“Results Are In: Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition - Above the Law” plus 2 more

“Results Are In: Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition - Above the Law” plus 2 more


Results Are In: Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition - Above the Law

Posted: 09 Dec 2019 01:16 PM PST

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Three weeks ago, we invited readers to vote to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the fourth-annual Startup Alley at the American Bar Association's TECHSHOW conference, which is Feb. 26 to 29, 2020, in Chicago. Vote you did. Voting ended Friday night and we received a total of 38,715 votes.

We are now pleased to announce the winners. These 15 startups will be provided space at a steeply discounted cost to exhibit their product or service in the special Startup Alley located within TECHSHOW's exhibit hall. In addition, each startup will face off in an opening night pitch competition judged by an audience of TECHSHOW attendees. The winner of the pitch competition wins a package of marketing and advertising prizes, including a free both at the 2021 TECHSHOW.

Here are the winners in order of their vote tallies. Descriptions were provided by each company. The full ballot with more details on each company is here.

  1. WoodpeckerWoodpecker is an AI-enabled legal document automation platform that helps lawyers get back to doing what they love. Our platform enables firms to automatically turn frequently used legal documents into standardized "smart-templates," all from the comfort of Microsoft Word with no implementation or training overhead.
  2. FirmTRAKFirmTRAK seamlessly integrates with your practice management system and other strategic vendors, automatically generating diagnostic and predictive KPI visualizations designed to accelerate performance, increase efficiencies and drive profits.
  3. Proxy. NMBL Technologies was founded by a diverse group of Am Law 100 lawyers and technologists. We recently released our first product, Proxy. Proxy is a cloud-based legal workflow management tool that supports the more effective adoption of legal operations concepts. Proxy optimizes four key day-to-day legal functions: (1) organizing and managing legal tasks; (2) delegation and status tracking; (3) visual prioritization; and (4) effective reporting and search.
  4. LawCoLawCo was developed to efficiently and ethically solve the access to justice problem by creating a way to connect live leads to lawyers instantly. LawCo's platform matches people in need of legal help with lawyers on-demand, in real-time, and at no connecting cost to the consumer. With no monthly commitment fee to the attorney and no lengthy sales pitch, we built LawCo for small firms and solo lawyers, seeking to cost-effectively and rapidly build their books of business.
  5. LawgoodLawgood is a web app that makes it easy for lawyers to draft and review contracts by allowing them to adjust important clause language with the push of a button and tap into crowdsourced best practices and trends.
  6. JosefJosef is a legal automation platform that enables lawyers and legal teams to create and launch their own conversational bots. Lawyers have already built more than 5,000 automation tools on the platform to streamline processes, improve client experience and eliminate repetitive tasks. Bots built on Josef automate lawyer-client interactions, draft documents and provide legal guidance and advice.
  7. DueCourseDueCourse is a learning platform that empowers attorneys to take control of their career by helping them map and advance their professional development through personalized learning. We're building an adaptive learning platform that designs personalized development paths, allows lawyers and professional development teams to track their progress, and pushes incremental, custom content that encourages consistent learning and professional growth.
  8. Justice For MeJustice for Me (JFM) exists to close the justice gap. JFM removes the financial obstacles that prevent clients and attorneys from connecting, by using technology and a network of lawyers and financial partners that work with clients who cannot afford traditional legal representation. We provide a line of credit that gives clients affordable monthly payments and we pay attorneys quickly and directly, simplifying billing and collections. We enable customers and attorneys to focus on outcomes.
  9. SimplyConvertSimplyConvert is the first automated intake legal case qualification platform powered by an "all-knowing" AI chatbot. Casey, our chatbot, is currently versed in the legal criteria of 50 practice areas/litigations and her knowledge has no limit. Casey is also backed by a robust CRM that automates the entire legal intake process from initial conversation to signed contract, resulting in increased efficiency and conversion rates on signed cases.
  10. Discovery GenieDiscovery Genie solves the document production problem facing 750,000+ lawyers and paralegals litigating cases involving 35,000 pages or less: reviewing, producing, organizing and indexing emails, attachments and efiles. The Genie's lawyer-designed system automates conversion to PDF, Bates numbering, privilege-log generation, and more, saving 75-90% of the time, cost and tedium of using Acrobat — but without the overkill costs and complexity of an e-discovery system. No IT department needed.
  11. IntakerIntaker uses artificial intelligence to capture and qualify prospective clients for consumer law firms on autopilot and 24/7; saving attorneys time, money and frustration.
  12. Parley ProParley Pro is the contract management platform that automates documents and workflows around them. It is the only solution that enables real-time, multi-party contract negotiation powered by our proprietary, modular product design and architecture. This approach provides unprecedented visibility into a contract at a clause level. In addition, Parley Pro maintains a detailed audit trail for all contract changes throughout negotiations and after, preserving the history of all negotiations.
  13. ECFXECFX is a one-stop, enterprise-class solution for electronic court filing (ECF). ECF is a time-consuming and complex process that varies from court to court. ECFX solves this problem by providing a SaaS B2B platform that automates the processing of receipts of service and the filing of documents with the court with firmware administration and control. ECFX obtains huge efficiencies and cost savings for the firm, eliminates the risk of missed receipts, and reduces filing rejections.
  14. BillseyeSay for instance you're working out, running an errand, or picking up your daughter from daycare and you receive a call from an important client. Do you stop what you are doing to document the call? I bet you're too busy to stop and you end up losing hours of billable time as a result. This dilemma can be solved with one touch. Download Billseye for automatic, real-time call tracking, documenting, and billing solutions that can integrate into your existing case management software.
  15. KnoviKnovi was created by attorneys for attorneys to ease their caseload and bring an influx of valuable leads. Using artificial intelligence, Knovi matches clients with the right legal representation. Knovi then streamlines client communications with messaging and video chat capabilities, all the way from inquiry to settlement. An intuitive, built-in CRM documents the case from start to finish, so attorneys can focus on what truly matters: their client's case.

