“I’m honored to join ROSS Intelligence’s Board, and I look forward to playing a role in guiding the company’s growth in the years to come,” Newton said in a ROSS blog post announcing the news. “I’m extremely excited to be part of a company that is bringing the legal profession into the 21st century and helping shape the modern workflows of attorneys.”
In 2008, Newton and Rian Gauvreau launched Vancouver-based Clio as the first-to-market cloud-based practice management program. In the years since, Clio has grown to become the 800-pound gorilla of practice management, as I write last year, with more than 150,000 users in 90 countries and an app-integration ecosystem of more than 120 partners.
Andrew Arruda, cofounder and CEO of ROSS, said having Newton on the board is “fabulous.” “The legal tech industry continues to rapidly grow and having Jack’s experience in scaling a legal technology company on the team enables us to continue to grow our user base while delivering the best legal research experience possible.”
ROSS was founded in 2014 at the University of Toronto by Arruda, a lawyer, and Jimoh Ovbiagele, a computer scientist who is now the company’s CTO. The company moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley in 2015 after securing $4.3 million in seed funding, and operates an R&D office in Toronto. In 2017, it secured an additional $8.7 million in Series A funding.