getting team equity right and protecting your IP - and make them easy at every stage.

            Clients I've worked with: Anthropic | Appsheet | Go1 | Life360 | SoFi

            Contact me Partner, Seattle [email protected] +1 206 839 4322
            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

              I love working with women founders, other underrepresented entrepreneurs, and double bottom line companies. People who think differently, and set out to create impact, inspire me.

            • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

              Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a brilliant portrait of two friends who happen to create a successful business. The depth of character development and the way the novel treats coming of age in the technology industry are beautiful.

            • What's the best advice you've ever received?

              If you don't ask, you don't get.

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              Patrick Barry

              I started my career as a technology companies lawyer, but soon joined the startup world and began a 20+ year journey as a business leader running go-to-market, product development and business operations for a series of companies including Yahoo!, Demandforce, Intuit, Logikcull and Zenoti. During that time I led teams through good times and bad, raised money, bought and sold companies. Recently I returned to the firm to lead our Greenhouse program, which provides free personalized business coaching for our seed stage clients.

              Clients I've worked with: Logikcull | XP News | Vala

              Contact me Senior Counsel, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 289 7193
              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                Working with tech companies allows us to see into the future and make it happen. Start up teams are the right kind of crazy, and their passion and belief is exhilarating and infectious.

              • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                Growing up in Silicon Valley, startups were like the local sports teams, and leaders like the star players. I wanted to be a professional in the league.

              • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                I was extremely lucky to know Bill "Coach" Campbell from an early age. He inspired me, pushed me, and helped me understand what giving back to the community really meant. Later in my career, I had the privilege of working under Bill at Intuit. Being able to see him work with teams left a mark.

              • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

                I enjoy working with companies at all stages, but I have a real affinity for teams of fewer than 10 employees. This is where the culture is established.

              • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                Nature, art and the great works of literature.

              • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                Be a painter.

                John V. Bautista

                I am a lawyer and trusted advisor to companies. I am also a co-founder of two YC-backed companies. I am passionate about scaling transformative ideas. I’ve been working with emerging companies and their investors for more than 30 years.

                Clients I've worked with: Coatue | Dataiku | Numerous Y Combinator-backed companies | Solugen | Stripe | Twist Bioscience | Weights & Biases

                Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 650 614 7652
                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                  Tech companies shape our future and I am inspired by working with founders who make the world a better place.

                • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                  I’ve been part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem for a long time. I wanted to be a trusted advisor to founders and investors and provide practical and innovative advice to help them grow leading innovative companies.

                • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                  Craig Johnson, who was the founder of Venture Law Group, was a visionary in innovating around the practice of law and showing what it means to be a trusted advisor to clients. I joined Venture Law Group early in my career, and Craig’s vision continues to influence the way I practice and interact with clients and colleagues.

                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                  I would spend more time helping San Francisco regain its prominence as the technology capital of the world and one of the world’s greatest cities to live in, work and visit.

                • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                  I served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino and as a council member from 1993-1997, where I helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies. I also love spending time with my partner, Pedro, and our two kids (Leo and Lucia), as well as mentoring my three older kids as they pursue their careers.

                • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                  AI, legal technology and the nexus of the two.

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                  Emma Cameron

                  I advise technology companies and venture capital firms on a broad range of corporate matters including venture capital and growth equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as day to day corporate advice. My primary focus is venture capital work, and I have considerable experience working with early stage companies as well as with investors and VCs.

                  Clients I've worked with: Dream Games | Stripe | PayPal | Coatue | Warburg Pincus

                  Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4830
                  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                    Technology is constantly evolving and working with our clients provides a firsthand look at the latest technological advancements. It is inspiring to work with founders and investors looking to reimagine the world.

                  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                    In an alternative universe, a fiction author and a part-time pâtissier.

                  • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                    Before law school I briefly considered a career in musical theatre.

                  • What is your ideal weekend?

                    Spending time with my family and friends.

                    Christina Catzoela

                    Christina Catzoela

                    Knowledgeable and practical advisor to venture capital firms and emerging growth technology companies from formation through exit on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.

                    Clients I've worked with: Contentful Global | Weave Communications | Stripe | Kapor Capital | All Raise

                    Contact me Partner, Seattle [email protected] +1 206 839 4331
                    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                      It's energizing to work in an industry that is all about innovation and to help investors and founders who are working to make that innovation possible.

                    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                      I find inspiration in learning new things. I'm constantly trying to pick up new skills (currently learning to play the guitar and trying to level up my UTSA tennis rating) and love that I am always learning something new in my practice, whether it's about a new product from one of my clients or a novel legal issue presented by developments in technology.

                    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                      I'd probably be a nurse or some other profession in healthcare. Prior to making the pivot to law, I was a pre-med undergrad and still find the science and caring aspects of medicine compelling.

                    • What is your ideal weekend?

                      Snowboarding our local mountain with my partner and kids.

                      Caroline Cherhassky

                      Caroline Cherkassky

                      I'm a startup and VC lawyer focusing on venture financings and corporate governance matters, and also have experience counseling clients on M&A and technology transactions. I am committed to understanding my clients' business needs and providing practical advice tailored to their situation and goals. I sit on the board and am currently president of the Los Angeles Venture Association, and enjoy speaking on fundraising essentials and other educational topics, with a particular affinity for supporting the women founders community.

                      Clients I've worked with: ZeroTier | Inspectify | Moving Analytics | Morpheus Ventures

                      Contact me Partner, Santa Monica [email protected] +1 310 633 2809
                      • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                        I started my career in Palo Alto, but oddly enough did not plan to focus on startups and VC. After working on a couple of venture financings, though, I was hooked. I love the deep partnership that comes from being closely involved with the founders and rest of the team, all of whom are incredibly dedicated, and value the opportunity to serve not only as legal counsel but also trusted advisor.

                      • What is your ideal weekend?

                        If I'm around home: a run by the beach or a hike, crossword puzzles, and barbecue with family and friends. I love living in Santa Monica so it can be tempting to stay put, but I also really enjoy getting out of town for short weekend trips all around California.

                      • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music.

                        I have always loved the New World Symphony. I was a violinist ages ago and that was one of the first pieces I played as part of a symphony. I don't listen to classical music often, but that piece will always have a place in the rotation.

                      • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                        Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good - great advice in many aspects of life, and very applicable to working with startups.

                        Rachel Conder

                        Rachel Conder

                        I am an Associate in Orrick's Technology Companies Group and have experience working with companies of all stages, as well as venture capital funds and investors, on a broad range of corporate matters including venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and day-to-day corporate advice. I trained at Orrick, during which time I also gained experience in Orrick's Banking & Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams.

                        Clients I've worked with: ManyPets | Bessemer Venture Partners | Infogrid | Terrapay | ABN AMRO Ventures

                        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                          It is exciting to be able to see, and be a part of, the journey of our clients as they build their companies, particularly the clients that we advise from an early stage. The founders we work with are at the forefront of innovation and it is inspiring to work with them as they build their ideas and navigate the ever-changing tech market.

                        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                          I would be a ski instructor or a police detective (or, even better, both if I could spend the winter months away in the mountains!)

                        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                          Prior to becoming a lawyer, I spent a year and a half working and living abroad in France (Morzine) and Italy (Lake Garda) as a holiday rep and Australia (Sydney) in a restaurant. Despite living in Sydney for 6 months, I am still terrified of the sea…

                        • What is your ideal weekend?

