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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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Smarsh Names Kim Crawford Goodman Chief Executive Officer

Goodman Draws Upon Over 25 Years of Successful Leadership in Some of the Most Impactful Brands in Financial Services and Technology Industries; Will Oversee Global Growth Amidst Increased Market Demand NEW YORK (June 9, 2022) – Smarsh, the global leader in digital communications compliance and intelligence, announced today that its board of directors has appointed Kim Crawford Goodman as the company’s new chief executive officer. Goodman, a recognized financial services and technology in

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Eltropy Acquires POPi/o, Powering Credit Unions with End-to-End Digital Communications Platform

Now jointly serving over 400 Credit Unions, the acquisition marks one of the fastest fintech expansions in the market MILPITAS, Calif., June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Renowned by Credit Unions for its Digital Communications capabilities, Eltropy today announced the acquisition of Video Banking leader POPi/o. The acquisition not only strengthens Eltropy’s industry-leading Digital Communications platform, but it also represents one of the fastest fintech expansions in the market. Eltropy

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Gratavid joins Graduway + Gravyty’s ecosystem of products that enable purpose-driven communities to fulfill their true potential

Graduway + Gravyty, the leading providers in virtual communities and fundraising, have merged with Gratavid LONDON and FAYETTEVILLE, AR, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gratavid, a leading video platform that allows nonprofits and education organizations to connect and stay connected to their communities by creating personalized videos, has merged with Graduway + Gravyty. Bringing Gratavid into the Graduway + Gravyty ecosystem of products is another step in automating communication flow

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Smarsh to Acquire TeleMessage, Deliver Unmatched Capability for Mobile Communications Compliance for the Hybrid Workforce

As regulatory scrutiny of WhatsApp and mobile messaging takes center stage, acquisition will drive Smarsh to undisputed leadership in mobile text, voice, and app compliance across the broadest range of mobile channels PORTLAND, Ore., May 16, 2022 -- Smarsh, the industry leader in enabling organizations to easily manage risk and uncover the value within their communications data, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire TeleMessage, a global leader in mobile mes

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Payment Security Provider TokenEx Diversifies Customer Base with Acquisition of Cloud Vaulting Service

TokenEx purchases AuricVault® to bolster product-led growth strategy. EDMOND, Okla., May 16, 2022 -- Cloud tokenization and payment optimization provider TokenEx announced today that it has acquired Auric Systems International and its AuricVault® service. The move helps TokenEx supplement its global growth strategy by increasing its presence in Latin America and Africa. It also will enable TokenEx to receive greater input on its product roadmap from a wider range of customers, speci

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Four Data Insights to Get Your Company Focused on the Candidate Experience

This post was originally published by Jobvite. The seismic shift during the last two years has turned the labor market on its head. Candidates are firmly in control of the hiring process and employers have been left scrambling to respond to demands for higher compensation, an improved work/life balance, and focus on overall company values and culture, according to the 2022 Job Seeker Nation Report. With millions of available jobs and talent seeking roles that better align with their own r

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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.