Featured Founder: Joseph Bisaillon of eNotaryLog
Welcome to our Featured Founder series, where you’ll meet startup founders from Tampa-St. Petersburg who are building and scaling their ventures to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. We interviewed Joseph Bisaillon, Co-Founder and CTO of eNotaryLog, an online notarization company that allows you to sign and notarize your documents online, anytime, anywhere.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised here in Tampa, Florida.
Tell us more about your role at eNotaryLog. What does a day in the life look like?
The great thing about being a part of a startup is that everyday is different. My role is constantly evolving as the organization itself grows. At the beginning, I spent a lot of my time focused on the software design and development. As we have grown, I have been able to scale back on coding and focus more on regulatory compliance, strategy, and partnerships.
How did you get your career started and what challenges did you face along the way?
I started my career doing software development for a government contracting firm in D.C. I then moved between government, commercial and nonprofit organizations building enterprise software. It was a great way to start my career and it allowed me to learn different organizational structures, management styles and enterprise software development. The biggest challenge from a software developer’s perspective is making the decision of whether I wanted to continue coding or move into a managerial role.
How has this region shaped your career or startup journey?
When my co-founder James Mitchell and I were deciding where to launch eNotaryLog, we wanted to make sure we were launching within a community that had a support network for startup founders. James and I were born and raised here in Tampa Bay, we wanted to launch in Tampa Bay if the area had the resources we needed to succeed. Not too long ago, startup resources in Tampa were not as available as they are now. When we decided to start eNotaryLog, we did lots of research into local startup resources and found that over the last decade Tampa Bay has done an incredible job of investing into the startup community. The growing network of startup resources in Tampa Bay gave us the confidence we needed to launch and grow here in our hometown of Tampa Bay.
What tactical advice can you share from building your startup or career?
Know your market. Market conditions and timing are extremely important when starting a business. It helps define the strategy you will go to market with and allow you to identify when to pivot. COVID has changed the market for many industries and we have had to rapidly pivot to adjust to the new market. Knowing your market is key to being able to identify and time a pivot.
Where do you see Tampa Bay next? How do you play a role in this future?
I see Tampa Bay being a key contributor to the startup marketplace. Organizations such as Embarc Collective, Tampabay Innovation Center and Tampa Bay Wave have made huge strides in giving startup founders the resources we need to succeed. We are seeing more venture capital firms and investors putting money in Tampa Bay startups. It is a great time to be a startup in Tampa Bay and we plan to be an integral part of the story.
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