                          Catching up with family and friends, popping down to the local pub, listening to some live music and finishing off the weekend with a home cooked Sunday roast.

                        • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                          Try not to spend time worrying about the things you can't control.

                          Raphael Crouan

                          Raphael Crouan

                          With a trajectory spanning from Apple to the vibrant (and crazy) world of venture capital, my passion lies in fostering the growth of innovative ideas and ushering them into the market. Today, my role involves championing founders and investors by facilitating their access to best legal and tech advisors within our firm. From London to Paris, Milan, Düsseldorf and across the entire European tech scene, I connect the dots between key players and our partners, ensuring our continuous support and engagement as the leader in our market.

                          Clients I've worked with: Atomico | Graphcore | Interstellar | Eurazeo | HSBC Innovation Banking

                          Contact me Managing Director Technology Clients Europe, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4674
                          • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                            I've always been at the forefront of technology, an early adopter at core, often the very first one of my friends to have the latest gadget and test it for them. (Geek much ??) Now, having the incredible privilege to work with those who invents those technologies and allowing to get the earliest of peak into the future is simply the most inspiring thing for me!

                          • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                            As an extravert, I find inspiration in people, in their energy, in discussing with them, debating and constantly being challenged by new ideas, new paradigm, new views. And of course, in the (almost always) ever loving look of my children!

                          • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                            Learn how to thrive into an (your) environment where you are accountable but without responsibility.

                          • What's your mantra?

                            Attention to details is everything, every time! Don't even lose sight of it.

                            Patrick Driscoll

                            I am a corporate lawyer and a member of the Technology Companies Group at Orrick. We advise emerging and established tech-companies, and those who invest in them, in their growth and realisation of value.

                            Clients I've worked with: Truelayer | Shop Circle | Tide | Infogrid | Helloself

                            Contact me Senior Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4759
                            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                              We have the opportunity to work with some incredible founder teams in the early stages of their company’s growth and join them on their journey.

                            • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                              The level of disruption innovation that technology has produced in the last 15 years and then seeing the emergence of London as a real technology hub with a vibrant ecosystem of creators.

                            • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                              I’ve no idea whether I’d be any good, but I’ve always been envious of architects. It’s a pipe dream but I'd love to be able to design my own home.

                              Ellen Ehrenprreis

                              Ellen Ehrenpreis

                              I'm a thinker and a doer. I love to wrestle with problems big and small and devise action plans focused on practical solutions. I bring more than 25 years of experience in the high-growth tech ecosystem. My approach is driven by my experiences as both company founder and consumer of legal services, by my early years as a litigator, and by diverse experiences advising businesses at every stage, along with the executives, investors and advisors involved in those businesses. And at the end of the day, my goal is to deliver solutions at the intersection of good business judgment, common sense and the law. I am passionate about working with clients striving to make a positive impact in the world.

                              Clients I've worked with: Watershed | Certa | Mitra Chem | Sierra Space | Eversight | Threshold Ventures | iNovia Capital | TDK Ventures | Valor Equity Partners | Emerson Collective

                              Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7636
                              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                The art of the possible!

                              • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyers?

                                The opportunity to collaborate with super talented, inspiring and innovative founders and investors to advance new technologies and businesses driving positive change in the world!

                              • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                Nature: Because it serves as a constant reminder of the infinite beauty and resilience of our world. The ocean: Because its majesty and strength inspire me to keep in mind that anything is possible. My family: Because they challenge me to be better and remind me that nothing is more important than cherishing the people you love.

                              • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                I am an identical twin!

                              • What's your mantra?

                                The path to success is best navigated by always prioritizing preparation, confidence and common sense.

                                Andrew Erskine

                                Andrew Erskine

                                I am a strategic advisor to founders and investors in the world's most valuable private technology companies. Working closely with their teams from the earliest stages, I have advised numerous tech unicorns on matters ranging from daily operations to commercial strategy to fundraising and growth. I leverage a unique professional background and skill set as well as the premiere, full suite of services of a global law firm to devise creative, business-minded solutions for my clients.

                                Clients I've worked with: Clutter | Upstart | Nest Labs | Founders Fund | Andreessen Horowitz

                                Contact me Partner, Los Angeles [email protected] +1 310 633 2801
                                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                  Working with technical founders who are trying to do something absurdly difficult and meaningful, I know that when they call me, they already have tens if not hundreds of other challenges they are facing. They aren't calling me so that I can clarify yet another problem, and give them options for how to handle it. In those moments, they need a partner they can rely on -- someone who is decisive, someone who will solve problems they either don't know how or don't have time to solve -- so that they can keep building. Being given that level of trust, by the world's greatest innovators, is why I won't ever quit doing this job.

                                • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                  I make a concerted effort to spend meaningful time each day in nature. Silence and space, at scale, can unlock a lot.

                                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                  I have a background in finance and before I joined Orrick, I'd always planned to move from the law into investing, and had I not ended up practicing this specific type of law, I'd likely have ended up in a venture fund, figuring out how to fund and help the same companies I help now another way.

                                • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                  I grew up the youngest of six kids -- life in the house was trial by fire.

                                • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                  We are still so early in the AI revolution, but I cannot wait to see how different the world of medicine will look to my kids as a result.

                                  Amanda Galton

                                  I work with high-growth companies and investors who love to invest in them. On the company-side, I aim to support entrepreneurs and their teams implement and scale their vision, with a healthy amount of linebacking to anticipate and counsel the various challenges that regularly arise as companies are doing big and bold things. I particularly enjoy teams and investors that are positively transforming how the world works.

                                  Clients I've worked with: CelLink | NfX | Perfect Day | Noya | New Frontier Foods/Ocean’s Halo

                                  Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5738
                                  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                    I enjoy being part of a team of people that empower the dreamers, the doers, and the bold, and the people that want to invest in those visionaries. I believe that corporate lawyers get to be at the triangle of change with one corner being brains, the other being money, and the other being the lawyers that can help scale and strategize and keep things moving.

                                  • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                    Connections. Connections with people - both those moments where I get an opportunity to connect with someone (be it a friend, a client, a new person in the community), or those moments where you can help connect someone (including clients!) with another person who will be helpful to them. Connections within space (within a city, trail system, a new way to get from here to there). And connections of process – clients are always helping me better understand how one process can improve the other. Those “ah ha” moments.

                                  • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                    I had the honor of exploring Egypt with Ann Kerr, Steve Kerr's mom (current coach of the Golden State Warriors) and widow to Malcolm H. Kerr, statesman. I received a scholarship in Professor Kerr's name and the experience in Egypt in high school was life changing. So many moments from the trip are vivid and etched in my brain, including Ann Kerr running us confidently jaywalking across busy intersections in Cairo, her heels sinking into the hot melting pavement, introducing us dignitaries across all party lines, and introducing us to villages of Nubians during a Nile boat ride.

                                  • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                    The technology and ideas behind reusability, circularity, and what we can do with all the stuff we have created (and continue to create). Said another way, come talk to me about trash, recyclables and the things we throw away, and how we can do more with it for the world and its future. I'm also loving all the self-driving cars in San Francisco (though I personally also love to drive manual, classic cars).

                                  • What is your ideal weekend?

