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Few tech topics captivated our collective conscious quite like blockchain did in the last half of the previous decade. Real adoption of this innovative technology has materialized in banking, finance, law enforcement, energy, insurance, real estate, supply chain management, and practically every other business sector.Looking forward into the next 10 years, several blockchain use cases are likely to be dominated by certain key trends. AML & the international stage As the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies, anti-money laundering (AML), and international monetary policy will still be front and center for the coming decade. “We’re going to make sure that bitcoin doesn’t become…
Few tech topics captivated our collective conscious quite like blockchain did in the last half of the previous decade. Real adoption of this innovative technology has materialized in banking, finance, law enforcement, energy, insurance, real estate, supply chain management, and practically every other business sector.Looking forward into the next 10 years, several blockchain use cases are likely to be dominated by certain key trends. AML & the international stage As the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies, anti-money laundering (AML), and international monetary policy will still be front and center for the coming decade. “We’re going to make sure that bitcoin doesn’t become…
The overlap between software companies and law firms may be spreading, but not without casualties. The latest may be the many lawyers that had until this week worked for the well-funded legal start-up Atrium. On January 13, the company announced the layoff of most of its legal staff and outlined a shift in its business model toward technology services, jettisoning its earlier goal to disrupt the law firm model via subscription services. Or, as Atrium co-founder and CEO Justin Kan told the tech press: “It’s a natural evolution for us to create a sustainable model.” Atrium had hoped to be…
The overlap between software companies and law firms may be spreading, but not without casualties. The latest may be the many lawyers that had until this week worked for the well-funded legal start-up Atrium. On January 13, the company announced the layoff of most of its legal staff and outlined a shift in its business model toward technology services, jettisoning its earlier goal to disrupt the law firm model via subscription services. Or, as Atrium co-founder and CEO Justin Kan told the tech press: “It’s a natural evolution for us to create a sustainable model.” Atrium had hoped to be…
“Now let me welcome everybody to the Wild Wild West A state that’s untouchable like Eliot Ness” -Tupac Shakur Is the practice of law in west coast states really untouchable? Rules on law firm ownership and nonlawyer ability to provide legal delivery services could be changing in some western American states, ushering in possibilities of industry-shaking changes to the practice and the business of law. Utah, California, Arizona, and Washington have each made headlines in recent weeks as task groups begin to critically rethink ethic rules that have traditionally limited ownership in law firms to lawyers and regulated who can…
“Now let me welcome everybody to the Wild Wild West A state that’s untouchable like Eliot Ness” -Tupac Shakur Is the practice of law in west coast states really untouchable? Rules on law firm ownership and nonlawyer ability to provide legal delivery services could be changing in some western American states, ushering in possibilities of industry-shaking changes to the practice and the business of law. Utah, California, Arizona, and Washington have each made headlines in recent weeks as task groups begin to critically rethink ethic rules that have traditionally limited ownership in law firms to lawyers and regulated who can…
Facebook has officially introduced its cryptocurrency to the world. Called Libra, it will function as a stablecoin, allowing Facebook’s two billion users to make purchases across Facebook’s various platforms by 2020. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to maintain a single market price. Differing from bitcoin, whose value is based on scarcity of available bitcoins, stablecoin value is tied to Fiat currencies or other assets such as commodities, other cryptocurrencies, or other crypto-collateralized or algorithm-backed non-collateralized assets. Because of this anchor, stablecoin usage in commercial transactions has increased in recent years, as has holding stablecoins for treasury or investment purposes. Libra will…
Facebook has officially introduced its cryptocurrency to the world. Called Libra, it will function as a stablecoin, allowing Facebook’s two billion users to make purchases across Facebook’s various platforms by 2020. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to maintain a single market price. Differing from bitcoin, whose value is based on scarcity of available bitcoins, stablecoin value is tied to Fiat currencies or other assets such as commodities, other cryptocurrencies, or other crypto-collateralized or algorithm-backed non-collateralized assets. Because of this anchor, stablecoin usage in commercial transactions has increased in recent years, as has holding stablecoins for treasury or investment purposes. Libra will…
