State trial court data and analytics company Trellis lands Alon Shwartz, as Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer and closes an additional $4.4M dollar funding round, led by Craft Ventures. Included in the flurry of progress and announcements for the state court data and analytics startup, Trellis also announced that David Sacks, Founding COO of Paypal, Founder/CEO of Yammer, and Co-Founder of Craft Ventures has joined the Trellis Board of Directors.
Trellis new co-founder and CPO, Shwartz, is a career entrepreneur and prominent LA tech exec who previously co-founded Docstoc – an original TechCrunch40 company – that helped small businesses and professionals find the legal documents and content they needed to start, and grow, their businesses. As CTO at Docstoc, the startup grew rapidly and was ultimately acquired by Intuit (INTU) in 2013. Prior to founding Docstoc in 2007, Shwartz was a product manager at MySpace.
“I’ve gotten to know this team as an advisor since Trellis’ early days and there is no team with whom I’d rather be working!” Shwartz said in a statement. “We are extremely fortunate to have Alon join our team.” says Clark. “His business experience and technical acumen have already had an immediate impact on the growth of our company.”
Trellis’s recent funding round was led by Craft Ventures, a San Francisco based venture capital firm, founded by David Sacks, which has invested in startups such as Bird, Reddit, and SpaceX. “David is widely known in the tech startup space as an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur – with an amazing knack for product vision and an instinct for spotting successful companies” said Nicole Clark, Trellis Co-Founder and CEO. “We’re lucky to have experienced board members like David who can weigh in on strategic decisions as we navigate growth.”
“Trellis has made tremendous strides since graduating from TechStars LA in 2018, shaking up the legal research space and providing litigation professionals with an invaluable service,” said Sacks. “I look forward to working with Trellis’ talented leadership team to help them scale as they expand service to additional states.”
Trellis, named to the National Law Journal’s Emerging Legal Technology Companies of 2020, helps legal practitioners gain powerful insights on judges and opposing counsel by sifting through millions of state trial court records which have historically been inaccessible. Trellis’s judicial analytics and Issues & Motion library help users prepare better filings and make more persuasive arguments in state trial court. Trellis was founded by Nicole Clark, a career litigator alongside Alon Shwartz as co-founder and CPO. Trellis has received funding from well known institutional investors including Craft Ventures, Okapi Venture Capital, Sequoia Scout, Revel Ventures and Intrepid Ventures. Trellis is also a graduate of Techstars LA 2018. For more information, visit trellis.law.
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