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Location:
Charlotte, NC
Founded:
2009
Customers:
800+
Growth:
4,600%
Lighter Capital
funding to date:
$1.2 MILLION
A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything
Funding for Fast
Growth
5 rounds of funding from Lighter
Capital helped MapAnything grow
rapidly and secure a $7.3m Series
A without the founders sacrificing
significant ownership.
Founded in 2009, MapAnythingTM is a salesforce.com
AppExchange Program Partner which provides the most
comprehensive mapping and geo-analytics app available for
Salesforce users. The app can deal with large data sets and
provides real time geo-location, territory management, and
analytics.
MapAnything CEO John Stewart shares below how revenue-
based financing helped his company grow so fast.
Speeding up growth
I had looked into many financing sources, but never found one
I liked. Except for using our own capital, Lighter Capital has been
our only source of funding. Our first round of funding was in
December 2012, and we have done four more rounds since then
for a total of $1.2 million. After the first round, they provided us
with ongoing capital. It was nice to know that every time we
needed additional capital, we could return for more.
www.lightercapital.com
1/2016
Lighter Capital’s revenue-
based financing has
dramatically accelerated
our growth by allowing
us to invest in product
development, marketing
initiatives, and expanding
our sales team.”
~ John Stewart, CEO,
MapAnything, Inc.
A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything
Financing has helped take the company to the next level—our
customers now include multiple companies in the Fortune 500.
We were on a fast-growth trajectory before, but revenue-based
financing has dramatically accelerated our growth by allowing
us to invest in product development, marketing initiatives, and
expanding our sales team.
We recently made the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private
companies. Among software companies, we were number 15 on
the list. Our revenues have grown 4,600% since 2010.
A partner in financing
During the initial funding, Lighter Capital took the time to really
get to know us—and our business. Because of our close working
relationship with the investment team, and how well they
understand salesforce.com’s AppExchange Partners, we were
able to bring in the capital we needed very efficiently. The
process for the initial funding was fast and smooth. In fact the
whole deal was completed in three weeks. It was even faster and
smoother for subsequent rounds.
It’s great to be able to focus on growing my business instead of
wasting months looking for funding—that’s not how I prefer to
spend my time.
A business built on partnerships
In business, finding the right partners—and fully leveraging these
relationships—can put your company on a path towards fast
growth. You cannot build a business entirely by yourself.
MapAnything's strong partnership with salesforce.com has been
really critical. As a partner, we can take advantage of an impressive
array of opportunities. It’s a partnership that has allowed us to
reach companies around the world and close sales with a number
of Fortune 500 businesses.
Our partnership with Lighter Capital has really underpinned our
growth and helped us leverage our relationship with salesforce.com
www.lightercapital.com
1/2016
Raised a $7.3M Series A
from Greycroft, Harbert
Venture Partners and
Salesforce Ventures.
A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything
completely. At key times during our growth – Lighter Capital got
us the funding we needed fast, allowing us to drive forward and
not be distracted by time consuming fund raising.
Knowledge of the industry
Over the years, I have had many conversations with the people at
Lighter Capital. At MapAnything, we are driven to continually
innovate and build apps that help Salesforce users move from
insight to action. Innovation starts with a clear understanding of
user expectations and of the needs of the businesses we serve. It
has been an advantage to partner with a financing company that
understands Software-as-a-service (SaaS). Having funded many
salesforce.com ISV Partners, the Lighter Capital team really can
advise you on the right funding strategy for your business.
Scaled to success
What’s great is the Lighter Capital team will quickly let you know
if revenue-based financing is right for your particular stage of
growth. If not, they are happy to advise you on what else might
work and even make an introduction (or two) to other funding
sources. I always felt like they had MayAnything’s best interests
at heart. From time to time we would see term sheets from
different VC’s and, over time, as we were able to scale using
new rounds from Lighter Capital, the terms offered improved
to match our business success. So by the time we raised our
$7.3m Series A from Greycroft, Harbert Venture Partners and
Salesforce Ventures, I was very happy with the outcome for us as
a business and founders. My co-founder and I continue to own
the vast majority of MapAnything and that’s thanks to Lighter
Capital helping us fund our growth rapidly when we needed it.
