Olga V. Mack is CEO of Parley Pro, a modern, (truly!) collaborative, and intuitive contract lifecycle management (CLM) platform that has pioneered online negotiation technology.She is also an award-winning general counsel, operations professional, startup advisor, public speaker, adjunct professor, and entrepreneur. Olga co-founded SunLaw, an organization dedicated to preparing female in-house attorneys to become general counsels and legal leaders, and WISE to help female law firm partners become rainmakers.

Olga is very passionate about disruptive technologies such as blockchain and AI. I served as Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp (YC W18), the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. I co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contract Security (Momentum Press, 2019) and authored Blockchain Business Models (Business Expert Press, 2020)

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Working as an amateur octogenarian futurist, Peter D. Lederer explores possible futures for the study and practice of law. The precursor for this was a career in the law spanning some seven decades. He studied law at the University of Chicago Law School and, for one year, at the University of Bern. He practiced for more than 40 years with Baker McKenzie, in this global law firm’s Chicago, New York and Zurich offices.

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When I started my blog, I thought that I was starting it for one clear goal. That goal was to provide a means for me to write about what I have learned from working most of my career in-house and working with contracts. However, as I began writing and sharing my own knowledge, it became clear that there was actually another goal I had in mind that wasn’t clear to me at the time. That goal was to learn about the changes impacting the legal industry and then to share what I have learned with others.

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David Tollen is one of the industry’s leading authorities on software licensing and cloud computing agreements. He’s the author of The Tech Contracts Handbook, a best-selling manual on the subject from ABA Publishing. And he’s the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C., an IP and IT boutique law firm in San Francisco. David also runs Tech Contracts Academy™, offering a variety of services and tools to help businesspeople and lawyers understand, negotiate, and draft tech contracts. David has a wealth of experience in the IT agreement space and is works to help individuals better understand what a technology contract is and isn’t and the differences between types of tech contracts.

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The legal world is one associated with many stereotypes like the image of an individual toiling away in a closed-door office reading pages and pages of documents long into the night with the phone ringing off the hook. Sadly, while the long hours have not yet gone away for many, the tools and processes that lawyers use to perform their work has. Technology has encouraged and sometimes forced upon us many of these changes.

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