This year marks the 10th anniversary of Kira Systems, the first company to develop AI-powered contract analysis, technology that is now becoming commonplace in the legal profession. To mark the anniversary, Kira’s cofounders are releasing a book, AI For Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise, and Transforming Careers.

When CEO Noah Waisberg, a former lawyer, and CTO Dr. Alexander Hudek, a computer scientist, launched Kira in 2011, they thought it would be easy to develop machine-learning software to review contracts. They quickly found out otherwise. It was two years before they had a product to sell and nearly three before they earned a penny of revenue. 

This week on LawNext, Waisberg and Hudek join host Bob Ambrogi to share their story of founding and building Kira Systems into one of the world’s leading legal technology companies, used by law firms throughout the world. 

They also discuss their new book, the topics it covers, and the “friends” from the legal tech industry who helped them write it. 

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  • Law Insider, producer of the show Contract Teardown, where they analyze the contracts that others are talking about. 

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Photo of Bob Ambrogi Bob Ambrogi

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.