KB Partners has raised two early stage technology oriented traditional venture capital funds, KB Partners Venture Fund I and KB Partners Venture Fund II, from a group of high net worth individuals and institutional investors. Both funds have been fully invested. The partners continue to actively work with our remaining portfolio companies towards successful exits. Presently, Keith Bank is investing personal capital in individual deals in combination with a variety of co-investors, in lieu of raising any additional institutional venture funds.
Verax Biomedical Verax Biomedical is the leading developer of rapid tests for the detection of bacterial contaminants in blood components, tissues for transplantation and cellular therapies.
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Accumetrics Accumetrics develops, manufactures and markets the VerifyNow System, a comprehensive suite of assays for the assessment of platelet function. This key measurement device helps to measure the effectiveness of anti-platelet drugs in the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
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Active.com Active.com is a leading provider of Internet-based applications for the administration and management of amateur, intramural, and recreational sports leagues, as well as individual sporting events such as marathons, triathlons and bicycle races.
LeagueLink merged into Active.com.
Now a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ACTV)
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Testimonial: “KB Partners has played an invaluable role in the growth of Active.com’s business. As an early stage investor in Active.com, the firm helped shape our strategic vision, providing a level of insight and counsel beyond our expectations. KB Partners has continued to provide meaningful support for our ongoing operations, particularly through its extensive network of established relationships within the venture capital world.”
Jon Belmonte, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Cadant Cadant is a leading high-speed networking products supplier of a new generation of carrier-class cable modem termination systems dedicated to bringing Internet and multimedia services to mass markets.
Sold to Arris (NASDAQ: ARRS)
Testimonial “For a startup company, time delays kill deals and make you non-competitive. KB Partners lives up to its promise of a quick evaluation of technology,management, business plan and financials. This leads to a quick decision - whether yes or no - for the entrepreneur. I am also very impressed by KB Partners’ emphasis on building a personal relationship with entrepreneurs.”
Venkata Majeti, Founder and Chairman
Cobotics is a leading developer of collaborative motion control software and intelligent assist devices. Its products are used in applications that require human judgment combined with power assist or precision guidance. Products incorporate patented human intent sensors, control software, and intuitive human interfaces.
Sold to The Stanley Works, Co. (NYSE: SWK)
Testimonial: “I am pleased to work with KB Partners again following the successful sale of MST Analytics. Their extensive network and collaborative approach provides added value and enables us to more effectively grow the business.”
Paul Decker, CEO, Cobotics
Cognitive Concepts is a leader in integrating technology with scientific principles and proven instructional methods to offer effective literacy learning solutions and training for educators, specialists and families.
Sold to Houghton Mifflin Company.
Testimonial: “KB invested in Cognitive Concepts at a very early stage, filling an important need when we were still too small to make it onto most other firms’ radars.”
Andrew Morrison, CEO, Cognitive Concepts
Corona Optical Systems Corona Optical Systems develops and manufactures high-speed optoeletronic components and subsystems for carrier class equipment.
Sold to Emcore Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR)
Testimonial: “We regard KB as an integral part of the Corona team. They provide valuable collaboration in setting our business strategy, seeking additional capital, and building our company’s infra-structure. KB made the effort to understand our market, product, and customers. They are of high integrity and very knowledgeable of what it takes for a start up to succeed. I certainly recommend KB partners to other start-ups.”
Scott Higgins, Co-Founder
Data TV Networks
Data TV Networks provides proprietary, Internet-based software that facilitates the creation and automated generation of interactive cable television content through the use of a standard browser interface. The primary initial target is the residential real estate industry through a vehicle called The Home Preview Channel.
Sold to Next One Interactive (OTC BB: NXOI.OB)
Testimonial: “The KB Team has a terrific network of contacts spread throughout a variety of industries. They brought in great resources for us and really made things happen to help our business grow.”
Lorne Darnell, Founder, Data TV Networks
EthnicGrocer.com is the leading online provider of ethnic products to both native populations and the American cooking enthusiast.
Also see: Namaste.com (India)
Testimonial: “There was lots of “mindshare” with KB. They really took time to understand my company, my team, and our thought processes.”
Parry Singh, CEO, EthnicGrocer
Overview: Exacq Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of open architecture, Video Management Systems (VMS) for security and surveillance applications.
Firefly Energy, Inc. is developing the next generation of lead-acid battery technology. The battery can deliver a disruptive combination of high performance, extremely low weight and reduced cost utilizing traditional, but non-corrosive lead-acid chemistry.
