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Meet Chris Chin, Legal Director at Google

Chris Chin is a Legal Director at Google and has been at the company for 16 years, since it was just a couple hundred employees spread across two buildings. When he started, the legal team tracked all of the company’s contracts on a single spreadsheet. Today, it is an industry leader, defining and setting the standards for how modern legal teams operate....

6 Tips for Up-Leveling Your Legal Operations

As a Legal Engineer, I’ve been privileged to learn from Legal Operations professionals at legal teams of all different sizes and maturity stages. Some of those learnings are strategic (like how to achieve broad adoption), but others are quite tactical and simple. Below, I’ve compiled 6 of the easiest, most tactical tips you can implement today to up-level your team’s legal operations....

Meet Beth Stevens, Head of Legal and Brokerage at Opendoor

Beth Stevens is Head of Legal and Brokerage at Opendoor, a rapidly growing real estate technology company that operates in over twenty markets and purchases more than $2.5 billion in homes annually. Before Opendoor, Beth was General Counsel at Sidecar, a ride-sharing company, and at Earnest, a student loan refinancing company. If there’s one thing that impresses me the most about Beth, it’s that she’s been able to help her companies grow quickly in markets that are highly regulated. Navigating challenging regulatory regimes is difficult enough; doing so while that company is doubling or tripling in size is herculean....

How to achieve broad adoption of your contract management platform

Software implementation is difficult. The list of things that could go wrong is practically endless, and includes things like office politics, technical debt, and lack of software support. But the biggest and most common hurdle is product adoption....

Meet Chris Young, Ironclad's General Counsel

This month, we are thrilled to announce that Chris Young has joined Ironclad as our General Counsel. If Chris’s name sounds familiar, it might be because he was most recently GC of GoFundMe, an early adopter of Ironclad’s ... or, it might just be because Chris knows a lot of people. Chris’s wide-ranging and fascinating career has traversed private practice, tech, entrepreneurship, and even politics. ...

Balance Visibility and Control with Granular Access Permissions

At Ironclad, we’ve been thinking hard about how to give Legal control over their contracts without sacrificing visibility to the rest of the organization. On the one hand, Legal needs to make sure sensitive information stays within Legal. On the other, contracting requires cross-functional collaboration from business counterparts who need access to contracts information to accomplish their goals....

How Costly Are Manual Contracting Processes...Really?

There’s a light bulb moment that we’ve seen over and over at our customers--it’s when companies realize just how much money they’ve been spending on processing contracts, and why that matters. The average company spends almost $7,000 processing a low-risk contract, according to the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). Think about that. If your company signs a $100,000 contract, 7% of the contract value is out the window before contract fulfillment begins....

Why data is critical to your legal operations strategy

In Mad Men, Don Draper is the creative mastermind behind one of Manhattan’s elite advertising firms. His approach is nothing short of magic: clients go to him with problems, he takes a few swigs of whiskey, and out comes a brand new concept, sure to make his client millions. He’s not informed by numbers or market research or last quarter’s sales data--but this was the ‘60s, a time when it was perfectly acceptable to take a suave man at his word....

How Procore Uses Ironclad To Support Aggressive Growth

Procore is a global SaaS company specializing in construction management software. Its software revolutionized the traditionally low-tech construction industry, making it easy for construction firms to drastically increase project efficiency and accountability. Since its 2003 founding, the company has grown so aggressively that today it is valued at over $1 billion, landing Procore in that elite stratosphere of companies known as "unicorns." ...

How to use metrics to prove Legal's value

In a previous post, we looked at how financial and operational pressures have forced legal teams to do more work with fewer people, and explained how automation and metrics can help your team close the resourcing gap. This time, we’re going to dive a bit deeper and give you a three-step framework for implementing key performance indicators (KPIs) on your legal team. ...