For episode 7 we visited the San Francisco office of legal tech start-up Atrium and talked to Augie Rakow and Max Cantor. Augie is one of Atrium’s founders and Max heads up Atrium’s artificial intelligence efforts.
Atrium is actually two companies: Atrium LLP, a law firm focused on providing legal services to start-ups, and Atrium LTS (Legal Technology Services), the company providing operational and technological support to Atrium LLP.
Augie hatched the idea to launch Atrium with Justin Kan, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and former partner at Y Combinator (a premier Silicon Valley incubator/accelerator that helped launch a few successful businesses like Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe). Justin’s desire to create a legal tech start-up was at least partly fueled by his experience as a “power user of legal services.”
The talk with Augie and Max is wide ranging: Augie’s studies at divinity school, Max’s hobby of flying planes, why Atrium was founded and how it differs from the conventional law firm model. Augie and Max also discuss the tech Atrium is developing and their future plans.
In this episode we also talk to Jeremiah Kelman of Everchron, a great collaborative case management platform for litigators. If you want to learn more about Everchron, you can contact Jeremiah and his team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things we talk about in this Episode:
Nobuyoshi Ashibe the “Laurence Tribe of Japan”
1:14 How Atrium LLP & LTS is Structured
2:22 Augie Talks About His Experience at Divinity School
4:20 Max Discusses His Hobby – Flying Planes and His Tech Background
8:39 Augie Meets Justin Kan and Starts to Develop the Idea for Atrium
10:45 Interview With Jeremiah Kelman of Everchron
15:23 How Atrium Raised Money From Tech Investors
18:33 Augie Discusses Why it is Hard for Law Firms to Attract Professional Talent
19:54 Max Discusses the Atrium LTS Legal Tech Platform
21:47 Augie Learns Business Concepts from Atrium LTS
24:29 The Legal Products and Areas of Law on Which Atrium is Focused
25:35 Atrium’s Subscription Based Pricing Model
27:05 Max Discusses the Future of Atrium LTS Technology Development
Editing and Production: Grant Blackstock
Theme Music: Home Base (Instrumental Version) by TA2MI