DocuSign partners with Microsoft to integrate e-signature technology into Office apps

DocuSign, the Seattle-based e-signature company currently ranked No. 2 on our GeekWire 200 startup index, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will embed DocuSign’s technology directly within Office apps. DocuSign’s apps, which will be available in the Office Store starting in early March, will enable Office 365 subscribers to submit and sign documents without leaving… Read More


DocuSign is planning for an eventual IPO

Virtual signatures are big business, and one Seattle-based company is hoping that will propel them to a successful IPO. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch blog, DocuSign is actively planning to go public, as it works to rapidly expand its business into new verticals. The company currently has 48… Read More


E-signature powerhouse DocuSign buys Cartavi to help real estate pros share docs

After working together for more than a year, DocuSign has agreed to purchase its partner, Cartavi, in a deal of undisclosed size. Through the deal, electronic signature provider DocuSign said that it will help real estate professionals manage the end-to-end real estate transaction. Cartavi is kind of like Dropbox for online real estate documents, helping real… Read More


Donuts and Cheezburger among WSJ’s top 50 VC-backed startups

Investors are always chasing the “next big thing” in technology. And now The Wall Street Journal has created a list of its picks of those venture-backed companies poised for the big leagues. Will some crash and burn? Undoubtedly. But after considering nearly 6,000 companies, here are the top 50 startups that The Wall Street Journal… Read More


Google Ventures joins in DocuSign’s huge $55.7 million venture financing round

DocuSign has closed out its whopping series D financing round at $55.7 million, including new participation from Google Ventures. We reported on the first portion of the funding, at $47.5 million, last month. The maker of electronic signature technology, with operations split between Seattle and San Francisco, has been growing rapidly. It is now attracting… Read More


Watch my dog help me make the picks for the WTIA awards

We’ve already made it through Oscar season, and now we’re gearing up for March Madness. But before we get there, I’ve got one piece of business to take care of. The Washington Technology Industry Association is celebrating its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards on Thursday night at the Showbox Sodo. As in years past, I’ve… Read More


Redfin picks DocuSign for electronic signatures

Two Seattle companies are hoping that they can help streamline the way people buy or sell homes. DocuSign announced today that agents at Redfin — the fast-growing real estate brokerage firm — will use its electronic signature technology during transactions. It’s a big win for DocuSign in its hometown, and interestingly enough comes just a… Read More

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Tech Moves: Klustner joins Powerit; Trulia names a chief economist; DocuSign; etc.

Rob Friedman has been named the new director of University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology. The New Yorker — who arrives at the organization from the New Jersey Institute of Technology — replaces Orlando Baiocchi, reports Friedman says he plans to boost federal funding for the institute, noting that he’ll be “working with faculty to gin up as many… Read More


Geek of the Week: Julia Ferraioli, DocuSign evangelist

Our latest Geek of the Week, Julia Ferraioli, knows a thing or two about electronic signatures, graphing calculators, autonomous aerial robots, and yes, the television show Firefly. (Which is suddenly a recurring theme around GeekWire, after the discussion on on our latest podcast.) Continue reading for Julia’s answers to our questionnaire, including some sage advice for… Read More


DocuSign faces new threat as Adobe inks deal to buy EchoSign

DocuSign is facing a new competitive challenge today as one of the company’s biggest rivals, EchoSign, was just gobbled up by Adobe. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but this new alliance could alter the electronic signature market. Seattle-based DocuSign, which raised a whopping $27 million in venture capital financing last December, is no stranger… Read More