Godspeed Capital | January 15, 2022
Godspeed Capital Management LP (“Godspeed Capital”), a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm, today announced the successful acquisition of Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc. (“ESS” or the “Company”), a leading provider of information technology solutions to mission-oriented Federal agencies, including members of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ESS boasts a 25-year history of successfully integrating mission-critical information technology solutions across the Intelligence Community. The Company provides core capabilities in cyber, software and systems engineering, and geographic information systems, and works with a broad array of Intelligence Community and Federal agencies with critical National Security missions, including a strong presence in Fort Meade, Maryland. Nearly each of the Company’s seasoned engineers across its dynamic team holds the highest-level of security clearance. By developing, testing, and deploying solutions to mitigate and combat threats across emerging areas of critical importance such as blockchain, cloud computing and storage, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, ESS is critically focused on leading the next frontier of cyber-protection and innovation.
The newly acquired ESS will join Godspeed Capital’s recently formed high-end cyber and technology solutions platform holding company, designed to provide U.S. Defense and Intelligence Community agencies with a full suite of solutions to combat an increasing and ever-evolving level of cybersecurity and intelligence threats.
Paul Stasko, Founder & President of ESS, said, “Godspeed Capital brings an exceptional amount of government-related expertise, know-how, and vision to the table, as well as a deep understanding of our core Intelligence Community customer set. We are excited to be joining Godspeed as part of a broader, better resourced and scalable platform strategy and look forward to collaborating with like-minded providers as we continue to enhance our collective solutions to meet the increasingly complex and evolving needs of the U.S. Intelligence Community.”
“We are thrilled to partner with ESS, the go-to provider of mission critical solutions and services to the Intelligence Community and other Federal agencies. Through their unparalleled knowledge and experience with existing and legacy infrastructure, data flows, and processes, ESS is uniquely positioned to shape the future of mission critical technology and data protection requirements. The increased scale and profitability of the combined platform coupled with additional capital and resources from Godspeed will allow us to invest more in technology innovation, talent acquisition, and corporate infrastructure as we move forward. We look forward to accelerating the Company’s growth initiatives.”
Douglas T. Lake, Jr., Founder & Managing Partner of Godspeed Capital
About Exceptional Software Strategies, Inc.
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, ESS is a professional services company providing information technology solutions to mission-oriented Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. ESS offers core capabilities in cyber, software and systems engineering, and geographic information systems with a strong presence in Fort Meade, Maryland, but also with select Department of Defense agencies, and extensive past performance with a broad array of other Intelligence Community and Federal agencies with National Security missions.
About Godspeed Capital
Godspeed Capital is a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm investing alongside forward-thinking management teams that seek an experienced and innovative investment partner with unique sector expertise, operational insight, and flexible capital for growth. While a typical investment will involve companies generating approximately $3 million to $30 million of EBITDA, Godspeed Capital has significant support to complete larger transactions through strategic co-invest relationships. The firm focuses on control buyouts, buy-and-builds, corporate carve-outs, and special situations.
DataRobot | February 14, 2022
AI Cloud leader DataRobot today announced its selection as an AI partner under a five-year $249 million-ceiling Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). Through this contract, DataRobot is tasked with transforming AI throughout the DoD ecosystem by providing its AI Cloud platform and services to accelerate the government’s use of emerging AI technologies including Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), and Neural Networks (NN).
DataRobot will support JAIC’s commitment to strategic and world-class AI solutions by:
● Providing a unified AI platform to enable all users across the DoD to quickly and successfully build and deploy mission-enabling AI projects
● Detecting, measuring, and standardizing bias prevention as a routine step in the machine learning process, driving more reliable operations and strategic solutions
● Operationalizing solutions for Testing and Evaluation (T&E) of AI-enabled systems, automated products, and autonomous systems
● Integrating AI T&E tools and services in alignment with JAIC’s architectures, technical standards, and security standards
DataRobot’s end-to-end AI Cloud platform brings together disparate data and users, spanning expert data scientists to IT operators to analysts, through enhanced collaboration and continuous optimization across the entire AI lifecycle. Built as a multi-cloud platform, DataRobot AI Cloud can be deployed in a combination of public clouds, data centers, or at the edge, with governance to protect and secure even the most highly-regulated organizations.
“AI has the power to shape the next generation of U.S. Defense operations, ensuring the safety of our citizens, personnel and allies,” said Jim Watson, VP, Sales, Federal & Public Sector, DataRobot. “We’re proud to support the JAIC’s mission to maximize the full potential of AI, and we share the DoD’s commitment to solving complex and mission-critical problems with better, faster, data-driven solutions that are accessible for all.”
DataRobot AI Cloud is the next generation of AI. DataRobot’s AI Cloud vision is to bring together all data types, all users, and all environments to deliver critical business insights for every organization. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50.
Carahsoft | August 28, 2020
Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that Microsoft Azure services are now available to U.S. government customers through its NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contracts, The Quilt National Consortium Contract, and DevSecOps Software and Cloud Services basic ordering agreements (BOAs) and through the Carahsoft reseller partner network. Carahsoft is now authorized to distribute Azure, including Azure Commercial Cloud, Azure Government and Azure Government Secret. Azure Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings allow public sector agencies to build, manage, and deploy applications in the cloud. Carahsoft will also offer Azure-based solutions including Microsoft’s Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and the Microsoft Power Platform. Partners can work through Carahsoft to educate, promote, and sell their Azure-based solutions, and Azure enables customization and security while permitting choice of languages, frameworks and infrastructures.