Sept. 30, 2020, was Josh Becker’s last day in legal tech, at least for the time being, as he pursues his campaign for election to the California state Senate in the district that encompasses Silicon Valley cities such as Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park.

Most recently, Becker was chairman of the trailblazing legal analytics company Lex Machina and head of legal analytics at LexisNexis, which acquired Lex Machina in 2015. Previously, he was Lex Machina’s CEO, a role he stepped into shortly after Stanford Law School spun it off into a private company.

Becker also heads the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program, which recently announced its fifth cohort of startup participants, and which he will continue to stay involved with on a reduced basis.

On Becker’s last day in legal tech, he sat down for an interview with LawNext host Bob Ambrogi, to recount his career, share his observations about the industry, and offer advice for startups in the field.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.