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Josh Becker, CEO and “Accelerator” of Legal Tech

October 26, 2017

Josh Becker, CEO and “Accelerator” of Legal Tech

October 26, 2017

Authored by: Mohammed Elayan and Kandy Williams

In today’s podcast we interview with Josh Becker, CEO of Lex Machina, a division of LexisNexis that provides litigation data and analytics for the largest federal practice areas. In the interview, Josh discusses:

  • how Lex Machina began as a Stanford Law School project to help tech companies fight lawsuits by patent trolls
  • how his background as both a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur helps him as CEO of a legal tech company
  • why Legal Analytics® is like “Moneyball” for lawyers
  • LexisNexis and Lex Machina’s Legal Tech Accelerator program for startups in the legal tech industry
  • some of the challenges he has faced as CEO

For more about Lex Machina, a division of LexisNexis Company, visit www.lexmachina.com

For more about the Legal Tech Accelerator Program, or to apply, please email Alex Oh at  aoh@lexmachina.com

For more about LexisNexis, visit www.lexisnexis.com

Previous interview with Ryan Alshak. Ryan’s company was in the Legal Tech Accelerator program sponsored by Lex Machina

Ryan Alshak, “Recovering Lawyer” and Tech Company CEO

August 18, 2017

Ryan Alshak, “Recovering Lawyer” and Tech Company CEO

August 18, 2017

Authored by: Mohammed Elayan and Kandy Williams

Ryan Alshak, a “recovering” lawyer, discusses co-founding P.I.N.G. Inc., an automated timekeeping application that claims to help lawyers capture all of their billable hours. P.I.N.G. recently won the 2017 ABA Techshow’s inaugural “Startup Alley” competition. In this episode, Ryan discusses:

Why entrepreneurs are better off trying to solve a problem that they have personally experienced
How P.I.N.G. became one of the first five companies picked by LexisNexis/LexMachina for its Silicon Valley legal tech accelerator program
Why an entrepreneur needs a “Mamba” mentality like Kobe Bryant
How P.I.N.G. is also focusing on data analytics

For more information about P.I.N.G., visit: http://timebyping.com/

To connect with P.I.N.G. on social media, visit:

https://www.twitter.com/timebyping.com

https://www.facebook.com/timebyping

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/10864546

Jason Mendelson Interview Part II: VC Tips for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Lawyers

June 30, 2017

In the second part of our interview, Jason, a former big law firm attorney turned VC, discusses:

  • tips for entrepreneurs and startups on what to look for when hiring a lawyer or law firm
  • how the day-to-day life of a VC is drastically different from that of a practicing attorney
  • how the Foundry Group is different from other VC firms
  • what barriers legal tech companies face in getting investors
  • what law firms could do to remain competitive and how the law firm model could be re-designed
  • tips for attorneys working inside startups

For more about the Foundry Group, visit http://www.foundrygroup.com/

For Jason’s book, visit https://www.amazon.com/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1119259754

For more about Legitimate Front and its album Off The Hook, visit http://legitimatefront.com/releases

Jason Mendelson Interview Part I: From Lawyer to Venture Capitalist

June 14, 2017

In this episode Jason Mendelson, a former big law firm attorney and founder of the venture capital firm, Foundry Group, discusses: 

  • being an attorney in Silicon Valley during the tech boom
  • the third version of his book, Venture Deals:  Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, which he co-wrote with his Foundry Group co-founder, Brad Feld 
  • how he met Brad Feld and co-founded Foundry Group, a venture capital firm focused on making early-stage technology investments, participating in select growth rounds, and identifying and supporting the next generation of venture fund managers
  • what a VC actually does and how Jason guides the entrepreneurs in whose businesses he invests

For more about The Foundry Group, visit http://www.foundrygroup.com/

For Jason’s book, visit https://www.amazon.com/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1119259754 

For more about Legitimate Front and its album Off The Hook, visit http://legitimatefront.com/releases

Bryan Cunningham Interview Part II: Cybersecurity Issues for Law Firms and Private Companies

April 17, 2017

In this second part of our interview with Bryan, he discusses:

  • What defensive measures private companies can take against cybersecurity attacks
  • How private companies and law firms can prevent cybersecurity attacks
  • Attacks on private companies by other countries
  • Whether the US government can defend private companies that are the subject of cybersecurity attacks
  • The problems caused by the lack of consistent cybersecurity laws

For more about UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, visit http://cpri.uci.edu/

Bryan Cunningham Interview Part I: From CIA to Cybersecurity Expert

April 14, 2017

In this first part of our interview with Bryan Cunningham, former CIA intelligence officer and Deputy Legal Advisor to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Bryan discusses:

  • his new role as the head of the University of California, Irvine’s Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute
  • why UCI started an institute on cybersecurity
  • what is the legal framework for cybersecurity
  • the interplay of combatting cyber threats while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties
  • social media and cybersecurity

For more about UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, visit http://cpri.uci.edu/

Gurinder “Gary” Sangha: From Lawyer to Legal Tech Serial Entrepreneur

April 10, 2017

In this episode Gary Sangha, a former big law firm attorney and founder of two legal tech startups, Intelligize and Lit IQ, discusses: 

  • how he came up with the idea for Intelligize, a software platform that helps law firms analyze SEC filings
  • the challenges he faced when he left the practice of law to form his first legal tech startup
  • computational linguistics, and how his new company, Lit IQ, uses machine learning to help attorneys prevent drafting errors and legal disputes
  • the lessons that Gary, a self-proclaimed non-tech CEO and introvert, learned from founding and marketing two legal tech companies
  • trends in legal innovation, such as big data, and much more

For more about Intelligize, visit https://www.intelligize.com/

 For more about Lit IQ, visit http://www.litiq.com/

Katie DeBord: BigLaw CIO

April 7, 2017

Katie DeBord: BigLaw CIO

April 7, 2017

Authored by: Mohammed Elayan and Kandy Williams

In this episode Katie DeBord, the Chief Innovation Officer at Bryan Cave LLP, discusses how technology is changing the practice of law.  Katie discusses:

  • how she transitioned from a commercial litigator to CIO at Bryan Cave LLP
  • how the firm’s BCXponent division combines technology and legal advice
  • how she works with TechX, the firm’s incubator made up of attorneys in different practice groups, in evaluating new technologies
  • why attorneys should embrace technology such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, and much more.

For more about BCXponent, visit www.bcxponent.com

 For more about TechX, visit www.bryancave.com/en/news-events/bryan-cave-launches-technology-and-innovation-incubator.html

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