Bonterms is simplifying commercial contracting. First up, we’re releasing best-practice, balanced legal forms for the enterprise. Vetted by an amazing Committee, the forms are free to use and implemented by coverage page, so no redlines necessary. We are funded by a top-tier seed venture firm. Interested in learning where we’ll go next? Reach out or join us


Todd Smithline

Chief Executive Officer

Todd Smithline is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bonterms, a company simplifying commercial contracting. He has nearly thirty years of experience designing, negotiating and explaining commercial contracts.

As General Counsel, Todd helped lead enterprise software company Marimba through rapid growth and a successful IPO. He then founded Smithline PC, a next-generation Silicon Valley law firm recognized as among the “most innovative” in the country. Todd started his legal career with Latham & Watkins and Gunderson Dettmer.

Board Member or advisor to multiple start-ups.

Teaches at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Graduate of Tufts University and UCLA School of Law. 

Derek Schwede

Committee Lead & Advisor

Derek Schwede leads the Open Source Forms Committee and is an Advisor at Bonterms, a company simplifying commercial contracting.

Derek is a seasoned commercial and product lawyer for high-growth tech companies with deep experience in SaaS/software, FinTech, API ecosystems and social media. As a principal at Smithline PC, Derek led teams representing a list of the finest companies in Silicon Valley. Derek began his legal career with Morrison & Foerster. 

Adjunct Professor in the Hastings School of Law Startup Legal Garage teaching Tech Transactions 101.

Graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School.