Cultivating Your Co-founder | Jerry Ting from Evisort

Jerry Ting was a lawyer in Boston who spent much of his time reviewing contracts. It was tedious, repetitive work. He sensed much of it could be automated with artificial intelligence—a technology he knew nothing about.

Fortunately, he had a client who was a graduate student at MIT who knew plenty. “So I emailed him,” Jerry says, “and I said, hey, look, I’m just curious. I think there’s a big problem here. But I don’t know if the technology exists. Would you mind grabbing coffee?”

They met up in Harvard Square and discussed the problems and possible solutions. What followed is a story that doesn’t get considered enough—how to find a co-founder.

On this edition of Founders Journey, Jerry talks about how his relationship with his partner grew organically over time, how they carefully developed the business idea, and ensured the future success of the venture without writing a single line of code and overcommitting themselves. Eventually, they became the first two employees of Evisort. Today there are a hundred.

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Jerry Ting is Founder & CEO of Evisort, an AI-powered contract analytics platform backed by Microsoft that automates contract review and management for enterprises like Brooks Brothers, Fujitsu, Cox Communications, and TravelZoo.

Prior to founding Evisort, Ting had professional experiences in banking, consulting, law, and tech sales at Credit Suisse, the Boston Consulting Group, Fried Frank, and Yelp. Ting is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Southern California.

He is also a member of the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list as well as the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.



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