The 2014 Tech Impact Awards: Emerging Tech




Location: Seattle | Employees: 800

At a time when serious business is conducted via tablet, it’s easy to forget how many transactions still come down to a pen, ink and paper. For the past decade, DocuSign has led the way in changing this for enterprises worldwide.

By digitizing the signature process, DocuSign Chairman and CEO Keith Krach says the company is “changing the way business is done.” Its system allows transactions to be approved without all the physical signing, scanning or faxing of old. This streamlines the process and accelerates the pace of global business. 

A pioneer in the business of digital transaction management, DocuSign has cornered a market that few think about but millions use. Every day the company enables nearly a million monetary transactions, with most of the wealth management and insurance carriers in the United States using its products.
“It’s a rare and unique opportunity when you can have such a broad impact on the way the world works,” says Krach. “Everyone at DocuSign believes this is a noble cause. The opportunity ahead of us is tremendous.”



Location: Seattle | Employees: 153

The next time you pick up a shirt at Macy's, this Seattle-based company could be making a note. As a leader in the “item intelligence” industry, Impinj helps clients track their physical objects in a precise way, helping retailers understand what products are seeing action, helping hospitals to track equipment and patients, and more. With its technology deployed on billions of items worldwide, according to CEO Bill Colleran, Impinj is thriving in an intersection of big data and the emerging Internet of Things market. 

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