Derek Bluford Sacramento is the serial entrepreneur, advisor, investor, and mentor. Focusing on helping today's underserved youth shape the future.continue reading
Startup Quicklegal has won the first Sacramento Kings Capitalize contest, an entrepreneurial tournament put on by the team and Velocity Venture Capital.
Quicklegal earned a cash prize of $5,000 for winning the contest. As one of four finalists, the Sacramento-based company also received an additional $5,000, bringing its total winnings to $10,000. Along with the money, Quicklegal won consultation sessions with Kings executives and lunch with a Kings owner.
When fresh-faced Derek Bluford pitches his startup QuickLegal to Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran, she pulls no punches in telling him he's not a very good salesman. She gives him quick advice on why he needs a partner ("someone who's super creative, has an idea a minute, is a little bit of a nutjob, drinks too much, doesn't dress right") to handle the selling. It's a good lesson for all the entrepreneurs who have ideas and drive but lack salesmanship.continue reading
If Derek Bluford hadn’t come down with strep throat, he never would have tried a smartphone app that allowed him to immediately access a doctor.
He did, and within minutes, the doctor sent him a text with the address of a pharmacy where he could pick up his prescription. Bluford’s mind started spinning, and he thought to himself, “Why don’t I do this in the legal field? People need legal advice all the time.”
He founded his company in Sacramento, named it QuickLegal, and put out a beta test version in October 2014. It already has won the attention of Silicon Valley investors and major legal services companies; Bluford has secured roughly $1 million in outside investments.continue reading
Want legal help at any time of the day on your mobile? QuickLegal promises this and more. QuickLegal connects you with a vetted legal counselor for quick advice via video almost like having the phone number of a trusted lawyer. We interview Derek Bluford, CEO and Founder of QuickLegal, who describes his new mobile legal service. Give it a view.continue reading
Techweek is a weeklong convention and festival held in five of the most innovative cities in America: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. It draws people from a plethora of industries and job roles from all over the country. They have fun, learn from the presentations, and network with potential bosses or clients. Companies send representatives to scout for the next big business and new ideas to invest in. One event that garners particular attention is LAUNCH. As Techweek’s main event, it is the reason many come. Quicklegal was one of 80 chosen to compete in California from the approximately 2,500 that had applied.continue reading
The law as a profession is quickly giving way to law as a business as new technologies have placed unprecedented pressures on lawyers and law firms to adopt not only modern technologies but also modern best business practices to reduce inefficiency, improve quality and meet the expectation of the customer. The lawyer of the future will likely be a much different lawyer than the lawyer of today and will compete in a peer to peer, highly mechanized and extremely efficient environment utilizing advanced business methods. Please join us as the Palo Alto Area Bar Association along with CodeX - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics present an event on the use of technology and modern business management processes to deliver legal services. Quicklegalcontinue reading