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LifeLock, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, is an industry leader in identity theft protection. Lifelock provides a number of consumer benefits including fraud alerts, free credit reports and removal from junk mail lists. Additionally, Lifelock offers Walletlock, a system that replaces lost or stolen items (credit cards, bank documents, social security card, insurance cards, check books, etc.) at no additional cost.
Disqus is a platform service for blog comments that enables bloggers to upload and track others’ comments to their blogs on an interactive real-time basis. The technology allows users to seek other commentators who share like opinions. Disqus has also added a video comment feature as the result of a partnership with Seesmic Inc.
In September 2007 a group of investors that included Knight’s Bridge invested in the Series A Round of Buddy Media Inc., headquartered in New York. The company was a specialist in creating and delivering relevant user applications for internet-based social and community aggregation platforms, such as Facebook and MySpace.
Buddy Media launched seven user applications for Facebook alone, which created 300,000 new incremental Facebook users in the first days of release. Additional investors in the round included Peter Thiel (PayPal founder, Clarium Capital and Facebook angel investor), Mark Pinkus (Facebook angel investor) and James Altucher (TheStreet.com). The invested funds were focused on the fastest growing Facebook application in the portfolio, AceBucks. The company expanded the AceBucks application and made the primary virtual currency for Facebook members.
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AUTHENTIC BRANDS GROUP
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development and licensing company. Its mandate is to acquire, manage and build long-term value in prominent consumer brands. Its mission is to build a global portfolio of world-renowned brands and to further enhance brand equity through partnering with best-in-class brand licensees.
Authentic Brands Group actively looks to acquire and manage iconic consumer brands in the apparel, sporting goods, action sports, home, celebrity, entertainment and consumer electronics segments. The company operates out of New York with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Headquartered in New York City, Robert Graham is an apparel retailer and manufacturer focused on high quality men’s and women’s clothing. Robert Graham currently has a full range of apparel and accessories including knit wear, pants, shorts, jackets, ties, cufflinks, belts, hats, scarves, gloves, hosiery and a full women’s collection. Carried in 1,500 stores around the world, Robert Graham offers high quality unique clothing, combining eclectic prints and patterns with the classic Seville Row style to achieve a cutting-edge modern look.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Polaroid is an iconic global brand. In May 2009 Knight’s Bridge Capital Partners partnered with Gordon Brothers and Hilco Consumer Capital to acquire all of Polaroid’s global intellectual property including its trademarks and extensive patent portfolio through a bankruptcy process .
Knight’s Bridge and its partners re-launched this legendary brand through an aggressive brand licensing strategy for Polaroid-branded products. Licensing agreements for Polaroid product offerings included (1) core categories such as digital cameras, instant cameras, LCD TV’s, DVD’s, digital picture frames and sunglasses; and (2) newly targeted core categories such as printers and print cartridges, printing paper, youth cameras, photocopiers, home and institutional security, broadcasting, software, telescopes, binoculars and telephone systems.
TubeMogul, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, CA, developed proprietary “load and track” distribution and analytics technology for use by various media organizations to distribute and analyze video across the Internet. The technology allows publishing and distribution of a video across all major web-based video sharing sites from a single upload. The software provides rich analytical information through aggregating video-viewing data from each source to track when, where and how often Internet videos are being watched, as well as tracking the level of a viewer’s engagement to a watched video through its unique ‘In Play’ Platform.
TubeMogul rapidly became the industry standard for on-line video analytics and had deals in place with major industry players such as Brightcove, Blip TV and endorsements from clients such as The White House.
The WORKS is a chain of full-service casual gourmet burger bistros based in Ontario, Canada. The restaurants are predominantly concentrated in two main clusters in the Greater Toronto Area and the Ottawa region.
The WORKS is a pioneer in the Canadian gourmet burger category and, since its inception in 2001, the brand has dared to be different and break the trends of the traditional fast-food burger industry. The WORKS is known for the vast selection of gourmet burgers offered on its menu, with non-traditional toppings such as peanut butter and bananas, back bacon and beets, and cream cheese and Kraft Dinner macaroni and cheese. The brand has always been a leader in innovation within the category, demonstrating an early vision and understanding that consumers wanted high-quality burgers with fresh and unique toppings.
ETPH is the owner of the Caribbean Joe and Ellen Tracy apparel brands, which it acquired in April 2008.
Ellen Tracy was historically one of the leading wholesale “Bridge” brands with distribution in major department and specialty stores including Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks. It has nearly 60 years of history with both consumers and retailers as part of the Liz Claiborne family, and has developed a loyal consumer following among stylish, affluent women. Ellen Tracy is valued by department store retailers for both its merchandising aesthetics and its high margins. In 2009, management made a strategic choice to position the brand in the “better” category lines at major department stores which was expected to attract more of the mass market at a lower price point.
Caribbean Joe is a leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of women’s, men’s, junior and kids’ active and casual apparel under the Caribbean Joe, Havana Jack’s Cafe, Jamaica Bay, Periscope, and Cupid’s Cup trademarks and other private labels. CJ offers a high quality casual lifestyle line of products through major US and Canadian retail department store chains.