General Counsel (Blockchain)

Vancouver, BC
As our first General Counsel, we need a strategic legal thinker who can keep up with an unclear and evolving regulatory landscape – and show us a practical way through. We’re looking for someone with experience in successfully navigating uncharted waters to establish new business models. Our external advisors are the best in the business, but we need someone in-house to understand our technology and our community then chart the right path forward. 

Our biggest project next year will be Flow, a decentralized blockchain built to support high performance applications like games and social networks. As with any decentralized system, Flow will necessitate a cryptographic token to ensure its security. Flow is committed to a diverse and decentralized participation in the Flow Network, in compliance with all relevant regulatory frameworks. 

As our ideal candidate, we expect that you’ve cut your teeth at an excellent law firm for a few years, developing a solid foundation of experience across a diverse range of projects. At some point along the way, you decided you needed to be closer to the action and moved in-house, where you’ve helped lead an organization exceptional in its field through a period of rapid scaling and created substantial enterprise value.  Working in a fast-paced startup environment excites you. You think first with a commercial mindset and contextualize the needs of the business to get to the optimal answer and streamline process.

As our General Counsel, you will help us continue to develop the foundation to accelerate organizational growth and protect against risk. You will help the team navigate the regulatory wilderness associated with this emerging technology and help build the world in which we want to live.

Our people are our greatest strength and, as a result, we value our culture above all else. Regardless of where you came from, what you studied, or who you used to work for, your role here will necessitate both a high level of creativity and strategic thinking on complex issues. Everyone here is a founder, and no one fits in a box. We’re all driven by an insatiable thirst for learning and development, and that’s what brings us together. 
What we'll accomplish together:
  • Build a scrappy team to deliver best-in-class legal guidance and perspectives
  • Directly oversee and/or build relationships with external parties to provide comprehensive coverage across Corporate, Commercial, Tax, Employment, Trademark / Patent, Litigation, and related areas
  • Develop robust and scalable processes to manage key risk / compliance issues
  • Provide strategic oversight and execution on capital transactions, including fundraising and potential monetization paths
A little about you:
  • Proven experience as a key leader in an entrepreneurial venture - having successfully deployed a novel and complex solution with substantial regulatory and legal considerations
  • You bring a true mindset of ownership and impact to all aspects of their work - high standards, results driven, understands the “big picture” with complete control of all the details
  • Differentiated core competencies across securities, corporate, and commercial law
  • True thought partner on the leadership team to drive decision making resulting in material value creation through nuanced analysis of risk and a commercial mindset
  • Experience with capital raising transactions is essential - execution on exempt offerings including Regulation A+ is a plus
  • You are creative - we will have to be resourceful in finding answers to a wide range of potential areas for investigation. You like to roll up your sleeves, dig in, and understand the fundamental issues deeply 
  • Communication is key - the ability to pull out the substantive issues, explain them concisely, and develop a rapport with both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Ability to think quickly on your feet and context switch, as well as being able to prioritize effectively across multiple initiatives
  • You are curious - perhaps you’ve even delved into some of the specific issues being considered with respect to blockchain projects in the current environment
A little about us:

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties, the world’s most popular blockchain application outside of cryptocurrency exchanges, and upcoming projects like NBA Top Shot. Formed in February 2018, Dapper Labs was spun out of Axiom Zen to spread the benefits of decentralization through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. Notable investors in Dapper Labs include Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Google Ventures, Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others.

More about Dapper Labs:

At Dapper Labs we recruit the best and foster an environment that empowers our team. That means a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and open-minded. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.   

Because we care about our team, we work hard to provide perks that make their lives better by offering:
- Flexible vacation & remote work policy - most team members take between 15-20 days off per year, but we have no hard limit
- Diverse opportunities for learning and development
- On-site gym and fitness reimbursements
- Dog friendly office!

Check out our careers page to learn more about what other benefits we offer!