San Francisco and Los Angeles – February 13, 2018 – Inkling Systems, Inc. (“Inkling”), a leading enterprise software platform for field workforce operations management, today announced its acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”), a global investment firm with $6.7 billion of capital under management. The acquisition provides Inkling with growth capital and operational support to help the company realize its vision to power deskless workforces. Inkling will retain its executive leadership team and continue to operate from its headquarters in San Francisco, California.
“Improving the work lives of field workforces, especially those underserved by information technology, is our passion,” said Matt MacInnis, Inkling’s Founder and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Marlin and stand to benefit from their domain expertise and operational best practices as we look to continue to achieve our ambitious growth plan.”
Inkling Knowledge is a category-defining smart content system that helps businesses onboard employees, deploy standard operating procedures, and launch products in segments like foodservice, retail, heavy industry, and insurance. The company’s newest product, Inkling Collaboration, combines communications, task management and data analytics into a unified platform that enables retailers and franchisors to better manage, monitor, and gain visibility into field performance across their fleet of locations.
Inkling’s growing customer base includes global brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods, Comcast, Allstate, and Kohl’s, all of which use Inkling to power information sharing across their enterprises. Nearly a million people log into Inkling each month to get their work done.
“Inkling’s products harness the power of mobile devices to modernize field communications, and as the number of deskless workers continues to rise, the need for content to be delivered efficiently becomes critical,” said Jonah Sulak, a managing director at Marlin. “We’re committed to supporting the company’s talented management team and further accelerating growth through a focused expansion within key target verticals.”
Piper Jaffray served as the exclusive financial advisor to Inkling on this transaction. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati served as legal counsel to Inkling on this transaction.
About Inkling Systems
Inkling Systems is a leading enterprise software platform for field operations management that helps customers drive superior operating performance. As more businesses put mobile devices in the hands of their field teams, the company’s mission is to transform and improve the way field teams operate. With two complementary products that allow end-to-end delivery of both content and tasks, Inkling’s platform drives increased success in the field while providing new levels of visibility into critical operating metrics. Founded in 2009, Inkling is based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.inkling.com.
About Marlin Equity Partners
Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 120 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.