Kathryn Haun

Kathryn Haun
Lecturer
Contact Info
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Research Interests

  • Intersection of Regulation and Technology
  • FinTech
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain and Decentralized Platforms

Teaching Statement

Katie draws on her experience in both the government and private sectors in teaching courses addressing the intersection of technology and regulation. Her research interests include governance systems for cryptocurrency, the legal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the future of fraud, cybersecurity, and how financial technologies can create more openness and transparency. Katie's teaching focus is on exposing students to the issues they will face in founding, scaling, and operating companies in new and emerging fields where laws and regulations are often yet to be written, and draws heavily upon the experiences of real-world entrepreneurs who are invited to provide insights during guest lectures. She has taught at Stanford since 2016, including a cybercrime course at the law school.

Bio

Kathryn Haun is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she co-leads the a16z crypto fund. Previously, she spent a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice where she focused on fraud, cyber, and corporate crime alongside agencies including the SEC, FBI, and Treasury. She created the government’s first cryptocurrency task force and led investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force.

While serving as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, she also prosecuted RICO murders, organized crime, public corruption, gangs, and money laundering. She held senior positions at Justice Department headquarters in both the National Security Division and Attorney General’s office where her portfolio included antitrust, tax, and national security. Katie has testified before both houses of Congress on the intersection of technology and regulation.

Katie serves on the board of Coinbase, where she chairs its audit and risk committees, and HackerOne. She also advises numerous technology companies and has invested in a range of companies from seed to Series C stage. She teaches a class on cryptocurrencies at Stanford Business School and previously taught cybercrime at Stanford Law School.

She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and is an honors graduate of Stanford Law School.

Academic Degrees

  • JD with Honors, Stanford Law School, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Teaching Fellow, Stanford University, 1997-2000
  • Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, 2016
  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2017-present

Professional Experience

  • Coinbase, Member of the Board of Directors
  • HackerOne, Member of the Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Counselor to the Attorney General
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Counsel to the AAG for National Security
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Attorney
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Law Clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy

Awards and Honors

  • Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder, 2016

Teaching

Degree Courses

2018-19

This class will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving area of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies, with a focus on economic and strategic issues. We will cover key components of the architecture that affect the products derived...

2017-18

This class will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving area of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies, with a focus on economic and strategic issues. We will cover key components of the architecture that affect the products derived...

In the Media

SF Gate, June 25, 2018
CNET News, March 8, 2018
Fortune, December 18, 2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary, November 28, 2017
Speach starts at 1:48:00
Law.com, October 11, 2017
Forbes: Digital Currency , October 5, 2017
The Wall Street Journal , July 26, 2017
The New York Times, January 2, 2017
TEDx San Francisco, October 26, 2016
The Recorder, September 26, 2016