Bijou Lee and BGL Legal Consulting

“My lawyer is awesome” – I bet that isn’t something which too many people can say!

I have been self-employed for the last four years, working either as a consultant or contractor to DeNA, SCEA San Diego, TD Securities, Prizorgo, Ethereum Foundation, ConsenSys and Sweetbridge.  That after 18 years as a full-time employee to Sony Psygnosis and EA.

By late 2015 I was feeling the pain of the lack of basic technical competence amongst lawyers and accountants as I was running my small business.  I needed more, so I asked the Ethereum community for help on Reddit as the New Year approached:

Have you met blockchain savvy accountants and lawyers in Canada?

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Do have a read of the responses to that thread.  This was my favorite:
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So I didn’t actually make any change at that point, due to mixture of lack of options and also getting busy with other things, but as the 2018 financial year approached I left it was time to revisit this question, so I asked Reddit again and this time I got a great answer:

Deja Vu – Have you met blockchain savvy accountants and lawyers in Canada?  2017 edition

 

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The way in which Bijou was introduced to me immediately gave me a great feeling.   Her contact options included PGP encrypted email and Signal.  Excellent – some opsec – this is going to be good!  I was not wrong.

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So I retained Bijou in January of this year and have been working with her since as I have worked through working out what I want to do with myself.   The first thing which I asked her to do was to look at options for single-individual non-profit organizations in Canada, both federally and provincially.   The Summerwill Foundation or whatever.  That is not something which I will be pursuing right now, but I wanted to look into that option.

So she did some legal research for me on that, which I am happy to share with the world, subject to this disclaimer:

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Canadian Non-Profit Options – BGL

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More recently, Bijou has been helping me with legal work around Varro Technologies, the new company which I have co-founded with Alison Alexis, who has a background as an accountant – hurrah!

So, if you are looking for a digital native who can actually help you as a partner with your blockchain needs, I would recommend that you get in touch with Bijou.   Finally I have a legal professional who I consider as a partner, not as a liability.

She tells me that she is dealing with clients in Canada, the USA and Hong Kong so far.

Bijou Lee on LinkedIn, Twitter (@crypto_lawyers) and Website (bgl.legal).

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Why I am speaking at ETC Summit

So I am delighted to announce that I will be speaking at ETC Summit in Seoul this September.

For anybody who isn’t familiar with my personal history, I started following Ethereum in February 2014, meeting Vitalik for the first time in July of that year. I became an active part of the Ethereum community in 2015, initially working on cross builds for Linux mobile and wearables.

I joined the Ethereum Foundation in February 2016 to work on cpp-ethereum and Solidity, so I was “on the inside” at the time of the DAO Fork. I had a front-row seat for all of the drama that summer:

Later that year I presented on Ethereum for Resource Constrained Devices at DEVCON2 in Shanghai. Shortly after that I joined ConsenSys to help create the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), where I was the Vice-Chair of the Technical Steering Committee.

So why am I attending ETC Summit? Because the tribalism we see throughout blockchain as a whole is self-defeating nonsense and we need to knock it on the head. As I said there in 2016, we all have an awful lot more in common than we have differences, and we need to start working together on common goals if we want blockchain to succeed. We are brothers-and-sisters in crypto. If you must have an enemy, look at the status quo, not at each other!

Who benefits from the current divide-and-conquer? Not us, that is for sure.

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I had a long tweet-storm on this topic in January which I turned into A Call for an End to Tribalism in Ethereum blog post, which was then the basis for my keynote talk at the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris this March:

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So, I have been working on multiple peace-missions to try to bring the various factions of the Ethereum community together, and across the whole of blockchain for months on end now, and it is time for us to look to the future, which has many chains.

We need interchain technology. We need sidechains. We need state channels. We need off-chain. We need permissioned chains. We need permissionless chains. We need everything. There is no one-size-fits-all-solution.

Let’s work together and build the decentralized future which we all want to see.

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Blockchain @ EA

On 12th April 2018 I made a long awaited return to Electronic Arts Vancouver (formerly called EAC – EA Canada), my employer from 1999-2014.   I worked at this particular office in Burnaby for 11 years.

