Michael Girdley Speaking w/ Macro Ops on Dura Software and Investing

San Antonio, TX – Michael Girdley, Chairman of Dura Software, took some time this week to chat with Brandon Beylo of Macro Ops. The conversation covered venture capital, start-up businesses, creating stories for customers, as well as a dive into Michael’s personal and professional background. Listen to the entire conversation here.

If you enjoyed the talk and want to learn more about Michael, he can be found on Twitter here.

US-BASED VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT SOFTWARE COMPANY TRIPLES IN HEADCOUNT TO MEET DEMANDS OF OUR SOCIALLY DISTANCED WORLD

6Connex Sees Dramatic Growth as Events Go 100% Virtual

San Antonio, TX (May 21, 2020) – 6Connex, the global leader of virtual environment solutions, announces a surge in demand from businesses outside of its target demographic as a result of the pandemic. 6Connex, which worked primarily with sales, marketing, and recruitment areas for virtual trade shows, has recently been fielding requests from national sports leagues, large school districts, and global corporations.

 

“Over the last few months we have seen our business of virtual events grow by 1000%. We have been working overtime and hiring non-stop to keep up with the demand,” said Ruben Castano, CEO of 6Connex. “Interest from colleges, sports teams, and requests from international businesses is something we didn’t anticipate growing so rapidly, but we are thrilled to assist as the event world reconvenes online.”

 

Different from webinar tools such as Zoom and WebEX, 6Connex can host large scale virtual events for groups of 300 or 30,000, offering each participant access to virtual lobbies, exhibitor halls, networking lounges and a variety of customized spaces, all designed to deliver an immersive and interactive experience. One of the many benefits of running virtual events besides the obvious cost and ROI, is speed. 6Connex can seamlessly customize each event in less than 8 weeks, as opposed to many months of planning for a physical event.

 

“Event producers worldwide are looking for innovative and secure ways to deliver a virtual experience to their audiences. Gamification, social media, and interactions are the most sought-after functionalities, and 6Connex has over 10 years of experience delivering those.” Castano states. “6Connex can easily replicate any high profile, large scale event making the whole experience virtual through our secure, cloud-based platform. Next month alone, 6Connex will run 80+ events and some of these will host thousands of attendees each.”

 

6Connex strongly believes virtual events will see consistent growth in popularity, even after concerns about the coronavirus subside. The reason for that growth will come from companies that had never experimented with virtual events before and have now had the opportunity to experience it first-hand. These companies will not only continue to run these events but expand their usage as a marketing and HR tool to grow their reach to their communities. We can already see the trend clearly, as a large number of new contracts 6Connex is signing these days consist of multi-year subscriptions coming from companies around the world.

 

 

About 6Connex

6Connex is the leading provider of virtual event solutions. Our secure, cloud-based platform expands audience reach and drives in-depth content engagement for marketing, sales, recruitment, training, and HR communities.

Our product portfolio includes virtual environments, learning management, and webinars.

For more information visit 6Connex.com, or call 1-800-395-4702.

 

 

About Dura Software

Dura Software specializes in hyper-niche software products that fit narrow but mission-critical use cases for business customers. We buy software products from owners wanting an exit and then transform and operate with no intention to sell. Sellers know we’ll protect their employees, customers and reputation.

More information about Dura is at dura.software.

Referral Program

If you connect us to a company that we acquire, we’ll pay you $25,000. That’s it.

All you need to do is intro them to us via email at refer@dura.software.

We do the rest.

Details

No catch but there is some fine print:

  • Payment made at the time of closing in USD
  • Needs to be a company that we are not already in contact with
  • You cannot be a current Dura employee

What we acquire

We are specialists in acquiring and operating hyper-niche software companies. These are:

  • Software company (license or Saas)
  • $2mm-$5mm in revenue annually
  • B2B customer base
  • Not growing too quickly and not shrinking too quickly (<15% annually either way)
  • Strong niche

Send us a business: refer@dura.software

6Connex Names Ruben Castano as CEO

San Antonio, TX -based 6Connex announces today that it has hired former BLUE Software executive Ruben Castano as its new CEO.

“Ruben has an extensive track record of delivering strong sales and operational results in the tech industry and I can’t wait to see the impact he is going to make on 6Connex,” said Paul Salisbury, CEO of Dura Software.

