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Block&Chai(n): Meet MTM Suhail, Jur’s Senior Backend Developer
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During this stage of platform creation, the developers are an important part of bringing the decentralized legal ecosystem to life. Jur is offering an inside look at some of the brilliant minds tackling development step-by-step. Who is at the heart of Jur’s platform creation? At one of Jur’s offices in Bangalore, India, Jur’s development team is hard at work building the multi-layer dispute resolution system, and various other Jur products that represent the next generation in decentralized legal technology. MTM Suhail at WeWork, Bangalore Meet MTM Suhail MTM Suhail, or just Suhail, is a senior backend developer brought in to beef up Jur’s backend, the tricky parts that go on behind the scenes when users interact with the platform. Suhail is no stranger to professional development, with 8 years of professional experience building ERPs, hospital management systems, finance systems, e-commerce, and various other corporate solutions. In 2017 he launched his own company, a multiple intelligence and aptitude testing (MIAT) app that could recommend career paths based on personality and psychological traits. This shows an interesting side of Suhail’s character, as a developer who devotes a major part of his free time to learning about psychology and human sciences in his quest to better understand how people act. To get to know Suhail, and how he wound up working on an ambitious and revolutionary legaltech blockchain project, it’s important to visualize how his past experiences and ideas of the future drove him to this point. A fascination with learning When Suhail started out his career, he was driven to find more sources of knowledge. He frequently talks about himself as an introvert, not in the shy sense, but as someone who finds motivation from within and prefers solitary expression to sharing emotions with others. As a hobby, he spent 2–3 hours learning something new each day, ranging from different branches of science such as technology, theoretical physics, astrophysics, biological human history, sociology, and human psychology. This scientific temper leads him to build useful tools that solve real-world problems. When he decided to move forward, he chose to focus on the psychology side, and in 2017, he worked with a small software development team along with known psychologists to build an app that could analyze its users and create a report detailing professional job opportunities based on that profile. This 35-page report factored in aspects of brain mapping like IQ, EQ, multiple intelligence & its level of perception, strengths & weaknesses, behavioural patterns, social interactions, communication skills, and many other characteristics. The app was well-received and even won an innovation award by national newspaper The Indian Express. It turned out to be a gateway for Suhail, as during the course of researching job markets, he learned about some particularly worrisome trends that were threatening future jobs. An eye to the future His obsession with learning gave him some strong insights into what will lie ahead for society, where technology and automation are set to eliminate large swaths of low-skill labour jobs. He is very outspoken in his beliefs, especially concerning 2030 and beyond, where the manufacturing and transportation industries might be completely different. His personal research has led to topics such as nanotechnology, data science, robotics, artificial intelligence, and of course blockchain technology. Suhail is quick to tell you how he feels about blockchain’s potential, a technology he finds capable of starting a new industrial revolution, much like the internet did in the 90s. He hopes that the next generation of high-school and college grads are preparing for this, and he wants to give them the tools to do so. For the last two years, he has been volunteering time to teach about topics like blockchain in local schools in his native Kerala, a coastal state in the Southwest of India. The high school students there get the chance to learn about how their educational choices might affect their future careers, and get a glimpse into how our world is evolving. However, Suhail doesn’t take a lot of credit for this, as he states it’s a duty of the current generation to prepare these kids for the challenges of tomorrow. Still, it’s easy to see that behind his humble personality there is an uncommon mix of selflessness and intelligence that enables him to take time out of his busy schedule to work with local students. Finding a role with Jur Suhail’s fascination with blockchain pushed him to investigate jobs in this field, and Jur’s approach of making easier access to justice and decentralization really stood out to him. As someone with no problem seeing the future of the workplace, imagining a digital court system and smart legal contracts came easy to him. On top of that, Jur CTO Luca Daniel was very supportive, helping him to get settled and apply his talents to the project. Suhail is comfortable working with a number of programming languages with Test Driven Development (TDD), a skill that should really benefit the Jur platform. Jur should be a place where Suhail can directly embrace two of his three biggest passions: development and blockchain. The third passion, human psychology and ancient history also play a role. He believes that it is all connected, as humans seek communities to tell their stories. Blockchain is a way to build decentralized communities connecting everything together. And when the Jur platform is finally complete, thanks to Suhail and the rest of the development team, it should be the largest community of legal professionals, entrepreneurs, businesses, and freelance creators around. We are developing the first Multi-Jurisdiction Platform for Online Dispute Resolution: the Open Justice. Check it out! Cover Photo by Hitesh Choudhary on Unsplash

