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Five Questions For Jason Lemkin Co-founder and CEO of EchoSignFive Questions For Jason Lemkin Co-founder and CEO of EchoSign

Lemkin is the mastermind behind EchoSign, a Web-based e-signature and contract management service that lets people easily obtain signatures on documents. Outside the office, he flies ultralight airplanes.

Elena Malykhina

November 17, 2006

2 Min Read

Jason Lemkin
Co-founder and CEO of EchoSign
Interview by Elena Malykhina

Jason Lemkin, Co-founder and CEO of EchoSign -- Photograph by Jeffery Newbury

Photograph by Jeffery Newbury


Managing paper documents is a major hassle. With EchoSign, Lemkin wanted to offer a simple way of obtaining e-signatures on contracts, HR documents, and expense reports. "The whole world does business through e-mail and attachments. Why not take the pain out of dealing with physical documents and digitize the process?"/TD>


EchoSign offers a free version of its software for smaller businesses with limited resources. "We want to make all businesses look professional. One customer told us that our service has saved his sanity. That's incredibly rewarding to hear."


Lemkin has been part of four startups, including nanotechnology pioneer NanoGram Devices and BabyCenter.com, a well-known Web site for new parents that's now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. "I consider myself an entrepreneur."


When Lemkin isn't busy founding companies, he loves to invent. He has several pending patents for advanced technology in energy storage and nanotech. "It's such a great feeling to think of new ideas and see them come to fruition."


Lemkin has a passion for adventure, which includes flying ultralight planes. He's flown them over the ocean and a volcano. "They keep you right at the edge. It's really exciting to do things that are raw and being able to control only portions of your environment."

About the Author(s)

Elena Malykhina

Technology Journalist

Elena Malykhina began her career at The Wall Street Journal, and her writing has appeared in various news media outlets, including Scientific American, Newsday, and the Associated Press. For several years, she was the online editor at Brandweek and later Adweek, where she followed the world of advertising. Having earned the nickname of "gadget girl," she is excited to be writing about technology again for InformationWeek, where she worked in the past as an associate editor covering the mobile and wireless space. She now writes about the federal government and NASA’s space missions on occasion.

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