Jodie Baker, founder and Group CEO of Xakia Technologies, began her career as a lawyer, spending time in both private practice and then as in-house counsel, before becoming a financial and industry analyst. Jodie spent time living in the US where she was exposed to new business models in the legal industry, and was inspired to return to Australia in 2012, to begin her entrepreneurial journey. Jodie architected and launched Hive Legal, a company with a distinctly different approach to legal practice. As Managing Director, Jodie was responsible for building, managing and developing the firm’s unique business practices.
Throughout her career, Jodie saw in-house legal teams struggling with burdensome administrative tasks where the technology solutions were unaffordable to most. That’s why, in 2016 Jodie founded Xakia, an in-house legal department matter management system that centralizes information and automates dashboards, reporting and legal data analytics - a system with light implementation and ease of adoption for teams of all sizes.
Jodie’s passion to give in-house counsel greater visibility and control to their legal operations is the driving force behind Xakia. Jodie’s passion and commitment to law is evident in her involvement with various organizations in the community and legal industry. She is a founding member and a past-Chair of the Australian Legal Technology Association (ALTA). Jodie is a founding member and representative on the sub-committee of WALTA (Women of Australian LegalTech), a Board member of the Victorian Chapter of the College of Law and was the inaugural co-chair of the Advisory Board to the Centre for Legal Innovation. Jodie is an Advisory Board member of the Global LegalTech Hub.
Jodie earned her BA/LLB from the University of Melbourne and graduated from the FINSIA (Securities Institute of Australia) program in 2003.
In her free time, Jodie loves traveling, hanging out with her family and – when time permits – sleeping.