I spoke with Nehal Madhani, the founder and CEO of Alt Legal, a cloud-based software tool to prepare and manage global IP filings. He will be presenting at the Clio Cloud Conference on the role of APIs and how Clio can be leveraged as a platform from the perspective of an attorney and a programmer.We discussed the genesis and evolution of Alt Legal, its influence in the legal market, the competitive landscape for tools of this type, and key predictions, among other topics. In addition, given his experience as a former attorney with a big firm who left the practice to start a software company after teaching himself to code, he shared some advice for lawyers interested in striking out on their own beyond the practice of law.