RJ Shara

The Silicon Dreams

 

The Silicon Dreams- A discussion on Agtech, Blockchain, Impact of COVID with Attorney Roger Royse and RJ Shara

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Legal Challenges For Startups in USA

The Silicon Dreams- A discussion on Agtech, Blockchain, Impact of COVID with Attorney Roger Royse and RJ Shara

by | Apr 27, 2020 | The Silicon Dreams - English, The Silicon Dreams - Hinglish

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The Silicon Dreams Podcast

The Silicon Dreams is a Radio Show hosted by RJ Shara that is broadcasted on Radio Zindagi 1170 AM in the Bay Area, California. The show curates the inside scoop from the birthplace of the Startup Ecosystem by exploring topics such as investment funding, sales and marketing, acquisitions, exits, etc. with prolific guests who are angel investors, venture capitalists, startup advisors, etc. It is no secret that the Valley has the best established startup ecosystem in the world and The Silicon Dreams makes this accessible to anyone and everyone across the globe.

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In this episode of The Silicon Dreams with RJ Shara, Roger Royse, Founder at Royse Law Firm answers many questions ranging from Legal Challenges for startups in the United States to Blockchain to Agtech. Roger has worked with hundreds of companies in North America and globally. He helps them with corporate and tax laws, formation, contracting, acquisitions, and exits. 

 Working with Startups Outside North America

For tech startups outside North America, Royse Law Firm helps them find their footing in the US markets. Roger talks about how he drives past 50 billion dollars of economy every single day in the Bay Area given his proximity to companies like Google, Facebook, etc.The success stories of Bay Area startups are countless and that is the reason why many startups want to be here despite the living expenses. They want to be here for money, market, and talent. Roger helps these companies be legally compliant throughout their startup journey 

What is the Biggest Challenge for Starting/Running a Business in California Today

Roger asserts that there are multiple challenges in doing business in California. Food, shelter, and living expenses have always been a problem but as of this year, AB-5 is the biggest hurdle for gig economy for both – companies and workers. This law has killed the Gig Economy because of the nature of rights and responsibilities that follow when a worker is classifed as an employee. This includes liability via items like Worker’s Comp, labor law, and benefits like minimum wage, meal breaks, insurance, paid time off, overtime pay, etc. to name a few. For companies working in the Gig Economy model, this has increased the cost of doing business in California by at least 30%. Due to this Roger calls the bill “Anti-Worker” bill as it has left many people who relied on Uber, Lyft, etc. without jobs. The cost went up, the demand stayed the same and hence people were shelved.

Roger Teaches Blockchain at Stanford’s School of Continuing Studies – What Does a Lawyer do with Blockchain

Royse Law firm was one of the first law firms in US to not only help startups and companies ride the wave of cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) but they were probably the first law firm in US to even accept payment in Bitcoin.  Roger regrets not getting more of the Bitcoin payment back in those days! The era of cryptocurrency and Blockchain was very new back then and expertise was lacking. As Roger helped tech companies navigate the legal landscape, it was imperative that he himself understood more about Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in order to advise the startups he worked with. Roger ended up learning enough to not just help the startups with their legal challenges but also to teach a course at Stanford. Due to its prevailing role in security tokens and security of assets, Roger still foresees tremendous opportunity in the field of Blockchain. RJ Shara and Roger discussed how even companies like Facebook were entering the playing field of Cryptocurrency. Roger surmises that the models are evolving right now and Roger is keeping an eye on the shifting paradigms to see who will emerge as the winner.

Companies Using Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Tokens

We saw a lot of ICOs in the past which are very similar to IPOs with money replaced by ICO tokens. Not many companies these days use the model of ICOs and those who do indulge more in Security Token Offering (STO) or Initial Exchange Offering (IEO). These alternatives help navigate the security laws. SEC hasn’t done a great job of being proactive when it comes to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. It feels like a missed opportunity in fact due to the short sightedness of the SEC that did not take Bitcoin seriously in the beginning. SEC might have completely missed the boat on ICOs right now.

Royse Law Firm and Agricultural Technologies (Agtech or Agritech)

Royse Law Firm helps many Agtech startups as they solve the biggest challenge starting us in the face – how do we fulfill the demands for food for an ever growing population. Roger and his firm have worked in the Agtech space for over a decade and they have also helped the agtech community expand. Roger has many agtech clients but at the same time they have performed outreach for agtech companies on a herculean scale through annual conference which is now one of the biggest agtech conference in North America. Roger has also testified in front of the Congress and advised them on matters of Agtech. Roger and his team have traveled and helped companies across the globe. They don’t just help them with legal challenges but they also help them connect to Angel investors and Venture Capitalists. Roger also spoke about how he sees the promise of Broadband making lives easier for the farmers as they bring IoT and smart automation to the fields to control irrigation, fertilizer spray, check crop health, etc.

Covid-19: The Black Swan of 2020

Sequoia Capital published an article on Medium on March 3rd where they called Coronavirus The Black Swan of 2020. Black Swan is an unforeseen rare financial event with a huge negative impact on economy. Roger says that even though recession is inevitable because this Black Swan is NOT caused by financial factors, he sees its impact to be short lived and he is hopeful that the economy will bounce back much quicker unlike the housing crisis in 2008 that led to a long recession.

Dead On Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup

Roger has seen many startups succeed but also many startups fail and he noticed a pattern in those who failed due to legal challenges. Roger says that many startups irrespective of their origin end up performing the same legal mistakes. He summarizes his years of experience watching startups fail in his book Dead On Arrival. His hope is that people will learn from the mistakes of these failed startups and refrain from committing the same mistakes for their own startup. He is also planning to write a sequel about the common traits that he has observed in successful startups and the book will launch soon. Dead on Arrival is available for purchase on Amazon but Roger has offered to email a PDF version to anyone who reaches out to him. Those interested in receiving a free copy of the book or those who simply want to get some advice from Roger can email him at rroyse@rroyselaw.com. Roger often hosts webinars and can be found as a speaker at many Idea-to-IPO events in the Bay Area.

Acquisition of Royse Law by Haynes and Boone

The Royse Law firm has grown over the past few years and in order to grow further they are now merging with Haynes and Boone. The acquisition will be finalized between April 30th and May 1st and Roger’s team of 27 attorneys will join Palo Alto based Haynes and Boone. Haynes and Boone is a global network of attorneys established in 1964 in Dallas. Today they have a network of over 575 attorneys. The Silicon Dreams wishes good luck to Roger Royse for the acquisition and thanks him for his willingness to advise entrepreneurs.

Attorney Roger Royse

Founder | Royse Law Firm

Roger Royse, the founder of the Royse Law Firm, works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.  Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations, and large international financial transactions.

Roger is active in leadership roles with several bar associations, including the following:

Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and sits on the boards of advisers and mentors several funds, accelerators and tech companies and takes an active role in the strategic planning decisions of his clients.

Roger has been a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg Austria) and is an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University School of Law. Roger is the founder of the philanthropic organization “Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer” which conducted high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year.

Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, has a “ 10.0 Superb” rating from Avvo.

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