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chadwhitacre opened this Issue Apr 27, 2015 · 36 comments

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chadwhitacre commented Apr 27, 2015

It's time to firm up, with professional legal advice, our analysis of a number of risks (highest priority first):

  1. not being a money transmitter (#192)
  2. not funding terrorism (#119)
  3. working with payment processors (gratipay/gratipay.com#67)
  4. policing off-site behavior (#122)
  5. structuring our Payroll feature (gratipay/gratipay.com#2569)
  6. reviewing our terms (gratipay/gratipay.com#3367)
  7. writing up a contractor agreement (gratipay/gratipay.com#1443)

In choosing whom to work with, here are the (prioritized) criteria I have in mind:

  1. Ability to advise us well on a range of issues.
  2. Comfort level with open culture.
    1. Are they okay showing up on our finances?
    2. Are they okay with us making decisions publicly on GitHub?
    3. Are they okay with us posting their advice publicly on GitHub?
    4. Are they themselves willing to post publicly on GitHub?
  3. Affordability.

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I had a call with Aaron Williamson from Tor Ekeland, and I have calls scheduled with WilmerHale and Chestek Law.

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chadwhitacre commented Apr 27, 2015

I had a call with Aaron Williamson from Tor Ekeland, and I have calls scheduled with WilmerHale and Chestek Law.

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Called, left a message with http://www.saul.com/attorneys/adam-kelson.

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Called, left a message with http://www.saul.com/attorneys/adam-kelson.

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Followed up with emails to Adam and Bob.

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Followed up with emails to Adam and Bob.

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Heard from WilmerHale, but since I had reached out to licensing and our primary focus right now has shifted to regulatory compliance, the conversation was short (he referred me to their financial services practice).

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Heard from WilmerHale, but since I had reached out to licensing and our primary focus right now has shifted to regulatory compliance, the conversation was short (he referred me to their financial services practice).

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I'm in an email conversation with Bob Zinn from K&L Gates. We're coordinating a time to meet (and I pointed him at this ticket :-).

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I'm in an email conversation with Bob Zinn from K&L Gates. We're coordinating a time to meet (and I pointed him at this ticket :-).

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4. policing off-site behavior

Controlling what users do off-site is none of Gratipay business. Or putting it other way - if Gratipay want to be a policeman of the Internets it will lose its users.

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4. policing off-site behavior

Controlling what users do off-site is none of Gratipay business. Or putting it other way - if Gratipay want to be a policeman of the Internets it will lose its users.

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@techtonik Please discuss that on the relevant ticket, not here.

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@techtonik Please discuss that on the relevant ticket, not here.

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Just wrapped a call with Pam. She declined to take us on since payment systems is outside of her practice, but offered to put us in touch with others who might a) be able to help, and b) "get" open source (as she does). I linked her to this ticket so she can share it around.

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Just wrapped a call with Pam. She declined to take us on since payment systems is outside of her practice, but offered to put us in touch with others who might a) be able to help, and b) "get" open source (as she does). I linked her to this ticket so she can share it around.

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From Aaron:

I enjoyed our conversation yesterday about Gratipay's business and legal concerns. I think that your progressive approach to governance, employee compensation, and customer pricing is interesting and exciting, and I'd love to have the opportunity to work with you on reducing your exposure while maintaining your commitment to those ideals.

I want to be up front that my firm does not have prior experience with regulation of money transmitters & money services businesses. That said, it's an area we're interested in developing experience in, and we're confident that we could effectively counsel Gratipay on its obligations. We advise clients on similarly complex regulations, such as OFAC export controls and SEC securities regulations. There would of course be a learning curve for us in this area, and we would not bill Gratipay for the time required for us to get us up to speed on the FinCEN and state registration and reporting requirements.

Regardless of whether you choose to work with us on the money transmitter issues, we're available to advise you on the corporate, employment, and governance issues we discussed. Please let me know if you'd like to set up a time to speak further about working together.

