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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....

3 Ways To Get More Done For Less

  Modern legal teams are increasingly overstretched. Faced with too much work, legal departments have traditionally hired more lawyers or sought outside counsel. But what happens when spending more money isn’t an option? In a recent survey, over 50% of GCs reported that their legal departments’ budget and staffing had remained unchanged over the previous year, even as their workload and responsibilities had increased....

2 Risks Introduced By Manual Contracting Processes—And How To Eliminate Them

Minimizing risk exposure is a—if not the fundamental duty of legal departments. No other department in an organization is capable of fully understanding and then building risk-mitigating processes, and so no other department is charged with this business-critical responsibility ....

6 Must-Know Technical Concepts for the Modern Legal Professional

Even a decade ago, “legal” and “technology” were words that were generally juxtaposed oxymoronically, if at all. Today, “legal technology” is a booming industry: in the last 2 years alone, 222 legal tech companies were funded to the tune of $457 million....

Towards a better service development story: How Ironclad moved from monolith to microservices without sacrificing developer experience

Ironclad began as a monolithic Node application deployed on Heroku. For a small team without much time to devote to DevOps, Heroku was a great solution and made it very easy to automatically build and deploy from GitHub. As our team and application grew, we began to want to split portions of our application into separate services. We decided it was time to move off of Heroku, with the hope that we could keep the ease of development and deployment largely intact....

2017 Year In Review

Earlier this year, we started sending monthly product updates to our users because we wanted to better communicate how we’re incorporating their feedback into our product. Below is our latest one, for the month of December. In it, I reflect on the progress we’ve made this year and on the importance of our users to our community and to our product. ...

Introducing Ironclad, a contract management solution for legal teams

Today, I’m excited to announce that Ironclad has raised over $11M across our Seed and Series A rounds of funding, with Accel Partners leading our most recent financing. Steve Loughlin, founder of SalesforceIQ and Accel partner, has joined our board. Steve's tremendous experience advising companies like Palantir Technologies and building companies that augment human potential will be hugely valuable as we grow our company in the coming years. ...