An entrepreneur was recently asking me about an example employee handbook and what to include in it. After immediately sending over a copy of ours, I emphasized that the best thing to do was to use EchoSign and have each employee digital sign the current employee handbook once per year. EchoSign makes things so much easier, faster, and more maintainable compared to traditional signing of documents. In the United States, an electronic signature is viewed as the exact same thing as a normal signature in the eyes of the law (more background on electronic signatures).
Startups should use EchoSign for all contracts, and here are some of the most common:
- Employee handbooks
- Customer deals / purchase orders
- Partner agreements
- Stock options
- Investment docs (the last angel round I invested in was done entirely through EchoSign)
E-signature and programs like EchoSign represent a much more efficient way of doing business and should be embraced by startups.
What else? What are your thoughts on startups using EchoSign for all contracts?