2021 Vanguard: Pat Kinsel


Pat Kinsel is the pioneer of remote online notarization, which became an essential service that kept businesses and the housing market moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kinsel and his work have transformed how industries complete their most important transactions.

Kinsel knew back in 2015 what the entire world now knows in 2021 — that there needed to be a simple, easy digital way to notarize documents online from the comfort and safety of someone’s home in just a few short, simple steps. Kinsel has led Notarize through an incredible growth trajectory of 600%+ growth during the pandemic, and he’s been at the forefront of increasing security surrounding real estate closings through his work across a multitude of industries. Under Kinsel’s leadership, Notarize has completed the country’s first legal online notarization, online real estate closing, online mortgage, online will and online auto sale. Kinsel led Notarize to become the first platform approved by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and countless title underwriters and national banks. Kinsel and Notarize have chaired the standards-setting groups for the Mortgage Bankers Association, American Land Title Association and others. 

In the last 12 months, Kinsel has led Notarize through 150%+ growth. The team has expanded from 100+ people to nearly 400 teammates in less than a year. Kinsel’s team is pushing the company and the industry forward and bringing the power of RON to additional categories, including financial services and auto. 

In addition to running Notarize, Kinsel is an entrepreneur partner at Polaris Partners where he specializes in building and investing in innovative SaaS platforms. 

What has been your secret to success?

“I believe Notarize has been successful because, despite what at times seemed like a sure failure, we’ve been willing to hold a vision and a bet far longer than most rational people would. Most startups fail simply because people give up before their bet plays out and hard, meaningful goals take time.”


Pat Kinsel


CEO and co-founder

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