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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CMS Adoption 101: Assessing Your Company’s Needs

Ken Button | September 18, 2018

Although we may not always use the term “needs assessment,” the concept plays a critical role in both our business and personal lives. At home, a task as simple as making a grocery list counts as a needs assessment analysis. On the other hand, determining the best career path for oneself is a more complicated assessment.

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Six Tips for Negotiating Contracts

Ken Button | August 31, 2018

Movies and novels are full of expensively dressed, sharp-witted lawyers who play “hardball” in their contract negotiations and eventually make the other attorney blink. While that’s great for Hollywood, the truth is you don’t have to exhibit the attributes of a movie star to negotiate a good contract. In fact, hard-working professionals work together productively every day to complete agreements that address the needs of both parties.

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The Importance of Contract Management in the Education Industry

Ken Button | August 28, 2018

 

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 mandatory elementary and secondary education, whether public or private, followed by optional public or private education at the college or university level. Some students choose optional vocational paths. All of this learning occurred at specific physical locations to which we were physically transported.

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Reducing Hospital Costs Through Effective Contract Management

Ken Button | August 21, 2018

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 recently debated access and whether there is a fundamental right to care. Employers and business entities grapple with the quality and quantity of health care insurance coverage that they should provide to employees, and how to best address the expense.

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Confidentiality, Limitation of Liability & Other Terms Every Contract Manager Should Know

Ken Button | August 14, 2018

Contracts are ubiquitous in an organization, representing the company’s formal relationships with a multitude of parties. The process begins with one or more representatives of the business negotiating contract terms with employees, suppliers, customers, and many other interested stakeholders, such as utility companies, service providers and real estate lessors. Contract managers are typically tasked with monitoring the contracts for payment, performance, and compliance with a wide variety of outstanding contractual terms.

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Saving Data in the Cloud is Much Safer Than You Think

Ken Button | August 07, 2018

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 instances, two or more technologies compete and one wins out.

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Five Tips for Successful Contract Management Software Adoption

Ken Button | July 31, 2018

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, business enterprises constantly spend precious financial and human resources in the search for improved processes designed to accomplish the company’s objectives.

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Four Common Mistakes in Contract Management and How to Avoid Them

Ken Button | July 20, 2018

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 professional. In fact, quotation dictionaries are full of great sayings from famous scientists, coaches, philosophers, and regular Joes, explaining that failure is a great teacher and that success often includes a series of failings. But while it may be true that mistakes cannot be totally avoided, it’s just as important to learn from them, and hopefully not to repeat our mistakes.

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Artificial Intelligence and Contract Management: What You Need to Know

Ken Button | July 17, 2018

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 idea, popular with science fiction writers and television and movie producers. But as time passed, the possibilities became more realistic, leading to interesting technological, theological, cultural, and business discussions. Some people welcome AI, where others fear it will take over the world.

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Four Strategies for Accelerating the Adoption of Contract Management Processes

Ken Button | July 06, 2018

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, failed implementations frustrate the entire organization and can even lead to wasted money and lost jobs (yes, maybe even yours!) Fortunately, all of this can be avoided with the right process and tools. And that’s where we come in. At ContractSafe, we help streamline contract management processes, from start to finish. Here are some of our tips for accelerating the adoption of contract management processes.

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