Once upon a time on an old green couch...
It's 2001 in Chicago, Andrew Sieja had just started his own consulting firm (and, for 25 bucks, snagged a really cool green couch to go with it). At 24 years old, the bright-eyed computer programmer was ready to trade in his geek card for a business card.
Turns out, that's not as easy as it sounds.
The next few years brought trials, tribulations, maybe some tears—and definitely a New Year's resolution or two to grow the business or get out. Fast-forward. A client walks in with a big beef about the legal industry: reviewing electronic evidence stinks. And the way we do it today also stinks. Big time.
Geek first, businessman second, Andrew couldn't help but wonder. What kind of application could break the mold? How can organizations find the truth and act on it better? And how could we make it not stink?
He kept thinking, and he asked his team to start thinking, and together, they started building a solution.
Relativity was born. By 2007, we ditched consulting altogether and become a true e-discovery software company. A company that occasionally borrowed $50 here and there from friends... but a real software company nonetheless.
We've come a long way since then. Today, Relativity is much more than a document review platform. It's a full e-discovery stack, created by more than 750 team members across the globe—all, like Andrew, passionate about building great e-discovery software to solve big problems. And yes, we still have that old green couch (we promise it's clean).
What Relativity Does
e-Discovery is all about searching and analyzing electronic data during a legal proceeding or investigation. Sounds simple, but there's a catch.
The world generates a ton of data. And tons of data types. With tons of places to store it. Mix in the rules of the game—privacy laws, regulations, and the like—and e-discovery gets a whole lot more complex.
Relativity simplifies and accelerates that entire process, from preserving and collecting data to analyzing it and building your case.
The Relativity Community
Perhaps more important than what we do is how we do it. Relativity is about more than just e-discovery technology. It's a community of hundreds of thousands of people in tens of thousands of organizations. They trust our software, and they lean on each other to get to the truth faster.
When new challenges pop up (and they always do) our users can call in the troops—a global network of Relativity Partners and developer partners, ready to help them get the job done.
The world is more complicated than ever, but Relativity users worldwide prove that technology and community can help anyone organize data, discover the truth, and act on it.
How does our community use Relativity every day? See for yourself.