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July 29, 2011

EchoSign Joins Acrobat.com

Hot on the heels of our first integration into Adobe Reader (and its 500m+ users) this week, is the first phase of our integration with Adobe’s on-line web tools at Acrobat.com.

The Acrobat.com tools include the $100m Adobe Connect web collaboration service, as well as the extremely popular SendNow file exchange system, as well as other document-centric web services.

Integration with Adobe Reader, and Acrobat.com, are just the start. Look for much more in 2011, and 2012 as well. We promise you, you’ll be amazed at what the power of Adobe will bring to EchoSign electronic signatures over the next 12 months.

The age of the paper contract is now officially drawing to a close.

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July 27, 2011

A Greener Shade of Green

building_1Being authentically green has always been important to us at EchoSign.  Going paperless for your contracts is, inherently, a more environmentally-friendly process than paper (particularly from a water standpoint), and we’re pleased to have won numerous green awards and recognition together with our customers including Aetna, CIGNA, BT, Facebook, and many others.  We’re also proud to have partnered with the National Arbor Day Foundation since 2006 to plant trees on behalf of our customers.

But what about the servers themselves — and the offices where we work to build EchoSign and provide the human side of the service?

Since 2007, our servers have been “100% wind-powered” in that we’ve purchased renewable, wind-powered offsets to balance out all the energy costs of our servers, and where practical, used energy-efficient configurations at our SAS 70 Type II datacenters at our customer and partner Rackspace.

More recently, in 2010, we moved to a virtual machine environment using our customer and partner VMWare’s software which enables ~ 3x the document throughput per CPU (using quad-core systems which now image documents in parallel on each core), cutting CPU power requirements (the most energy-taxing part of our service) by almost 50%.

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But even with wind-powered carbon offsets, and VMware virtualization, and paperless contracts, our headcount has grown to scores of EchoSign employees.  Since 2006, we’ve been in a primarily passively cooled office in downtown Palo Alto with cinderblock walls which naturally maintains an ambient temperature 95% of the year with minimal HVAC drain.

The bottom line with Adobe and EchoSign together now, is that it gets even better.

Now, EchoSign’s offices are Platinum-LEED certified, complete with — this is pretty cool — on-site windmills (see pic above of one of them) and Bloom energy fuel-cell generators which power over 30% of on-site energy needs.  Even our cafeteria (see below) only permits composting or recycling — extra work, but impactful, as 97% of waste is diverted from landfill.

We’ll need to do the full calculations here, and there’s still much more to do.  But with a green product, servers, server power, and now Platinum-LEED offices, we feel like it’s all another big step in the right direction.

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First EchoSign Integration in Adobe Reader Launches

We’re just a week and a half into our integration with Adobe and the one thing we can guarantee you — it’s going to be terrific.  We plan to completely redefine what electronic signatures and contracts are, and how they work, and leverage Adobe’s vast scale to accelerate the market.

You can see the first hints of our joint power already, which is our first presence and integration inside of the millions and millions of copies of Adobe Reader X.  Much, much more is in the pipeline – this is just the start.

After all, Adobe invented the digital document.  Combining that with EchoSign is going to be something indeed.

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July 11, 2011

Great News! Adobe Acquires EchoSign

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We’re extremely pleased to announce that EchoSign is now part of the Acrobat family — Adobe has acquired EchoSign.

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Together, our aim is to make electronic signatures the standard way for people to sign documents and automate contracting.

Adobe’s PDF solutions and document exchange services platform have helped organizations turn inefficient, paper-based workflows – like overnight envelopes – into streamlined electronic ones.

The EchoSign solution will be integrated with Adobe’s other document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation.

With Adobe as your partner, you can look forward to ongoing innovation in electronic signatures and web-based contracts.We thank you for using the EchoSign service and sincerely appreciate your business. Together, we are excited to help shape the future of web-based contracting across businesses around the world.”

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Jason Lemkin, CEO EchoSign

Kevin M. Lynch, VP & GM Acrobat

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