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Founders Tom Bartley(CEO), and Dave Balderstone (CTO) chat to us about their company, Barbal.

Tell us about Barbal.

20% of a commercial lawyer’s time is wasted on document admin. Barbal is a collaborative document editor designed how professionals want to work. Draft in private, share when ready. We automate all the merging and keep confidential comments private; making sure everyone is always working with the latest shared changes and privileged information doesn't leak. Organise collaborators into teams to collaborate internally and externally without email tennis or real-time chaos. Founded in late 2018, our mission is to help professionals collaborate and reach consensus faster on complex documents. We work directly with law firms and with major construction projects to manage the collaborative development of contracts and specifications.

When did you start your business?

November 2018.

What's been your biggest highlight?

Gaining our first international customer in 2019 and proving the product-problem fit.

What's been your biggest challenge?

Identifying the use cases that will drive sales growth.

Advice for entrepreneurs starting out

Stick to your mission and be willing to pivot your product.


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