www.lightercapital.com
1/2016

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Map Anything Case Study - Lighter Capital

  • 1. Location: Charlotte, NC Founded: 2009 Customers: 800+ Growth: 4,600% Lighter Capital funding to date: $1.2 MILLION A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything Funding for Fast Growth 5 rounds of funding from Lighter Capital helped MapAnything grow rapidly and secure a $7.3m Series A without the founders sacrificing significant ownership. Founded in 2009, MapAnythingTM is a salesforce.com AppExchange Program Partner which provides the most comprehensive mapping and geo-analytics app available for Salesforce users. The app can deal with large data sets and provides real time geo-location, territory management, and analytics. MapAnything CEO John Stewart shares below how revenue- based financing helped his company grow so fast. Speeding up growth I had looked into many financing sources, but never found one I liked. Except for using our own capital, Lighter Capital has been our only source of funding. Our first round of funding was in December 2012, and we have done four more rounds since then for a total of $1.2 million. After the first round, they provided us with ongoing capital. It was nice to know that every time we needed additional capital, we could return for more. www.lightercapital.com 1/2016
  • 2. Lighter Capital’s revenue- based financing has dramatically accelerated our growth by allowing us to invest in product development, marketing initiatives, and expanding our sales team.” ~ John Stewart, CEO, MapAnything, Inc. A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything Financing has helped take the company to the next level—our customers now include multiple companies in the Fortune 500. We were on a fast-growth trajectory before, but revenue-based financing has dramatically accelerated our growth by allowing us to invest in product development, marketing initiatives, and expanding our sales team. We recently made the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Among software companies, we were number 15 on the list. Our revenues have grown 4,600% since 2010. A partner in financing During the initial funding, Lighter Capital took the time to really get to know us—and our business. Because of our close working relationship with the investment team, and how well they understand salesforce.com’s AppExchange Partners, we were able to bring in the capital we needed very efficiently. The process for the initial funding was fast and smooth. In fact the whole deal was completed in three weeks. It was even faster and smoother for subsequent rounds. It’s great to be able to focus on growing my business instead of wasting months looking for funding—that’s not how I prefer to spend my time. A business built on partnerships In business, finding the right partners—and fully leveraging these relationships—can put your company on a path towards fast growth. You cannot build a business entirely by yourself. MapAnything's strong partnership with salesforce.com has been really critical. As a partner, we can take advantage of an impressive array of opportunities. It’s a partnership that has allowed us to reach companies around the world and close sales with a number of Fortune 500 businesses. Our partnership with Lighter Capital has really underpinned our growth and helped us leverage our relationship with salesforce.com www.lightercapital.com 1/2016
  • 3. Raised a $7.3M Series A from Greycroft, Harbert Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. A Lighter Capital Case Study: MapAnything completely. At key times during our growth – Lighter Capital got us the funding we needed fast, allowing us to drive forward and not be distracted by time consuming fund raising. Knowledge of the industry Over the years, I have had many conversations with the people at Lighter Capital. At MapAnything, we are driven to continually innovate and build apps that help Salesforce users move from insight to action. Innovation starts with a clear understanding of user expectations and of the needs of the businesses we serve. It has been an advantage to partner with a financing company that understands Software-as-a-service (SaaS). Having funded many salesforce.com ISV Partners, the Lighter Capital team really can advise you on the right funding strategy for your business. Scaled to success What’s great is the Lighter Capital team will quickly let you know if revenue-based financing is right for your particular stage of growth. If not, they are happy to advise you on what else might work and even make an introduction (or two) to other funding sources. I always felt like they had MayAnything’s best interests at heart. From time to time we would see term sheets from different VC’s and, over time, as we were able to scale using new rounds from Lighter Capital, the terms offered improved to match our business success. So by the time we raised our $7.3m Series A from Greycroft, Harbert Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures, I was very happy with the outcome for us as a business and founders. My co-founder and I continue to own the vast majority of MapAnything and that’s thanks to Lighter Capital helping us fund our growth rapidly when we needed it. www.lightercapital.com 1/2016