Featured Founder: James Mitchell 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 James Mitchell, Co-Founder of eNotaryLog, an online notarization company that allows you to sign and notarize your documents online, anytime, anywhere.
What were you doing previously and what inspired you to launch your company?
I have a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, with a specialization in contract law. I took some time off of work with my co-founder Joseph Bisaillon to move back to Tampa from Dallas and take care of a close friend of ours that was diagnosed with cancer. During his end of life care, we truly realized how unnecessarily frustrating it was to get access to a notary when you need it most. My goal is to create the most trusted online notary service so people can conveniently have access to a notary at anytime.
What pain point is your company solving? What gets you excited to go to work every day?
We are bringing a new level of convenience, training and security to the entire notarization process. Each day brings new and unique challenges to tackle, and at the end of the day it is very rewarding to look back and see the progress of the notary industry and our impact on it.
Name the biggest challenge you faced in the process of launching the company. How did you overcome it?
Since we hire, train and place all of our notaries in house, it presents a unique challenge that most SaaS companies do not have. We are a Notary as a Service (NaaS), which means defining a roadmap and business process that that can scale was no easy task. Thanks to the support of the local start up community and organizations like Embarc Collective, we have been able to access the resources required to build a plan and execute on it.
Where do you see your company headed next?
We see extensive scaling and expect eNotaryLog to be the go-to for remote online notarizations throughout the US.
Give us a tactical piece of advice that you’d share with another founder just starting out.
Build your team early. The path of an entrepreneur is a difficult one, but you do not have to travel it alone! Having the proper support behind you will make all the difference, it already has for me.
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