September 9th, 2011 → 7:04 am @ Ari Kaplan
Larry Port, the co-founder and CEO of Rocket Matter posted an interesting series of suggestions about generating ideas in a group, ranging from buying lunch to using mind maps. 6 Ways to Generate Ideas in a Group on the company’s Legal Productivity blog offers a variety of ideas for creating forward momentum in an organization. One of the most compelling is #6 — Regularly Schedule Start, Stop, Continue Meetings. Port explains that every two weeks, his team meets for 15-30 minutes and answers the following questions:
* What should we start doing that would help us?
* What’s not working that we should stop?
* What have we recently implemented that we should continue?
These three questions are just as applicable to individuals as organizations. They prompt reflection and action.
August 23rd, 2011 → 7:25 am @ Ari Kaplan
With the 2011 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference on everyone’s mind, I thought it would be interesting to speak with Chris La Cour, the founder and executive director of the most recent law-related tech conference, the Carmel Valley E-Discovery Retreat (called the CVEDR for 2012). La Cour describes the event as a conference for e-discovery professionals at all levels in various disciplines. We discussed his background, the genesis for the initiative, his team’s goals and the challenges of producing a conference in this environment, among other topics.
Our full video conversation is available here:
August 15th, 2011 → 7:26 am @ Ari Kaplan
I have been a fan of Lawline.com and its CEO, David Schnurman, for many years. He is always striving to build a better product by cultivating a culture that imbues it with passion. This ode to his commitment made me smile, but also prompts the viewer to ask how (if) your employees would pay tribute in the same way.
August 10th, 2011 → 4:49 pm @ Ari Kaplan
With the stock market on everyone’s mind, it seems appropriate to share the insights of an industry expert on securities. During my recent visit to Boston, I had the chance to interview Gary Levine, the talented founder and CEO of Two Step Software, which makes Corporate Focus. The tool provides legal and finance professionals greater insight into their corporate transactions from start-up to exit. Technology has transformed the nature of this type of record-keeping and Levine characterizes that shift in our discussion below:
August 3rd, 2011 → 7:38 am @ Ari Kaplan
Their thought leadership adds to the transformation of the entire industry. I had the chance to speak with e-discovery authority Gabe Acevedo of Gabe’s Guide during the BigHand tour, who shared his thoughts about that evolution in the interview below. “E-Discovery is an industry that is constantly reinventing itself,” he says highlighting that the key theme of 2011 is predictive coding, which he describes as Watson-like in its impact on document review.
July 27th, 2011 → 11:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
David Snow, ALM’s editorial director for technology, shared a great recap of Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual Survey of In-House Technology in- Small Surprises in the 2011 In-House Tech Survey. He notes that in addition to providing insights on mobile security policies and cloud computing, the survey highlights variable success with requiring law firms to use e-billing systems selected by their clients to organize bills, reduce confusion or human error, and realize immediate savings. It seems like a clear road toward greater efficiency, but Snow reports that only 35 percent of the companies surveyed require e-billing, citing law firm objections to paying vendor fees.
I had a second opportunity to speak with Jay Shepherd, the visionary founder of Prefix, LLC, while on the BigHand reinvention tour in June (our first interaction was in connection with this research report: The Evolution of the Legal Profession: A Conversation with the Legal Community’s Thought Leaders on the Front Lines of an Industry in Transition, sponsored by DiscoverReady). He discusses the reinvention of billing in profession services below:
July 18th, 2011 → 8:16 am @ Ari Kaplan
In my new book, Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011), I profiled, among many other ideas, Zipnosis, a web-based services that allows you to interact with a live doctor and receive a diagnosis (and associated prescription) in about 10 minutes for $25. And, for $9.95/month, LawyerUp will provide you with “a top-notch, pre-screened lawyer working for you within 15 minutes.” LawyerUp (discussed more fully in – NYT: Delivering a Lawyer Within 15 Minutes (Soda Extra)) and Zipnosis represent a new breed of companies reinventing once closely protected professional practices.
July 14th, 2011 → 7:36 am @ Ari Kaplan
Recently, productivity software maker, RocketMatter, introduced a free e-book called: The Law Firm of Tomorrow! – Part One: Marketing 2.0 and Legal Tech Savviness (click on the link to download), which provides –
In reinventing your practice, business or profile, what type of information can you provide in an e-book format to help your audience? RocketMatter will be hosting a free webinar – Reinventing your Law Practice in the Recovery (click on the link to register) – on July 28th from 12-1pm ET during which I will provide a few suggestions for sparking some of these ideas.
I had the opportunity to interview RocketMatter founder, Larry Port, a few years ago. Our discussion highlights many of the trends that have continued to develop and a number of techniques that have helped make the company successful in this environment. Listen below:
July 11th, 2011 → 5:12 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In an interesting example of reinvention, Chicago-based kCura, the maker of Relativity (and a book sponsor on the BigHand Reinvention Tour) announced that its Relativity software platform will gain its own applications marketplace, called Ecosystem, by the end of this summer, and that the new offerings will be developed by kCura, independent software vendors, and the user community.
Law Technology News reports in – kCura Plans E-Discovery App Market – that Digital Reef, Nuix, Pure Discovery, Wave Software, Equivio and Milyli have all provided firm commitments of their participation.
The initiative represents an effort at broadening a market through collaboration and is a great example of recreating a traditional model of technology development.
June 6th, 2011 → 8:30 pm @ admin
At my core, I am a conversation starter and I hope that my new book encourages a series of discussions about reinvention in various industries. My goal has always been to engage others in a dialogue and learn from their insights. This blog will serve to share those lessons. I had the great privilege of speaking with leaders from AON Hewitt, Avvo, Axiom, BlackRock, Cozen O’Connor, Craigslist, Disney, Eden McCallum, Expedia, FMC Technologies, Greenberg Traurig, HARO, JP Morgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, Marcum LLP, MD Anderson Cancer Center, MF Global, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, RocketLawyer, Royal Veterinary College, Texas Children’s Hospital, Yahoo!, Zillow and others for Reinventing Professional Services. I have also been raising the topic of reinvention on my North American tour sponsored by BigHand, Inc.
Here is what Ed Walters, CEO and Co-Founder of Fastcase had to say when we spoke in Washington, DC on June 2, 2011. He suggests that each of us ask: What Does Your New Normal Look Like?
“After the economic downturn, we’re seeing a reboot,” says Walters. He highlights that we are in a period following hard decisions and cuts, when industry leaders are trying to figure out what their “new normal” looks like. He notes that law firms in particular are beginning “a very large exercise in reinvention.”