At DISCO, creative thinking is not just a buzzword – it’s a principle foundation of the company’s culture to not follow the status quo, but to push the limits of technological boundaries. For example, cross-functional teams of talented engineers, project managers, professional services, and legal practitioners meet weekly to review and vet new features to make sure they work intuitively, as a legal professional would expect.
Disrupting the status quo not only applies to the marketplace, but to the workplace. As evidenced in recent news (here and here), “the most disruptive companies are often just as stuck in the thinking of the past when it comes to workplace innovation…" If you're moving and growing so quickly, individuals in the workplace are the “things” that you ignore the most. Uber was being pushed hard by shareholders to grow more in new markets and to add more customers, not thinking about the individual in the workplace.
DISCO has chosen to address workplace and company culture by developing grassroots employee initiatives like the DISCO Culture Committee, town hall events where employees share “a day in the life” on their team, and service-oriented groups such as DISCO Cares. These initiatives seem to be having an impact, as DISCO has grown its workforce by 78% in the past year and continues to draw some of the best and brightest talent.
I had the opportunity to sit down with new employee and entrepreneur – Michael Garlie – to understand what attracted him to DISCO and hear about his experience joining the team. Michael is the founder of DSU Discovery and has worked with Bay Area law firms for over 18 years. He brings a unique perspective to the industry, as a result of being both an entrepreneur and litigation support provider in the space, and can approach a data problem from all sides.