Launching a startup
A small team with a big idea. I've loved watching Summize grow and grow.
I met Tom, the founder of Summize, whilst I was contracting at Zuto and he was working as their in-house lawyer. We got on well and he showed me a very ropey looking prototype that he and Dave had made. It looked completely unusable, yet the idea behind it was brilliant. Upload a contract and it will instantly give you a summary of the key points. Even better you could upload hundreds in one go and compare the key-points immediately.
I was instantly struck by the idea and told Tom that if he ever needed any design help he should give me a shout. 6 months later he got in contact. We worked out an arrangement were I would help get the design off the ground to show investors without costing him an arm and a leg.
The challenge I faced is I didn't understand the slightest thing about legal and the terminology was extremely complex. Just understanding what Tom's prototype was doing was tricky enough but my aspiration was that although the contents might be complex the system itself should be as intuitive to a non-lawyer as an actual lawyer.
Robin Gibson (Snr Designer)
Tom Dunlop (Lawyer and founder)
Dave Smith (Dev and founder)
Andy Isherwood (Tech lead)
Rich Somerfield (CTO)
Veronica Harradence (Junior Dev)
I worked from discovery to finished product