K1’s principals have successfully invested in and acquired over 45 operating companies since 2001. Notable past and present investments include:
Smarsh is a Portland, Oregon-based provider of secure email archiving software and solutions. The Company offers a SaaS email archiving product that is used by financial services firms for message compliance and records retention, legal e-discovery and litigation readiness, and mail server data management. Smarsh provides each client a secure login, and employs external servers to host its software, rather than being installed on the client’s servers. This deployment structure reduces up-front costs for clients and enhances scalability over time, while maintaining compliance with regulatory bodies and standards such as the NYSE, SEC and FINRA for financial services clients, and HIPAA for healthcare clients.
RightThing is a Findlay, Ohio-based national provider of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (“RPO”) services. RightThing provides RPO services including recruitment and sourcing, interviewing and testing, candidate on-boarding and database management. Outsourcing these functions to a dedicated RPO provider typically improves recruiting metrics such as cost-per-hire, cycle time, interview-to-hire ratio, diversity, candidate satisfaction and hiring manager satisfaction. RightThing has additional offices in Costa Mesa, California; Lebanon, New Hampshire; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Simply Static is a Los Angeles, California-based domain optimization and management software company. Simply Static offers internet domain and web property optimization through its proprietary SaaS product, Octane360. Additionally, the company is focused on building its portfolio of 30,000 domain properties through the acquisition of raw data from sources such as domain monetization companies, search engines, expiring domains and the recycling of previously acquired data.
HighPoint Solutions is a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based IT consulting company focused on the life sciences and healthcare markets. HighPoint implements systems to help its clients organize, track and analyze large quantities of data to better understand trends in the marketplace, as well as to seek compliance in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Data warehousing and reporting can be more complex for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies than for companies in other verticals due to, among other things, FDA and HIPAA regulations, confidentiality requirements and the need for quality control. The company has additional offices in New Jersey, Illinois, California and India.
Learn.com, based in Sunrise, Florida, is a software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) provider of workforce productivity solutions. The company’s products span the learning management, talent management and collaboration software segments of the human capital management industry. Learn’s suite of products increases the effectiveness, relevance and manageability of its clients’ education, development and training programs for employees, customers, resellers and channel partners.
Detection Logic Fire Protection is a Los Angeles, California-based provider of fire/life safety monitoring services to high-rise office towers and other commercial buildings. Focused on the recession-resistant retrofit, service and inspection segment of the $30 billion global life safety industry, the company primarily monitors regulatory mandated, mission-critical fire alarm and detection systems. The company maintains strategic relationships with two of the leading OEMs of fire/life safety solutions, General Electric’s Edwards Systems Technology (EST) and Honeywell’s Notifier.
Visionary Integration Professionals is a Folsom, California-based information technology consulting firm that assists government and commercial organizations in using technology to increase productivity, maximize revenue, improve performance and reduce costs. VIP has additional offices in New York City, Alexandria, Houston, Chantilly, Denver, Minneapolis and India.
Media Solutions Holdings is an Anaheim, California-based provider of outsourced printing services and supplies to wholesale and retail clients. The company serves a client base of over 4,000 active office supply and equipment dealers, value-added resellers, office supply businesses, direct marketers, retailers and office supply buying groups. The company’s turnkey Managed Print Services (“MPS”) program provides organizations with a fully outsourced printing solution.
LegalZoom.com is a Los Angeles, California-based provider of online legal document preparation services to consumers, attorneys, small business owners, financial professionals and affiliate partners. The company utilizes proprietary technology designed to create high quality legal forms which are reviewed by trained legal document assistants. The company’s services include legal specialties such as business formation, intellectual property and estate planning.
FLAVORx is a Bethesda, Maryland-based provider of pharmaceutical flavorings which make medicine more palatable for children, adults and pets. Its core product, the FLAVORx Pediatric System, is a formulary used by pharmacists to flavor liquid medications such as suspensions and elixirs. The company also sells the FLAVORx Veterinary System, which allows a veterinarian or pharmacist to flavor medications for animals. The FLAVORx Research Institute works with biotech and pharmaceutical companies as well as universities to improve the taste of their pre-clinical trial drugs.
Four Hands is an Austin, Texas-based designer, importer and wholesaler of residential furniture. Four Hands sources products from hundreds of manufacturers, primarily located in India, China and other Asian countries. The company provides container load drop shipments to retail clients’ distribution facilities as well as truckload and less-than-truckload fulfillment directly from its own warehouse in Austin.
American Products Company is a Corona, California-based designer and distributor of automotive aftermarket accessory products for the compact performance and sport truck segments. Automotive parts and accessories are sold to consumers by thousands of specialty and mass-market retailers, as well as by car dealerships and installation shops. Specialty accessories and appearance products include interior trim and accessories, restyling and appearance products, specialty waxes and chemicals, graphics and decals, sunroofs and others.
Alpine Confections is the parent company of three operating divisions: Maxfield Candy Company, Kencraft, Inc. and Dynamic Chocolates Inc. The divisions are located in Alpine and Salt Lake City, Utah and Vancouver, British Columbia. The company sells boxed chocolates and confections to food, drug and mass channels, as well as specialty retailers, department stores and others. Licensed and company-owned brands include Fannie May, Harry London, Mrs. Fields, Dolce D’or and Maxfields.