A new kind of investment firm.

We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs & operators that leverage our experience, financial capital, and network to revive & grow lower-middle market DTC & eCommerce companies. 

In our short existence, we have saved four companies from bankruptcy and created or saved 200+ jobs in the United States alone. Along the way, prominent publications have recognized our work, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, inc.com, and more.

 

What do we invest in?

We are flexible and invest in both control and minority positions.

Control investments.

Control positions in US-based DTC/eCommerce companies in distressed or special situations with revenues between $10,000,000 to $100,000,000 requiring a buyer that can move quickly – our industry specialization allows us to do just that.

We welcome complex opportunities that others are unable or unwilling to tackle. 

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Growth Equity.

As flexible non-control investors, we invest in everything from traditional post-revenue growth rounds, to turnarounds & special situations.

Given our operating background, we do more than write a check – we work with you side-by-side to grow your company sustainably by providing access to our in-house team of eCommerce & DNVB experts. Our team is fully capable of managing all business functions down to a tactical level; portfolio companies often leverage us as an extension of their team.

Minority investment targets typically have anywhere from $1,000,000 to $25,000,000 in revenue, can be cash-flow positive or negative and are based in the United States or Canada.

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Results

 
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A Fast Fast-Fashion Turnaround

Provided capital & expertise to profitably grow revenue by 12x in less than 18 months without incurring dilution beyond Karta’s initial investment. Company was less than two weeks away from filing for bankruptcy on entry. Retained original founders.

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Super Charged Growth Equity

Worked alongside original founders to in-house several business functions & grow valuation by 10x+ in less than 14 months. Helped create a significant liquidity event for founders on exit. Company was originally considered uninvestable due to industry. 100+ investors had previously turned the company down.

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Minority Equity Partners for a DTC Turnaround

Grew revenue profitably by 6x in less than 24 months without raising additional capital. Worked alongside founding team to restructure debt, handled financial management efforts, successfully acquired manufacturer allowing the company to go vertical and grow EBITDA margin significantly. Company was severely distressed on entry.

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Hobbyist DTC Brand Turnaround

Acquired a severely distressed niche DTC brand that was days away from missing payroll. Navigated four lawsuits, negative PR, a toxic debt load, severe supplier disruptions & more on entry. Grew revenue by an average of 134% per quarter & reached profitability in 10 months.

Our Values

Act with Integrity.

We are accountable & act with integrity at all times. Karta's track record speaks for itself - saving & creating 200+ American jobs within the communities we operate in; and making creditors in distressed situations whole.

Pursue Excellence.

We pursue excellence through kaizen. A history of constant continuous improvement is deeply ingrained in our team.

Be Relentless.

Never give up. No Karta buyout has ever failed or declared bankruptcy. Karta operators work tirelessly to ensure ideal outcomes for our investors & the communities we operate in.

We Are Entrepreneurial.

As a truly entrepreneurial firm, we are comfortable with risk & have no problem rolling up our sleeves to do what needs to be done.

 
 
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The Wall Street Journal

Commentary by a Karta partner discussing the impact of the 2019 US/China trade war on a portfolio company.

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Join the Team

We always welcome talented operators across all business functions. If you believe you can add significant value, feel free to reach out.

 

Connect With Us

Our team is quick to reply to all inquiries. Reach out via email.

 

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