Pieter van der Hoeven and Bram Fokke founded Clocktimizer together in 2014. Since then they’ve grown the team to 19 employees.
Pieter set the groundwork for Clocktimizer at university in Utrecht where he studied law. Upon completing his Masters in Law, Pieter went to work for the international law firm DLA Piper. It was during his time at DLA, and a secondment to KPN, that Pieter thought up the idea for Clocktimizer.
He’d spent one too many evenings pouring over spreadsheets trying to provide clients with transparency, prompting the need for automation. Instead of manually transferring data from timesheets to Excel, Pieter looked to Natural Language Processing.
After discussing the idea over 2012’s Christmas Dinner, Pieter and his co-founder Bram shook hands and agreed to start a business together. They began building the MVP in 2013, while Pieter was doing an MBA in Rotterdam and Madrid.
He now feels data is coming of age. Window dressing is not going to cut it anymore. Law firms are going to have to back up what they say with numbers.
He truly believes the pandemic was the last push that in-house teams needed to stop accepting a situation where someone said, “this is going to cost you X” and turned out to be 5X . Those days are gone.
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