Here are my slides

I was back for the first time in four years to do a presentation and AMA on potential applications for blockchain in the games industry and for EA specifically.   It was so much fun.  I spent over five hours there in total, with the presentation and AMA running well over time because we were enjoying it so much, and then some people hanging around even after that.

My thanks go out to David Bowen, a blockchain enthusiast who I have been talking to since last summer when he first reached out to me and we met for coffee and blockchain chat in Kitsilano.  He made all the arrangements for this session, and I am truly grateful to him for the opportunity to come back.

For anybody who was there, please do stay in touch!

I am a sociable kind of fellow, and would love to keep the conversation going, on Linked, on Twitter, via email – bob@summerwill.net, or through any of my other means of contact.

Or check out the projects I am associated with at Ethereum, Sweetbridge and Varro Technologies.

I had to go and say hi to Erik Torstensson, a lovely former colleague at EATech.

David Bowen, my host, who arranged this event.  Thank you, David!

Big Picture, the second largest of the dedicated meeting rooms on campus.

Which had been reconfigured a lot since I was last there.  Very casual!

Swanky new coffee shop just inside the reception area.

The company store.

Arcade.

With the entry gates moved forward, this space is now usable.

Lovely big screen, fireplace and new tables and chairs for informal meetings.

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Jason Garvock

Kristan Stewart

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Adam Bell

Andy Younger and Daniel Brown

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About to get started.  Standing room only along the edge there.

And people craning to look in at the back there.

Same on the other side.  David counted over 100 people there.

David Bowen about to kick things off.

image1Always the first question, right?  Courtesy of David Bowen.

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image3Talking about the pride of Vancouver blockchain gaming – Cryptokitties.

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Richard Petrie

Dee Doherty

Kenny Wu

Jason Garvock and Alex van der Star

Fantastic wooden carvings of characters from Plants vs Zombies.

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Help Faith Obafemi get to the CryptoChicks conference hackathon in Toronto!

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Faith Obafemi is from Nigeria and is very, very multi-talented (“Digital Lawyer || Digital Content Consultant || Blockchain and Crypto Researcher || Freelance Writer”).

I was first introduced to her earlier this year by Ash Nazir who runs the IoTGadgets website which I wrote some articles for in its prior life as Tizen Experts, in my own prior life as a mobile and wearable developer, between my videogames and my Ethereum periods, and where Faith now writes.

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Faith’s output there has swamped my efforts 🙂

When she started writing about blockchain, Ash connected us, and we started talking about Sweetbridge too – seeing whether we could get a first community manager kind of role happening there in Africa.   That hasn’t happened yet, but there is still plenty of time!

Faith has been accepted as a speaker on “Crypto Regulations that Protect Investors” at the CryptoChicks hackathon and conference in Toronto, April 6-8, 2018, but there are no expenses provided for travel and accommodation.   I think that Faith is a hugely important person to have to the conference given her unique skills, and also as a pioneering African woman in law, technology and blockchain.

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(Bob with Elena Sinelnikova and Natalia Ameline of CryptoChicks in Toronto March 2018)

CryptoChicks is a blockchain community made by women for women.  This is their first conference and hackathon:

We are a non-profit blockchain educational hub with a mission to achieve gender balance in the blockchain space.

Our classes are open to everyone, but we are particularly focused on educating women because we believe that women’s involvement will help blockchain realize its enormous potential as an instrument of positive change in the world.

We hold workshops for female investors, female entrepreneurs, women involved in technology, female corporate managers, career ladies, housewives, grandmothers, and all other women. If you are curious but feel that this blockchain and cryptocurrency stuff seems scary to you, try to make it to our “Intro To Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies” class or watch this video. We make learning fun. You will not be disappointed!

Faith estimates that it will cost her about $2,000 USD to attend.

Please do donate, if you would like to help support her.   If not enough funds are raised, she will send all the funds to CryptoChicks.  If any excess funds are raised, they will go to CryptoChicks too.

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