Acoustic Technologies, Inc
TWJ Capital investment for growth equity capital. Acoustic developed unique software noise reduction and echo cancellation (NREC) products to eliminate acoustic echo, squeal, and bothersome background noise for Mobile Devices (smartphones, tablets and notebooks), Automotive (personal navigation devices (PND), car audio, car speakerphones/hands-free car kits), and Bluetooth Accessories (headsets, portable speakerphones). Acoustic achieved major technological innovations and received sixteen patents. Acoustic achieved leadership positions with major chipmakers for smartphones, major hardware manufacturers of PNDs and Bluetooth HFKs, and major automotive OEMs. Acoustic was sold to Cirrus Logic, Inc.
TWJ Capital investment for early stage capital. eDataSource (EDS) is a leader in competitive intelligence for email, social media, and ecommerce marketing based on active daily monitoring of more than 25 million emails from nearly 120,000 brands to over 2 million consumer email inboxes. EDS provides strategic analytics products and services for online marketers, publishers and their service providers.
Floor & Decor Outlets of America, Inc
TWJ Capital investment in private placement recapitalization to provide additional working capital and growth capital. Floor & Decor is a specialty retail "category killer" superstore for hard surface flooring products (ceramic/porcelain tile, stone tile, wood flooring, tumblestone, and flooring accessories). Products are purchased in ocean-shipping container-load quantities from manufacturers in over 20 countries, eliminating the mark-up of importers, distributors, and other middlemen. Floor & Decor typically charges 20-70% less than competitors, while achieving 40% gross margins. The target size for stores is approximately 60,000 square feet, which enables the largest selection of hard surface flooring in the industry. Floor & Decor was sold to Ares Management LLC and Freeman Spogli & Co.
Tango Networks, Inc
TWJ Capital investment for start-up capital for product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. Tango has developed an innovative and sophisticated high performance telecommunications software/server system that provides a cost effective and transparent means to connect any type of cellular phone, through any public cellular network, with any company's PBX systems from any vendor. The Company's first product, the Tango Abrazo, enables any mobile phone to become a true PBX extension on the enterprise network, for both inbound and outbound calling. The Abrazo is based on next generation IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) architecture, and is designed to be backward compatible with legacy cellular networks based on existing cellular protocols. Based on a unique hybrid architecture, the Abrazo platform facilitates productivity gains, control over mobile assets, and cost savings for enterprises. Tango Abrazo is installed on multiple operators' networks including Tier 1 carriers, and numerous major enterprises are adopting the Tango Abrazo platform.
TWJ Capital investment for early stage capital for product development and market entry. KoolSpan's TrustChip crypto engine is a self-contained authentication, encryption and key management platform solution --including TrustChip Voice which creates instant AES-encrypted links among off-the-shelf mobile phones. A recent SC Magazine article described KoolSpan as follows: "Overall, we found this to be a strong implementation of mobile phone encryption. Military-grade voice encryption has been around for a long time, but this is the best implementation of commercial-grade voice encryption we have seen to date." KoolSpan mobile security products include TrustCall for call security, TrustText for secure messaging, TrustCenter mobile security software, TrustGroups encryption key management, and TrustChip for mobile device security. The KoolSpan solution allows users to create TrustGroups for secure, encrypted communication for voice and data, and allows callers to access a secure connection with another TrustChip-enabled phone simply by dialing. KoolSpan has been awarded twelve patents for its innovative technology. KoolSpan's mobile encryption platform is gaining market share in the U.S. federal government and large enterprises, and has achieved successful deployments in governments and enterprises in 18 countries.
TWJ Capital investment for growth capital. NetNumber develops and delivers next-generation telecommunications software addressing solutions and services to mobile operators, fixed-line carriers, and IP-based communications services providers ("Operators") through the licensing and hosting of NetNumber ENUM Server (NES) software and associated client applications. NES software provides Operators with the addressing infrastructure required to translate a dialed telephone number into the addresses of multiple IP-based services that can be associated with a telephone number including: MMS (mobile picture phone service), PoC (push-to-talk over cellular), and VoIP (voice over IP). NES software also provides Operators with the ability to reduce the cost associated with performing traditional PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network) database queries for services like LNP/MNP (Local and Mobile number portability). Current production customers include Verizon, Sprint, British Telecom, Cingular, T-Mobile, Yahoo, Level 3, and Broadwing Communications. NetNumber has also provided ENUM client software to many of the large telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the mobile space including Cisco, Nokia, Motorola, and Ericsson. NetNumber has been granted multiple US and international patents covering various aspects of the Company's underlying directory service technology and associated applications.
Game Trust, Inc
TWJ Capital investment for early stage capital to support product development, sales and marketing. Game Trust developed and licensed proprietary business services software infrastructure to support premium revenue models and community features in casual games on internet and cellphone platforms. Game Trust was sold to Real Networks.
MVP Group International
TWJ Capital investment in $20,000,000 recapitalization to fund strategic acquisition of leading competitor. MVP is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of candles and home fragrance products which are predominately private label for mass merchandisers such as Walmart. MVP acquired a leading competitor with substantially similar products but minimal customer overlap, and achieved substantial synergies in business integration. MVP's substantially lower cost manufacturing facilities, global supply chain, more efficient corporate overhead, and outstanding management team created significant economic value. TWJ Capital equity interest was sold to strategic investor.