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K1 is a leading investment firm focusing on high-growth enterprise software companies globally. K1 seeks to help dynamic businesses achieve successful outcomes by identifying and executing organic and acquisition-based growth opportunities that position its companies as industry leaders. K1 typically invests alongside strong management teams that continue to guide their organizations on a day-to-day basis. K1’s investments vary in the level of ownership in order to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and managers.

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COVID-19 and Your Company’s Equity Plan – Termination & Furlough Impacts

This post was originally published by Certent. Part 3: Termination & Furlough Impacts We’ve reached the final chapter in our three-part series about COVID-19 implications for equity plans, and we’re covering one of the most difficult economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak has forced many organizations to operate with reduced staff, with some concluding that employee layoffs are necessary. Others are considering or implementing salary reductions and furlough program

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COVID-19 and Your Company’s Equity Plan – Performance Target Setting

This post was originally published by Certent. Part 2: Performance Target Setting By March 1 of this year, your company may have had a firm grasp on your annual bonus programs - confidently looking ahead March 31 to lock in equity or cash-based award targets. Or maybe you had already set your 2020 performance targets. Then everything changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a swift and powerful impact on business operations and financial markets. And at many companies, the uncertainty is

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COVID-19 and Your Company’s Equity Plan – Option Repricing

This post was originally published by Certent. Part 1: Option Repricing Underwater stock options plans are yet another painful symptom of pandemic-related market volatility. Options granted during better times may have been pushed well out of the money, rendering them at least temporarily meaningless as an incentivizing tool. What’s more, today’s uncertain business environment is exactly when you need your key performers and proven leaders most, making the retention power of equity plans e

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5 Ways to Build a Strong Virtual Culture

This post was originally published by Axcient. While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly moved a lot of employees from the office to their homes, the number of remote workers has been expanding for some time. Regardless of your professional environment, it’s important for business leaders to keep their company culture growing. Creating a strong virtual culture is critical for continued success, and employee retention and happiness – which directly impacts your bottom line. During a rec

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Your Guide to Getting Physical Spaces Ready to Reopen

This post was originally published by Chip Phillips at GoCanvas. As you prepare your business to reopen for in-person interaction, it is important to stay up to date on local and state guidelines. This includes preparing your physical spaces to protect workers and reduce risk while serving customers. Pre-reopening Cleaning and Sanitizing For businesses where workspaces have been closed since the pandemic began, you’ll need to perform an overall cleaning and sanitation sweep before your

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How SaaS Helps During Economic Disruption

This post was originally published by Ian Lowe at Crownpeak. As companies deal with our current period of extended economic uncertainty, it’s vital to evaluate opportunities to improve the efficiency of their technology stacks. It’s a process that happens regularly inside many organizations, especially those that follow zero-based budgeting practices. But seeking efficiency does not need to mean reducing capabilities. One of the great value contributors in the last 100 years has been t

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Our Value Add

K1 typically invests alongside strong management teams that continue to guide their organizations on a day-to-day basis. As partners, we seek to provide meaningful strategic and financial support to help our companies reach their full potential. Our investments vary in the level of ownership in order to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and managers. Through our affiliate K1 Operations, LLC, the firm provides a broad range of transformative, consultative services to our portfolio companies.

Organizational Health

We partner with our companies to develop high performing leadership teams focused on achieving results. We believe cultures that promote trust, healthy conflict, commitment to common goals, and mutual accountability throughout the organization are critical to factors for success.

Corporate Development

We assist our leadership teams to pursue strategic acquisitions that broaden product suites and accelerate roadmaps, open up new territories globally, and consolidate markets transforming the competitive landscape. These activities enable our portfolio companies to further enhance their scale and profitability. We manage the entire process including sourcing, negotiation, diligence, and financing.

Executive Development

We believe that great leadership inspires potential and drives sustainable results. We assist in recruiting top talent as well as retaining people through employee engagement initiatives. We strive to create an environment that embraces learning and professional development. These strategies range from the design and implementation of onboarding boot camps all the way to year-long executive leadership development programs.

Revenue Acceleration

We help develop corporate strategy that transforms competitive positioning and allows our portfolio companies to achieve accelerating revenue growth. We assist leadership teams with go-to-market strategy, launching new products, and expanding into new verticals and geographies with a focus on achieving product-market fit.

Performance Improvement

We focus on repeatable processes and scalable technologies that produce predictable results. We identify common opportunities and solutions to drive financial performance. We partner with leadership teams to identify opportunities to improve results across all functional areas and provide access to our Intelligent Operations (IOPs) expertise and tools for execution.

Thought Leadership

Our executives interact across the portfolio through round tables and quarterly summits sharing lessons learned and benchmarking data. Our in-house subject matter experts leverage the collective knowledge and experiences within the broader portfolio to assist our leadership teams by sharing best practices, case studies as well provide hands-on support during execution.