The Future of Law And Why Lawyers May Save Humanity
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It started with a Number and a Question: What is the Future of Law? The discussions surrounding the mundane anxieties of lawyers losing jobs to robots spurned my interest. Most jobs (pdf) in the information age will ultimately be replaced by automation and many believe humanity itself is in danger of being wiped out. Now whatever the…

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2015 Year in Review: The Cool, The Beautiful & The Intelligent
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2015 was quite an eventful year in legal tech. Here’s my shortlist in random order: Apparently AI is the new Black. ‘Hire Peter’ earn an astonishing 755 votes on ProductHunt; But Big Data has all grown up and will electrify the legal sector; In September 2015, we surpassed 1000 legal startups on Angel.co; But 2015 is also the year…

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Legal Startups Charts
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Charts on Legal Tech startup growth

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Electrifying Insights from Big Data In Law
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We recently presented a Masterclass at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), and while preparing I had a couple of insights. As with Artificial Intelligence*, I mostly shied away from the “Big Data” discussion because I felt it was engulfed by Inflated Expectations. Without the right tools to visualize it, more data only provides more…

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What is Perc? A Way To Outsmart Robots
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This might sound crazy but what if we could outsmart robots? We depend on them for a majority of our daily tasks and it is increasingly harder to make decisions without the assistance of an algorithm. Meanwhile, machines are learning at a faster pace and making most of our skills obsolete. But robots have weaknesses, and…

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3 Epic Insights From Hunting Legal Apps on Product Hunt
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In “Who will beat Law Firms?” I mention that Product Hunt had just 22 legal apps. That number seemed a bit low so I went back to see if I could find more. And what I found was Epic. Here are my 3 main insights while collecting legal apps on Product Hunt.

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Corrected: Do Legal Unicorns Exist? Yes, They Will
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Sometimes we make bold statements just to challenge our own assumptions. Dare ourselves to look closer and see if our reality is just a lie. While charting 912+ legal startups I wrote: “I did not spot a unicorn…yet“. How would I know what a legal startup unicorn looks like? What is a unicorn anyway and could…

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Who will beat Law Firms
Who will beat Law Firms? An Interactive Chart
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** Charts updated: Dec, 2015 ** In my previous post I wondered: If the increased demand for legal services is shifting away from law firms, where is it heading? Some believe it’s mostly heading back to corporate counsels and law departments. But that’s basically rebuilding a law firm within a company. Moreover, it seems wasteful to me…

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Psychology of a Legal Service Purchase
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  It recently dawned on me that I might be missing a rudimentary reason underlying the legal industry: why does anyone want to pay for a legal service? “…As always, consult a lawyer…” isn’t mandatory, it’s just a mantra. What is the psychology behind the legal service purchase? And has this behavior shifted? Path How…

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How First-Principle Thinking Uncovered The Mythical Legal Professional Universe
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It’s 2007 and here’s the challenge: conceive the next big legal product. ‘Cite’ — Evernote for legal research — never made it out of the lab, but the lessons are still valuable. One of the artifacts was a mind map which seems to uncover the universe of perhaps all knowledge professionals. 8 years after conception,…

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DESH 3: Smart Legal Tech on your Wrist
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  Awhile ago I wrote that I did not belief in legal technology on your wrist. I changed my mind shortly thereafter but I was haunted by my wavering because: how would it work? DESH DESH debuted on June 17, 2013 in “DESH: Your Personal Legal Assistant with Sense.” The idea: a robot that ‘reads’…

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5 Confessions of a Trackaholic
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On Sunday, February 22, at precisely 16:44, my Fitbit Flex stopped syncing with my iPhone. I just finished 20 minutes on my elliptical trainer and I was feverishly waiting for my workout to appear…I realized I was shackled and gripped by the fear of losing my metrics. These stats made me healthy and happy so…

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