SOURCE: Seven Peaks Ventures

Seven Peaks Ventures

November 08, 2016 08:00 ET

DocuSign Founder Tom Gonser Joins Seven Peaks Ventures

Gonser will serve as venture partner for early-stage fund targeting Pacific Northwest

BEND, OR--(Marketwired - Nov 8, 2016) - Seven Peaks Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on sparking innovation in the Pacific Northwest, has added Tom Gonser, founder of DocuSign, Inc., the global leader in Digital Transaction Management (DTM) and eSignature, to its roster of partners.

Gonser joined the company for its first annual Bonfire event, which was attended by 50 CEOs and investors from venture capital funds in Silicon Valley and regional markets, including Seattle; Denver; Salt Lake City; Washington, D.C.; and Austin.

"Tom shares our belief that category-leading companies are being built in thriving regional markets across the country and in particular in the West, where easy access to the Bay Area has made markets like Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City very attractive to both entrepreneurs and investors," said Dino Vendetti, founder and managing partner of Seven Peaks Ventures. "We couldn't be more pleased to have Tom as a member of our investment team to help entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses."

Gonser, who most recently served as chief strategy officer at DocuSign, grew the business from zero to become the verb for getting business done quickly, easily and securely -- 100 percent digitally -- including eSignature and document workflow management solutions. He began his career in industry-shaping companies like Apple, McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless and Wildfire Communications.

"DocuSign has reached great heights because its solutions empower people to come to agreement rapidly anywhere in the world, regardless of location," said Gonser. "Seven Peaks also understands that it is possible to start a world-class business without moving to a big city. Our common desire to build and grow scalable businesses that have a consequential impact on the markets they serve attracted me to join the team. The energy out here is infectious, and I am excited to be a part of it."

Gonser is the fourth industry entrepreneur with operating experience to join Seven Peaks Ventures as an investment partner since Vendetti, a former Silicon Valley and greater Seattle area venture capitalist, founded the fund in 2013. Gonser joins Matt Abrams and Steve Barham, who both joined last year from Oracle and LinkedIn, respectively; and Corey Schmid, who joined the fund in 2014 with a background in digital health, most recently at Philips.

"We're helping galvanize local entrepreneurs and build momentum in the greater Pacific Northwest and Mountain West markets and we're having a lot of fun doing it," Vendetti said. "Tom is the kind of partner we want, someone with experience building companies through all phases of growth and who has the vision to see what's possible."

About Seven Peaks Ventures
Seven Peaks Ventures is Oregon's leading early stage venture capital fund that invests in passionate entrepreneurs who are building the next generation of scalable software companies in thriving tech communities throughout the west. As experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and startup executives, our team applies its decades of experience in data, mobile, cloud, digital health and fin-tech to help provide founders an unfair advantage as they grow and scale their business. For more information, please visit www.sevenpeaksventures.com.

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