In recent years, we’ve developed a small, but growing legal practice in certain innovative areas of technology, including cryptocurrencies, distributed ledgers (Blockchain and Hashgraph). And, as they move from concept to execution, we anticipate smart contracts being a large part of our world. This part of our law practice comes out of our broader technology law practice. So, let’s start there before talking about these more cutting-edge areas.
We represent a lot of technology clients. Brett was a venture capitalist during Dotcom 1.0 and can talk somewhat intelligently about most technology concepts (admittedly, not all) – certainly enough to understand and proficiently navigate the intersection of law and technology. And, being lawyers based in Austin, Texas, working with startups means there are a lot of clients out there.
Brett almost ended up “in tech.” When he was a boy, he programmed computers. Back then, he was using a special version of BASIC on a Radio Shack TRS 80 computer. Was he ever into it! He’d develop in-depth, word-based role-playing games and was even able to create a graphic version of a game that looked something like Space Invaders. And, he spent hours as a kid on CompuServe – one precursor to today’s Internet.
In college, Brett was briefly a Computer Sciences major (in 1990, we were programming in COBOL and it was a huge process to run a program!). In the end, he majored in Economics. Brett has always been fascinated with business. Economics scratched that itch and he hasn’t programmed since.
Though his life today is more about words (law) than it is about numbers (economics and programming), Brett gets a good taste of tech vicariously through our clients. And, he misses the logic and creativity programming requires. Creating a contract from scratch has similar elements, although it’s not entirely the same.