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Block&Chai(n): Meet Tonmoy, Our Visual Designer
Because Jur is primarily a technology startup, people tend to focus on developers as the main impetus of the project.However, it would be unfair to overlook the importance of the visual designers, who are creating a user interface that serves as the face of the decentralized justice ecosystem. Getting to know Tonmoy Tonmoy Rajkhowa was born in the Northern part of India and received his Bachelor’s in Visual Communications in 2018. During that time, he learned the basic fundamentals of design and how it impacts the user, beyond just the concept of trying to make things look beautiful. He then took an internship with one of the top design agencies in India working on user interface and user experience (UI/UX) design. After working a few other design jobs, he began pursuing a Master’s Degree from Domus Academy in Milan, which he finally completed in September of 2020. Tonmoy's sketch of the decentralized Open justice Statue as a tribute to the Jur Community He first saw that Jur was looking for a visual designer in the summer of 2020, and after successfully completing a testing assignment, he joined the team. His official role is to create visual design elements for the UI/UX of the platform. He is responsible for a wide range of duties, including the design of the platform, graphics on the blog, and decks being used for business development, webinars, and other presentations. He’s not simply making a few images, he’s tasked with working alongside the core team to build the Jur brand as a whole.  Tonmoy recognizes the uniqueness that is formed by Jur as a combination of legal disruptions with a tech startup. It requires a different approach to design, something that is both extremely professional but also easy for users of all backgrounds to understand. "One of the challenges that I’m facing is that I need to design a system that is universally understandable. Even if users are located in Europe, South America, or Asia, they need to be able to understand what I’m trying to convey with my designs. Also with a target audience that includes lawyers and legal professionals, it’s going to be a challenge to make a visual design system that can be accepted by more traditional thinkers." As part of his adjustment to joining Jur, he’s worked closely with CMO Federico Angeloni and CTO Luca Y. Daniel to get approval and feedback on his current designs. He credits them for helping him understand the vision of the project, which he can channel into his designs. "Jur is a very fresh idea, and like all tech startups in that position, the pace is very fast. Fede and Luca have been very patient and helpful, which is really important. Right now, we are working remotely due to COVID. Working remotely for design is another challenge because normally you’d have brainstorming and group sessions where you could print out designs and talk it over with the team. Now with Jur, we are adapting to this and I’m finding new ways to do those processes. One of the tools we’ve switched to is Figma. This offers more tools for collaborative design and prototyping." Design - a business methodology or an art form? When Tonmoy approaches a task, he starts with a Double Diamond approach. After defining the task, he enters a discovery phase, where lots of different research and ideas are put forward. Eventually, this research converges on a single point, where they define what they are trying to design. This is followed by the second phase of divergence, where ideas on how to make that are put forward, before converging on a solution. The Double Diamond Approach to design. "Before I start designing a project, I do everything on paper. Once I think the idea is right, I use software like Procreate to sketch it digitally on an iPad Pro and then import the vector files to Adobe Illustrator. Before I got into design, I was really into art so that helps a lot. I used to draw a lot, especially anime and cartoon characters. I also designed album covers for a few of my friends who were in the music industry. So that’s how my journey began, as an artist, before shifting to design." For inspiration, Tonmoy points to famous graphic designers like Paul Rand and Sagi Haviv. Haviv is behind a lot of familiar logos like PBS, Mobil, and Harvard University Press, while Paul Rand created trademarks such as IBM, UPS, and ABC. Paul Rand also came up with the system that included documentation, inventing a universal standard of design. Tonmoy credits that system for being instrumental in creating an efficient design process for a company.  Finally, we asked Tonmoy about how he approaches a task. For me, it’s not a 9-to-5 job, to be honest. I personally tend to overwork because I want my product to be finished and to be the best product on the market. I want to help Jurand leave a mark that says ‘yeah, this design was created by Tonmoy. When you look at a famous artist’s work, you can tell from the design that it was by them. Graphic design is the same. Similarly, I want to create those visual elements that help me leave a mark in the world of graphic design. Gratitude to the Jur community for working towards the future of justice and for considering me as a part of the growing Jur family. I am ambitious to help the brand and the community thrive with design thinking in the legal industry and legal design, and to make legal and justice systems more human-centric, usable and gratifying.Let's make it better together!Tonmoy Rajkhowa We are developing the first Multi-Jurisdiction Platform for Online Dispute Resolution: the Open Justice. Check it out! Cover Photo by Hitesh Choudhary on Unsplash
