It isn’t uncommon to get a call when you are on a holiday that you needed to sign some important document. It happened to Sunil Patro. “In 2009, when I was vacationing in Mexico, I got an email that I had to sign and fax a few important documents. I had a tough time looking for a fax machine and a printer,” he says.
That ordeal led him to create an app calledSignEasy that enables digital signatures on mobile devices. You can access your documentsfrom your emails, and cloud storage devices such as Box, Dropbox and Ever note and sign on them using a stylus or finger on your touch-enabled mobile device. The app also supports file formats including PDFs, JPEGs and TIFFs. The freemium app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
“I’ve used it ever since it came out. I use it probably once a month,” says Sudeep Mishra, MD and founder of TresVista Financial Services. Mishra feels that the app is safe and has even used it to sign contracts of $1 million. “It makes business a lot simpler,” he adds.
SignEasy takes security seriously. It uses a two-step authentication with your email and a PIN code, and this has to be done twice. The app also keeps an audit trail of the times a document is opened and closed so that you know if a document has been tampered and edited after it has been signed. The entire process is done over secure and encrypted internet protocols. In India, the app cannot be used to sign bank documents as they insist on pen and paper. But Patro isn’t concentrating much on banks for his business. He feels there are “enough documents other than in banks” to be signed. Patro is an IIT Kharagpur graduate and has worked in Microsoft and Juniper Networks . While working for Juniper Networks in the Bay Area, Patro was inspired by the startup culture and joined a few before working on his own app in 2009.
Many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are huge fans of the app. Bijan Sabet, a partner at Spark Capital, said on his blog: “My latest mobile only app that I love is SignEasy. I have it on my iPhone and once installed you simply do a long tap on a document in mail or dropbox, choose SignEasy and then use your finger to sign a document. I had to sign a bunch of time sensitive docs yesterday. “
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