We understand perfection is fantasy, imperfection is opportunity and that the only constant in the world is change. We believe successful organizations are those that operate best in a fluid environment.
These views shape Lock 8’s investment strategy and our holistic, hands-on approach to consistently building valuable businesses.
Lock 8 Partners makes control investments in small-scale B2B SaaS businesses — and helps enhance operations to achieve their full potential. Our investment thesis focuses on sourcing below-the-radar companies that have solid products and stable businesses, but which have generally under-indexed in their go-to-market efforts. We avoid hyper-competitive bidding situations and seek to build value in investments by deploying a proven and replicable operating model developed over two decades (and counting). We work with owner-operators who are looking for attractive options to achieve liquidity or exit, while finding the right partner to help their businesses scale.
We are neither day-to-day overseers nor once-in-a-quarter directive-givers. We are active collaborators who work with leadership teams to collectively and thoughtfully drive results by applying an operating framework built around the needs of key stakeholders. We reject a one-size-fits-all approach but believe in a core set of disciplines critical to all growing businesses. The Lock 8 operating model enables consistent and scalable success, while embracing the uniqueness of each business, market and situation.
“Lock 8 is the first in a series of Seven Locks that are responsible for large-scale uplifting of the canal.” 1
The C&O Canal was originally conceived in 1825 to transport goods between Washington DC and Pittsburgh. The Canal reached as far as Cumberland, MD -- unfinished and 100 miles short of its planned destination.
More than a century later in 1971, the canal was turned into a national park, and became a haven for hikers, bikers, anglers, and a range of outdoor explorers.
Understated and authentic, Lock 8 serves as an access-point to the C&O and a gateway to countless journeys and adventures.
Just as new purpose and perspective helped transform Lock 8 and the C&O Canal into national treasures, Lock 8 Partners aims to support the journey of each of our companies to fulfill its unique and limitless potential.
1 Source: The C&O Canal Trust
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