The National Association of Realtors is looking for a few good tech startups. The real estate folks are behind a program called REach that wants to take under its wing a half dozen or so young tech companies.
While the real estate industry hasn’t traditionally been thrilled about innovators like Redfin and Zillow, it’s now feeling friendly enough about the Internet to launch its own officially endorsed “tech accelerator” program to support startups in the space.
Video email marketing software provider BombBomb is the first company to be accepted by the National Association of Realtors’ new “tech accelerator” program, REach.
San Francisco’s DocuSign accounts for about two-thirds of the e-signature market. It has served 25 million people – the number doubled in the past year – who have e-signed more than 200 million documents in 188 countries. It adds 60,000 users every weekday.
A hallway in its Financial District offices showcases logos of some customers: American Express, BP, Costco, Century 21, Dole, eBay, Intel, Sears, Starbucks, Yahoo.
Founded in Seattle in 2003 by Tom Gonser – now its chief strategy officer – DocuSign has 315 employees. It’s backed by $122 million in venture capital from such firms as Kleiner Perkins, Accel Partners, Google Ventures and Comcast Ventures.
The Chronicle spoke with Gonser, 49, about how he’s working to help people and businesses go paperless – and make the fax machine obsolete.