Ryan Black considers himself extremely lucky to be a technology lawyer who gets to work with entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and established companies as they navigate solving some of the toughest problems or make an impact on their industry or society. While his clients often are Internet-focused and consumer-facing companies like video game studios, social media and online dating sites, or business-to-business SaaS providers, one of the best things about working in the Vancouver startup space is how much it crosses many industries. And thanks to the DLA Piper platform, Ryan can scale with his clients as they grow, offering them a team across the globe that can help them capitalize on any opportunity. Ryan is an Adjunct Professor for the pro-bono Business Law Clinic at Allard as well as a board member at the Video Game Bar Association and the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. He is a frequent speaker, podcaster, and moderator at various events, including Game Developers' Conference, PAX, Pocket Gamers Connect, the Video Game Bar Association, the Esports Bar Association, and DLA Piper Insights. When he's not doing those things, he nerds out on movies, video games, Dungeons & Dragons and technology tinkering at home with his wife Yolanda, his cat Kitty, and his 48TB Steam-streaming media server Gandalf. He does, despite all that, also occasionally go outside.