We sat down with the newest member of the WordRake team, Colin S. Levy, who joined us in early February as our Director of Marketing and Business Development. An experienced lawyer and legal tech thought leader, Colin brings both an unrivaled passion for the legal tech world and a wealth of knowledge to the WordRake team. We were thrilled to interview Colin to get to know him better and learn more about his reasons for joining the WordRake team.
Why join WordRake?
I joined WordRake for three key reasons. 1) I am a big fan of using focused and effective tech tools. 2) I have used WordRake for years and found it invaluable. 3) I loved the writing content the company published. Upon meeting the team, the decision to join was a no-brainer. After spending many years navigating the legal tech world, I have developed a deep understanding of how impactful tech tools can be, including Microsoft Office add-ins. I also saw the potential to use my voice and advocacy to further WordRake’s goal of becoming the go-to tool for anyone that writes as part of their career.
What do you believe are the biggest strengths you bring to WordRake’s business strategy?
I’ve had a fairly atypical journey through the legal profession, and I see that winding path as a strength. It took me a good two years to find my first permanent job in-house after graduating from law school. That journey allowed me to see first-hand a wide range of styles of working, of managing, of learning, and of practicing law. I also have been writing for most of my life and am even considering writing a book. So, between my breadth of experience and my natural writing instincts, I think that I am uniquely positioned to lead WordRake’s business strategy. I also am a natural collaborator. With my experience and desire for constant collaboration, I think that I can connect the power and usefulness of WordRake with those who want to improve their writing and communication.
Why did you start using WordRake?
Well, I wanted to learn how to better edit and revise my own writing. However, I also wanted to be a better and more confident writer. I love to write, but sometimes that love of writing has led me to overlook helpful clarifying edits and revisions. In addition, as someone who has become a very active public speaker and writer, I wanted to be confident that my writing and content was the best it could be. So, I turned to technology. That is why I use WordRake.
What kinds of writing tasks do you use WordRake for most frequently?
I use WordRake on everything I write—emails, memos, papers, letters, blog posts, you name it—I use WordRake on it!
Thinking longer-term, where do you want to see WordRake in one year? Three years?
WordRake has scores of happy customers and a terrific renewal rate. It is also one of the top choices for editing software. I intend to help grow market share and convince more people that writing software will help them—even if they don’t yet consider writing to be one of their pain points. Writing better is always a critical part of working. In a year, I’d love to see more and more people who want to improve their writing discovering WordRake and telling their family and friends about it. In three years, I want any professional with writing as part of their career to recognize the WordRake name.
We don’t just want to know about your professional strengths and goals. Let’s do a few questions to get to know you just a little better:
This is challenging to answer, but the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a constant favorite.
Favorite place to write?
My home office… typically watched over by a very furry feline.
Coffee or tea?
I’m not a regular coffee or tea drinker, but I am partial to a good cold brew coffee or herbal tea when the mood strikes me.
East Coast or West Coast?
I was born and raised on the East Coast and still am an East Coast guy. I have grown to even enjoy the winters thanks to recently learning how to ski.
What’s your favorite hobby? How did you start?
I love hiking. I’ve always had a passion and love for being outdoors, especially in the mountains. When I was in high school, I would go on multi-week hiking trips both in the US and Europe.