About Pagoda Pagoda is the first-ever Web3 Startup Platform where developers and entrepreneurs can build, launch, and operate new blockchain-based products and services. As a primary builder of the NEAR Protocol, Pagoda delivers the capacity, velocity, simplicity, and affordability needed to power tomorrow’s Web3 startups. We are looking for an innovative, empathetic, and productive person who is excited about building the next generation of crypto startups feels comfortable with challenging opinions, and most importantly who shares with us the same desire to make the web free again. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Pagoda is committed to creating an inclusive culture, and we celebrate diversity of all kinds. What You’ll Get For Joining: Unlimited Annual Leave / PTO $2,000 Yearly Continued Education Reimbursement $2,000 Home Office Setup Reimbursement Yearly Company Retreats (2022 in Lisbon!) Paid Holiday Week: the last week of the year Paid Summer Wellness Week: the first week of July Mental Health Support and access to licensed therapists through Spill, 100% paid by us About The Role: Pagoda (fka NEAR INC) is looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial, and business-minded commercial counsel with deep SAAS expertise, a passion for Web3 and blockchain technology, and a successful track record of collaborating with internal stakeholders such as engineers, product managers, finance, security, operations, and talent. You will report directly to the General Counsel. What You'll Be Doing: Structure, draft, and negotiate complex commercial agreements such as SaaS subscription agreements, partnerships, licensing, and master services agreements. Identify and address potential issues concerning data, privacy, and intellectual property. Collaborate with cross-functional teams (engineering, product, finance, information security, operations, and talent) to solve problems, build partnerships, and close deals quickly. Build scalable and efficient processes for addressing risks in business-centric ways. Provide practical advice on legal issues and risks, complex agreement structures, and company policies in a risk-tolerant but compliant way. Respond to legal requests from internal stakeholders promptly, and summarize legal concepts and potential courses of action concisely and in plain English. Train the company on relevant topics such as the contracting process, key contract issues, data privacy, and legal compliance in the procurement and contracting processes. Maintain entity compliance in conjunction with finance. Build the legal operations function. Assist the General Counsel in general corporate matters, including financings, entity formation, and corporate support of affiliated entities. What We're Looking For: Qualified attorney licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state. Ideally, 7+ years of relevant legal experience gained at a well-regarded law firm followed by in-house experience at a technology company. Expertise in drafting and negotiating commercial technology transactions (SaaS, licensing, partnerships). Knowledge of intellectual property and data privacy regulations and related requirements (e.g., GDPR, CCPA). Experience in collaborating with cross-functional teams such as engineering, product, finance, information security, operations, and talent, on complex contract negotiations. Strong interpersonal skills and keen attention to detail. Ability to work independently and adapt quickly to a rapidly changing environment. Interest in Web3 and blockchain technology. We'd Love If You Have: Experience working at a startup or other fast-growing organizations Experience working in a highly regulated industry (such as financial technology) Here’s What Our Interview Process Looks Like: Depending on calendar availability, from the first stage to the final stage, we do our best to keep the entire process to under three weeks. Our interviews take place via Zoom and typically consists of the following stages: Internal Recruiter Call (30 to 45 minutes) Meet with the Hiring Manager (30-60 minutes) Technical Interviews (4 x 45-60 minutes) Pagoda Values Interview (30 to 45 minutes) Please let us know if you require any special requirements for your interview and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Ideal Location For This Role This is a fully remote role so that your timezone matches or overlaps with our leadership for this role, you’ll ideally be located in the United States. Our Values at Pagoda Innovate and deliver—so our customers can build. We deliver new solutions for real, often urgent, customer needs. Practical over hype. We uphold our standards of excellence while balancing velocity and pragmatism. Focus precious time and energy on what matters. We are intentional about where we aim our resources. We channel our talents to focus on critical missions in order to make an outsized impact. Favor ownership, agency, and action. Everyone is an owner. As individuals, we are responsible and accountable for our work. We empower builders to make decisions and innovate without the burden of unnecessary roadblocks or complexity. Work as a team of empathetic humans. We practice mutual respect, open communication, humility, and collaboration. We are kind and empathetic. We are welcoming towards diversity in all forms, including differences of perspective. Never break trust. Integrity is rare—and valuable—in this space. Reputation is hard to build and easy to break.
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