                                    My ideal weekend would be outside and in a bustling house with the doors wide-open. There would be some cooking, friends, kids playing, dog walking, and quiet sitting on a mountaintop.

                                  • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                                    Omnilingualism.

                                  • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                    We over-index on confidence. Courage is the power to try things before you have the confidence.

                                  • What's your mantra?

                                    Let's do this.

                                    Matthew Gemello

                                    Matthew Gemello

                                    I've spent the last 25 years helping tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and financial sponsors advance their businesses. I am a deal junkie, problem solver and fixer. I love getting stuff done with a team.

                                    Clients I've worked with: Workday | Apple | Trimble | Bayer | Zynga | Marvell

                                    Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7329
                                    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                      The eternal optimism that is the foundation of our clients' creative and strategic vision.

                                    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                      Collaboration. Few things inspire me more than good people working together to help others.

                                    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                      A shepherd.

                                    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                      I'm a fourth generation Silicon Valley resident.

                                    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                      Be nice.

                                      Sven Greulich

                                      Sven Greulich

                                      I head Orrick's German technology companies group. With a dual background in business and law and the experiences from literally hundreds of start-up financings I guides technology companies of all stages and their financial sponsors through transformational transactions. These deals include venture capital financings, technology acquisitions, buy-out M&A of technology companies and strategic cross-border joint ventures.

                                      Clients I've worked with: GIC | Energy Impact Partners | Coatue | Haniel | Kärcher

                                      Contact me Partner, Düsseldorf [email protected] +49 211 3678 7142
                                      • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                                        The last partner I worked for before joining Orrick as a Senior Associate - he taught me to ask a few important questions to get my priorities in life right (kudos Axel, you are right: "the one thing you can't recycle is wasted time").

                                      • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                        My kids, my wife and during very long hikes.

                                      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                        I hope I could put LEGO models together for a living.

                                      • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music.

                                        "Range" from David Epstein, one of a handful of books I read twice.

                                      • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                                        As a kid, I preferred Batman, no superpowers, just an amazing array of tech gadgets.

                                      • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                        Get your act together and propose to her.

                                      • What's your mantra?

                                        This season I will not get emotional over my favourite football team (Hamburger Sport Verein) - I will never succeed.

                                        Christopher Grew

                                        Christopher Grew

                                        I help entrepreneurs and investors drive technological innovation throughout Europe. For more than three decades, I have been advising companies in venture capital transactions, public offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. I also advises high-growth companies, investment banks, and venture capital firms on fundraising, international business operations and transactions.

                                        Clients I've worked with: Graphcore | Terrapay | TopHat

                                        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                          I live vicariously through working with tech companies. I enjoy working with companies that "move fast and break things" because they keep us on our toes. There is never a dull day when working with tech companies.

                                        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                          I'm a reformed capital markets lawyer -- I used to take a lot of tech companies public during the dot com boom. I think that it is more interesting to act for the companies and investors at the earlier stages of the financing life cycle.

                                        • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                                          Each of my mentors were seasoned lawyers who had lived through prior life cycles of the technology ecosystem and were able to provide perspective on how transactions have evolved over the course of time.

                                        • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

                                          Having a favorite client is like having a favorite child -- that is not possible! They are all favorites. Having a "least favorite client" is another story.

                                        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                          I'm often found "on the rail" at rock concerts.

                                          Gregg Griner

                                          Gregg Griner

                                          I work with companies in all stages of their life cycles, from start-ups to public companies, and in a variety of industries including, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health services, software, hardware, information services, financial services, financial technology, consumer goods, fashion, media, and energy. I advise these companies in many facets of their businesses including financings, corporate governance, employment matters, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and distribution arrangements, and joint ventures and strategic partnerships. I also represent venture capital firms in connection with their investments in early and later-stage operating companies.

                                          Clients I've worked with: Vanda Pharmaceuticals | Partner Therapeutics | Win Reality, Inc. | Third Rock Ventures | RA Capital

                                          • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                            I love working with tech and life sciences founders who are developing cutting-edge technologies and therapies that are changing the lives of millions of people, or in the case of pharmaceuticals, sometimes it's just a handful of people ... but those few patients have no other hope. The work that we do for these clients makes all of that possible.

                                          • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                            I've been interested in technology since I got my first Atari 2600 video game system back in 1977! After a brief stint in investment banking, I pivoted and focused my attention on developing a set of skills that would allow me to work with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to build innovative companies, products, and therapies.

                                          • Tell us about one of your mentors.

                                            I learned a lot from my father, who had a long and successful career as an investment banker and venture capitalist. He was one of the smartest people I have ever known and taught me an important lesson that has guided my life ever since ... if you're not doing something that makes the world a better place, then you're wasting what little time you have here.

                                          • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                            I would be the oldest player-manager in Major League Baseball history. Given my advanced age and the loss of a step or two, I'd probably have to play first base ... for the Cubs, of course. If I weren't able to pull that off, I think I'd be a venture capitalist.

                                            Anik Guha

                                            Anik Guha

                                            Since 2005, I've represented tech startups on just about every kind of problem, transaction or opportunity that a high-growth company encounters on its journey.

                                            Clients I've worked with: Betterment | Confluent | HashiCorp | Nest | Pinterest

                                            Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5751
                                            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                              Our clients constantly challenge and surprise me. What was once a source of stress is now (mostly) an inspiration.

                                            • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                              Based on the magnitude of the loans I took out for law school, probably a different kind of lawyer.

                                            • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                                              Depending on when you pinpoint the invention of the internet, either the NBA 3-point shot or the sequencing of the human genome.

                                            • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                                              To play guitar like Trey from Phish.

                                            • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                              Don't go to grad school. My colleagues at my first post-collegiate job were refugees from academia, and when I told them I was planning to get an English Ph.D. they made it their mission to change my mind.

                                              David Hamala

                                              David Hamala

                                              I am a venture capital lawyer and work with startups, investors and other stakeholders in the German and international VC ecosystem on a daily basis. We support our clients from their formation through the various financing rounds (Angel, (Pre-)Seed, Series A, B, C etc.) to a successful exit, but also advise on employee participation/incentive programs, the leap into the United States (e.g., by flip or incorporation of subsidiaries) and generally act as a sparring partner for founders in the realization of their ideas.

                                              Clients I've worked with: Haniel | Blossom Capital | Voltfang | Energy Impact Partners

                                              Contact me Associate, Düsseldorf [email protected] +49 211 36787 344
                                              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                To be able to advise such successful technology companies, I have to constantly develop myself to keep up with the rapid advances in the various industries (climate, health, generally AI etc.) and to be a trusted advisor to our clients. I am constantly amazed by the incredible opportunities that technology can offer , which makes it all the more enjoyable to be a part of this progress.

                                              • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                I go with Lex Luther on this one: “Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.” For me, it's often the little things that inspire me the most, for example when I see how meticulously other people work in their respective professions.

                                              • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                In general, I am really excited about developments in the field of AI - as I am privately friends with many founders in this field, it is always exciting to hear about the latest developments that sometimes go unnoticed by the public. Personally, however, I am even more excited about developments in the field of health tech (because they can improve the lives of many people in the short term) and climate tech (because without developments in this area we will face major problems in the medium to long term).

                                              • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                I really enjoy reading the books of Rolf Dobelli (The Art of Thinking Clearly, The Art of Acting Smart, The Art of the Good Live).