Note to winners: You will be receiving emails from us with more details and event logistics.

Congratulations to all!


Robert Ambrogi is a Massachusetts lawyer and journalist who has been covering legal technology and the web for more than 20 years, primarily through his blog LawSites.com. Former editor-in-chief of several legal newspapers, he is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree. He can be reached by email at ambrogi@gmail.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@BobAmbrogi).

7 clever tips that will turn your side hustle into something bigger. - Mamamia

Posted: 09 Dec 2019 09:15 PM PST

With more and more people having their own startups or "side hustles" in addition to the 9-5, it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

Juggling too many competing priorities and trying to complete tasks that you have no interest in or experience with, like payroll or legal issues, seem part and parcel with getting a small business off the ground.

But Kyelie Baxter, an MYOB accountant and consultant from Burleigh Heads, Queensland, believes it doesn't have to be this way.

Kyelie, who is the managing partner of IQ Accountants, has used the lessons of running her own successful business to help others in her local area with theirs. Along the way, she's built up a strong network of female mentors, mentees and customers.

Mamamia asked Kyelie to share the key actionable tips about how to make your startup or side hustle not only take off, but stand out.

1. Back yourself.

Let's start with a very straightforward, but important one. Years ago, Kyelie received some words of wisdom from her grandmother that has always stayed with her: "If you're going to back anyone, back yourself."

This is advice Kyelie often comes back to, even today, and will often share with her clients.

"It gives you the motivation and the self-confidence to do what your gut is telling you," she explains. "When sometimes there are voices from others or even internally that are telling you otherwise."

2. Take safe risks.

"There are so many ways to prevent or avoid things going wrong. It is about doing things safely like putting systems and processes in place, figuring out how to do things, making sure you are not wasting time and not being afraid to do the hard work," Kyelie says.

