Japanese Lawmaker Becomes Billionaire By Selling E-Signature Services Amid Work-From-Home Revolution
A centuries-old Japanese tradition of stamping documents with seals in place of signatures is finally waning, as more people have been working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Corporate giants like Toyota and Nomura are signing up for the electronic signature services of a little-known company called Bengo4.com Inc., which has sent its stock soaring 100% this year.
The share-price surge made Bengo4’s founder, Taichiro Motoe, a billionaire largely based on his 67% stake in the Tokyo-listed company he founded 15 years ago. Forbes estimates Motoe’s net worth at just over $1 billion.
Investors are optimistic about Bengo4’s e-signature service, called CloudSign, in the Covid-19 era. As more people work remotely, Japanese companies are switching to e-signatures from physical stamps called hanko to authenticate documents—a practice Japan followed since at least the 1800s. “CloudSign is changing the traditional hanko
(Bloomberg) — Peloton Interactive Inc. founder John Foley is now a billionaire, thanks to a stunning rally in his home-fitness company’s shares since the pandemic began.
After posting a video to Kickstarter in 2013, Foley, a cycling enthusiast, raised $307,000 to help get his fledgling in-home exercise startup off the ground.
The former e-commerce president at Barnes & Noble wanted to bring the indoor cycling classes like those he was taking at New York boutiques SoulCycle and Flywheel into people’s homes. He had high hopes for Peloton, comparing its approach of creating both hardware and software to Apple Inc. in the Kickstarter video.
But Foley couldn’t have predicted the pandemic seven years later that would shut down gyms and spur a home exercise boom not long after his company’s IPO. Since mid-March, Peloton shares have rallied about 350%, sending Foley’s net worth to $1.3 billion, according to the