                                              • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                                                Time travel (although I am familiar with the phenomenon of the butterfly effect).

                                                Kristy Hart

                                                Kristy Hart

                                                I represent early and growth stage companies as well as investors and venture capital funds on a wide range of corporate transactions throughout their life cycle. I am passionate about helping founders and investors at the forefront of technology drive innovation, and to support them by providing commercially focused advice at the crucial moment as well as every-day moments of their startup journey.

                                                Clients I've worked with: Butternut Box | Connexin | Vitruvian Partners | Sonantic | 9fin

                                                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                  Working with some of the most driven founders who are relentlessly pushing the boundaries and shaping our future is incredibly inspiring and exciting. At the same time, playing a pivotal part in that journey and guiding a founding team through many of their key milestones (from incorporation, through hiring their first employees, closing their first round and beyond) is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.

                                                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                  I would probably be a pilot. The closest I came to "piloting" an in-flight experience was running the first in-flight hackathon (a rapid and collaborative prototyping sprint), Hack Horizon, looking to revolutionise the TravelTech industry while at 40,000 feet above sea level and going at 564 miles per hour on a commercial flight from Hong Kong to London.

                                                • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                  I was a competitive figure skater in a past lifetime. As a longstanding heavy metal fan, my greatest memory was convincing my coach to let me skate my short program to my favourite heavy metal track (admittedly the acoustic version). These days I prefer to glide around on the back of a motorbike.

                                                • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                  There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

                                                  Nicholas Hayes

                                                  Nicholas Hayes

                                                  I work with investors and companies at all stages of the venture capital lifecycle and enjoy helping them to understand and overcome the legal challenges involved in raising financing. I spent a year on secondment to Atomico where I worked with the investment team on new deals and partnerships with portfolio companies. I gained an invaluable insight into how a leading venture capital fund operates and broadened my understanding of the European tech ecosystem.

                                                  Clients I've worked with: Atomico | Moonfire | Global Processing Services Group | Bought By Many

                                                  Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4789
                                                  • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

                                                    No surprises that my favourite client is Atomico. Atomico’s investment into climate financing platform Opna was definitely a highlight of my secondment as it was the first time I got to work alongside my colleagues at Orrick who were advising Atomico on its investment in the company. This deal was my first experience of the role an in-house lawyer plays in a transaction and I’m sure the lessons I’ve learnt will be hugely beneficial when advising Atomico, other investors and founders at Orrick.

                                                  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                    Despite not being musical, I’ve always thought being a guitarist in a rock band would be incredible, like Jimmy Smith from my favourite band Foals. You’re not famous enough to be stopped in the street and can live your own life but still experience the massive highs of playing to thousands of people. The buzz they get from performing must be insane.

                                                  • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                                                    Probably instant boiling water - a Quooker tap is a game changer!

                                                  • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                    Some form of gig with mates on Friday evening. Swimming with my daughter on Saturday morning. A Bath rugby game at The Rec on Saturday afternoon, with Wales beating England in the Six Nations afterwards. A lie in on Sunday with the papers and a roast with family. That, or Glastonbury Festival…

                                                  • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                    I’ve recently finished reading Shuggie Bain by Scottish writer Douglas Stewart and it really knocked me for six. It’s a sad story focusing on poverty, addiction and abuse in 1970s Glasgow and made me realise how extremely fortunate we are to be doing what we do day to day.

                                                  • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                    It’s a motto my head teacher at secondary school used to say; work hard, play hard and look after each other. I think this neatly sums up the best way to approach life.

                                                    Gregory Heibel

                                                    Gregory Heibel

                                                    I've spent my career working for and with startups of all stages beginning with my time selling solid state electric meters in the APAC region, and my role as an associate at a Swiss-based venture fund, before practicing law in the Silicon Valley. My representation of high growth companies and their investors leans on this experience to apply market context to sophisticated financing, acquisition and commercial transactions globally. I also work with some of the world's most important technology companies to help guide their early stage investment processes.

                                                    Clients I've worked with: Go1 | Logikcull (acquired by Reveal) | Syllable | Microsoft | Workday

                                                    Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7394
                                                    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                      As the son of a serial entrepreneur, I early on learned the intense highs and lows of starting companies, and I always knew that I needed to be a part of energy. There is a special thrill and pride that comes from being an advisor to a company from their formation to their exit, living with and guiding the founders through the trials and tribulations that come from taking a raw startup to success. I never forget that a startup is deeply personal for its founders, and I'm honored to share that.

                                                    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                      I would have gone to medical school and become an emergency medicine physician. There is something raw and important about being a physician who doesn't know what emergency will arrive at their doorstep next, but who also knows that they will be ready to take care of that emergency because they've prepared for years for each of those encounters.

                                                    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                      I have a pair of first class seats from a 757 in my office. It even still has the Airfone in the armrest (remember those?).

                                                    • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                      I believe that the application of AI to healthcare will fundamentally change how humans live and thrive, and it will do so in ways that we can't yet imagine. I think the benefits will most prominently be seen in parts of the world where putting access to AI's clinical insights in the hands of caregivers to diagnose early and treat patients effectively without the need for expensive equipment like MRI's and CT's.

                                                    • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                      A long overnight flight with my wife to an exotic city for a fantastic dinner before waking up at a luxury hotel with a really great breakfast buffet.

                                                    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                      Never threaten, just do.

                                                      Dolph Hellman

                                                      Dolph Hellman

                                                      Having practiced transactional law for almost 35 years, I've developed 2 different areas of expertise in the tech and life sciences ecosystem - (i) venture debt and (ii) VC fund formation. In terms of venture debt, I've been assisting tech and life sciences companies at all different stages of growth with venture debt transactions since the late 1990's when venture debt first become available to start-up companies. Over the years, I worked on hundreds (if not thousands) of such financing transactions. In terms of VC fund formation, I've been assisting sponsors of VC funds - and in particular emerging managers - in connection with VC fund formation for over 15 years. I really enjoy working with founders and venture capitalists because it allows me to be more than just a technical lawyer. Instead, it allows me be also be a trusted advisor which is very rewarding. If you're looking for a trusted advisor to assist you with either venture debt or VC fund formation, then I'm your guy!

                                                      Clients I've worked with: Facebook | Coinbase | Luminar | UpStart | Pathbreaker Ventures | Fifty Years | Mindset Ventures | K5

                                                      Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5678
                                                      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                        I really enjoy working with founders and emerging managers in the tech and life sciences space since I know that I am really adding value to their companies/VC funds. Often the advice and guidance I provide can mean the difference between success and failure, so I take on this responsibility very seriously. I also think it's cool to watch many of our clients evolve from being a team of just a few people to multi-national entities with thousands of employees.

                                                      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                        Maybe a lawyer in the entertainment industry. In particular, I find the music industry (and in particular the area of music law) to be very fascinating.

                                                      • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                        Autonomous vehicles. Once that technology is perfected it will be a real game changer in terms of mobility.

                                                      • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                        Don't put off to tomorrow what you can accomplish today. Procrastination is a terrible habit - particularly for a lawyer to have - so I try to stay on top of my work projects as much as is humanly possible.

                                                        Ben Howe

                                                        Benjamin Howe

                                                        I represent startup companies through all aspects of their life cycle. I also advise both financial and strategic venture capital investors. Over the course of my career, I have helped to form and grow hundreds of technology companies including multiple unicorns.

