Krishna Sundareshan recalls the refrain. “You can say AI, you can say a set of fancy words,” he says, “but how is it going to make my life better?” Sundareshan is the founder of Surukam, a Chennai-based startup. In May 2017, Surukam was one of six startups selected globally to participate in the incubator lab of Mishcon de Reya, a UK law firm. What he heard was from end-clients—a hard-nosed response, to be sure—but also eager to participate, considering that practitioners of the law aren’t traditionally considered at the forefront in adopting technology.
Surukam has built a proprietary software it calls ‘CruxIQ’, which does contract review, abstraction, analytics and is typically targeted at corporates.