Block&Chai(n): meet Ashish, Our New Developer
During this stage of platform creation, the developers are an important part of bringing the decentralized justice ecosystem to life. Jur is offering an inside look at some of the brilliant minds tackling development step-by-step. The Open Justice Platform creation process is a complex mix of traditional platform development, blockchain development, and legal technology. Part of the dev team is based in Bangalore, also known as India’s Silicon Valley. Ashish (Ash, for short) is a tech lead, channelling a diverse mix of experience as a product manager, an entrepreneur, and as a software developer.  Read earlier articles about our developers Suhail and Shuchi. Getting to know Ash Ash’s previous experiences make him a natural fit for Jur and blockchain in general. Going back to his time as a college student in Mumbai, he was a huge proponent of open-source software and even developed his own Linux-based operating system. He also ran a startup community for promoting the local coding environment. Encouraging others to get involved with the technology scene was important to him, especially as a way to empower communities and people.  I do whatever is needed to get things working. On the surface, people really don’t see what happens on the code side. I have a real “get it done” sort of attitude.Ash, on his approach as a developer After college, he began working with a lot of technology including IoT sensors, mobile computing and cloud technology. He even helped co-found and manage a few companies, including one that focused on IoT logistics for last-mile delivery services. While the businesses weren’t always successful, they taught him a lot about understanding the needs of users in a rapidly evolving internet age. It also helped to make him more well-rounded as a professional, learning new skills along the way. Now he’s able to take all those skills and apply them not just as a developer himself, but also on the management side of a project.  Gravitating towards blockchain When you ask Ash about what he’s passionate about, the first words out of his mouth are nascent technology and economics. He spends a lot of free time reading about technology or past events and the effect they had on markets. That’s why it’s no surprise that he got his first taste of blockchain early on through learning about Bitcoin. Later, he became more accustomed to tokens and smart contracts when he worked on a World Bank-funded project. The project was a blockchain-based carbon credit scheme in India that rewarded companies for treating water with coins. It showed him a lot about the versatility and power of blockchain to do good in society. At the time, the project was limited by the IoT sensors they had available, but as the IoT and machine learning technology continues to grow, he sees the whole world adopting solutions like this.  After that experience, his interest in emerging technology made it his goal to get into a company dealing with machine learning or blockchain, which led him to Jur. When he found out about what the company was trying to do with smart contracts and legal tech, he got excited. “In the past, when I was running my own company, maybe on a monthly basis we would create one or two contracts with different entities, such as a third party business looking for a software solution or a freelancer who just wants to work with us. So there was a lot of contract making and I’m very used to that. When I heard about what Jur was doing, it got me excited, I thought ‘Ok, this makes sense.’” For Ash, 2020 has been interesting as he was onboarded with Jur early in April, right as the Coronavirus began affecting parts of India and the world. Luckily, he had been working remotely with his previous company since 2018, so the change was minor for him. Perhaps the biggest change was working as a team instead of being the founder. Ash credited the Jur team for teaching him a lot about working as an organization.  Now as a tech lead he is managing a team of developers with a mix of management and hands-on coding. Initially, he is taking a focus on the front end, but later on, the role will scale to encompass all technical aspects. This includes working on smart contracts and blockchain development, something that Ash values as a use of time. He sees the blockchain as a great tool for businesses and people, beyond just being used to manage cryptocurrencies.  Ash believes that the future of legaltech and blockchain is very bright. The challenge will be for developers and lawyers to find ways to automate key processes and express themselves in non-traditional ways.  “Because you can write code and programs on top of it, you can automate it, you have a lot more power to make things happen with a higher level of control. The reliability and guarantees are there. I see this as the natural evolution of the legal industry. That’s how it is going to be in the future.” Ash is also quite happy with his decision to work on such a groundbreaking project. When asked about his impressions of the company, Ash simply grins. “I can see myself being here a long time.” We are developing the first Multi-Jurisdiction Platform for Online Dispute Resolution: the Open Justice. Check it out! Cover Photo by Hitesh Choudhary on Unsplash