                                                        • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                          The best advice I've ever received was from a mentor when I was a young lawyer. He told me that we should always, no matter what, view the glass as half full and not half empty. Optimism is contagious in every aspect of our lives and so very important for entrepreneurship. It strikes me that the best entrepreneurs and investors have this uncanny ability to be realists and optimists at the same time.

                                                        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                          I've always thought of myself as an entrepreneur, but I never had the risk tolerance early in my career to make the leap my clients make. I draw inspiration from the incredible entrepreneurs I work with every day who were able to take that leap of faith, and also the sharp, sophisticated and talented investors who support them. My life may not have taken me to a place where I could grow one or two big ideas. Instead, I get to play a small role in the growth of hundreds of great ideas.

                                                        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                          Out of high school I was heading full steam ahead towards a major in physics before making an enormous life pivot early on in my college career at Middlebury. I still love math and physics. I enjoy applying those skills to complex cap tables and funds flows.

                                                        • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                          Any weekend is pretty great when I'm with my family ski touring or riding our bicycles. If I can throw in an early morning gravel bike ride, it's perfection.

                                                          Lewis Hower

                                                          Lewis Hower

                                                          I help founders and funds advance innovation around the world – I’ve done a deal on every continent except Antarctica! I’ve spent my entire career as a builder, business advisor and investor in the innovation economy. I’m not a lawyer, but rather work with Orrick’s legal teams to help our clients grow their businesses through connections, relationships and other resources. Before I joined Orrick, I led a global team in support of world-class founders and investors at Silicon Valley Bank. I’ve also been a founder and worked at several VC firms.

                                                          Contact me Managing Director, TechCo & Fund Relationships, San Francisco and Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 415 773 4145
                                                          • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                            I believe in the power of relationships to solve problems and the democratization of access and agency. Both drive the innovation economy. Partnering with founders and investors to not only create, but help deliver change on a global scale, inspires me every day.

                                                          • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                            The people around me. We operate in a whirlwind of an ecosystem that changes daily, but there is always a human element to the work we do. The power of relationships is what it is all about.

                                                          • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

                                                            Never stop being curious and ask the real questions. Control what you can and acknowledge what you cannot, but do not let it control you.

                                                          • What’s your mantra?

                                                            I’d have to pick two, but they go hand in hand. Do less, better. And have more fun!

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                                                            Max Hyatt

                                                            Enabling clients to meet and exceed their goals, while working alongside incredible teams, is the foundation of my practice. With a background in professional motorsports, I specialize in transformational, complex transactions that fuel entrepreneurs, business leaders and financial sponsors to advance their businesses.

                                                            Clients I've worked with: Turn/River Capital I Toyota | Workday | Trimble | Bayer | Zynga

                                                            Contact me Senior Associate, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5818
                                                            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                              The constant drive to push boundaries and create new systems that re-define industries is incredible.

                                                            • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                              Family and friends who challenge me to be my best self.

                                                            • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                              Team principal of a racing organization.

                                                            • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                              Always take the opportunity to find out how much you don't know.

                                                              Blake Ilstrup

                                                              Blake Ilstrup

                                                              I love working with entrepreneurs and innovators, because - like me - they are not afraid to tackle big problems and forge new paths. I relate strongly to this mindset, because I forged a non-traditional path to where I am now, having served as a US naval officer, as a lawyer in both boutique and large international law firms, and as an in-house lawyer and executive at a software and two different biotech companies (co-founding one of them). This experience - especially having been a “consumer of legal services” myself - gives me a unique, practical perspective that my startup clients seem to value.

                                                              Clients I've worked with: AppSheet (acquired by Google; Nasdaq: GOOGL) | Arris Composites | GlassPoint | Kineta (Nasdaq: KA) | Lighter Capital | Xcimer Energy | Zipwhip (acquired by Twilio; NYSE: TWLO)

                                                              Contact me Partner, Seattle [email protected] +1 206 839 4337
                                                              • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

                                                                There is no way I can pick a single favorite client, but the clients who inspire me the most tend to be the ones pushing technological boundaries the furthest. For example, I have clients working on: data storage on DNA; nuclear fusion; novel antiviral therapeutics; and stroke recovery devices. This is what gets me out of bed every morning!

                                                              • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                My wife, my two twenty-something kids, and my clients!

                                                              • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                I would probably be an entrepreneur trying to solve big problems in biotech, arts & culture, and/or athletic performance.

                                                              • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                I’ve got a few: I grew up on an alfalfa farm in Minnesota. I was the lead singer of a college band called Fornaka. I broke the sound barrier in an F-14.

                                                                Scott Iyama

                                                                Scott Iyama

                                                                I provide strategic legal business solutions for high growth technology and life science companies and have led clients through hundreds of financings and numerous mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and partnering transactions. I leverage my technical experience as a member of research teams at Genentech and the NASA Ames Research Center to provide a unique business perspective when working with founders, companies, and their investors.

                                                                Clients I've worked with: 64X Bio | CytoVale | Instagram | Mosaic ML | Virta Health

                                                                Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 650 614 7637
                                                                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                  I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of leaders and innovators. It is incredibly rewarding and inspirational to play a role in the advancement of a client’s ideas to grow an industry or better the life of a patient.

                                                                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                  I would head back to the bench. I am fortunate to participate in the process of discovery and development in my current role, but I really enjoyed the day-to-day collaborations of working through novel issues in the lab.

                                                                • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                  I deeply believe that we are at inflection point for the intersection of technology and life science. I am excited to see how scientists and technologists apply artificial intelligence to the discovery and commercialization of new therapeutic models and applications.

                                                                • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                  As a Bay Area native, I can be found rooting for my hometown sports teams or playing outdoors with my two boys.

                                                                  Rebecca James

                                                                  Rebecca James

                                                                  As a financial services regulatory lawyer, I help regulated companies achieve their goals while complying with regulation. I work with companies throughout their life-cycle, helping structure products and apply for authorisation with the regulator as well as assisting on exits and wind-downs.

                                                                  Clients I've worked with: Wirex | NerdWallet | TerraPay | Plim

                                                                  Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4762
                                                                  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                    Working with tech companies means you're always learning. Being able to simply sit and listen to founders explain their ideas and being able to help make them a reality is a privilege.

                                                                  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                    If I wasn't a lawyer, and had the time, patience and kitchen work space, I would love to be a baker. I will occasionally open the Great British Bake Off application before realising I do not have the time, or the talent to enter.

                                                                  • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                    While at university in Houston, I was a keen two-stepper and cheerleader.

                                                                  • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                                    Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez is one of those books that you can't stop quoting from or telling people about. It discusses data-bias and how the gap in data is a root cause of inequality; and it will convince you that yes, snow-clearing can be sexist.

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                                                                    Daniel Jones

                                                                    I lead Orrick's UK financial services regulatory practice. With a focus on FinTech, I advise the full spectrum of financial services firms. My team covers the full lifecycle of regulated firms including licensing obligations, ongoing compliance, reg due diligence, changes of control and responses to regulatory investigations.

                                                                    Clients I've worked with: TerraPay | Wirex | Ziglu | EY | Ego Death Capital

                                                                    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                      I'm passionate about the ability of technology to improve the quality of people's lives in real and tangible ways. Technology can improve our experience in all manner of tasks, from the mundane and the most complex.

