Today we’d like to introduce you to Bahar Ansari.
Bahar, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Iran and moved to the US when I was in high school. Having been through the immigration system, it was something that I was familiar with and interested in. Being a lawyer was always something that was on my horizon. Growing up, I wanted to be a human rights attorney, I thought was an amazing way to not only help people and to also do international work. After I graduated from law school, I found a good way to merge my past, my life, my experience, my purpose all into one.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, if it was a smooth road they don’t call it a journey 🙂 In business or in life – there are ups and downs and obstacles, one great day and a hundred of okay days and that’s what entrepreneurship is, that’s what startups are, you live and do everything you do for that one moment. The biggest struggle for me was to understand that you are never ready for anything, that it’s never the right time, it will never be the perfect moment, the perfect product, the perfect service, the perfect results, that’s just not how the world works, and for a startup, especially for a technology startup, which we consider ourselves to be, the legal technology law firm, is to understand that the entire process of releasing something that you have built to users is to perfect it, you are not building for yourself, you are building it for other people, so you can’t get attached to something that you put out there, you have to understand that if you want to wait for things to be ready, if you wanna keep testing and getting feedback, you will never be ready, and you will never get the feedback of those people who actually matter. It’s uncomfortable to put something out there that you don’t feel 100% certain in, but unlike an audition or anything like that you don’t get just one shot, every time is a shot. Every new improvement we make and we put it out there, that’s our moment to get actual results/feedback! So some of those small moments start being big moments, and some of those small moments also happened to be failures, but you have to also understand that you can move on to the next, it’s just life.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the 2nd.law story. Tell us more about the business.
When I started my own practice as an immigration attorney, it was really difficult to grow the practice and have an impressive or big enough operations or offices for the type of clientele that I was working with. At the end of the day price of legal services has to do with overhead cost, so I thought: how can I make my life easier and still have the millennial lifestyle, to travel the world and work from anywhere with my laptop or phone? And I realized it was through technology, and the practice that I had could be that dream job through just using software. So a couple of years ago I found my partner and we designed a software together and we re-launched my law firm this year as 2nd.law which is the first of its kind… Not only are we taking immigration clients now, we expanded to all sorts of practice areas like estate planning, business law, employment law, any of everyday things that everyone needs.
If you own property if you do work with any other person, if you have kids, no matter what there is some sort of legal thing that’s affecting your life. There are a lot of attorneys who serve the very specific areas of law that are accessible, and it’s hard to find legal help across all states and countries and with this global world we live in, that could serve any needs anywhere, and 2nd.law is that. It’s accessible from anywhere at any time. It has some self-service options where you don’t have to wait, if you need a contract, you can just go online and get it. Aside from all of that, lawyers work hard and they deserve a happier and calmer life, so we are also building a network of attorneys and taking on more partners so other people who want to do what I do can do the same.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Success is luck sprinkled on super hard work. I consider myself a pretty lucky person. And my story is still being written.
- Website: 2nd.law
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/baharansarilaw/
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/baharansarilaw/
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/baharansarilaw/