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I got into the legal field by accident. When I was in grad school, a law firm approached the Computer Science department looking for a technical expert in a particular area. I ended up working with them part-time while in school and got to learn first-hand about the technical challenges in law—neat stuff.
I wouldn’t say founding a company was a natural transition for me, though I’ve very much enjoyed the challenge. I’ve always thought of myself as a better teammate than captain, so making that adjustment has been a major growth opportunity for me.
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Andreessen Horowitz board partner Steven Sinofsky, who heard my pitch, was at Microsoft during United States v. Microsoft. Luckily for me, he was intimately aware of the challenges posed by discovery and also had the engineering background to appreciate how great technology could address those challenges.
The good news is that legaltech is definitely heating up! Go after investment firms who have experience in legal or, better yet, a VC partner who’s a former attorney. People will invest in what they know, so do your homework.
Details matter. Be explicit. Great organizations require superb communication and consistency, and none of that happens by accident.
Yes, it’s a recurring theme in “what’s-next?”-style legal conferences. From most frequent to least frequent, I see (1) lawyers who aren’t threatened by and don’t care about AI; (2) lawyers who are concerned about AI eroding their job prospects; and (3) lawyers excited about what AI can do for them. I’d like to start seeing more people in this third category!
For sure. Like other professionals, lawyers love good, functional technology. That’s why they were so quick to adopt smartphones like Blackberries. I think they are discerning clients so the challenge is on us, as vendors, to make great technology that they’ll want to use (rather than have to use).
When I’m meeting someone, something that tells me their name (obviously), and whether and where I’ve met them before.
Soojung is a content marketer at ROSS Intelligence. She is also a writer, user experience designer and former journalist who is interested in all things related to technology and startups.