Michael Hagele provides legal services for a variety of tech companies. In a recent interview, he summed up how he effectively serves his clients. Hagele begins by stating that small firms can offer cost-efficient as well as high-quality legal services in the area of technology.
Hagele starts the morning by handling everyday concerns of his technology clients. This could include legal counseling regarding intellectual or general property and reviewing contracts. By mid-day he may take some time for mountain biking. This gives Michael a fresh, creative look at difficult issues when he gets back to work. He’ll continue to work with clients throughout the day solving a variety of issues that crop up.
Hagele says he’s very tenacious and keeps working with new opportunities and information to provide the best outcomes. He’s particularly interested in artificial intelligence and its many applications. He’s also fascinated with machine algorithms that find unique relationships and patterns in data. Whatever he’s working on, he makes it a point to always put the customer first. As an attorney, Hagele says he is always thinking about what is in the best interest of his client.
Michael Hagele believes that social media is a critical component for a successful business. He doesn’t want to overdo it, but finds this to be a great way to connect with clients and customers. The software he likes includes a combination of web offerings from Google and MS Office. Hagele also likes to keep in touch with other people who mountain bike. He uses Strava to connect with other individuals who are interested in biking and competitions.
One of his failures as an entrepreneur was his experience opening a restaurant. The celebrity chef that was hired was not on board with the company regarding how compensation would be handled. Hagele stated that he should have seen this as a red flag from the beginning. He believes businesses need people who are invested in a company through equity participation and not just receiving a salary.
Follow Michael Hagel on Twitter.