Testimonial: “The fact that KB’s team are all experienced entrepreneurs with extensive operational knowledge in building businesses from seed stage through disposition, was a very compelling component for our investor selection criteria. Their knowledge and experience with early stage companies, especially for industrial product technology, is proving to make them an invaluable partner to our success.”
Ed Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Firefly Energy
Overview: iLink Global is an eLogistics application service provider offering global logistics services to e-commerce sites on a turnkey basis.
Sold to Descartes Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSGX)
Testimonial: “The true test of a business partner is how they behave in unexpectedly difficult conditions. KB Partners was remarkably supportive of our company not only in the good times, but more importantly when market conditions turned intensely negative. Their assistance, both in terms of general business strategy and obtaining additional capital, was crucial in seeing us through to, ultimately, the successful sale of the business to a publicly-traded company. I cannot offer a higher recommendation.”
Paul Stukel, President, iLink Global
Overview: Ischemia Technologies develops, manufactures, and markets new and unique in vitro diagnostic products with a focus on cardiovascular and acute care medicine.
Sold to Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. (AMEX: IMA)
Overview: Kirtas Technologies has developed a revolutionary digital imaging technology that fully automates the scanning of bound documents in a way that is faster and less destructive of the original bound document than competing technologies.
Overview: Mezzia offers the first web-based collaborative supply-chain planning solution that helps organizations proactively manage their internal demand for goods and services, resulting in immediate cost reductions and improved operational efficiency.
Sold to VFA®, Inc.
Testimonial: “KB’s first-hand operational experience in growing enterprise software companies impressed the Mezzia executive team from day one. Their insights and industry connections are meaningful contributions to our goal of becoming the leading collaborative supply-chain planning company.”
Michael Robbins, Co-Founder, Mezzia
Overview: Compliance and Ethics Learning Solutions (CELS) is a Chicago-based holding company created to target the compliance training sector which subsequently acquired Midi, Inc., a leading provider of off-the-shelf and custom compliance and ethics eLearning solutions.
Sold to SAI Global (ASX: SAI)
Testimonial: “Our relationship with KB has proven to be mutually beneficial. In a high growth business, building partnerships through a collaborative approach and a strong operational background are essential to quick, solid business decisions. KB has proven their ability to be true partners in these areas, rather than simply investors. Their ability to be involved at the right times has been very helpful in achieving our goals. The support of KB Partners for the mission of Midi affirms not only what we do but also makes a strong statement about what is important to them.”
Bette Tomaszewicz, CEO and President
Overview: NetRegulus is a leading provider of software to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries for the management of clinical, quality and regulatory data.
Sold to Parametric Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: PMTC)
Testimonial: “What has impressed me the most is KB Partners’ understanding of our value proposition, and their ability to assist us in delivering that value to our customers. People are the key component in the sale and implementation of technology-based solutions and KB Partners really understands the organizational and people issues needed to build successful companies.”
Mark Schaub, Founder, NetRegulus
Overview: Orbit Commerce provides large enterprises with an e-commerce technology platform for managing small and medium sized business relationships on the Internet.
Sold to Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV)
Testimonial: “It was fun working with KB Partners. Being entrepreneurs themselves they understand the highs and lows that invariably come to all small businesses. They had the courage to invest when times were difficult and constantly challenged management in a positive manner.”
Paul Reilly, CEO
Overview: Performics provides Internet-based pay-for-performance marketing programs that are used by both online and offline merchants to acquire new and retain existing customers.
Sold to DoubleClick, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCLK)
Testimonial: “Startups need a lot of support from an operational standpoint. KB Partners provided us with much more help than we expected—with locating talent, distribution and business partners. They also worked diligently in helping us to obtain additional funding and introduced us to other investors.”
James Crouthamel, CEO, Performics
Overview: Rubicon Technology is a leading materials science solutions provider in research, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of high-quality single crystal sapphire and other advanced technology materials.
Overview: Sarvega builds intelligent XML switches that enable Fortune 500 Enterprises to route information based on its meaning and value.
Sold to Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC)
Testimonial: “KB’s operational experience and their roots in the area are assets to us as we grow Sarvega. They have taken great efforts to understand AND CONTRIBUTE TO our vision, our products, and strategy—we see them as an integral part of the Sarvega team.”
Sunil Gaitonde, Chairman, Sarvega
Overview: Product data solutions from Silver Creek Systems use patented semantic technology to automate the generation of consistent, complete and correct product data from unstructured, unpredictable data, assuring reliable product data integration and reuse throughout the information supply chain.