Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tired of paper and pen?

Who is not tired of having to sign a document on paper and then send a copy by fax or scanner? Or even worse, have to travel for a signture: last month, I had to sign a notarised document for a family matter and the only way to make this happen was to travel to Paris and show up at the notary's office to sign one single document. Very expensive signature both in terms of time and travel costs....Isn't this crazy XXIst century?

Hopefully, this will be over soon as Docusign expands its network of 20m users, who have already signed more than 150m documents in 188 countries. Venture is all about investing in disrupting technology and Docusign is disrupting a very basic process: signing a document. It sounds very simple but the complexity is to make this service as easy and simple as is a signature on paper, while being able to manage the flow of the document and provide the required security to make signatures reliables.

This technology is impacting nearly all the areas of a company: from human resouces employment contracts and onboarding documents, to procurement, sales, legal and finance. Signatures are everywhere and with a digitized workflow, documents can travel across department, subsidiaries and countries within seconds, shortening the execution cycles from days to minutes. In addition, the rise of tablets and mobile devices will accelerate the growth by making the signature process ubiquitous.

Facebook is your social network, LinkedIn your professional network and Docusign will be your identity network.

As several sites announced last week, Docusign raised a large $50m round to fuel its growth, in particular in Europe and Accel participated alongside Kleiner Perkins and existing investors. I look forward to work with Keith Krach, Mike Dinsdale, Tom Gonser and the rest of the Docusign team on this great adventure!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Apple in numbers

Apple posted some interesting numbers that I thought I would share with you, as some of them are mind-boggling:

400m card accounts linked to iTunes (this is now more than any other store on the planet, larger than the US population and close to 6% of the worldwide population!)

There are over 650,000 apps on the iOS app store, of which 225,000 are iPad only apps (this is an amazing stat show developers are now just focusing on iPad instead of iPhone)

Over 30B apps have been downloaded – with consumers downloading more than 50M apps a day. This represents more than 4 app per person on the planet

Over its lifetime, Apple has paid $5B to iOS developers compared to $12B to music labels – Apple now pays more to developers than music labels and will generate $5B in gross income this year.

By Q1’2012, there were 365M iOS devices in the market

Amazingly, apps are sending 7B notifications a day! Close to 20 per device...

SMS businesses are hurting – of the 365M devices, 140M use iMessage (Apple free messaging platform), sending 1B messages a day or close to 3 per device

130M devices now connect to GameCenter (which is basically Apple’s attempt to harmonize leader boards/stats across games

So, does this justifie a $560B market cap?

Perspective on gaming and mobile apps on Bloomberg

I was invited for the second time by Maryam Nemaze to talk about investing trends in technology. It was a but surprising to see the first question starting with Apple earnings but that's part of the game! It was a fun session. I did talk about software but unfortunately this part was cut in the online video. I guess the gaming and mobile sectors are more consumer friendly.