A leading legal technology guru admitted at a conference today that he “disses and dumps” most of his favorite software and product recommendations “once too many people like them.”
Thad P. Chelsky, a principal in the consulting firm Technolawgical and a leading expert on legal cloud computing, acknowledged that he could not maintain the mystique he relies on for his technology prowess “if too many people started following what I say and used the stuff I tell them to use. Hell, I wouldn’t be a guru if I didn’t dump yesterday’s recommendations once something new comes along.”
Chelsky then reeled off a long list of software and other gadgets he recently championed as “too cool not to use” but are now considered “old school and not worth even a half penny of my time.” The list included the first iPad (he recommends the iPad 2 as a far superior product), Google Apps, Freshbooks, Crocodocs, and Quora. “All a bunch of crap, totally February 2011,” Chelsky said, then listed ten new products lawyers should use in order to stay marginally competent.