October 11th, 2011 → 5:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
I spoke recently with Jay Leib, who leads the advice@kCura team at kCura, which makes Relativity. Leib’s team performs custom solution development and provides workflow guidance. We discussed the new Relativity Ecosystem, interoperability trends focusing on tools that solve business problems, and the buzz about creating apps for legal technology software at kCura’s annual user conference, Relativity Fest.
Listen to our interview below:
October 7th, 2011 → 2:05 pm @ Ari Kaplan
I had the chance today to speak with Lisa DiMonte, CEO of MyLegal.com, a website that helps lawyers select vendors, about the site’s new Legal Vendor Deals program, in which a MyLegal member provides a discount on its services to those in the legal profession.
In an effort to reinvent the typical daily deals model, MyLegal has combined these offers with vendor reviews. As such, the site offers information about an organization or individual, as well as access to any available ratings and commentary associated with that organization or individual.
For the remainder of 2011, membership is free, but as of January 1, 2012, MyLegal expects to charge $600 per month for its promotions. Unlike traditional deal-oriented sites, such as Groupon or LivingSocial, MyLegal only focuses on the legal profession and does not accept any referral fee.
Although this is the first week of the initiative, the company already has 30 deals pending from vendors that offer a variety of services, including e-discovery support, e-briefs, and continuing legal education.
Listen to our interview below.
October 5th, 2011 → 6:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
In a rare interview with Paolo Coelho, the bestselling author of The Alchemist, among many other books, discusses his newly released, Aleph, with Brendon Burchard. He shares his experience reinventing his career from law school dropout to world-famous novelist. Listen here.
October 3rd, 2011 → 11:58 am @ Ari Kaplan
I read this article in the National Law Journal – Study of Refugees From Failed Law Firms Concludes that Networking Works – and was so intrigued by the research that I contacted Chris Rider, an organizational sociologist, who serves as an Assistant Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School to discuss his working paper – Networks, Hiring, and Inter-organizational Mobility: Evidence from Law Firm Dissolutions.
According to the article, Heller Ehrman; Thelen; Thacher Proffitt Wood; WolfBlock; Dreier; and Morgan & Finnegan ceased operations in 2008 and 2009. Professor Rider tracked the employment of the 1,426 attorneys left jobless by the dissolutions of their firms by reviewing LinkedIn, Martindale-Hubbell and other online directories. He confirmed that 88% found jobs and noted that many of those positions were the result of proactive networking (he highlighted that more of them may have found jobs, but he could not locate them them). Among other trends, he concluded that firms are more likely to hire a lawyer’s former colleagues and those from a particular alumni network.
Listen to our interview below, in which he remarks that “the people you work with are in a better position to speak to your talent, your expected productivity and your ability to complement others.”
September 28th, 2011 → 1:25 pm @ Ari Kaplan
I recently read about EasySign, a mobile e-signature application for consumers that is reinventing the way individuals execute documents on the go without printers, scanners or fax machines. I had the opportunity to speak with the company’s co-founder, Stephen Greenwood, about the genesis of EasySign, the success of its iPhone app, the upcoming launch of its Android app, and the future of the mobile applications market. Listen to our interview below and feel free to watch how it works.
September 26th, 2011 → 1:30 pm @ Ari Kaplan
My colleague, Larry Bodine, the founder of LawMarketing.com and a prominent legal marketing authority for over a decade, has taken his talents to LexisNexis, where he will serve as the editor-in-chief for Lawyers.com and Martindale.com. During a recent meeting, I asked him about his goals for the two sites and what the legal community can expect from their reinvention. Watch our interview below:
September 20th, 2011 → 8:47 am @ Ari Kaplan
When Matt Homann told me that he occasionally sends his client an invoice that says simply: pay what you think my services for this project/speech/consultation were worth, I was intrigued. When I read this post on Lawyerist.com by Alex Bajwa, a Minnesota estate planning attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota, I was both surprised and yet not surprised at all. Bajwa is a creative solo practitioner with whom I had the privilege of speaking about reinvention in small firm practice. His video discussing the firm’s “Name Your Own Price” campaign and our interview are below:
September 16th, 2011 → 2:45 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In my continuing series about reinvention in the legal and other professions, I recently had the opportunity to interview David DePietto, the CEO of NexFirm, a company that helps lawyers create their ideal law firm by providing all of the supporting resources, strategic planning and administration necessary to achieve their goal as efficiently as possible. Watch our discussion below:
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.
September 7th, 2011 → 7:34 am @ Ari Kaplan
The introduction of Reinventing Professional Services is called “The Rise of the White Collar Hustler and Your Path to Practical Innovation.” The term ‘hustler’ is meant to characterize an individual, who is proactive, creative and enthusiastic. I had the opportunity to discuss success traits of white-collar hustlers with Priya David Clemens and Paul Sloan on BNET. Feel free to watch our discussion below. You are also welcome to download a PDF of the first chapter of Reinventing Professional Services — “Finding Your Way in a More Informal, Instant World” by clicking on the link.