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From Aaron:

I enjoyed our conversation yesterday about Gratipay's business and legal concerns. I think that your progressive approach to governance, employee compensation, and customer pricing is interesting and exciting, and I'd love to have the opportunity to work with you on reducing your exposure while maintaining your commitment to those ideals.

I want to be up front that my firm does not have prior experience with regulation of money transmitters & money services businesses. That said, it's an area we're interested in developing experience in, and we're confident that we could effectively counsel Gratipay on its obligations. We advise clients on similarly complex regulations, such as OFAC export controls and SEC securities regulations. There would of course be a learning curve for us in this area, and we would not bill Gratipay for the time required for us to get us up to speed on the FinCEN and state registration and reporting requirements.

Regardless of whether you choose to work with us on the money transmitter issues, we're available to advise you on the corporate, employment, and governance issues we discussed. Please let me know if you'd like to set up a time to speak further about working together.

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Pam:

I just looked at the ticket and see you spoke with Aaron Williamson. I think very highly of him; he is an excellent lawyer and if he is willing to take on the work I would suggest using him. I don't think I can find anyone more suited for the work than he is. (And you can post this comment on the ticket if you'd like).

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I just looked at the ticket and see you spoke with Aaron Williamson. I think very highly of him; he is an excellent lawyer and if he is willing to take on the work I would suggest using him. I don't think I can find anyone more suited for the work than he is. (And you can post this comment on the ticket if you'd like).

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take Aaron

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take Aaron

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Okay! So we have three open leads at this point. Here's what I'm seeing:

Aaron Williamson (Tor Ekeland, New York)

  • Low marks for payment systems expertise
  • Very high marks for "open company" comfort level
  • High availability
  • Mid-range price

Bob Zinn (K&L Gates, New York/Pittsburgh)

  • Very high marks (presumably) for payment systems expertise
  • Low to medium marks (presumably?) for "open company" comfort level
  • Medium availability
  • High price (presumably)

Adam Kelson (Saul Ewing, Pittsburgh)

  • Low to medium marks for payment systems expertise
  • Low to medium marks (presumably) for "open company" comfort level
  • Low availability
  • Mid-range price (presumably)
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Okay! So we have three open leads at this point. Here's what I'm seeing:

Aaron Williamson (Tor Ekeland, New York)

  • Low marks for payment systems expertise
  • Very high marks for "open company" comfort level
  • High availability
  • Mid-range price

Bob Zinn (K&L Gates, New York/Pittsburgh)

  • Very high marks (presumably) for payment systems expertise
  • Low to medium marks (presumably?) for "open company" comfort level
  • Medium availability
  • High price (presumably)

Adam Kelson (Saul Ewing, Pittsburgh)

  • Low to medium marks for payment systems expertise
  • Low to medium marks (presumably) for "open company" comfort level
  • Low availability
  • Mid-range price (presumably)
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@tshepang Aaron does look like he could be a good fit for us, yes. However, if Bob is at all comfortable with our "open company" culture, then it could make sense to use Bob for the high-risk payment systems questions since presumably he's well-versed in those: 1, 2, and maybe 3 in the ticket description. I doubt it will make sense for Bob to look at 4, 5, 6, or 7 for us, so there would still be plenty for Aaron to help us with.

I like that Bob is in Pittsburgh and that he asked to meet me face-to-face. Despite advances in technology, real life is still the highest emotional bandwidth channel of communication, and for important legal matters that extra bandwidth could be valuable. Adam is also in Pittsburgh, and we've met before.

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@tshepang Aaron does look like he could be a good fit for us, yes. However, if Bob is at all comfortable with our "open company" culture, then it could make sense to use Bob for the high-risk payment systems questions since presumably he's well-versed in those: 1, 2, and maybe 3 in the ticket description. I doubt it will make sense for Bob to look at 4, 5, 6, or 7 for us, so there would still be plenty for Aaron to help us with.

I like that Bob is in Pittsburgh and that he asked to meet me face-to-face. Despite advances in technology, real life is still the highest emotional bandwidth channel of communication, and for important legal matters that extra bandwidth could be valuable. Adam is also in Pittsburgh, and we've met before.

