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"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."

 

- Charles Darwin

4 PRIVATE EQUITY AWARDS

15 INVESTMENTS

12 SUCCESSFUL EXITS

$1 BILLION IN TRANSACTIONS

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SEAPORT INC. - INVESTED 2020

SeaPort, Inc. is a technology company founded by a group of experienced business, technology, energy and engineering executives who authored over 35 patents. The company’s latest development, the IPK System (supported by 4 pending patents), transforms network communications by making systems faster, more secure and energy efficient. This ultimately produces major cost savings for businesses, governments and other organizations.

BIOSOLUTIONS - INVESTED 2020

Biosolutions transforms and disrupts the global wastewater and water treatment industry through innovative technology that delivers clean water to a growing world population resulting in economic and environmental efficiency gains.

Over 70% of transit agencies in North America are still dependent on cash and paper-based fare products. Every public transit agency understands the benefits of electronic fare collection: replacing cash and paper with smart cards and mobile apps moves fare product sales from the ticket window to the Internet, increasing passenger convenience and giving agencies actionable data. But historically their high price tags, complexity and multi-year schedules meant that only the largest agencies could afford these systems. The World’s Most Advanced Electronic Fare Collection System by Delerrok is available to all agencies regardless of size or budget

Amarki - Invested 2019

Founded in 2016 and currently located in Prosper, Texas, Amarki is a Software as a Service (SaaS) technology company that provides a marketing automation and workflow platform for the real estate industry. Amarki was accepted as a member of the National Association for Realtor’s REACH technology accelerator class of 2019 and has experienced rapid growth and promotion as a result of this endorsement. The Amarki real estate marketing automation platform combines dozens of previously independent systems alongside industry best practices to reduce the time that real estate professionals spend on property marketing.

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Intelligent Interfaces - Invested 2019

Intelligent Interfaces uses machine learning to fuel the ultimate retail customer support platform. Their AI technology asks customers questions, listens to their needs, and ultimately provides guidance on the perfect product for them, across multiple industries. Intelligent Interfaces technology is non intrusive, it only helps customers that are seeking help. With a 90% successful customer journey rate, Intelligent Interfaces knows the right questions, and the right answers, to increase not only customer satisfaction, but revenue as well. Customers are provided with their exact product need, relieving stress and uncertainty, leading to the higher likelihood of a sale. 

Pepperjam - Invested 2015

Pepperjam: a privately owned performance marketing company offering brands a true all-in-one wholistic approach to “the new affiliate”. Formed out of a carve-out from Ebay Enterprise Marketing Solutions transaction and enhanced by the acquisition of AffiliateTraction, AdAssured and NDA, the business went through a transition to become one of the 3 largest networks in the world. The SaaS offering leverages unique data and preferences to acquire and optimize high-quality partners. It tracks your data with custom reporting dashboards, and integrations into your reporting source of truth. It provides a customized commission strategy to align with your attribution model and incorporates affiliate into your overall cross channel efforts. All while providing brand and traffic protection to minimize revenue loss and protect your investment across search, social, domain, code, and content.

AdAssured was a SaaS business that was founded out of AffiliateTraction’s need to offer its customers a wholistic multi-channel compliance solution. There was no such service available at the time, only fragmented technology stacks were available. The Business offered a single point platform for search, domain, content and coupon compliance. After two GTM strategies that settled on an aggregator approach offering its technology to agencies and networks to enhance the quality of their traffic delivered by affiliates to brands. The business was acquired by the newly formed Pepperjam in 2016 following the acquisition of AffiliateTraction and merged into the businesses' overall product stack.  

AffiliateTraction was the first affiliate marketing agency, the first to go international with offices in, UK, CA, US, AU and the first to be acquired. The business was the result of a pivot in the more general online marketing space, to a pure affiliate focused services offering and finally into a SaaS/Tech enabled services offering to strong established retail brands. The business survived many challenges including, the DOT BOMB, a recession and was caught in an industry and ecosystem transition to, analytics, attribution, compliance and an increase in brand expectations. Additionally, the industry went through a late expansion and contraction in affiliate networks and agencies. The business was acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in 2015 as a part of a cross-brand deal totaling over $900M. The transaction comprised the purchase and sale of numerous companies and was awarded, Tech Deal of the Year Over $250 million, Private Equity Deal of the Year Over $500 million to $1 billion, and Cross Border Deal of the Year Over $500 million to $1 billion.

