Mission

To transform how businesses contract.

To help enterprises get to agreements faster with less risk.

To eliminate legalese.

What We Believe

Clarity

Clear contracts that are easy to read and understood by all. The strongest relationships are built when parties share a mutual understanding of what they are agreeing to, what is important to the other side, and where they stand.

Fairness

Balanced agreements designed to build long-term relationships between the parties and not just to advance the short term gains of one party. Fairness in relationships with suppliers, customers, and partners helps everyone and is a foundation that endures.

Consistency

Terms that truly embody what the company can accept and not accept, with consistency across the contract portfolio. Teams that understand the company’s boundaries are able to make better deals, which are in alignment with the company’s long-term goals.

Efficiency

Teams need a 360˚ view of what they have agreed to in the past, what they can do right now, and what the company wants to steer towards in the future. When all the information is presented through a streamlined workflow, solutions aren’t just better, they also arrive with less friction.

Integrity

All parties are comfortable standing by their performance, because they understood what they agreed to and the correct people were involved. It’s an absolute necessity to make it easy for all those required to support a relationship to be an integral part of the promises made, so they can keep them.

Our team

Derek
Schueren

Chief Executive Officer

Derek Schueren is CEO and co-founder of Akorda where he is working to bring the market together to transform how businesses contract. Previously, he founded Recommind, a big data analytics company where he worked with Global 2000 clients, global law firms, and technology partners in the areas of eDiscovery and Information Access. He is also an active investor and advisor to various start-ups with a focus on enterprise software and artificial intelligence. Derek holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Brown University and a Masters from University of Oregon.

Peter
Charles

Chief Technology Officer

Peter is CTO and a co-founder, leading technology strategy and development. Previously, he was Sr. Director of Product Management at OpenText (Recommind Inc.), with ownership of Enterprise Search and SaaS Infrastructure. As an early member of the Recommind team, Peter led Professional Services, Development and Product teams with a focus on search user interfaces, machine learning and content integration. Peter completed his undergraduate degree at Trinity College and a graduate degree in Information Management & Systems at UC Berkeley.

Jonathan
Rosen

Chief Product Officer

Jonathan Rosen is CPO and co-founder of Akorda, working with clients to understand their contracting problems and translating needs to customer-centric products. Previously, he headed product management at One Legal, where he was responsible for introducing multiple new legal products. Prior, Jon fueled high-growth stages at public companies Ariba and Gartner, as well as held product leadership roles at startups Kenshoo and CrowdFlower. Jonathan completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the George Washington University’s School of Business.

Kingsley
Martin

Chief Contract Scientist

Kingsley is Chief Contract Scientist and co-founder of Akorda, guiding the development of Akorda’s AI software by creating data-driven methodologies that form the basis of contract science. Kingsley regularly consults with law firms, large corporations, and governments to optimize their contacting processing. Kingsley is also the founder of KMStandards and contractstandards.com. Kingsley served as CIO at AmLaw 100 firms and held strategic planning roles at Thomson Reuters. Kingsley holds law degrees from Oxford University and Harvard Law School.

Our Advisors

Joaquin
Delgado

Joaquin A. Delgado is currently Director of Machine Learning for Groupon, working on search and recommender systems for local e-commerce. Previously, he worked at Verizon on disruptive technologies, including TV recommender systems, media search, and semantics. Prior, he was a Director at Intel Media and CTO at AdBrite, Lending Club and TripleHop. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan and a Computer Engineering degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela.

Peter
Krakaur

Peter Krakaur is currently a Vice President at UnitedLex, where he counsels enterprises on strategies to align the business and practice of law in support of company goals. Previously, as Director of Legal Operations at SolarCity, he was responsible for the development and administration of processes and systems that drove operational efficiencies. Prior, he held the role of Chief Knowledge Officer at Orrick. Peter graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jan
Puzicha

Dr. Jan Puzicha is VP Product Management for Text Analytics and Discovery at OpenText. Previously, he founded Recommind (acq. OpenText) and served as its CTO and VP Product Management, leveraging his expertise in real-time information optimization and statistical modeling. Prior, Jan held a research fellow position in the Computer Science Dept. at UC Berkeley, where he worked on machine learning problems and on research in graphical models and computer vision. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, where he graduated with honors.

Russ
Andersson

Russ Andersson is currently an early stage investor and consultant where he works with early stage companies to define their go to market and capitalization strategies. Previously, Russ has worked as the CFO of startups HintMD, ZyBooks, and AtlasLift Tech where he raised capital and drove revenue from inception to $10M and beyond. Russ founded Nadex, now owned by the IG Group, and Edenventures, the European venture capital fund of the year in 2007. Russ has a BBA (accounting/computer science) from Angelo State University and is a CAIA.

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