Lawyered: Lessons from Foursquare, Meetup & Etsy

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Monday 11th March, 2013

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Lawyers from Foursquare, Meetup and Etsy explore the legal and business challenges facing tech companies and provide insights on how growing tech companies can navigate legal issues.

Along the way, they will reveal:

•The things we wish we knew about our company before we left our cushy law firm job and joined a start-up

•How we balance helping our members with protecting our business

•How we keep the product, sales, and business development people from hating us

•What will be the most challenging legal issue that tech companies will face in 2013.

•The most embarrassing professional experience we have had since joining our company

•The mistakes they made so that you don't do the same thing

About the speakers

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Brian Chase

General Counsel, Foursquare Labs Inc

Brian is general counsel for Foursquare Labs, Inc., a leading location-based social networking service that helps users make the most of where they are.

Prior to joining Foursquare, Brian was an attorney at the law firm Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuve, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP where he represented a broad range of companies in the areas of corporate partnering, strategic alliances, intellectual property and technology protection, privacy, advertising, and licensing and commercialization of intellectual property and technology assets.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Utah and Boston University School of Law, Cum Laude. Brian serves as a member of the Future of Privacy Forum's Advisory Board.

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David Pashman

General Counsel, Meetup

David Pashman is General Counsel of Meetup, the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup, based in New York, has over 10 million members and 100,000 local groups meeting face-to-face.

Prior to joining Meetup, David was a senior corporate associate in the New York office of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati for five years, where he advised internet and technology companies in connection with operating issues, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. When not lawyering, he likes to get lost and found in the mountains.

David is a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Interactive, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower urban youth through outdoor education and technology training. David is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Buschwick Ascend Charter School.

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Sarah Feingold

Counsel, Etsy

Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to to protect creative folk like herself was to go to law school. She currently serves as counsel of Etsy, Inc. (etsy.com) and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she's not practicing law, she's writing about legal issues (Sarah penned the ebook “Copyright for Artists”) or she's hammering silver in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen (www.feingoldjewelry.com).

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5 attendees

  • Brian Chase
  • David Pashman
  • Joel Parr
  • Pierre Arlais
  • Sarah Feingold

4 trackers

  • Ben Barnett
  • Dan Poynor
  • Natalie Downe
  • Philippos Savvides

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Mon 11th March 2013


Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

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