PactSafe is transforming the way software-as-a-service companies use contracts

Let’s face it, business-to-business (B2B) contracts are a hassle. Despite their necessity, problems with contracts are the reason about one out of every 10 deals deals falls apart due to inefficiencies, legal reasons or other friction throughout the contracting process. And forget about analytics; accessing contract data is a manual process that makes getting a clear picture of important enterprise trends cumbersome at best.

Eric Prugh

Eric PrughCofounder & COO

“Software-as-a-service companies, in particular, experience pain points with contracting because they have a lot invested in these amazing websites, sales and marketing materials, and proposals — all digital. Then when it comes to the contracting process everything grinds to a halt with an old-school Word document or PDF, and the redline negotiating process is a back and forth nightmare,” said Eric Prugh, COO and co-founder of PactSafe.

Prugh explained that Indianapolis-based PactSafe has a unique approach to contracting that sets the company apart from other electronic signature solutions during this transitional period in the marketplace. There are products that make it a lot easier to sign and execute contracts and there are products that help to manage those contracts into a kind of repository, but Prugh says most of those products are just shoehorning the old paper and PDF process into a digital environment.

The PactSafe Team: Kate Davis, XXXXX, Adam Gillaspie Brian Powers, Eric Prugh, and Amber Ferrari.
PactSafe’s moniker is “The Signature Acceleration Platform” because the SaaS company’s solutions speed up business by transforming contracts into a digital native, mobile-first process.

Transact, a new eSignature platform from PactSafe, is a digital native, mobile-first way to send, negotiate, and sign contracts that transforms the process from slow and painful to fast and just as easy as buying something online from Amazon.

PactSafe’s proprietary “click-to-sign” eSignature technology is combined with Transact’s easy-to-use contract automation and management tools to create a contracting solution that’s built for the way people do business online today.

Transact allows for inline and real time collaboration and redlining, preventing typical bottlenecks in the negotiating process. Built-in analytics track who, what, when, where and how each contract is executed in compliance with established eSignature standards and enterprises get access to analytical insight of contract changes over time.

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Any business that uses contracts could use PactSafe’s solutions and the company has customers in a variety of industries, but there’s a special focus on software-as-a-service (SaaS) because of the nature of the business itself being digitally native with challenges that PactSafe’s Transact platform directly addresses.

“If your legal counsel or potential investors ask questions about limited liability and other risk exposure or how many customers have net 30 days payment terms, you have to read through every contract and extract that information and manually enter it into a spreadsheet. That’s not exactly efficient and it’s taking you and your team away from the core business and what you’re really good at,” Prugh said. “With Transact and our other solutions, we speed everything about the process up and organize all of that vital information for you automatically so that the answers are at your fingertips.”

Adam Gillaspie

Adam GillaspieCofounder & Director of Development

PactSafe’s three co-founders know a little something about SaaS and business agreements.

COO Prugh and Director of Development Adam Gillaspie both worked at ExactTarget (now Salesforce) before joining forces with President Brian Powers, a former corporate transactional attorney.

Brian Powers

Brian PowersCofounder & CEO

It was during his legal practice, which included many SaaS and other tech companies, that Powers recognized that the contracting process was plagued by the aforementioned friction and bottlenecks, and that the shift to online eSignature solutions simply digitized portions of existing ‘ink on paper’ workflows, doing very little to actually transform and accelerate business processes.

The company got its start with its first product, Vault, a first-of-its-kind “legal API” that allows businesses to easily manage the check-box agreements that are delivered on the web or in mobile apps, and still does solid business in the space. PactSafe sees the most potential for growth, however, in the B2B contracting market where the combination of its Vault and Transact solutions allows PactSafe be a disruptor and make the PactSafe brand synonymous with eSignature. “By serving both use cases, PactSafe becomes the only contracting platform in the world to manage both B2B contracts and the check-box agreements we all read and accept every day,” Prugh said.

PactSafeplusFormstack

PactSafe prides itself on “playing nice with others” and its electronic signature solutions integrate well with other software platforms like fellow Indy-based Formstack — a current customer that has PactSafe solutions fully integrated into its SaaS application.

PactSafe’s target customers are B2B or B2B2C companies (specifically with SaaS and tech firms), but that doesn’t rule out other industries. Prugh quoted his former boss, local Salesforce executive Scott McCorkle, stating “every company is a technology company today,” so every company that uses contracts is a potential customer for PactSafe.

To date, PactSafe has raised $1.2 million in investment and a Series A round is planned for next quarter. According to announcements, the funding will go toward attracting talent in sales and software engineering.

“We are all consumers, we all buy stuff, and 80 percent of people buy stuff online once a month now so there’s this expectation of good service and good experience. B2B and B2C are really converging and B2B e-commerce is emerging as a great way for businesses to buy from other business and and we’re right in the center of that emerging markeplace.”

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CATEGORY: Compliance Technology, Legal Technology CITY: Indianapolis

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Joshua Hall is editor of techpoint.org. He writes about Indiana tech companies, jobs, people & events. @joshua2349