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I find Aaron attractive because:

  • He comes highly recommended
  • He's willing to do it for free in the beginning
  • He already deals with some other money matters

This is not to say mine is a strong objection of course... go with the one you feel is the best fit.

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I find Aaron attractive because:

  • He comes highly recommended
  • He's willing to do it for free in the beginning
  • He already deals with some other money matters

This is not to say mine is a strong objection of course... go with the one you feel is the best fit.

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To Aaron:

Thanks for the positive response! At this point we have two other leads still open, and we're converging on a decision. You can find details on our ticket about finding a lawyer.

A few more questions for you:

May we start with [a smaller initial retainer]?

May we be public about the rate/fees we pay you?

Are you comfortable showing up on our finances (click the year tabs to see our detailed transaction history)?

Are you willing to use GitHub to communicate with us?

Are you willing for your communications with us to show up publicly on GitHub by default (whether you post directly or I copy/paste)?

We do make some allowances for private communication (e.g., security, terms violations, customer support), but only in well-defined circumstances. For the matters listed at the top of the "find a lawyer" ticket, I would hope to have those conversations publicly.

Thanks, Aaron! :-)

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To Aaron:

Thanks for the positive response! At this point we have two other leads still open, and we're converging on a decision. You can find details on our ticket about finding a lawyer.

A few more questions for you:

May we start with [a smaller initial retainer]?

May we be public about the rate/fees we pay you?

Are you comfortable showing up on our finances (click the year tabs to see our detailed transaction history)?

Are you willing to use GitHub to communicate with us?

Are you willing for your communications with us to show up publicly on GitHub by default (whether you post directly or I copy/paste)?

We do make some allowances for private communication (e.g., security, terms violations, customer support), but only in well-defined circumstances. For the matters listed at the top of the "find a lawyer" ticket, I would hope to have those conversations publicly.

Thanks, Aaron! :-)

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From Adam:

Happy to chat about your legal needs – Monday would be best. I don’t have specific experience with the money transmitter regulations, but let me make sure one of my colleagues does. If we don’t I’ll shoot you a note so I don’t waste your time, but it would still be worth talking about how we can be helpful in other areas.

To Adam:

Thanks Adam. We have a ticket on finding a lawyer that has more specifics on what we're looking for help with. Let me know if you think Saul could be a good fit ...

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From Adam:

Happy to chat about your legal needs – Monday would be best. I don’t have specific experience with the money transmitter regulations, but let me make sure one of my colleagues does. If we don’t I’ll shoot you a note so I don’t waste your time, but it would still be worth talking about how we can be helpful in other areas.

To Adam:

Thanks Adam. We have a ticket on finding a lawyer that has more specifics on what we're looking for help with. Let me know if you think Saul could be a good fit ...

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Hi @whit537, @tshepang, and @techtonik! I am comfortable communicating on Github. When I worked at the Software Freedom Law Center, we worked as much as possible in plaintext (markdown and LaTeX) and collaborated on documents via svn (git wasn't around when the repository was set up). I also advised a number of clients with a similar preference for working in the open, so I had to get comfortable with the fact that my emails would sometimes show up on publicly archived mailing lists ;)

As I explained to @whit537 on our call, there are circumstances in which tracking everything publicly can create legal risk, and not necessarily because you're doing anything intentionally wrong, so if we work together I will likely recommend that certain things remain private, at least for a time. These precautions are not about hiding what you are doing, but allowing you to experiment and make mistakes without taking on undue legal risk.

In particular, I think that it's best to receive and deliberate on your attorneys' advice in private, preserving the attorney-client privilege, before you make the results of those deliberations public. In fact, every attorney is under an obligation to preserve the attorney-client privilege in communications with clients. The privilege is the client's -- you are free to waive it by making those communications public, but your attorney is not. So I would feel obligated to provide any privileged advice privately, regardless of what you decided to do with it subsequently.

Good luck with your search!