"Work out how you are going to do things and how you will manage that before your side business launches or becomes successful. Set up customer service processes, a marketing plan and set your goals before you launch so there are actionable plans," she says.

A part of the hard work needed in running any sort of successful business is getting good advice from the start, usually from an accountant and a solicitor to avoid what Kyelie calls "a legal minefield or a tax nightmare".

3. Don't take too much on yourself.

A common mistake people make is "taking too much on themselves", according to Kyelie.

People often have a view that paying someone else to do specific tasks will cost too much or that because they are a small business that they can take it on themselves, and this can often make people lose sight of why they started the side hustle initially. "When people do this they often let the business side drain their creative side," Kyelie explains.

Look into systems that can help simplify things for you. MYOB are the leading specialists in simplifying accounting, payroll, tax and more, so you can fill those gaps and focus on what you are strongest at, and why you started the business in the first place.

4. Automation, automation, automation.

"Automation is so important," Kyelie shares. "Finding out what technology exists to streamline your processes, so you can work smarter and faster is a really important part of this."

Kyelie uses MYOB's innovative digital systems tools, which help to automate tasks in a number of areas, including payroll, tax and job costing, making it much more efficient and streamlined.

"Automation can make the biggest, biggest difference for a micro business," she says. "It's a game changer."

5. Get advice from the right people.

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Kyelie Baxter has helped businesses around her area of Burleigh Heads, Queensland, to thrive. Image: Supplied.

The Creator of Google Voice on How 5G Will Change the Way You Work - Inc.

Posted: 09 Dec 2019 01:05 PM PST

Soon, your phone will be able to handle anything you normally do on your desktop computer--no matter where you are.

That moment can't come too soon for Craig Walker, co-creator of the communication platform Google Voice. Walker co-founded personal communication startup GrandCentral in 2005. Just two years later, Google purchased the company and rebranded it as Google Voice.

Today, Walker is co-founder and CEO of Dialpad, a company that makes a cloud-based platform that powers various aspects of businesses' voice communication, from hosting conference calls to helping train call center employees. For clients in sales and customer service, the San Francisco-based firm's software lets a user on a phone call see real-time conversation transcriptions on their screens; artificial intelligence then provides sentiment analysis and suggests answers to customers' questions. The 450-person company has been preparing for the launch of 5G, the fifth-generation wireless network, which will enable Dialpad to expand its offerings for mobile customers. 

Currently, many of Dialpad's features are only available to desktop users. That will change with the rollout of 5G. "Once we get to a point of being able to assume the end user has this level of connectivity, we can start pushing out all these features to mobile," Walker says. With 5G, he says, "your mobile phone has all the functionality that your computer has when it's connected to a super-high-speed network."

On videoconference calls, Walker says, you'll be able to get a crystal-clear picture with no need to connect to Wi-Fi. You'll also be able to add more people to the conference without losing quality. "You'd get a little constrained by the screen size and how much your eyes can discern, but at the end of the day those are just user interface and design limitations," Walker says. "You no longer have boundaries that are based on the network quality."

Looking at the bigger picture, Walker predicts that higher-speed connections will erase much of the friction inherent to working remotely. Companies will have little hesitance about hiring the best employees regardless of their location. "The future of work is letting people be productive from wherever they are, however works best for them," he says. "And 5G is a big piece of allowing that to happen."

Of course, this is all dependent on telecom companies' actually making 5G accessible everywhere. Many carriers started rolling out 5G in the latter half of 2019, and most of the early beneficiaries have been urban areas. Some experts have expressed concern that the technology will roll out slowly--if at all--to rural customers because of the low return on investment of building infrastructure in sparsely populated areas.

But if it does, expect big changes. Though Walker admits he's biased, he predicts that communication will be the industry most revolutionized by the rollout of 5G. "This will affect the whole future of work," he says, "and the future of society, and the future of productivity."

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