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Ken Button

Ken Button is Co-Founder and CEO of ContractSafe. He has 20+ years of experience as a corporate attorney, general counsel and entrepreneur. He co-founded ContractSafe based on his frustration in trying to find a good, easy-to-use contract organizer. Previously, Ken co-founded Verengo Solar, which he and his partner grew from a start-up to over $100 million in sales, served as general counsel at ePolicy Solutions, which was sold to a subsidiary of ChoicePoint, and practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers and Winston & Strawn. Ken is a member of Young Presidents Organization, and is on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He received a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Getting started with a new CLM? Watch this webinar to prepare your processes for new technology, learn what to look for in a CLM and learn how to set yourself up for success when implementing a new...

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Gone are the days of laboring through pages of dense contractual agreements. AI contract review has emerged as an exciting new way to supercharge human efficiency in the painstaking process of...

In the ever-growing realm of contract management software, there's no shortage of options. We recognize that finding the right tool is essential yet overwhelming. Every vendor claims to offer...

Welcome to the world of SaaS contracts, where technology meets law in a thrilling saga of codes, clauses, and cloud-based solutions. These aren't your grandpa's paper contracts neatly filed in a...

Contract negotiation might not be as glamorous as the high-stakes games played out on the silver screen, but its importance cannot be overstated. It's an intricate dance of discussion and compromise...

Much like the recent rise of the gig economy, generative AI, and air fryers, we’re in a watershed moment in privacy compliance. Lots of states have enforced new data privacy regulations in 2023....

Even the smallest leak could turn a fun day on the water into an unexpected scuba diving session if you’re not prepared. And contract management is no different. Knowing the value of your contracts,...

Contract risks are a lot like the weather. We’ve all been there: the sun’s shining, not a cloud in the sky, then just a few minutes later, you feel that first drop of rain hit your shoulder. Slowly,...

Managing contracts can feel like chasing a pack of hyperactive puppies. Just as you put one document where it belongs, another one is scurrying off somewhere else. But don’t worry — herding these...

Have you ever looked up at the sky on a clear night and become overwhelmed by the number of stars? Well, here's something to consider: At most, you can only see about 4,500 stars with the naked eye,...

HIPAA. Just saying it will send chills down the spines of healthcare legal teams across the United States. If this is your first run-in with it, though, it stands for the Health Insurance Portability...

If we learned anything from the Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun fiasco, it’s that a business contract can really make or break you. Business contracts provide the legal framework for the exchange of...

A master service agreement (MSA) is a little like that go-to board game you bring out when old friends come around for game night. It’s always there for you. You know what to expect. And it gives you...

Remember when stationery was a status symbol? Pulling out a $200 fountain pen to sign a contract was a power move. But many executives today are retiring their Montblancs and opting for something a...

Remember the Suez Canal fiasco? It was a little bit human error, a little bit poor planning, and it caused a really big supply chain disaster. In fact, it left 12% of global trade stuck in limbo...

Did you know that the first-ever contract was created over 4,000 years ago? It was a clay tablet from Mesopotamia that detailed the transfer of goods from one party to another. And while modern...

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Contract Lifecycle Management Challenges and Solutions Do you love motivational quotes and posters featuring adorable kittens “hanging in there”? Then you might appreciate this little gem: You can’t...

So you’re the lucky person who gets to figure out how to “get contracts under control.” A task that is seemingly straightforward, but in reality, is quite complex. Until this point, the “process” for...

If your business is planning an overhaul of its contract management lifecycle, then you know finding the right solution is only half the battle. The second half is actually implementing the software....

Over the past six years, we have heard a lot from our customers about their ContractSafe contract management software wish list. You spoke … we answered. We are excited to announce that we have...

We are very proud to announce that CIO Review named ContractSafe as one of the Most Promising Enterprise Contract Management Solution Providers for 2020. The full profile highlights how ContractSafe...

Good contract management practices are imperative to a business's long term growth. Small process inefficiencies may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but when bad practices and manual tasks...

