Sarah Schaaf

Company: Headnote & Paradigm
Founded: 2016

What inspired you to start your company?

I wanted to build something that would make the biggest possible difference to the largest number of lawyers and law firms, and the universal pain point was always getting paid. So that’s what I decided to solve.

What is your company mission?

Legal operations often overlook accounts receivable. If attorneys and administrators can focus on the practice of law rather than the tedium that comes with running a business, it results in better legal counsel for those in need. We’re dedicated to making the tools that help attorneys work smarter and move our industry forward.

What has been your proudest moment as a Founder?

I would have to say there are three that immediately come to mind:

1) Our first venture-backed round of financing from a top-tier Silicon Valley seed stage venture firm.

2) Being honored by the American Bar Association’s Women of LegalTech committee at their February 2020 Summit in Chicago.

3) Announcing Headnote’s acquisition by Paradigm.

What has been your most challenging moment as a Founder?

I think the most challenging part is either the inherent imposter syndrome most founders feel, or the decision to co-found Headnote with my husband, Thornton Schaaf, when we had an 18 month old, then having another baby 18 months later when Headnote was growing and it was full steam ahead. 

Favorite quote:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

— Ferris Bueller