welcome to Google-West-Lexis-Nexis

oh how i hate the New York Times with its elitist, pseudo-intellectual, east coast, left-wing writers. but hey — put enough of them behind keyboards and eventually one of them will push out Hamlet, or in this case a page-turner about some of my favorite subjects:

  • entrepreneurs
  • search
  • money
  • Google

this piece from the Old Gray Lady reads like the plot of a blockbuster straight-to-DVD movie: brash young entrepreneurs with a dream and Stanford MBA are whisked from parents’ garage to fabulous offices where they are busy creating the next big thing in … search? okay, so it’s not the Manhattan Project, but it leaves no doubt that better legal search looms around the corner and will not come from Westlaw or Lexis, who will try to stop it just as they have every other innovation that threatened their duopoly. but this time they won’t be able to. the parallels between the legal field and the dominance of Microsoft and Yahoo in the search space is undeniable. how will this all play out? consider this: it took a couple of dreamers to challenge Microsoft and become Google; now a new crop is nipping at Google’s heels to develop better search algorithms and one day become your virtual law librarian.

LPM RECOMMENDS: keep your eye on these contenders in the search space

powerset: natural language search

hakia: meaning-based search (lawyer friendly)

chacha: biggest research-powered search

snap: semantic search that learns from you

wikia: user-contributed content (wikis) plus searches
Going to a  law school is a huge investment but worth your while.

One response to “welcome to Google-West-Lexis-Nexis

  1. The first big development is the creation of a
    digital data base. Don’t think your office is
    any different that most Law Firms today.
    Which in effect is a reflection on the legal
    system as a whole. {still paper based}

    Lexis/Thomson has been very careful when it
    comes to “access” of data. You must be a
    subscribed user. That again only applies too
    those that can “afford” it. Now if we bring into
    play the other 70% of the legal sector that
    currently is NOT part of this system those numbers
    create opportunity. VCs and developers know
    market share.

    Subscription base model will stay standard, but
    now we compete on PRICE over the SAME service
    deeper pockets always prevail. This what tech
    advancements is suppose to do. Allow you to
    grow your business while lowering your operating
    cost. This common thread of business is still
    not seen in the Legal Sector, you have to buy
    high at it stays there….

    Some of you still pay $300+ a month in hosting
    a web site. $3,600 a year? And your not buried
    in clients?

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