(FWIW, I considered adding my name to Lawyers on Github and decided against it. Since Github has in-page editing now, it doesn't tell you anything about a lawyer's technical skills, so it felt weird to brag about opening an account. You're welcome to take a look at my account. Probably the most interesting thing there is the code I used to scrape FLOSS license data from Github for a presentation.)

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Hi @whit537, @tshepang, and @techtonik! I am comfortable communicating on Github. When I worked at the Software Freedom Law Center, we worked as much as possible in plaintext (markdown and LaTeX) and collaborated on documents via svn (git wasn't around when the repository was set up). I also advised a number of clients with a similar preference for working in the open, so I had to get comfortable with the fact that my emails would sometimes show up on publicly archived mailing lists ;)

As I explained to @whit537 on our call, there are circumstances in which tracking everything publicly can create legal risk, and not necessarily because you're doing anything intentionally wrong, so if we work together I will likely recommend that certain things remain private, at least for a time. These precautions are not about hiding what you are doing, but allowing you to experiment and make mistakes without taking on undue legal risk.

In particular, I think that it's best to receive and deliberate on your attorneys' advice in private, preserving the attorney-client privilege, before you make the results of those deliberations public. In fact, every attorney is under an obligation to preserve the attorney-client privilege in communications with clients. The privilege is the client's -- you are free to waive it by making those communications public, but your attorney is not. So I would feel obligated to provide any privileged advice privately, regardless of what you decided to do with it subsequently.

Good luck with your search!

(FWIW, I considered adding my name to Lawyers on Github and decided against it. Since Github has in-page editing now, it doesn't tell you anything about a lawyer's technical skills, so it felt weird to brag about opening an account. You're welcome to take a look at my account. Probably the most interesting thing there is the code I used to scrape FLOSS license data from Github for a presentation.)

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Thanks for jumping in, @copiesofcopies! 💃

Probably the most interesting thing there is the code I used to scrape FLOSS license data from Github for a presentation.

Hooray for Python! 🐍

I will likely recommend that certain things remain private, at least for a time.
I would feel obligated to provide any privileged advice privately, regardless of what you decided to do with it subsequently.

Okay, we can work with that. The two possible patterns I see for still using GitHub to communicate are:

  • One private repo for all legal issues. We would receive and digest your advice there, and copy/paste over to relevant public issues.
  • One private repo per legal issue, that we publish in full once the issue is resolved.

The former is how we handle terms violations, the latter is how we handle security issues. I'd prefer the latter for legal issues, because eventually divulging our entire deliberation helps ensure that we truly act in such a way that we have nothing to hide. However, there are some technical limitations on GitHub that shape what we can do:

  • We can't hide/publish individual issues, only repos, so it's technically burdensome to separate out and publish a single issue from a private repo that also contains other issues that aren't ready to be published. We basically have to copy and paste, and we lose some of the honesty and transparency punchiness of cleanly divulging our entire conversation ("What did they leave out?").
  • Private repos cost money, so we only want to adopt one-repo-per-legal-issue if we're confident that we can publish the repo eventually. We don't want to end up with lots of tiny one-issue private repos that we have to pay extra to keep around.

@copiesofcopies Looking at the issues listed at the top of this ticket, do you have a sense of whether we'd be able to determine at the outset that we could conduct our conversations in such a way that we could eventually publish them? Or would we need to pursue the one-legal-repo-to-rule-them-all approach?

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Thanks for jumping in, @copiesofcopies! 💃

Probably the most interesting thing there is the code I used to scrape FLOSS license data from Github for a presentation.

Hooray for Python! 🐍

I will likely recommend that certain things remain private, at least for a time.
I would feel obligated to provide any privileged advice privately, regardless of what you decided to do with it subsequently.

Okay, we can work with that. The two possible patterns I see for still using GitHub to communicate are:

  • One private repo for all legal issues. We would receive and digest your advice there, and copy/paste over to relevant public issues.
  • One private repo per legal issue, that we publish in full once the issue is resolved.