Another year, another Legalweek 2019. There have been a lot of great pieces about the changes coming and innovations here, including several from the Legal Executive Institute. I was going to write one too, predicting my top trends for 2019 and recapping the great conversations I had around leveraging analytics, managing messaging data, or document automation. Instead of following the crowd (and paling in comparison to David Curle’s writing), I’m going to talk about Geoff Calkins. As a kid in Buffalo, Geoff wanted to be a sportswriter. But, coming from a hyperprofessional family, he put that dream away, earned his…
Another year, another Legalweek 2019. There have been a lot of great pieces about the changes coming and innovations here, including several from the Legal Executive Institute. I was going to write one too, predicting my top trends for 2019 and recapping the great conversations I had around leveraging analytics, managing messaging data, or document automation. Instead of following the crowd (and paling in comparison to David Curle’s writing), I’m going to talk about Geoff Calkins. As a kid in Buffalo, Geoff wanted to be a sportswriter. But, coming from a hyperprofessional family, he put that dream away, earned his…
John Mackey has a trust problem. The Juilliard-trained, Cambridge-based composer/food blogger has made a career for himself writing exciting, contemporary classical music you’ll hear played by the Dallas Wind Symphony, set to dance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, or featured in your kid’s school marching band show. He’s a rare success: writing music that receives thousands of performances in an age where classical music is said to have less and less of a profitable trajectory. But, part of John’s ability to make a living is his ability now to self-publish his music. His distrust for music publishers and…
John Mackey has a trust problem. The Juilliard-trained, Cambridge-based composer/food blogger has made a career for himself writing exciting, contemporary classical music you’ll hear played by the Dallas Wind Symphony, set to dance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, or featured in your kid’s school marching band show. He’s a rare success: writing music that receives thousands of performances in an age where classical music is said to have less and less of a profitable trajectory. But, part of John’s ability to make a living is his ability now to self-publish his music. His distrust for music publishers and…
Here’s a holiday blog post for you. For some, it’s Christmastime, the conclusion of Hanukkah, or prep for Kwanza, Festivus, or another holiday. For me, it’s basketball season. And AI is here for it. Today, you can find AI doing everything from diagnosing cancer to cooking cheeseburgers. Robots deliver items to your room at the Axiom Hotel in San Francisco and store your luggage for you at Yotel in New York. Christies is selling AI-generated art for over $400,000.00. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and others are now omnipresent companions in our daily lives, Bank of America wants Erica to be one,…
Here’s a holiday blog post for you. For some, it’s Christmastime, the conclusion of Hanukkah, or prep for Kwanza, Festivus, or another holiday. For me, it’s basketball season. And AI is here for it. Today, you can find AI doing everything from diagnosing cancer to cooking cheeseburgers. Robots deliver items to your room at the Axiom Hotel in San Francisco and store your luggage for you at Yotel in New York. Christies is selling AI-generated art for over $400,000.00. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and others are now omnipresent companions in our daily lives, Bank of America wants Erica to be one,…
Conan O’Brien sounds a lot like a law firm these days. The TV host is changing his late night show in 2019 from the Carson-esque hourlong, multi-interview format to a half hour, less structured show leveraging digital outlets and live remotes. O’Brien is the longest-running host in late night television, having hosted an hourlong talk show since 1993, first on NBC and since 2010 on TBS. A student of late night, reverent toward Jack Paar and Steve Allen, this is his first attempt to entirely rethink the format of a late night show. Comedy Central’s Daily Show and Colbert Report…
Conan O’Brien sounds a lot like a law firm these days. The TV host is changing his late night show in 2019 from the Carson-esque hourlong, multi-interview format to a half hour, less structured show leveraging digital outlets and live remotes. O’Brien is the longest-running host in late night television, having hosted an hourlong talk show since 1993, first on NBC and since 2010 on TBS. A student of late night, reverent toward Jack Paar and Steve Allen, this is his first attempt to entirely rethink the format of a late night show. Comedy Central’s Daily Show and Colbert Report…