2016 Summit Highlights

2016 Summit Highlights

On September 27 and 28, DLA Piper's Technology Sector hosted its 5th Global Technology Summit, with more than 450 industry leaders attending the standing-room-only event in Menlo Park.

The Summit was divided into two distinct days of programing. The first day, which was called "Garage2Global," was dedicated to providing entrepreneurs, emerging-technology professionals and investors from all stages of the investment community with insights into the legal and business foundations needed to drive sustainable growth and take companies from "garage to global." And the second day, which was entitled "TechLaw," provided in-house counsel and leaders from mature technology companies with updates on the latest trends impacting legal departments.

Speaker Highlights

At "Garage2Global," Alec Ross, Former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the US Secretary of State, delivered the morning keynote address and spoke on the themes from his new book, The Industries of the Future, as well as the impact of Brexit and the coming presidential election on the technology sector and innovation. Later in the day, Sarah Lacy, Editor in Chief at Pando.com, sat down with Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder of CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, to discuss how she and her co-founders turned an idea into one of the world's largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, nearly 10% of all Internet requests, for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide. Other speakers included c-level executives, founders and investors from a wide variety of leading companies including: August Home, Cisco Investments, Ford Research and Innovation, GE Digital, KPCB, McKesson Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, RetailNext, Siemens Corporate Research, and New Enterprise Associates, Inc.

Kicking off "TechLaw," Stasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner (Americas) of DLA Piper, sat down with Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Cisco, to discuss his role as an innovator within the legal industry, the challenges in conducting acquisitions, and how the legal department is viewed as a business partner. During the afternoon sessions, Dan Cooperman, former Of Counsel at DLA Piper, chatted with Mike Callahan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at LinkedIn, and Hillary Smith, General Counsel at Zenefits, to discuss the GC's role in such areas as privacy and cybersecurity, legal and policy, and corporate investigations. Other speakers included general counsel and thought leaders from some of the world's largest and most innovative technology companies including: Adobe Systems, Intel, NetApp, Netflix, Nike, Oracle, Pandora, PayPal, Qualcomm, and Samsung Electronics.