The former is how we handle terms violations, the latter is how we handle security issues. I'd prefer the latter for legal issues, because eventually divulging our entire deliberation helps ensure that we truly act in such a way that we have nothing to hide. However, there are some technical limitations on GitHub that shape what we can do:

  • We can't hide/publish individual issues, only repos, so it's technically burdensome to separate out and publish a single issue from a private repo that also contains other issues that aren't ready to be published. We basically have to copy and paste, and we lose some of the honesty and transparency punchiness of cleanly divulging our entire conversation ("What did they leave out?").
  • Private repos cost money, so we only want to adopt one-repo-per-legal-issue if we're confident that we can publish the repo eventually. We don't want to end up with lots of tiny one-issue private repos that we have to pay extra to keep around.

@copiesofcopies Looking at the issues listed at the top of this ticket, do you have a sense of whether we'd be able to determine at the outset that we could conduct our conversations in such a way that we could eventually publish them? Or would we need to pursue the one-legal-repo-to-rule-them-all approach?

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From Aaron:

I responded to the Github thread, so hopefully that answers that question :) We can work with [a smaller advance]. I will have to talk to my partners about making our fees public.

To Aaron:

Thanks for jumping in on GitHub! :D I've followed up there on the question of how specifically we could use GitHub to communicate about legal matters.

Thanks for flexing on the advance, too. As far as divulging rates/fees goes:

  • It's easier for me if I can share your specific hourly rates publicly with the people in the Gratipay community, so that they can help me make good decisions about how we're spending our money. However, if you're not comfortable with that, then I can keep your specific hourly rates confidential.
  • It would be rather more difficult for me to keep our total aggregate payments to you confidential, because we log our entire bank transaction history and balance on our finances spreadsheet.

Let me know what you're comfortable with here.

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From Aaron:

I responded to the Github thread, so hopefully that answers that question :) We can work with [a smaller advance]. I will have to talk to my partners about making our fees public.

To Aaron:

Thanks for jumping in on GitHub! :D I've followed up there on the question of how specifically we could use GitHub to communicate about legal matters.

Thanks for flexing on the advance, too. As far as divulging rates/fees goes:

  • It's easier for me if I can share your specific hourly rates publicly with the people in the Gratipay community, so that they can help me make good decisions about how we're spending our money. However, if you're not comfortable with that, then I can keep your specific hourly rates confidential.
  • It would be rather more difficult for me to keep our total aggregate payments to you confidential, because we log our entire bank transaction history and balance on our finances spreadsheet.

Let me know what you're comfortable with here.

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@whit537 we would be comfortable with aggregate fees being reported publicly. As for which approach to take on the legal-issues repo, my suggestion would be to keep an always-private repo for legal issues, and to make public only summaries of the outcome of private deliberations. There are countless ways in which, by publishing the advice you considered and rejected, you could expose Gratipay to substantial liability.

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@whit537 we would be comfortable with aggregate fees being reported publicly. As for which approach to take on the legal-issues repo, my suggestion would be to keep an always-private repo for legal issues, and to make public only summaries of the outcome of private deliberations. There are countless ways in which, by publishing the advice you considered and rejected, you could expose Gratipay to substantial liability.

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[W]e would be comfortable with aggregate fees being reported publicly.

Cool, thanks.

[M]y suggestion would be to keep an always-private repo for legal issues, and to make public only summaries of the outcome of private deliberations.

Okay.

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[W]e would be comfortable with aggregate fees being reported publicly.

Cool, thanks.

[M]y suggestion would be to keep an always-private repo for legal issues, and to make public only summaries of the outcome of private deliberations.

Okay.

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Alright, @copiesofcopies. Let's go for it! 💃

I've created a new private repo and I've invited you to it. I'm not ready to make a decision yet on whether we adopt repo-per-issue or one-big-repo. Let's start with a private repo for the money transmitter issue (#192) since that's the most pressing concern, and Gratipay can decide later whether to expand that repo or make new ones.

Let me know the best way to make payment and how else to proceed. For billing and such let's please use vendors@gratipay.com.

Okay! Huzzah! :D

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Alright, @copiesofcopies. Let's go for it! 💃

I've created a new private repo and I've invited you to it. I'm not ready to make a decision yet on whether we adopt repo-per-issue or one-big-repo. Let's start with a private repo for the money transmitter issue (#192) since that's the most pressing concern, and Gratipay can decide later whether to expand that repo or make new ones.

