Alec Hankins

Alec Hankins

JD 2015 at the University of Oregon School of Law, Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review. Humanist, humorist, surfer...ist.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alechankins
Twitter: twitter.com/alecwhankins
Eugene, Oregon
Member since August 17, 2014
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Education
2015 University of Oregon , JD , Law
2010 California State University San Marcos , BA , Economics

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Lawger.com, Nemies
Companies I work or worked for:
GovX
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

- 1st place, Venture Quest business plan competition
- Winners, Venture Quest elevator pitch competition
- Winners, Venture Quest MBA Choice elevator pitch competition
- Competitor, MAI Bangkok Business Challenge, Bangkok, Thailand.
- Competitor, Texas Venture Labs Competition, Austin, Texas.
- 2nd Place, Colligan User Interface Design Challenge, 2015
- Recipient, Paul Troiano RAINmaker Award, 2015
- Names "Rising Star in Law and Entrepreneurship" 2014

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

oDesk, EnvatoMarketplaces, Voices.com, HANDLR.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: putting together all the various pieces of the puzzle that don't always fit.
Rewarding: having your idea validated by people who need/love/value your service.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Assuming you know what people want.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Financial models are bogus, but 100% valuable.
2. Formal business plans are worthless, but the process is invaluable.
3. ABP. Always be pitching. You're not that good and opportunities come out of nowhere, so you need be a blackbelt pitch meister.

Full bio

I am a notorious tinkerer. Whether it's surfboard shaping, motorcycle racing, gardening, or software development, I love to be hands-on and a part of the action. 

 

I went to law school to be a start-up lawyer. I wanted (and continue to want) to help people start somehting great. I have worked previously in banking and in e-commerce, and founded my first start-up as an undergrauate. And through these encounters with entrepreneurship I developed a passion for innovation—both as an entrepreneur and an advocate for entrepreneurs. 

 

I started Lawger to democrotize the law. I think that the law isn't a luxury—it's something we are all enitled to and should not be a barrier to innovation, happiness, or progress. Lawger was built to match lawyers to clients as efficiently as possible so legal questions are more like "speed bumps" rather than brick walls that that squelch innovation merely because answers are too difficult and to expensive to come by.