Affiliate announcement - Acquired by IBG 2006

In 2000, the affiliate industry was a highly fragmented space and at the time program directories were a requirement of a strong affiliate program GTM to get in front of the affiliates in tandem with the affiliate networks. Established in 2000, AffiliateAnnouncement was proven to be the webs most comprehensive full service affiliate directory submission company. The business was a technology enabled services offering. It was first the rollup of 10 affiliate directories and finally a technology to automate the process completely along with a SaaS offering that finally completed the business. The business was sold to a publicly traded business out of the UK in 2006.

EMagazines - Acquired 2004

A retail direct to consumer website offering virtually every Magazine available, EMagazines was at the time a new concept in an emerging market. The business offered consumers and offline customers a subscription to groups of Magazines of their choice. The business was acquired in 2004 by a private party.

Alaya labs - Aquired 2003

Alaya Labs manufactured and included an online retail business selling S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) which is a compound found naturally in the body. SAMe helps produce and regulate hormones and maintain cell membranes. People generally use SAMe to treat osteoarthritis, liver disease and depression. However, SAMe can also interact with antidepressant medications. The business used a GTM focused on osteoarthritis, liver disease and depression content and both online and offline resellers. The business was acquired by a private party in 2003. 

Magic Shine - Acquired 2001

The business was founded by Jay Stolpestad as a solution to the low quality, battery time, and brightness of bicycle headlamps. The product, manufactured out of china, presented the market with the brightest, longest lasting battery with the smallest and lightest footprint in the industry. The business became among the most used headlamp in law enforcement and grew to over 250,000 unit sales monthly. The GTM was a content marketing strategy to specific industry thought leaders, combined with a strong “insider” feedback loop. Acquired in 2001 by the manufacture in China, the business now operates under the name MagicShine.

AllTravelinsurance.com - Acquired 2001

AllTravelInsurance.com offered the first online travel insurance comparison website with the ability to purchase policies online in realtime. The business included not only the resale of current insurance offerings but its own policies the business had underwritten specifically for AllTravelInsurance using said data. AllTravelInsurance.com was ahead of its time using stored “data” on popular policy specifics and restrictions which developed extremely profitable policies for the underwriting carrier and the right coverage for the insured. The business was acquired by the insurance carrier in 2001.

allpassportsandvisas.com - Acquired 2001

AllPassportsANDVisas.com, an additional spin out to the travel insurance business, was built with an optimization of the travel insurance customer base and an integrated partnership with affiliate marketing. The technology we built and the services that were provided by an offline Passports & travel visa service business was revolutionary for the time. The business offered the fastest turnaround time and the customers did not even need to leave home, a huge competitive advantage. The business was acquired in 2001 by the service partner and became the backbone of their new online service offering. 

allcurrencyexchange - Acquired 2001

Spinning out of the travel insurance business, AllCurrencyExchange utilized and optimized travel insurance customers. An international partnership with a Foreign Exchange business in the UK provided the technology and services to offer a range of local currency prior to a travelers trip at better rates than what would be available in airports or banks. The business utilized affiliate marketing programs built in the travel insurance business and partnerships with cruise lines and transportation services like Super Shuttle. The business was acquired in 2001 by Advanced Data Systems in 2001.    

Vision environmental solutions - Acquired1997

Vision Environmental Solutions was founded based on a product designed by Dr Howard Warren, the creator of Applied BioTechnology. The company focused on the remediation of hydrocarbon in municipalities and commercial food service businesses. The product is a highly concentrated microbial ecosystem containing specialized natural microorganisms selected for maximum efficiency in the biodegradation of organic contaminants in industrial and municipal wastewater, supplied as a dry fine granule, packaged in water-soluble bags. The business was merged into a new entity and then carved out to be acquired by Epicore BioNetworks in 1997, which was then acquired by Neovia Group.

American Federal Lending - Acquired 1994

In 1994 American Federal Lending, a direct lender to the real-states industry, provided lending to real-estate agents, and borrowers backed by real-estate. The business was founded with the concept of a more customized approach and GTM focused on aggregators of borrowers. I was bought out in 1994, however the other co-founders stayed in to continue the companies journey.  

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