Rapidly evolving technology continues to revolutionize the way business is conducted as automation and artificial intelligence pave the way for greater operational efficiency. Companies that fail to...

Regardless of the industry, contract management is an essential component of business operations. Contracts serve as the backbone of day-to-day business functions and are an important tool for...

Tracking changes, also known as redlining, refers to the contract lifecycle stage where legal teams and other contributors take turns reviewing, marking, striking, or commenting on the proposed terms...

In many ways, contracts are the backbone of business operations. customer service, vendor deliverables, employee obligations, and real estate terms are just a handful of the many critical business...

Our mission is to make it easy to manage your contracts with a solution that's easy to implement, use and afford! We get fantastic reviews from our customers for being easy to use, and for having...

Let’s face it – life and business are both all about relationships, and most of those relationships require hard work and negotiation. At home, we seek common ground with partners, parents, friends,...

We know that business managers and professionals across all industries face incredible time management challenges. On some days, it feels like two new fires erupt for every old fire we put out. Plus,...

Americans have long been fascinated by automation and the concept of artificial intelligence. In that vein, science fiction books and movies have long captured the attentions and imaginations of...

Risk management professionals, in the broadest sense, must concern themselves with anything that can potentially create liability for the company or harm the company’s assets. In addition, managers...

Risk management is a common theme in business, reflecting the importance of protecting the enterprise’s assets. Managing risk takes many shapes, from the purchase of insurance to the use of...

Most people have a favorite book or movie, made up of a series of chapters or scenes. Standing alone, these scenes or chapters are important but may be confusing when viewed in isolation. But if...

Contract management systems depend on precise, efficient systems for organizing and retrieving contracts. This often translates to a system for metadata management. But what is metadata - and what...

“Dispute resolution,” as a broadly defined term, has existed for centuries. On a macro level, early humans once relied on brute force. As mankind evolved, countries (or kingdoms) used emissaries,...

From the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to bed at night, we exist in a world of contracts. We can turn on the lights and catch up with the morning news on television thanks to...

The business world is in a constant state of evolution. Certainly, many changes, such as high-tech machinery, precision manufacturing, and automated contract management software - just to name a few...

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The concept of security is nothing new, and has long captured the American imagination. In many popular books and movies, whether set in the old west or in a modern office building, someone has...

It seems like “best” and “worst” lists pop up everywhere these days – especially since anyone with a computer, a blog, and an opinion can add to the fun. A quick survey of the internet turns up an...

Have you ever wondered about all the belongings you actually lose over a lifetime? When was the last time you saw that brown bomber jacket or prom photos from 12th grade, for example? After all, we...

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The Information Technology industry has enjoyed explosive growth for a number of years. According to research cited by CompTIA, the IT industry exceeded $4.5 trillion globally in 2017 and will exceed...

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Formal education is something to which all Americans are exposed from a very young age. Yet the enormity of the industry is often overlooked. Traditionally, we think of education in terms of...

Healthcare issues touch almost everyone in American society. Whether speaking of politicians, patients, or healthcare providers, almost all Americans have a stake in the debate. Politicians have...

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There’s no disputing that technology has evolved at an accelerated rate over the last several decades. In fact, some technologies seem to be eclipsed almost as soon as they are created. In other...

Woodrow Wilson once said, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” While we don’t want you making enemies, we all know that without change, there cannot be meaningful growth. In fact,...

There’s no way around it – hard working, conscientious professionals despise mistakes. But there’s also no way around the fact that mistakes are a part of the human experience, both personal and...

Artificial Intelligence, commonly known as “AI,” is a topic now discussed more frequently than ever before in the United States and around the world. The concept was once a far-fetched, fictional...

As a contract manager, you already know a thing or two about the havoc failed implementations can cause an organization. For those who may be unfamiliar, here’s what you need to know: in short,...

People sign contracts for lots of different reasons. Usually, the contract represents something positive for all of the parties involved. For example, a willing seller of a product or service finds a...