                                                                    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                      From observing individuals overcome challenge through dedication and often applied intellect. I'm often amazed how challenges that people have fought against for centuries disappear through the application of quite simple technological solutions.

                                                                    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                      Something boring! I enjoy working in financial services regulation. If there wasn’t a technology edge to my work I’d still work in financial services only it would be a bit more dull.

                                                                    • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

                                                                      Teleportation. Imagine being able to finish working in the office and seconds later appear at home or a restaurant with friends!

                                                                      Larry Kane

                                                                      For over 25 years, I’ve been coaching founders and investors in reaching their potential, from formation through a wide array of complicated partnerships, financings (equity and debt) and M&A transactions. As I’ve coached inner-city wrestlers up to the top of Half-Dome many times and other youth sports for over 25 years, I’ve also counseled many clients through complicated cross-border transactions involving transactions with investors or businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Unites States. While I love working with entrepreneurs focused on education services and technology, my clients span industries from AI, semiconductors, robotics, (SAAS) software, ecommerce, life science (biotech), media, food, retail and even government. I have also been active in the Bay Area community - from starting a nonprofit focused on youth development, Beat the Streets Bay Area, to serving on a number of educational nonprofits boards of directors.

                                                                      Clients I've worked with: Applied Ventures | eGym Gmbh | IAC (Interactive Corporation) | Semafor | Sol-ti | Yellowbrick | University Ventures

                                                                      Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5827
                                                                      • Tell us about a favorite client or project.

                                                                        I enjoy helping clients on complicated transactions across difficult and complex legal issues. One transaction was assisting Applied Ventures in its large investment in a joint venture with a Korean conglomerate of a new semi-conductor business to be based in Georgia. After months of negotiations, we were able to assist in the closing of the transaction and the success of the new venture.

                                                                      • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                        While I desire to commit 100% effort in my endeavors, giving back to my community and helping others reach their goals is critical to me, especially youth. As Head Wrestling Coach at Galileo High School, a school that had a 50% graduation rate I dedicated often 30 plus hours a week to help these young men and women to accel in their lives and academics. I was most proud that all of the many kids I coached graduated and most went on to College and that the even the current wrestling and football coaches at Galileo are students I coached.

                                                                      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                        I would teach history, coach High School wrestling and write books.

                                                                      • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                        I am the 6th child out of ten. My parents did not attend college and I am in the Penfield High School, Galileo High School and Columbia Universities Sports Hall of Fame. I also served on the San Francisco Library Commission for 8 years after being appointed by then Mayor Gavin Newsom.

                                                                      • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                        A&I.

                                                                      • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                                                                        Smartphone.

                                                                        Andrew Kang

                                                                        Andrew Kang

                                                                        I help tech companies thrive in all stages of their life cycle, from pre-formation to exit, and I work in the trenches with founders to help wrestle with diverse problems and devise practical, business-oriented solutions.

                                                                        Clients I've worked with: Flashbots | Nexa3D | Row 7 Seed | Terra Kaffe | Dyania Health

                                                                        Contact me Senior Associate, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 3783
                                                                        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                          I get to work with some of the most passionate creatives throughout the world who want to build something from nothing.

                                                                        • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                          Watching my wife who is a singer-songwriter create beautiful and moving songs made me want to take part in helping with the creation and development of worthwhile things. Being a startup lawyer allows me to bring my legal skills to the passionate and creative world of startups where I can help founders grow their visions and dreams.

                                                                        • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                          Aspiring drummer and sake sommelier / sake bar owner.

                                                                        • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                                          Go listen to Sarah Kang.

                                                                          Aria Kashefi

                                                                          Aria Kashefi

                                                                          I am a strategic advisor and legal counsel to emerging technology companies as well as venture capital and strategic investors. I combine my engineering background and years of legal experience to provide practical, business-focused advice to my clients as they continue to grow their business.

                                                                          Clients I've worked with: Aether Biomachines | Beacon Platforms | Mitra Chem | Nexa3D | Transcend

                                                                          Contact me Partner, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5468
                                                                          • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                            I became and ECVC lawyer so that I could help founders and investors make the strategic decisions needed for new technology and life sciences companies to flourish. I believe this can be done only if these founders and investors understand the legal risks of the decisions they need to make and receive practical, business-oriented advice in the process - not necessarily to eliminate or minimize risk, but rather to determine what risks are worth taking.

                                                                          • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                            Quantum computing

                                                                          • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                                                                            Smartphones - they made the internet available at our fingertips

                                                                          • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                            Spending time with my family, experiencing new things and enjoying old favorites

                                                                            Daniel Kim

                                                                            I advise disruptive technology companies at all stages of their life cycles as well as the investors and acquirers who invest in and acquire these companies. I do whatever it takes (within the law of course!) to help my clients achieve their objectives and I view myself as successful when my clients are successful. I counsel my clients on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, formations, public offerings, corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance and other strategic matters. I represent both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, software, consumer products, fintech, cryptocurrency, space, cleantech, life sciences, and digital media. I began my legal career in the high growth tech ecosystem almost 20 years ago in Silicon Valley and I'm fortunate enough to work with innovative clients in SoCal, Silicon Valley and all around the world.

                                                                            Clients I've worked with: Luminar Technologies | Beyond Meat | Planet Labs | Pinterest

                                                                            Contact me Partner, Santa Monica [email protected] +1 310 633 2803
                                                                            • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                              Helping entrepreneurs to deliver impactful change.

                                                                            • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                              Autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.

                                                                            • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                              Exploring a new city.

                                                                            • What's your mantra?

                                                                              Never, never, never, never give up.

                                                                              Adam Krueger

                                                                              Adam Krueger

                                                                              I leverage my business operator experience to partner with high-growth technology companies of all sizes, their founders, and the investors that support them and help each navigate the startup life cycle to see their goals materialize. I have been fortunate to work closely with some of the most disruptive thinkers, dedicated builders and successful VCs in the Bay Area, Southern Cal, Midwest and globally, helping them grow and protect their vision in a variety of industries, including space tech, life sciences, digital platforms and software services, transport, artificial intelligence, health and lifestyle and sports tech, among others.

                                                                              Clients I've worked with: Go1 | SentiLink | Veriff | Crosslink Capital | SafeRide

                                                                              Contact me Senior Associate, Washington, D.C. [email protected] +1 202 339 8566
                                                                              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                Tech companies enable, and put into action, change on a local and global scale. Getting to work alongside some of the most driven people in their effort to create a lasting impact is contagious.

                                                                              • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                Chef, with a side gig as an astronaut.

                                                                              • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                Former D-1 athlete that enjoys the ocean and deep space.

                                                                              • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                Punting to my two young daughters, letting them decide what to do the entire weekend and spending every moment of it by their side.

                                                                                Laura Lariu

                                                                                Laura Lariu

                                                                                Tech and space enthusiast. I've counseled investors and emerging growth companies on financings and corporate matters for 14 years across all major industries, from SaaS to digital media to defense. Most recently, I was general counsel of Relativity Space, an orbital launch company valued at $4.2 billion that 3D prints rockets and just launched it's first rocket this year.

                                                                                Clients I've worked with: Vast Space | Tiger Global | Flipkart | Vox Media | Relativity Space

                                                                                Contact me Partner, Santa Monica [email protected] +1 212 506 5066
                                                                                • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                  Yoga. Painting. Beach with my husband, kids and Sheprador pup. Hiking. Repeat.

