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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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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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COVID-19’s Impact on Cybersecurity Budgets

This post was originally posted by Adam Hofeler at IRONSCALES. Over the past few years, you’d be hard pressed to find an enterprise that wasn’t increasing their cybersecurity budget on an annual basis. In fact, Statista estimates that the global cybersecurity market will surpass $248 billion by 2023, a surge of nearly $81 billion from 2019. Such projections though fail to take into consideration both the temporary and permanent organizational changes caused by COVID-19. To get a sense

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Enabling a Secure Remote Workforce

This post was originally published by Bil Harmer at SecureAuth. During this challenging time the safety and security of our employees, customers, and communities is top of mind for all of us. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many companies are actively pursuing solutions to support employees working remotely. We have created a complimentary offer to help your company through this difficult time. The disruption and change is posing challenges for associates as well as IT and business lead

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5 Ways to Build a Better Culture on a Budget

This post was originally published by Jobvite. See how companies can create a great employee experience. Start a conversation about company culture and most people will point to examples like Google or Facebook—massive tech companies where employees have free food available around the clock, closets full of company swag, and off-the-wall perks like nap rooms. But company culture is every bit as important for small businesses, where everyone knows everyone else. The only difference is that,

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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.