The Tusker Fund Acquires Victoria’s Echosec Systems

December 14, 2020

Additional Funds To Be Provided To Drive Further Growth Of Digital Intelligence Firm


VICTORIA – Threat intelligence technology company Echosec Systems has been acquired by the California-based firm, The Tusker Fund. As part of the acquisition, the Tusker Fund will invest significant funds into Echosec Systems to boost growth enabling the company to expand its product offering, while providing more robust support to existing customers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Karl Swannie launched Echosec Systems in 2013

Jeff Oldenburg, Founder of The Tusker Fund, has been appointed CEO of Echosec Systems. He takes over from founder Karl Swannie, who launched Echosec Systems in 2013 as a data intelligence company that enables security teams to retrieve critical, location-based information from difficult-to-access data sources across the web.

The Tusker Fund, which targets recurring revenue software businesses in growth markets was founded by Jeff Oldenburg in 2018. The Tusker Fund operates as a search fund, which is an investment vehicle through which entrepreneurs raise funds from investors to acquire a single company.

Typically, entrepreneurs take an active leadership role in the companies they acquire.  In that process, The Tusker Fund, led by Jeff Oldenburg, identified and vetted hundreds of prospective businesses before discovering Echosec Systems. The San Francisco-based fund is backed by a number of investors and operators, including lead investor Pacific Lake, a specialist in the search fund landscape. Together, the new team will bring their experience and playbooks to bear in the continued scaling of Echosec Systems.

Jeff Oldenburg is founder of the Tusker Fund

By combining Echosec Systems’ powerful data intelligence product with the expertise of The Tusker Fund and its backers, Echosec Systems plans to reinforce its operations in the US and the UK by growing its team to enhance its engineering capabilities and strengthen its customer support services.

In recent years, Echosec Systems has experienced 100 cent year-on-year growth, while tripling its employee base over the last two years to more than 30 employees. Karl Swannie, Founder and former CEO of Echosec Systems, will remain closely involved with the business following the acquisition.

Commenting on the deal with The Tusker Fund, Karl said, “Echosec Systems has been building and distributing game-changing software for customers around the world for seven years now. We’re thrilled to announce the beginning of the company’s latest chapter, which will see The Tusker Fund take Echosec Systems to the next level by delivering everything that our customers are asking for and more.”

While announcing the acquisition of Echosec Systems, Jeff Oldenburg said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the Echosec team. Having spent months working with Karl and his team, I believe our people and product are truly best in class. I’m excited to deliver even better capabilities to our customers who depend on us for critical threat intelligence and I look forward to leading our next phase of growth.”


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