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Legalist funds your court case if its algorithm says you can win

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) Legalist has an algorithm that has analyzed 10 million court cases to make a strong estimate of the likely outcomes of court cases.

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Most small businesses don’t want to risk it

Lawsuits are expensive. In fact, so expensive, that many small businesses would rather avoid them, sacrificing justice they deserve rather than risk draining their bank accounts. After all, the possibility of walking out of the courtroom with nothing but a hefty bill is frightening. Court cases are a chancy gamble. Enter Legalist.

Let Legalist roll the dice

Eva Shang, cofounder of a new startup called Legalist, has an algorithm that she thinks can determine the odds of that gamble.

Legalist’s algorithm has analyzed 10 million court cases, and uses that information to make a strong estimate of the likely outcomes of court cases.

The tech startup uses this information to decide whether or not to fund court cases. It’s called third-party litigation funding. The practice has recently come into the spotlight after it was revealed that Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley billionaire and PayPal founder, was secretly bankrolling Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the website Gawker.

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Shang, who is a Thiel Fellow and received a $100,000 investment from Thiel’s foundation, nonetheless wants to shy away from the stereotype of an ambulance chaser. While it is speculated that Thiel was moved to fund Hogan’s lawsuit by a personal vendetta against Gawker, who outed Thiel as gay in 2007, Shang insists that Legalist will be strictly business.

They foot the bill

So far, they are focusing on business tort cases. They aren’t pursuing personal injury claims. In fact, they aren’t pursuing new cases at all, but instead, are letting businesses already embroiled in lawsuits to come to them.

Legalist expects to invest between $50,000 and $500,000 in court cases with a potential claim of $1 million or more, claiming up to 50 percent of the settlement. These are non-recourse investments, meaning that if the lawsuit is lost, Legalist has to swallow the bill.

Waiting to rake in the moolah

These are high-stakes bets, and right now Shang and her cofounder are using personal assets to fund the company. However, they are confident that their “data-backed” algorithm can accurately predict winning court cases, so they expect to eventually rake in large returns.

Besides paying for legal fees, funds from Legalist can also be used for operational costs to keep businesses afloat while they’re in court. For small businesses, this could be a great way to level the playing field, making litigation possible despite its enormous costs, with far less risk to your company.

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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Is this normal (you wonder about your business)?

(ENTREPRENEURIALISM) It can be lonely not being able to openly ask potentially embarrassing questions about your business – there’s a way to do it anonymously…

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Entrepreneurialism is wildly rewarding – you are fully in control of the direction of your company, and you’re solving the world’s problems. But it’s also isolating when you’re not sure if what you’re experiencing is normal.

Sure, there’s Google, news networks (like ours), and professional connections to help you navigate, but sometimes you just want to know if something simple you’re seeing is normal.

Is Instagram Stories really where it’s at? Probably not if you’re a consultant.

Is it normal for an employee to attempt to re-negotiate their salary on their first day? Nope, but how do you keep the desirable employee without being bullied into new terms?

Do all entrepreneurs spend their first year in business as exhausted as a new parent? Sometimes.

You have questions, and together, we can share our experiences.

We have a brand new Facebook Group that is already wildly engaging, active, and you’d be amazed at how selflessly helpful people are – and we invite you to be one of them.

Want to anonymously ask a question about something you’re unsure is normal or not?

Click here to submit your question, and we’ll select as many as possible to discuss in the Facebook Group!

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Amazon on a collision course with politicians as they strengthen their monopoly

(BUSINESS) E-commerce has come a long way in the last decade, specifically led by Amazon, but are their controlling ways putting them on a collision course with regulators?

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In March, Amazon stopped replenishing weekly purchase orders for tens of thousands of vendors in a move that has stirred up some trouble. The tech giant has once flexed its power over first-party sellers over their platform. And it’s not the first time.

Amazon originally sent out to vendors as an automated message citing the hold up in orders as a technical glitch. The following day, vendors were told the change was permanent. The affected vendors were categorized as making $10 million or less in sales volume per year and not having managers at Amazon. Vendors selling specialized goods that were difficult to ship were also a factor.

The effects can have remarkable effects on the market as Amazon’s algorithms decide who is able to sell what to whom via their near-ubiquitous platform. According to John Ghiorso, the CEO of Orca Pacific, an Amazon agency for consultation and manufacturers representatives, the decision is driven by financial data such as total revenue, profitability, and catalog size.

In a response from an Amazon spokesperson, the change was made in order to improve value, convenience, and selection for customers. The mass termination of purchase orders and the delayed response from Amazon herald the transition to the One Vendor system, putting vendors in an exclusive relationship with Amazon. This system will merge the current Seller Central and Vendor Central.

Amazon’s message is loud and clear: they will do what’s in their best interest to mitigate the market for their convenience. One may be reminded of the anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft in 2001.

The lack of warning didn’t do them any favors either.

While smaller businesses need to change for Amazon’s program, first-party business will revolve around larger brands like Nike with whom Amazon is maintaining a relationship.

Despite the streamlined platform Amazon is going for, the company wields power over vendors and customers alike. Capitalism is one thing, but monopolies are a whole other ball game, and politicians are finally paying attention.

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Culture Codes is the guide you need for company culture questions

(BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR) One of the biggest sellers of a company to a prospective employee or customer is their culture. Culture Codes has compiled some the biggest companies cultures in convenient decks for you to study and align with.

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Organizational culture is a hot button of conversation. While a variety of definitions exist, one way of defining Culture is the way businesses exist – a summary of values, rituals, and organizational mythology that helps employees make sense of the organization they work in.

Organizational cultures are often reflected in Mission, Vision, and Value statements of organizations.

What many entrepreneurs or new organization struggle with as well, is how to create a culture from the ground up. What kinds of statements and values do they advocate? What are areas of focus? Who are our competitors and what can we do to create a service, product, or quality advantage?

Building a strong culture can be challenging, but a good place to start is looking at the best cultures around.

A new resource by Tettra, Culture Codes, has everything you could want to know on different companies their cultures available for you to study up.

Over 40 companies employing over 280,000 employees have created culture decks and collected core values and mission statements. Companies like Spotify, Netflix, LinkedIn, and NASA have all contributed information.

This information is great for young companies or entrepreneurs to start building a schema about what kind of culture they want to create.

Or existing established companies can look towards peers and competitors and help decide what statements they want to engage culture change on.

For job seekers, Tettra can help potential employees gauge if they are a fit for an organization, or discover that maybe an organization they dream about working for has a culture they may not jive with. And perhaps most valuably, transparently showing off your culture and allowing it to be compared means that organizations can better compete in the talent market.

Recruiters should be obsessed with talking about culture – because it keeps people in the door.

The reasons why people leave employment: work/ life balance, poor treatment, lack of training, or relationship issues with a supervisor or boss; in many ways are a by-product of organizational culture. If you want to compete in the talent market, make culture a selling point and show it off in everything you do.

Even consumer’s benefit from learning about an organization’s culture – values that indicate a commitment to excellence in ethics make consumers feel good about supporting an organization.

It pays to have a good culture. I encourage you to head over to tetra.co/culture-codes and see how companies like Etsy are keeping it real, every day.

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