From his new office window on Andrews Street, John Holland has a clear view of the Alliance Building on East Main Street. He spent 80 to 100 hours a week there in the 1990s, nurturing a startup called DocuLegal that scanned and loaded paper documents into databases for law firms and corporate legal departments. Some nights he slept on the office floor.
“We didn’t have the staff, and we had the work coming in,” says Holland, 42, now CEO of D4 LLC, a provider of litigation support, computer forensics and electronic-discovery services. “So we got hit with these peaks and valleys, (and) the only way to handle the peaks was to do it yourself and do it around the clock.”