A corporate lawyer by training with a background in biology, Tibby spends her days drawing up contracts and ensuring legal requirements at CiBO Technologies run smoothly. She manages our outside counsel, patent and trademark portfolio, and all equity grants including the electronic equity management system. Through a collaborative process, different from traditional law jobs, Tibby plays a central role in CiBO’s compliance activities.
What drew you to CiBO?
“I found out about CiBO Technologies through my network. A good friend, who is also a General Counsel, knew I wanted an in-house opportunity where I would manage the legal elements of business as part of a cross-functional executive team as opposed to working only on legal matters as an outside counsel. That made the opportunity a perfect fit for my next step.”
“It has been thrilling to work for a startup that could be one of the first to market with a groundbreaking idea. At CiBO Technologies, we work with so many of the brightest minds, and when you bring that many smart people into a room, it can result in something amazing. It is exciting to be working toward the goal of digitally transforming a product.”
What are your primary responsibilities at CiBO?
“At CiBO Technologies, I hold the role of Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Being a lawyer at a startup has given me the opportunity to provide broad advice on legal and strategic matters. I have had the chance to stretch myself and apply my expertise in ways that traditional law practice doesn’t offer.”
How did you get into your line of work?
“Originally, I was a biology major interested in pursuing a career in medical research. While I enjoyed my classes, I quickly realized I didn’t want to spend all my time in a lab and switched over to the law. I’ve always enjoyed English, reading, and writing, and wanted to be able to be an advocate for a cause. With my law degree, I’ve been able to help champion causes I was passionate about including how impoverished areas can improve their food security, and CiBO has allowed me to get back to my academic roots in science.”
What is one thing that would surprise people about your field of work in agriculture?
“There is a lot of work to do around data and data privacy at a startup. Companies who are looking to work with CiBO will ask detailed questions about how we protect their data. In agriculture, there is a lot of data attached to a farm, so we are clear about how it’s being used in CiBO’s products. Through our contracts, I help articulate how the data is analyzed, and that the data is kept secure.”
What are your hobbies and do they influence your work?
“In 2012, I began guest lecturing at Boston University School of Law. Now I teach a lecture on Technology and the Law, explaining what it’s like to be in-house counsel at a tech firm. I explain how in-house lawyers spend their time, what a typical license agreement looks like, how to work with a board of directors and the considerations you need to examine that are different from working at a law firm or for the government.”
What do you hope to see in your field in the next ten years?
“I hope to see more women who are happy and in leadership positions within science and in law. It would be rewarding to see more women who have achieved their spot as a leader without hitting the traditional roadblocks stopping some women today.”
What do you find the most rewarding about your work here?
“The two most rewarding parts of work at CiBO Technologies have been the collaboration and learning opportunities. In some traditional legal roles, your career could be pretty solitary. Within CiBO, I have loved the chance to work with one person or a team on various agreements and projects. Being in-house has also provided me the opportunity to learn about new legal issues continually.”
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About Tibby Fogarty Cail
Tibby Fogarty Cail is the Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CiBO Technologies, a science-driven software startup. She has experience providing legal advice for both for-profit and non-profit companies. Her previous experience included Bryan Cave, Boston University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, and Ropes & Gray. She holds a BA in English from Villanova University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.