13 Things That Every Blockchain Company Must Understand, With Mark Radcliffe of DLA Piper

Yitzi Weiner
Nov 1, 2018 · 4 min read

Knowing what you don’t know is more important than being brilliant (Charlie Munger). It reminds me that you need to constantly keep learning and that the world is changing an increasingly rapid pace and you should be humble about how much you know.


I had the pleasure to interview Mark Radcliffe of DLA Piper. Mark’s practice is split evenly between corporate securities (particularly venture capital transactions) and intellectual property licensing and strategy. Mark has been working in Silicon Valley for over 30 years and has worked on over 1,000 venture capital transactions. He has significant experience in applying the law to the issues raised by new technologies, such as open source software, blockchain, IoT and domain names. For example, in 1994, he assisted Network Solutions, Inc. in developing the first domain dispute resolution system which is still the basis for the system in use today. His clients range from Fortune 500 such as Oracle Corporation and Sony Corporation to unknown startups. Currently, he and his team work with over 50 startups. He has worked across a wide variety of industries, including software (in particular open source software), blockchain, IoT, semiconductor, consumer electronics, content licensing (from music to characters), and medical devices.

Thank you so much for joining us Mark. Can you tell us the story of how you got involved with the Regtech or Crypto markets?

I was working along with my partner, Louis Lehot, on a client doc.ai that wanted to do a token offering last summer. The company is run by a serial entrepreneur, Walter de Brouwer.

Can you tell us some of the things that you do on daily basis regardless of how busy you are?

I always exercise (generally 2,000 meters on a Concept 2 rowing machine), journal using the Five Minute Journal and drink plenty of water.

Can you share 5 ways that Regulation and Regtech might help to stabilize the Crypto Economy?

In your opinion, what are the top concerns that crypto firms should be considering in order to have a competitive edge?

Can you share how advising startups on blockchain and crypto currencies differs from how you work with large Fortune 500 corporations

Can you share an example of a time when you had to overcome a personal or professional obstacle? How did you manage this situation and learn from it?

We lost our “vacation” home in the wine country to the Sonoma fires 60 days after we bought it (October 11, 2017). My wife and I had to make the decision to rebuild or look for another house. It caused very deep discussions about what we were seeking with the house and the location. We ultimately decided to rebuild and have a much clearer understanding of how that house will be integrated into our life.

What are the top 3 upcoming conferences you are attending and are excited about?

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how this has been relevant to you in your life?

Knowing what you don’t know is more important than being brilliant (Charlie Munger). It reminds me that you need to constantly keep learning and that the world is changing an increasingly rapid pace and you should be humble about how much you know.

Thank you so much for these fantastic insights.

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Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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