                                                                                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                  I'd be an artist.

                                                                                • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                  I once lived in a refugee camp as a kid.

                                                                                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                  I get a thrill working with companies that are pushing the boundaries of what’s been done. Particularly where there’s a greater positive social impact to humanity. I was a math and science kid growing up and love sharing in the enthusiasm of founders describing their novel technologies or making what seems like moonshot missions a reality.

                                                                                • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                                  I'm going to list two. Advances in oncology. Anything and everything that provides greater access to space and knowledge of our universe.

                                                                                  Rachel Leigh

                                                                                  Rachel Leigh

                                                                                  I represent early-stage and high-growth companies primarily in the technology sector on a range of corporate matters including venture capital and growth equity transactions.

                                                                                  Clients I've worked with: Butternut Box | Stripe | Connexin | ABN AMRO Ventures

                                                                                  Contact me Managing Associate, London [email protected] +44 20 7862 4608
                                                                                  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                    I love the energy and drive of founders. I take pride in supporting them as they grow and develop their start-ups and achieve their goals.

                                                                                  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                    A curator of fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum!

                                                                                  • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                    A weekend spent exploring at home or (preferably) abroad - there is a lot of the world to see!

                                                                                  • What's your mantra?

                                                                                    What is meant for you won't pass you by.

                                                                                    Neel Lilani

                                                                                    I love connecting the promising innovators and the most daring investors to one another, the best match legal resources, sources of capital and the others in the ecosystem all with an overarching goal to helping advance technological innovation globally.

                                                                                    Clients I've worked with: Instacart | Lux Capital | Lightspeed | Obvious Ventures

                                                                                    Contact me Global Head of Technology Clients, San Francisco [email protected] +1 415 773 5454
                                                                                    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                      Technology has an ever-expanding impact on how we live, work, and interact with one another. Helping to bring these innovations to life is an incredible opportunity.

                                                                                    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                                      I do not practice law, but love helping to match business growth needs with innovative legal strategies.

                                                                                    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                                      Both with my family and out in the world - a broad mindset is best fed by an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. Immersive travel and regular contact is the best way to develop this muscle.

                                                                                    • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                                      The mass proliferation of automated transportation technologies - these will make life more productive, safer and create a healthier planet!

                                                                                    • What do you consider the best innovation since the internet?

                                                                                      The smartphone - it has fundamentally shifted how we live.

                                                                                    • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                      Skiing with family and friends followed by mastering a new culinary challenge!

                                                                                    • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                                                      Red Notice - by Bill Browder - an amazing (but true) story of how global corruption runs afoul of capitalism and how one executive's mission to right these wrongs became one of the most important pieces of international foreign policy.

                                                                                    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                      Listen more. Speak less.

                                                                                      Orrick partner Attilio Mazzilli

                                                                                      Attilio Mazzilli

                                                                                      I’ve always had a soft spot for technology, since when I was a junior M&A and Private Equity lawyer. In my 20-plus-year career, I’ve advised standout technology companies and their founders in all stages of their life cycle, as well as venture capital firms in their investments in Italy and Europe. I am a strategic partner to companies and private equity funds in their most relevant business transactions. I am also the proud leader of an amazing team of enthusiastic Italian tech lawyers.

                                                                                      Clients I've worked with: Atempo | HAT Technology & Innovation | Kreos Capital | Safety21 | Scalapay | ShopCircle

                                                                                      • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                        The tech world is made up of people who never stop imagining new solutions. There is a constant ferment fueled both by the younger generation and by operators with considerable experience. It is a universe that gives space to anyone who wants to succeed.

                                                                                      • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                        Needless to say, a Business Angel!

                                                                                      • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                        Learn to say 'no' (and focus just on the goal you have in mind)

                                                                                      • What's your mantra?

                                                                                        No negativity

                                                                                        Nicholas Mider

                                                                                        Nicholas Mider

                                                                                        I work with Orrick's marketing & sales team. I help connect emerging tech companies to sources of capital, experienced legal and business advisers, and more. I leverage my network of companies, investors and entrepreneurs to identify fund raising and commercial opportunities, and advise on financing and business strategy.

                                                                                        Clients I've worked with: Seed - through growth-stage companies and investors across technology, life sciences & healthcare, energy & infrastructure and finance

                                                                                        Contact me Sr Marketing Manager, Austin [email protected] +1 512 582-6909
                                                                                        • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                          Helping them develop and monetize novel ideas.

                                                                                        • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                                          My family.

                                                                                        • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                          I used to be a jazz musician and attended a conservatory high school, where I played saxophone and piano.

                                                                                        • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                          A long run in the morning, outdoor time with my family and drinks at one of the thousand cool outdoor spots in ATX.

                                                                                        • Tell us about a favorite book, work of art or piece of music?

                                                                                          A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

                                                                                        • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                          The smartest person in the room is the person who knows they're not the smartest person in the room.

                                                                                          Jamie Moore

                                                                                          I represent a diverse range of clients, from startups to established enterprises in IP-rich sectors, along with active venture capital funds and savvy investors. My passion lies in disruptive technologies, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with a notable track record in FinTech and AI investments, both in the UK and internationally. Leveraging deep expertise and market insights, I provide clear, concise guidance on corporate matters. I specialise in guiding high-growth tech companies from startup to successful exit and everything in-between. Your venture, in safe hands!

                                                                                          Clients I've worked with: Butternut Box | 9Fin | Connexin | TransferGo | Sonantic

                                                                                          • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                            What truly inspires me about working with tech companies is their relentless drive for innovation. They're at the forefront of transforming industries and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Being a part of that journey and helping them navigate the legal landscape to achieve their groundbreaking goals is incredibly motivating.

                                                                                          • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                                            The inspiration behind my choice to specialise in emerging companies and venture capital law was the opportunity to work with individuals and organisations on the cutting edge of innovation. I've always been captivated by the energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs and the pivotal role venture capital plays in fuelling their dreams. Being a part of this ecosystem and helping startups thrive is a constant source of motivation for me.

                                                                                          • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                            Originally a "techie", I'd probably be a founder looking to break stuff and put it back together (better)!

                                                                                          • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                            I'm an open book, so unlikely to be many surprises. However, I do some of my best drafting - big headphones on, heavy metal loud(!) and when I'm not drafting investment documents, I'm either powerlifting or riding with my Harley group (not quite a gang).

                                                                                          • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                                            AI - the practical applications are immense ... and its incredibly useful at writing bios!

                                                                                          • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                            Miles upon miles on the back of a Harley in California.

                                                                                          • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                            "If it were easy, everyone would do it."

                                                                                          • What's your mantra?

                                                                                            "I'm going to do today what other people aren't willing to, so I can do tomorrow what other people cant."

                                                                                            Flavio Notari

                                                                                            My dedication lies in fueling entrepreneurial innovation. I have a genuine enthusiasm for delving into the intricate world of the tech industry, both as an educator and as an advisor. With my extensive knowledge of taxation (being an Italian Certified Accountant and Statutory Auditor), and my "business-forward" mindset, I discover fulfillment in facilitating venture capital investments and M&A transactions within the tech sphere. These endeavors often demand a substantial arsenal of creative problem-solving skills.

