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Toward the end of last year, text analysis company Ayfie decided to shut down its German operation – where it so happened its recently appointed CEO was based along with a significant development team. Now, rising from the ashes of this shutdown comes NEOMO, which one might say is also something of a rebirth.

03 Feb 2021

Out of Ayfie Germany’s Ashes NEOMO Rises

Toward the end of last year, text analysis company Ayfie decided to shut down its German operation – where it so happened its recently appointed CEO was based along with a significant development team. Now, rising from the ashes of this shutdown comes NEOMO, which one might say is also something of a rebirth.

NEOMO’s founders are Johannes Stiehler, Ayfie’s previous CEO, plus Florian Lohmeier, who was General Manager of the company in Germany. The new venture will also focus on text analytics and, among other sectors, work in the legal field.

It’s good to have Stiehler and Lohmeier back in action. Artificial Lawyer caught up with the two German legal tech pioneers to find out some more. And, as you’ll see, as with all things that connect to Ayfie, the story has some twists and turns. Enjoy.

What is NEOMO and what will it focus on?

  • NEOMO is the legal successor of a company Florian and I co-founded in 2012 to create and service bespoke solutions in the areas of text analytics and search.

  • All employees of that company were eventually hired into Ayfie when it started in 2016. Now that Ayfie is no longer interested in eDiscovery and computational linguistics, we are relaunching it with a new name and an adjusted strategy. We cannot really tell you more about it right now, but things will become apparent over the next couple of weeks.

    (Also, the name NEOMO had been used by another search company in the early 2000s. Back then, Florian and I actually operated their search portal. We decided to buy up the name and domains a while ago since we found it quite fitting for our own business.)

Is this mainly the Ayfie Germany team that is joining NEOMO?

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