Company Agreements

Who can sign on behalf of the company?

Company agreements should only be signed by CEO, Ian Tien, after the approval of a Contract Accountability Owner (or "CAO") with the following exceptions:

  • If you are on-site and need to sign an NDA to enter a facility you may sign such an agreement

  • The following agreements may be signed by VP Finance Aneal Vallurupalli

    • Non-clickthrough customer agreements up to $50,000 USD

    • Procurement contracts for software subscriptions, market events, marketing and advertising agency services up to $50,000 USD

    • Sponsored open source projects and paid simulations up to $600 USD

    • Unmodified Mattermost-authored Non-Disclosure Agreements

    • Unmodified Mattermost-authored Partner Agreements

Who are Contract Accountability Owners (CAOs)?

A Contact Accountability Owners, or "CAO", is a Mattermost staff member approved to review and initial contracts of specific types ahead of electronic or physical signature on behalf of the company by the CEO.

CAOs by area include:

  • Melissa Warner (Sales Ops)

  • Natalie Jew (HR)

  • Aneal Vallurupalli (Finance)

  • Tim Quock (Accounting and Procurement)

What are e-sign completion expectations?

  • E-sign request sent on weekdays before 4pm Palo Alto time should be signed by 9pm Palo Alto on the same day and if sent on a weekend signed by 9pm Palo Alto time on the following Monday provided one of the following is true:

    • For e-sign from Mattermost staff member - The e-sign is sent by a Mattermost staff member and either prepared by or initialed by an approved Contract Accountability Owner, or CAO. E-signs sent from Mattermost staff are preferred since they are archived automatically in our e-sign system

    • For e-sign from outside the company - The e-sign is prepared by a non-Mattermost staff member (potentially a vendor, partner or customer) and approved by a CAO via email to Ian Tien and Amy Nicol ideally ahead of receiving the e-sign request.

      • Within 5 business days of the e-sign completion the CAO or designee should send Amy Nicol a link to the Box.com URL containing the fully executed signature to confirm the archiving of the contract is complete, since archiving is not automatic.

        • Note: E-sign requests from non-Mattermost staff are automatically filtered to a spam folder and the spam filter needs to be searched to find the request.

  • If the timeline is urgent, or if the e-sign isn't completed by the expected timeline please send Ian Tien and Amy Nicol a Group Direct Message on the Mattermost server to expedite

How to wet sign an agreement

  • A "wet sign" agreement requires printing and physically signing paperwork with a pen, which is required by some regulatory bodies

    • Culturally, it is important we have a smooth, clear process that makes physically signing paperwork in a remote company almost as easy and error free as signing in a physical office

  • Wet sign process

    • The wet sign process should follow the same workflow process as an e-sign process in terms of oversight and approvals, but instead of running the final e-sign a physical signing packet should be created with:

      • Two copies of printed paperwork to be signed, including (if applicable) e-signed initials from CAO

        • Each should have sticker labels indicating what is needed to sign, so nothing is missed

      • A pen

      • Appropriate envelops and/or UPS mailing labels to send the signed package on after it is received