What is Ravel?
Ravel focuses on visualization-based search of legal data — bringing much-needed innovation to the legal sector (and perhaps eventually to a number of research spaces including medicine and general sciences). We’re building a platform for lawyers and law students with a clean, collaborative interface that provides search and visualization of how legal data (primarily cases) rank and connect. Ravel guides a user’s research process from beginning to end: finding relevant cases, providing textual insights, and organizing the research trail. Although Ravel is currently focusing on the legal sector, there are applications for the platform across research fields!
About the team:
Ravel is all Stanford powered to date. Co-founders Daniel Lewis and Nik Reed both graduated from Stanford Law School in 2012. We started working on the project in mid-2011, first through law school courses, then in LaunchPad at the d.school and eventually earning 2nd Place in the Stanford BASES Business Competition. Daniel has a BA from Johns Hopkins and a JD from Stanford where he focused on Technology and Venture Law. Nik has a BA from Stanford, an MSc in Management from HEC Paris and worked in finance and management consulting prior to entering law school. Jordan Gwynn (Stanford CS) is the lead visualization guru and a “jack-of-all-things-CS”. He is working with a team of Stanford engineers currently completing graduate degrees in CS, focused on search and data.
Value That FounderSoup Added for Company?
We met Jordan, our “wonder-kid” engineer for the first time at FounderSoup. Although our collaboration wouldn’t start for months to come, that first meeting led to the many other encounters that brought our team together!
What’s Next For Us?
We closed a Seed Round this past July, enabling us to dedicate ourselves full time to Ravel since August! We are currently hiring, looking for talented engineers excited to join an early stage start-up with tons of promise. The team is focused on product development, working on all facets of the platform: back end search and data, front end visualization, annotation and collaboration, and all things UX. We will be heavily focused on customer interaction for the next 6-12 months. We are excited for this phase and would love to meet more folks interested in what we are doing.