SignNow Raises $500,000 in Seed Money to Prepare for April Launch of New E-Signature Service; CEO Literally 'Writes the Book' on Signature History

Mar 14, 2011, 12:00 ET from SignNow, Inc.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SignNow™, Inc. - a technology startup preparing to launch a new product in April - today announced that the company has secured $500,000 in Seed-level funding from a range of investors.

Raised for the purpose of marketing development for a new service designed to revolutionize consumer use of e-signatures, SignNow expects strong interest from small business owners, professionals or anyone seeking a simple and legally-binding way to add their signature to an electronic document. SignNow has undertaken exhaustive research to educate users regarding e-signature acceptance and usage – in tandem with the corporate launch, SignNow CEO Christopher Hawkins has written a book entitled: "A History of Signatures: From Cave Paintings to Robo-Signings" that details the unique place the signature has held throughout recorded history.

Exhaustively researched over several years in preparation for SignNow's service offerings as well as for his own personal interest, the title is available from leading bookstores as well as online from Amazon® and Barnes & Noble®. The book carries a list price of $39.99 and is THE only comprehensive book on the nature, history, and impact of signatures, written by a pioneer in the e-signature market.

This expert resource explains the development of signatures, the implementation of digital signatures, the goals of signatures-authenticity, non-repudiation, and data integrity-and provides insight into signature frauds. It also discusses the role of notaries in the process, including the well-recognized systemic issues with pen-and-ink notarization in the 2010 robosigning frauds, and discusses practical ways to bring signatures into the future.

"SignNow is weeks away from launching what we hope will be an easy-to-use, dead simple and legally binding way to add signatures to electronic documents – this infusion of Angel capital will be the final catalyst for launching our service and product offerings," said Chris Hawkins, CEO of SignNow, Inc. "I've also spent years researching the obvious and hidden impact signatures have had on societies throughout history and its evolution into the digital form now utilized by SignNow and other e-signature vendors. My new book should provide a fascinating glimpse into something that is a basic, fundamental part of our lives yet holds many previously unknown stories and historical depth."

About SignNow

SignNow, Inc. is an Angel-funded startup seeking to bring the millennia-old practice of using hardcopy signatures into the digital age through user-friendly, consumer-oriented Web applications. Designed to meet or exceed the security provided by long-standing handwritten practices, SignNow offers a simple, effective way to e-sign digital files without the need to scan, fax or mail documents. Learn more at

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