                                                                                            Clients I've worked with: Invitalia SpA | Keyless Technologies Ltd | Medical Microelectronics Inc | Redev Enterprises Ltd | Translated Srl

                                                                                            Contact me Head of Tax for Technology Companies, Milan and Rome [email protected] +39 06 4521 3974
                                                                                            • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                              Tech entrepreneurs are naturally wired to be proactive troubleshooters, a quality I wholeheartedly embrace. We also share an optimistic outlook and a relentless pursuit of streamlined and impactful communication. These shared traits enable me to be exceptionally responsive to their requirements, while also nurturing robust personal bonds.

                                                                                            • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                                              I have always found the art of connecting with individuals, all in the name of cultivating shared wisdom, incredibly invigorating. Upon my initial foray into the tech scene, I quickly discerned the limitless possibilities that lay ahead. I recognized my role in facilitating connections that could be a game-changer for startups and SMEs as they embark on their expansion journeys.

                                                                                            • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                              If I weren't a tech advisor, I would embark on a journey that combines my passion for technology and my desire to make a positive impact on the world. I'd likely explore the realm of technology entrepreneurship, striving to innovate and create solutions that address pressing global challenges.

                                                                                            • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                              My ideal weekend is a harmonious blend of relaxation and exploration. A balance between personal relaxation and meaningful connections, ensuring that I recharge while also nurturing my passions and relationships.

                                                                                            • What's your mantra?

                                                                                              I thrive when I'm a valuable member of a productive and successful team.

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                                                                                              Mike O'Donnell

                                                                                              For forty years I have been helping founders start and grow companies in the life science space. I have extensive experience with spin-outs, angel and venture financings, drug development project funding, strategic collaborations, technology licensing, acquisitions, and public offerings. I enjoy solving complex problems by coming up with innovative solutions combining business judgment developed over the years with awareness of key legal issues.

                                                                                              Clients I've worked with: Cassava Sciences | Auris Surgical (acquired by J&J) | SFJ Pharmaceuticals | Blackstone Life Sciences | Lux Ventures | Illumina

                                                                                              Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7439
                                                                                              • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                                Helping founders build companies that are curing life threatening diseases.

                                                                                              • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                                I would be head coach of a Division 1 college lacrosse team. I played undergrad at Bucknell, was an assistant coach at Harvard and was the first coach of the Gunn High School team in Palo Alto. I still play in summer league trying to keep up with the youngsters and play with people closer to my own age in tournaments such as Vail.

                                                                                              • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                                A three hour mountain bike ride followed by a cold IPA!

                                                                                              • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                                A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.

                                                                                                Jake Ornstein

                                                                                                Jake Ornstein

                                                                                                I represent start-up founders and high-growth technology companies, as well as venture capital and other private equity funds. I have broad experience working closely with clients building and investing in a wide range of technology sectors and supporting these clients on core corporate and transactional matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate formation and governance matters.

                                                                                                Contact me Partner, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 5296
                                                                                                • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                                  The founders and teams from our tech company clients -- it's incredibly inspiring to watch firsthand as they push the envelope to develop solutions to incredibly complex sets of problems.

                                                                                                • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

                                                                                                  I've always had an interest in supporting clients as they navigate and seek solutions to their most critical legal issues, which are often found at the intersection of legal and business workstreams. This is what initially drew me to working with clients in the emerging companies and venture capital ecosystem. As lawyers working with clients in this space, we have a unique window into their businesses and operations, which is not only exciting given what our clients are building, but also allows us to provide comprehensive business-minded solutions to their most pressing legal challenges.

                                                                                                • Where do you find inspiration in life?

                                                                                                  Spending time with my wife and three daughters.

                                                                                                • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                                  I love working in the tech ecosystem, so, if I weren't a tech lawyer, it would be fantastic to help start a company or work on the investment side of a VC fund.

                                                                                                  Zac Padgett

                                                                                                  Zac Padgett

                                                                                                  I co-lead the firm's Energy Tech Team and help technology companies navigate investments, acquisitions and exits. I focus on supporting companies and investors developing technologies for nascent industries like energy storage, alternative fuels, carbon capture, hydrogen, agtech and digital infrastructure. I'm passionate about developing innovative technology solutions and adopting AI tools to enhance legal services.

                                                                                                  Clients I've worked with: Warburg Pincus | Casetext | Toyota | Photon Marine | Gap

                                                                                                  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                                    I love helping founders realize their dreams. My favorite part of the job is working with a company from the early days to the exit and watching the team learn and grow along the way.

                                                                                                  • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                                    I'm left-handed.

                                                                                                  • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                                    Ride bikes, catch up on house and yard projects, go out for dinner, play lawn games and board games with friends.

                                                                                                  • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                                    Take time.

                                                                                                  • What's your mantra?

                                                                                                    Short emails get read.

                                                                                                    Livia Maria Pedroni

                                                                                                    Livia Maria Pedroni

                                                                                                    As a tech lawyer, I see my role as a catalyst for growth and prosperity by viewing businesses through the lens of technology. It's the ability to integrate tech perspectives that transforms any enterprise, making it part of the upcoming economic revolution. I advise early and late-stage companies on investment rounds, secondaries, bridge financing, LBOs, buyouts, and other exit strategies, as well as mergers and corporate restructurings. Guiding high-growth tech companies and investors through intricate deals allows me to contribute to the dynamic landscape of innovation, where every legal challenge becomes an opportunity for advancement.

                                                                                                    Clients I've worked with: HAT Technology & Innovation | Safety21 | CERBA Healthcare

                                                                                                    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

                                                                                                      I find inspiration in the dynamic nature of the tech industry, at the cross way between innovation and disruption, where we address exciting legal challenges.

                                                                                                    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

                                                                                                      If I weren’t a tech lawyer, I’d likely be involved in strategic business consulting.

                                                                                                    • Tell us something we'd be surprised to know about you.

                                                                                                      An unexpected fact about me is that when I was younger I was very afraid to snorkel, while now I am learning to scuba dive.

                                                                                                    • What technology are you most excited to see develop?

                                                                                                      I'm most excited to witness advancements in biotechnology that reshape the healthcare landscape. I’ve been representing Cerba HealthCare for several years, a European leading company in pathology, imaging and outpatient diagnostic.

                                                                                                    • What is your ideal weekend?

                                                                                                      My ideal weekend involves a mix of outdoor activities and quality time with family and friends.

                                                                                                    • What's the best advice you've ever received?

                                                                                                      The best advice I've received is to embrace change as an opportunity for growth.

                                                                                                    • What's your mantra?

                                                                                                      My mantra is "Navigate complexity with clarity and maintain conviction."

                                                                                                      Joseph Perkins

                                                                                                      Joseph Perkins

                                                                                                      I help companies develop innovative and comprehensive legal strategies to achieve their goals of bringing to market disruptive and transformative technologies. From DAO and NFT creation, general corporate and fundraising strategies in the venture capital space, to navigating complex and changing regulatory regimes, I serve as an advisor for companies in the blockchain and virtual currency ecosystem. I also lead Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Japan, representing a number of technology companies and investors based in Japan, bringing his Silicon Valley experiences to assist founders and corporate venture capital funds.

                                                                                                      Clients I've worked with: Compound Labs | Flashbots | Ondo Finance | Rakuten | ZeroEx

                                                                                                      Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 289 7188