Today I am excited to announce that Ravel will be joining forces with LexisNexis.
Nik and I founded Ravel in a (law school) dorm room at Stanford in 2012, and the journey since then has been an amazing one, full of more ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, than we ever could have imagined. My favorite experience, though, by far, has been the privilege of working with incredibly talented and generous people: our team, our advisors and investors, our customers, and law students and professors from around the country. None of Ravel’s success would be possible without them.
From the start, Ravel’s purpose has been to help students and attorneys research more confidently and make data-driven decisions, with intuitive, visual software. Over a few short years, we have made remarkable progress in fulfilling that mission. We’ve also been able to broaden our ambition and expand our product goals, as the machine learning, data processing, and artificial intelligence we develop to model and extract meaning from litigation documents allow increasingly rapid innovation.
Integrating into the LexisNexis family marks the next step for Ravel, certainly not a finish line. (I like the idea of companies having multiple “founding” moments, and this is one of those.) Through the global reach of LexisNexis, Ravel’s products will now reach millions of people. By leveraging its massive data collections, we will continue developing cutting-edge technology at scale. LexisNexis has asked all of our talented team, including executive leadership, to step into important roles at the company, and we are excited to carry forward our vision and share our customer-focused culture of innovation and design-thinking. We are on a trajectory to take something great and make it even better.
Additionally, we are delighted that LexisNexis will be honoring our commitment to provide open access to American caselaw, a project that we began in collaboration with Harvard Law School. As proud as we are of our products, this digitization project is even more transformative for the American public in the long run. We are excited to continue expanding access to this resource and increasing the valuable ways in which it can be used.
Going forward this year, we will continue to directly serve our customers. Simultaneously, we will be integrating with LexisNexis Litigation Profile Suite and Lexis Advance – a process we expect to complete by early 2018 – to ensure a seamless transition for our users.
We are just getting started and I’m sure there will be more to share in the months to come. Sincere thanks to all.
Special thanks to:
- Current and former Ravel team members and contributors
- Advisors John Rodkin, Matthew Burkley, Perry Klebahn, Michael Dearing, Larry Kramer, and Heather Cameron
- Investors at NEA – Patrick Chung, Jon Sakoda, Colin Bryant; North Bridge; Ulu Ventures – Miriam Rivera and Clint Korver; and Jon Lehr at Work-Bench
- Ralph Baxter
- Ron Dolin
- Jonathan Zittrain, Adam Ziegler, and the entire fantastic team at Harvard Law School
- Our families and significant others for supporting us!