|By Paula Burkes, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I had my severance pay to get me started, but I never spent it," Menge said. "If you're going to go into business, you're going to have risk," he said. "But I tried to limit that risk, not spend the money and incur debt."
Starting his firm took more "brain use than investment" anyhow, he said.
He said opportunities to serve the law industry have opened up since Magnir's acquisition last year of a digital forensics firm, specializing in e-discovery and litigation support.
Menge, 51, sat down with The Oklahoman recently to talk about his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:
Q. Tell us about your roots.
A. My late father, whose maternal grandmother emigrated from
Q. Where were you stationed in the
A. I worked four years as an aircraft mechanic in
Q. What brought you to
A. Another brother worked in management for
Q. How did you choose your company name?
A. It's a combination of my kids' names: MA for Marissa; G for Gary, NI for Nicole and R for Ryan, and pronounced Mag-neer.
Q. In the early days of your company, how did you find work?
A. I scoured websites like Monster.com and Dice.com for contract work. My first big job was auditing the financial records of
Q. What is digital forensics?
A. It's the recovery and investigation of material found on cellphones and in emails. Phones frequently are investigated in cases of infidelity, perhaps in an effort to reach a settlement in a divorce case before it goes to court. We can find phone logs, locations where users have been, photographs and more. In corporate cases, almost always the smoking gun is found in email, where people have agreed to situations — just like in the recent
A key problem in the workplace today is professionals and companies don't get rid of emails when they no longer need them. Then, when and if they're sued, companies are liable to produce everything relevant to the case, which is very expensive. But if they don't have the material … don't keep it because they no longer need it, that's defensible.
Q. Do you primarily work from home?
A. I have an office in
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