Augie Rakow

Co-Founder at Atrium Legal Technology Services, Inc.

Augie Rakow

Augie Rakow

Co-Founder at Atrium Legal Technology Services, Inc.


Augie Rakow advises startups and investors building the future of how we live and work.

Augie studied theological history at Harvard University before becoming a lawyer and is one of the few Americans who has taken the Japanese bar exam. He also worked for many years in intellectual property before focusing on startup corporate work. Super Lawyers magazine named him a Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California. He is a past president and chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and lives with his wife in Atherton, California.

Augie’s clients have recently been acquired by Autodesk, Brightcove, Chegg, Dropbox, Facebook, Game Show Network, Google, Intel, Johnson Controls, oDesk, Sharp, Wargaming and Zendesk.

Past and current representations:


* 8tracks Radio (SoftTech VC, a16z) – Handcrafted music playlists
* Automattic (Polaris, True, NY Times) – Maker of WordPress
* BASH Gaming (Tandem) (acq’d by Game Show Network) –Mobile casino games
* Boosted Boards (YC S12) – Ultraportable electric vehicles
* ChromaOm (YC W10) (acq’d by Autodesk) – Color enlightenment tools
* Cue (YC W10, Sequoia) (acq’d by Apple) – Personal data management
* Excursiopedia – Global travel and activities marketplace
* Flutter (YC W12, a16z, NEA) (acq’d by Google) – Gestural controls for music
* Heyzap (YC W09, USV) – Mobile ad network for apps
* Kwarter (T-Ventures, Kinetic) – Second screen games for TV audiences
* Loom (YC W12, Google Ventures) (acq'd by Dropbox) – Photo and video management
* Meta (YC S13, Fenox, VegasTechFund) – Augmented reality glasses
* MixerBox (YC W14, Infinity) – Social jukebox
* Seaward Games (acq’d by Wargaming) – Nautical combat games
* Summon (formerly InstantCab) (YC W12, Khosla, BMW) – On-demand personal drivers
* Tilt (YC W13, a16z, Felicis, Nas) – Group funding platform
* Two Tap (YC W14, Khosla) – Simple two-tap process for buying products
* Pair (YC W12, Betaworks, a16z, Founder Collective, SV Angel) – Private sharing

Commerce Enablers

* Appier (Sequoia) – Ad targeting across multiple screens
* Atlas Card (Draper) – Bitcoin debit card
* Coinbase (YC S12, a16z, USV) – Bitcoin wallet
* Bebestore (Atomico, W7) – Baby products sold online in Brazil
* Elance (KPCB, NEA) (acq’d by oDesk) – Freelance marketplace
* Estimote (YC S13) – Beacon sensors and analytics platform
* IronPlanet (Accel, KPCB) – Marketplace for used heavy equipment
* Komli Media (DFJ, NVP, Helion, Nexus) – Advertising networks for display, mobile and social platforms
* Lumoid (YC S13) – Test drive electronics before purchasing
* MobPartner (Alven, Newfund) – Mobile ad affiliate network
* Netprice (TSE: 3328) – Leading group buying platform in Japan
* Pakible (YC W15) – Easy custom packaging
* Science Exchange (YC S11, a16z, USV) – Marketplace for outsourcing experiments to top research institutions
* Skip (YC W13) – Cashier-less checkout for retail stores
* Spaceknow – Tracking global trends using remote sensing platforms
* Stripe (YC S10, Sequoia, General Catalyst, Thrive, a16z, Elon Musk) – Payments processor for developers
* Subledger – (Draper) APIs to add accounting functions to apps
* UPS (NYSE: UPS) – Shipping, freight, logistics and supply chain management
* Visa (NYSE: V) – Global payments technologies
* Vendavo (InterWest, Sigma, DCM) (acq’d by Francisco Partners) ¬- Pricing optimization software

Developer Tools & IT Infrastructure

* AppSocially (500 Startups) – Virality tools for mobile apps
* Apptimize (YC S13, Costanoa, a16z, Maverick) – Mobile app A/B testing tools
* Bugsnag – (Matrix) Cross-platform crash detection
* C3DNA – Meta-container for easier application migration and delivery
* Compose (formerly MongoHQ) (YC S11, Trinity) – MongoDB data as a service
* (YC S14) - Data storage network and electronic currency based on Bitcoin
* HashiCorp (Mayfield, True) – Datacenter tools
* Mixed Dimensions (Alchemist, Badia Impact, Alsop Louie) – Browser based 3D design tools
* Open Garden (August, Kima) – Software for mobile broadband peer-to-peer networks
* Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( – Open source geospatial software
* PagerDuty (YC S10, Bessemer, a16z, Harrison Metal, Baseline) – IT incident management
* Python Software Foundation – Open source technology for Python
* Referentia Systems – Cybersecurity, smart grid and advanced networking solutions
* Runscope (True, a16z, Lerer) – API management
* Speaktoit (Intel Capital, Motorola) – Natural language interfaces
* Realm (formerly TightDB) (YC S11, Khosla) – Embedded mobile database
* Tlon (FF Angel, a16z) – Urbit software stack
* Weemo – (Idinvest) Cloud conferencing for mobile apps
* Zencoder (YC W10, a16z, Ignition, Founder Collective) (acq’d by Brightcove) – Video encoding as a service


