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Value Creation in Today's Social Impact Culture

 

COMPANIES

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ABOUT

Black Point Capital was founded in 1998 as a pioneering growth equity investor that embraces the value creation opportunities emerging in today's social impact culture. Our forward-thinking investment strategy has yielded strong returns. At the end of 2016, our assets under management crossed the $1 billion mark.  

Our visionary approach to investments delivers impact not only for our investors, but also for our teams, businesses, and the communities where we live, work, and invest--the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Black Point Capital is committed to a next generation approach to investing that recognizes and celebrates companies that are creating value not only for investors, but also for employees, communities, stakeholders, and the world. This approach, we believe, will help create a future where value is created for investors and where life is improved in our communities.

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IMPACT

We invest in companies that are doing great things for their communities, their employees, and the world. 

Our investments are based on three market trends that are driving value creation for investors and communities in today's social impact culture:

Brand

We invest in authenticity and transparency. Market research consistently indicates that more than 90% of consumers prefer brands that incorporate social impact elements, whether that is supporting a charitable cause or demonstrating and communicating adherence to a set of core values and brand promises.

Talent

We invest in people. We seek investments where operators are leading a highly engaged, socially conscious workforce. We do this because a strong culture of engagement can reduce staff turnover by 87% and improve performance by 20%. More than 86% of the emerging workforce wants to work for an organization that embraces social impact values.

Performance

We invest in strategies proven to achieve results. We know that operators who embrace a social impact culture create more value, faster, than operators who do not. We have conducted intensive research into social impact culture performance, including a deep dive into the work of Procter & Gamble's former Global Marketing Officer, Jim Stengel, who in 2012 released the results of a 10-year study of 50,000 brands. This study found that a business built upon ideals outperforms the S&P 500 by four times.

TEAM

  JEFF COOKE   Jeff Cooke is a founding partner of Black Point Capital. In 1987, Jeff founded Cooke Concepts, a technology consulting firm, which he sold to Walters & Associates in 1996 in the largest acquisition ever recorded in Rhode Island. Walters & Associates is the nation's most prestigious management consulting firm. Jeff works closely with several companies in the Black Point portfolio, especially Igree, LLC, the developer of breakthrough artificial intelligence solutions for language translation.  

JEFF COOKE

Jeff Cooke is a founding partner of Black Point Capital. In 1987, Jeff founded Cooke Concepts, a technology consulting firm, which he sold to Walters & Associates in 1996 in the largest acquisition ever recorded in Rhode Island. Walters & Associates is the nation's most prestigious management consulting firm. Jeff works closely with several companies in the Black Point portfolio, especially Igree, LLC, the developer of breakthrough artificial intelligence solutions for language translation.  

  TERRY COBB   Terry Cobb is a founding partner of Black Point Capital. For five generations, the Cobb family has been well known for its innovative investment strategies that zero in on "street smart entrepreneurship" as drivers of new business growth. Terry works closely with the companies in Black Point's portfolio that are emerging from the start up phase with rapid growth as the result of operators whom Terry calls "bold and scrappy" and who remove risk through excruciatingly well-planned micro-moves.  

TERRY COBB

Terry Cobb is a founding partner of Black Point Capital. For five generations, the Cobb family has been well known for its innovative investment strategies that zero in on "street smart entrepreneurship" as drivers of new business growth. Terry works closely with the companies in Black Point's portfolio that are emerging from the start up phase with rapid growth as the result of operators whom Terry calls "bold and scrappy" and who remove risk through excruciatingly well-planned micro-moves.  

  ROB UNDERBRINK   Rob Underbrink is a general partner in Black Point Capital. Rob is known as the nation's leading expert on internet security applications for businesses who are integrating several software platforms to deliver service. Rob's highly accomplished career includes serving as CTO for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several successful start ups. Rob's philosophy around internet security is that there is no room for error. "Security has to be rock solid," he said. "Today's marketplace demands the opposite of frantic." 

ROB UNDERBRINK

Rob Underbrink is a general partner in Black Point Capital. Rob is known as the nation's leading expert on internet security applications for businesses who are integrating several software platforms to deliver service. Rob's highly accomplished career includes serving as CTO for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several successful start ups. Rob's philosophy around internet security is that there is no room for error. "Security has to be rock solid," he said. "Today's marketplace demands the opposite of frantic." 

  FARLEY GRAY   Farley Gray joined Black Point Capital in 2015 as an associate.

FARLEY GRAY

Farley Gray joined Black Point Capital in 2015 as an associate.

  CHRISTIA LAWSON   Christia Lawson joined Black Point Capital in 2016 as an associate.  

CHRISTIA LAWSON

Christia Lawson joined Black Point Capital in 2016 as an associate.  

  SEBASTIAN ANDREWS   Sebastian Andrews joined the Black Point Capital team as an associate in 2017.

SEBASTIAN ANDREWS

Sebastian Andrews joined the Black Point Capital team as an associate in 2017.

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