Let me know the best way to make payment and how else to proceed. For billing and such let's please use vendors@gratipay.com.

Okay! Huzzah! :D

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I've notified Bob and Adam of our decision.

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I've notified Bob and Adam of our decision.

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Leaving this open until the ink is dry ...

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Leaving this open until the ink is dry ...

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I look forward to working with you, @whit537 and all! I'll send an engagement letter over shortly.

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I look forward to working with you, @whit537 and all! I'll send an engagement letter over shortly.

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Having some back and forth with Bob. My latest reply:

You're clearly the more experienced and connected attorney. However, I'm juggling a number of pieces under a fast-looming deadline, and in the end I had to make a judgement call on this this week balancing all factors with only $3,500 in total operating cash.

You caught my attention when you said you wanted to meet in person, rare to find that. Hopefully I'll survive this crunch and we'll have a chance to connect over more demanding challenges down the line. Happy to recommend you in the meantime, good to know we have your expertise in Pittsburgh.

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Having some back and forth with Bob. My latest reply:

You're clearly the more experienced and connected attorney. However, I'm juggling a number of pieces under a fast-looming deadline, and in the end I had to make a judgement call on this this week balancing all factors with only $3,500 in total operating cash.

You caught my attention when you said you wanted to meet in person, rare to find that. Hopefully I'll survive this crunch and we'll have a chance to connect over more demanding challenges down the line. Happy to recommend you in the meantime, good to know we have your expertise in Pittsburgh.

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Here is the executed engagement letter. I've created a Chase QuickPay account, because that is the fastest free method of payment I saw among the available options. It'll take another day or two to verify our bank account with Chase, and then I'll initiate the payment, which will take a couple more days to clear. Hopefully by next Monday the funds will have settled in your account and we can get to work! :-)

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Here is the executed engagement letter. I've created a Chase QuickPay account, because that is the fastest free method of payment I saw among the available options. It'll take another day or two to verify our bank account with Chase, and then I'll initiate the payment, which will take a couple more days to clear. Hopefully by next Monday the funds will have settled in your account and we can get to work! :-)

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I think the fastest free (to Gratipay) method is probably a credit or debit card payment via Lawpay - does that not work for you? If you’re trying to save us fees, I appreciate it, but you really don’t have to worry about it :)

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Fair enough. Wasn't sure if you assessed the processing fee to us or not. :-)

Payment made! What's next? See you on [our private GitHub repo]?

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I think the fastest free (to Gratipay) method is probably a credit or debit card payment via Lawpay - does that not work for you? If you’re trying to save us fees, I appreciate it, but you really don’t have to worry about it :)

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Fair enough. Wasn't sure if you assessed the processing fee to us or not. :-)

Payment made! What's next? See you on [our private GitHub repo]?

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Now that we're using private GitHub repos for legal matters, it seemed best to me to constrain the Owners team on GitHub to only actual legal owners of Gratipay, LLC (the Owners team has access to all repos). That means I've removed @clone1018 @seanlinsley @rohitpaulk from the Owners team; now it's just me. We've got #72 for broadening ownership to a cooperative model, and I've just reticketed #196 for bringing on a second owner as low-hanging fruit to reduce our single point of failure.

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chadwhitacre commented May 4, 2015

Now that we're using private GitHub repos for legal matters, it seemed best to me to constrain the Owners team on GitHub to only actual legal owners of Gratipay, LLC (the Owners team has access to all repos). That means I've removed @clone1018 @seanlinsley @rohitpaulk from the Owners team; now it's just me. We've got #72 for broadening ownership to a cooperative model, and I've just reticketed #196 for bringing on a second owner as low-hanging fruit to reduce our single point of failure.

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Ouch. :(

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clone1018 commented May 8, 2015

Ouch. :(

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Bus factor is now at 1

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clone1018 commented May 8, 2015

Bus factor is now at 1

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