Home Is Where The Heart Is? The Question of Jurisdiction

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 20, 2008, 11 a.m. (60 minutes)

A presentation on the subject of corporate legal jurisdictions and related topics. While this sounds boring on the surface, it's actually not - and is more and more relevant every year for those in the tech game. As physical human beings, we do in fact have a "home jurisdiction" in the legal sense, which is wherever we are living at present. However, corporations are also "people" in the legal sense but have a flexibility of where they call home. This ties into areas of international legal issues, corporate governance, privacy of company information, financial systems/banking, personal versus corporate liability, and so on. Basically, for anyone from a coder who wants "a company" to bill his clients through, all the way up to major tech projects that span multiple jurisdictions in a sophisticated way, few of us who play the tech game are not directly impacted by the question of where a company lives, where it calls home.


  • Douglas Spink
    Douglas Spink has an undergraduate degree from Reed College in cultural anthropology, with a focus on corporate cultural systems and an MBA from the University of Chicago (marketing and finance). He taught entrepreneurship classes - with much focus on corporate governance issues - to fellow inmates during his two years in federal prison on smuggling charges. He is currently CTO of Baneki Privacy Computing, a jurisdictionally distributed provider of security-enhanced network connectivity services.


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