An often-repeated statement in business and in life is: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Interestingly, this saying is popular with all types of managers and across most industries (OK, maybe bomb...

Two new features to announce...Unique Tracking Numbers and Duplicating Records Unique Tracking Numbers Every contract page in ContractSafe has a unique URL...but now each contract has a unique...

How many times have we all heard someone say something like, “You better get it in writing,” or, “Give it to me in writing”? In colloquial speech, we often use such phrases as joking responses to...

While reading about the elements required to form an enforceable contract might appear a bit dry to some, the history of contract law has all sorts of entertaining and interesting stories. Many of...

ContractSafe is an "easy product to use" with "many helpful features" and "tight" security, according to a new report on contract management software from Gadget Advisor. Here's a link to the full...

We hear people talk about agreements and contracts all the time. Many people, even lawyers, sometimes use these words interchangeably. But are they the same thing? If not, why not? In this article,...

We're excited to announce a few big improvements to ContractSafe. Faster Filtering/Sorting/Searching We significantly upgraded the filtering, sorting, and searching functions so that they will work...

ContractSafe was picked by CIO Review as one of its Top 20 Most Promising Legal Technology Solution Providers - 2018! Here's a link to our full profile. CIO Review's editors summed it up with,...

The homeowners in San Francisco’s Presidio Terrace were lucky they won their street back after missing property tax deadlines for 14 years, but most groups or businesses aren’t that fortunate. The...

ContractSafe announced today the availability of a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant version of its site hosted in the European Union. Following recently-launched integrations with...

A lot of Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) software is created for large companies with very high contracting volumes and full contract lifecycle needs- from drafting a contract to contract...

We know there are lots of loyal DocuSign users out there. That’s why we made our DocuSign integration even better. We already had a one-way integration where your final executed DocuSign agreements...

Very excited to win the Most Promising Recurring Revenue Innovator Award at the 2017 Recurring Revenue Conference! The conference, which featured great panels and speakers (Dave Berman-Zoom, Ian...

Today I’m going to answer a question I get asked all the time . . . what does OCR stand for, what is it, and why should I care about it? Most legal documents today are scans that are saved in PDF...

ContractSafe is now a member of the Okta Application Network. That means ContractSafe is an approved, pre-integrated application that works with Okta (and any other SAML 2.0 application) for easy...

If you are like most companies, you store your contracts and other legal documents in a shared drive or generic cloud service like Box, Dropbox or Google Drive. This approach is risky and wastes...

What makes us tick at ContractSafe? Why are we so focused on providing an easy-to-use and affordable tool to make it easier for folks to find their legal documents, stay in compliance and protect...

Download the free The Eight Scariest Mistakes In-House Counsel Make and How to Avoid Them. Take 10 minutes to read it and avoid these scary mistakes.

This interview with Mary O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations at Google, provides a fascinating peak under the tent at how the company’s 1,000 in-house counsel operate. Check out the five key...

How to tame your “big, disorganized mess?” We cover this and more in this interview about ContractSafe with SocalTech. Thanks! Ken P.S. I hope you enjoy this post. If so, I hope you’ll join the...

Companies moved a staggering $4.4b worth of legal services in-house in the past year, according to a new survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group. This continues a long-term trend, with more services...

Do you ever open email attachments from unknown senders? This is one of the most common technology mistakes made by lawyers, according to a new article from Law Technology Today. You can see all ten...

Contract management mistakes cost companies $100b per year, according to the Aberdeen Group. Click here to download our latest white paper and learn from experienced in-house lawyers how to avoid...

Sterling Miller has seen it all as a long-time General Counsel and he shares his experience through his great blog, Ten Things You Need to Know As In-House Counsel. Each year he publishes his list of...

Mark Howitson, former Deputy General Counsel of Facebook, knows a little about protecting a company’s IP. He was in the middle of the Facebook litigation made famous in the movie The Social Network....

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