It has been almost one year since I joined Everlaw, and a lot of things have happened in that time! Highlights from my first year included meeting lots of interesting people at Legaltech New York and working closely with the smart and driven people here at Everlaw. Seeing the team work hard to build a better ediscovery tool has been exalting! I also had the opportunity to experience an environment with plenty of room for growth and learning. Fun activities like bubble soccer, ping pong battles, and movie nights were also high points from my first year at a growing legal tech startup.
During my first year, many things changed – on Everlaw’s platform, with Everlaw as a company, and in the legal technology space as a whole.
This year, I got to watch Everlaw’s ediscovery platform transform from a great but unknown tool to a product that’s actively disrupting the crowded ediscovery market. New features like predictive coding, automatic de-duplication, language translation, and a new assignment creation wizard made the tool even more robust this year. Seeing new functionality released every month makes work exciting, and seeing users’ specific requests be implemented is even more rewarding.
Besides the many updates to Everlaw’s platform, there have been plenty of changes to our company. For example, our office has grown since we took over the space across the hall. There are now several new conference rooms – all with fun names, and a room dedicated to games – from pinball to board games. We also keep growing as a company, with a number of new team members joining us. In addition to recently welcoming Clair, we also said hello to two new team members just this week: Serena and Alex! Despite all of these changes, the fun startup culture definitely remains.
The Legal Technology Space
Everlaw is not the only thing that has evolved since I started in August last year. The legal tech industry as a whole has been changing as well. The legal hacker movement continues to flourish, with new vendors forming to address long-standing problems for the legal community. And existing vendors continue to grow as well, offering tech solutions to remove legal drudgery and improve organization. Court decisions have also continued to influence how the industry develops. From judgments about privilege review oversights to those about predictive coding training set disclosure, the judiciary continues to weigh in on the use of legal tools.
I’m looking forward to seeing how Everlaw and the legal technology industry grow over the next year as well. I don’t expect either to slow down one bit!