Q. What have you been up to since leaving Weil?
After I left Weil, I co-founded Kira Systems, a leading machine learning contract analysis software company, with Alex Hudek, who has a Ph.D. in computer science. We created an innovative system to extract and analyze key details from contracts. At Weil, I did and supervised a bunch of contract review work. I came to realize that (i) corporate lawyers spend a vast amount of time extracting data from contracts, (ii) they make a lot of mistakes in the course of doing this work, and (iii) they tend to be reviewing contracts for the same provisions over and over again (change of control, assignment, restrictive covenants, etc.). Since lawyers were often looking for the same information across contracts, we thought we could use stateof-the-art computer science to help them find and extract this information. It was just the two of us when we started, and our team has grown to more than 25 people. We’ve never taken in outside financing, so all of that growth is driven by revenue. Kira means “ray of light” in Sanskrit, and we chose this name because we shed a ray of light on contracts, supplementing lawyers in finding information they seek in them. I also just finished writing a children’s book on machine learning called Robbie the Robot Learns to Read. I have two young sons (my wife, Jennifer Waisberg, is an ex-Weil senior associate who left the Firm to focus on mothering less than a year ago), was reading a lot of children’s books, and I thought a book for kids on machine learning would be something that people would get a smile out of. As it turns out, it’s the world’s first children’s book on machine learning. We’ve gotten very positive feedback on it so far, and some Weil people have copies.