Josh Browder opened the door to his low-slung house on a leafy street in Palo Alto, California, in the same outfit he was wearing when we met the week before: black jeans and a grey T-shirt. This time, though, he was shoeless. He’d been up all night coding. “Hi. Sorry you came all this way,” he said.
Browder is an oddly apologetic rabble-rouser. He gained notoriety two years ago when, at 18 and still living in Hendon, northwest London, he launched a “robot lawyer” called donotpay.co.uk, to fight parking tickets. Much has happened since.
He relocated to America to attend Stanford University. And his robo-lawyer has successfully challenged more than 375,000 parking tickets in Britain and the US. Two months ago, he moved, with five other students, into the fabled house that Mark Zuckerberg rented when he moved out of Harvard.