* American Training International (acq’d by InfoSystems) – Early computer-based training pioneer
* (Shasta, Harrison Metal, Baseline, First Round, Learn) – Learn to code online
* Brainly (General Catalyst, Point Nine, Runa) – Homework help
* Clever (YC S12, Lightspeed, Sequoia, Bessemer, Google) – Standardized data formats for educational apps
* Codecademy (YC S11, USV, Kleiner Perkins, Index) – Tutorials for learning to program
* MakeSchool (YC W12, Draper) – iOS game publishing for students
* New Globe Schools – Low-cost private schools in Africa
* University of California, Berkeley – Public higher education and research
* University of San Francisco – Private higher education and research


* Airware (YC W13, KPCB, a16z, Google Ventures) – Operating systems for commercial drones
* Airphrame (August, FLOODGATE) – Unmanned aerial imaging and mapping
* Atotech – PCB and electroplating equipment and processes
* – Connecting drivers and car data
* Boosted Boards (YC S12) - Lightweight, wireless, remote-controlled motorized electric longboards.
* Canon (NYSE: CAJ) – Imaging and optical products
* Cruise (YC W14) – Aftermarket highway autopilot for cars
* Collusion – Real time collaborative whiteboarding
* Coretronic (TWSE:5371) – Projection and display solutions
* DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) – Satellite television
* EfficientNow – Smart LED lighting
* Elan Microelectronics – Touchpads
* iCracked (YC W12) – iOS and Android device repair and buyback
* Lite-On Optoelectronics – LEDs and consumer electronics
* Nokia (NYSE: NOK) – Mobile phones
* Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS) – 4G and LTE chipsets
* SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK) – Flash memory cards
* Sony (NYSE: SNE) – Consumer electronics


* Alchemist Accelerator – Accelerator for enterprise software startups
* Assemblage (Foundation) (acq’d by Cisco) – Real-time collaboration tools
* Gradberry (YC W15) – Helping students and recent grads get specialized jobs
* Indisys (Intel Capital) (acq’d by Intel) – Intelligent virtual assistants for customer service
* Optimizely (YC W10, a16z, Benchmark, Bain, Battery) – Website optimization
* RolePoint (AngelPad, Randstad) – Social recruitment
* SAP (NYSE: SAP) – Business management software
* Selligy (DFJ, Salesforce) – Mobile services for salespeople
* Sky Technologies (acq’d by Kony) – Mobile enterprise applications
* Unbabel (YC W14) – Machine + crowd translation
* Zenefits (YC W13, a16z, IVP, Maverick, Venrock) – Payroll, benefits and compliance
* Zopim (National University of Singapore) (acq'd by Zendesk) – Live chat for customer service


* Andreessen Horowitz – Venture capital firm investing from seed to growth
* Haystack Fund – Seed investment fund
* Key Equipment Finance – Structured equipment financing and leasing
* Innovation Nest – Investor in early-stage SaaS companies
* LendUp (YC W12, Kleiner Perkins, a16z, Google) – 24/7 online loans
* Longevity Fund – Early stage investor in therapies for aging-related diseases.
* NRF Holdings – Investment office o

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Augie Rakow
Co-Founder at Atrium Legal Technology Services, Inc.
B.A., magna cum laude
Class of 1995

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The University of California's Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings or Hastings) is a top tier public law school in San Francisco, California, located in the Civic Center neighborhood. Founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, it was the first law school of the University of California and was one of the first law schools established in the Western United States. It is the oldest law school on the West Coast. It is also one of the few university-affiliated law schools in the United States that does not share its campus with undergraduates or other graduate programs.


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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm founded in San Francisco, California. Orrick traces its roots back to 1863, making it the oldest continuously operating law firm in San Francisco. The firm is focused on serving companies in the technology, energy & infrastructure and financial sectors and practices in five core areas: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation.


Atrium Legal Technology Services, Inc. develops software for law firm. The firm provides advises on corporate legal needs, equity financing events, contracts and blockchain-specific needs. The company was founded by Justin Kan, Nicholas Cortes, Bebe Chueh, Chris Smoak and Christopher Augustine Rakow and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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RIT Capital Partners Plc (Private Equity), Benchmark Capital Management Co. LLC, Institutional Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Y Combinator LLC, Dropbox, Inc., Valiant Capital Management LP, Accel Partners LLC, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, SV Angel LLC purchase Loom, Inc. from Great Oaks Venture Capital BZ LLC, GV Management Co. LLC

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Johnson Controls, Inc. purchases EnergyConnect Group, Inc.

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