Up-and-coming entrepreneurs from nine countries and three continents visited Rocket Lawyer’s San Francisco headquarters this week as part of their tour of the Bay Area’s lively start-up scene.
The eclectic group included lawyers, a physicist and even a musician, hailing from Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and China. All were graduates of Instituto Empresa of Madrid, which trains business leaders based on the core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach.
Organized by the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera to give the international students a chance to meet people working at the intersection of law and business, the tour also included visits to Facebook headquarters and Stanford University.
Charley Moore, Rocket Lawyer’s Founder and Executive Chairman, gave the group a personal tour of the San Francisco office, explaining the disparate functions but unified efforts of the engineering, sales and marketing departments to make the company tick.
After they gathered in the company’s colorful conference room, Charley told them how Rocket Lawyer developed from a mission to make the law more accessible into a concrete, fast-growing business. Although there are about 1 million lawyers in the United States—roughly one for every 300 people–there is a major issue of supply and demand, Charley argued. The supply of lawyers and demand for legal services are both high, but artificially inflated prices means legal help is out of reach for many people.
“Charley’s presentation was excellent, and everyone appreciated seeing his passion for the company and his team,” said Andrea Longaretti, Program Manager of Legal Bridge to Silicon Valley. “The graduates were particularly interested in the message about ‘valuing’ legal services. Many are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Rocket Lawyer in their home countries!”
Following Charley’s presentation, several Rocket Lawyer Executives, including President & CEO Dan Nye, CFO Paul Hollerbach, VP of Technology An Tran, VP of Customer Satisfaction John Whelan and VP of User Experience Courtney O’Connell, among others, answered the visitors’ questions, which ran the gamut from how Rocket Lawyer operates with disparate legal codes across different regions to whether the company has plans to offer its services in different languages.