Ruben comes to 6Connex from BLUE Software, a startup that provides a suite of label and artwork management SaaS based collaboration tools for the retail and pharmaceutical industry. During his years as the Chief Revenue Officer for BLUE Software, Ruben oversaw the company’s significant growth by expanding revenue and ensuring customer success.

“I’m looking forward to working with the amazing team Dura Software and 6Connex represent,” Ruben said. “6Connex has reached an important stage in its growth trajectory and now in a position for expansion.  I’m excited at the opportunity to see this through.”.

 

About 6Connex, Inc.

6Connex is a global software and services provider for enterprise online events.  Our cloud-based product portfolio includes virtual environments, learning management and webinars.  Designed for marketing, sales, recruitment training and HR communications, we transform big ideas into real-world results.

More information about 6Connex is at 6connex.com

 

About Dura Software

Dura Software specializes in hyper-niche software products that fit narrow but mission-critical use cases for business customers. We buy software products from owners wanting an exit and then transform and operate with no intention to sell. Sellers know we’ll protect their employees, customers, and reputation.

Dura Software Inc Secures $10 Million Series A Investment to Fund Expansion

San Antonio, TX – Dura Software, the San-Antonio based company specializing in “hyper-niche” software products, has closed on a $10 million round of financing. The round was oversubscribed. It is the largest tech equity raise in the city so far this year. 

This announcement comes on the heels of Dura’s acquisition of Pleasanton, CA-based 6Connex, the leader in massively scalable virtual event software. Dura Software is continuing the momentum it’s been garnering throughout the year. In just 18 months, Dura has gone from $0 in revenue to among the largest software companies in south Texas.

The round was led by Ozone Capital Management (“OZCM”) from Redwood City, CA, alongside other private investors from San Antonio and throughout North America. 60% of the round came from investors outside of San Antonio. 

“The Dura team possesses unique operational capabilities and an extremely successful track record, and we are thrilled that our investment will help Dura grow its footprint in San Antonio for many years to come”, says Matt Morris, Managing Partner of OZCM. Morris will also be joining the Board of Dura Software. The company named four others to its board of directors. The board members are:

  • Paul Salisbury, CEO of Dura Software, Inc.
  • John McGuire, Entrepreneur & Investor
  • Matt Morris, Ozone Capital Management
  • Bianca Rhodes, CEO of Knight Aerospace, Inc.
  • Michael Girdley, Executive Chairman of Dura Software, Inc.

The financing round will go towards new acquisition opportunities. Paul Salisbury, co-founder and CEO of Dura Software stated, “We are excited that our vision is resonating well with founders of the companies we acquire, their employees and the investment community. The early success of our SaaS operating model and the excitement we have seen during this round of financing validates that were are on the right track.”

About Dura Software

Dura Software specializes in hyper-niche software products that fit narrow but mission-critical use cases for business customers. We buy software products from owners wanting an exit to operate with no intention to sell. Sellers know we’ll protect their employees, customers, and reputation.

More information about Dura is at dura.software.

Source: Dura Software, Inc.

Paul Salisbury

+ 1 210 663 3261, paul@dura.software

Dura Software Completes Acquisition of Virtual Events Platform 6Connex

San Antonio, TX – Dura Software announces its completed acquisition of California based software company 6Connex. 6Connex is a leader in the virtual events industry through its platform that connects people all around the world for events such as trade shows, summits, and career fairs. 6Connex is used by enterprise such as Sonicwall, Blackrock, Ericsson, and Anthem to deliver content rich virtual experiences through their cloud-based SaaS platform. 

6Connex will maintain active operations in California but will move its headquarters to San Antonio. The company expects to hire locally in San Antonio in the coming months.

“The acquisition of 6Connex has excited everyone here at Dura. It is a great product, which customer rave about, that fulfills a need that we think will continue to grow. This niche business is a perfect fit for what we’re trying to create here at Dura and we are eager to help the company reach its full potential.” said Paul Salisbury. Mr. Salisbury serves as the CEO of Dura Software.

 

About 6Connex, Inc.

6Connex is a leader in the virtual events market. 6Connex’s technology allows users to participate in event activities remotely from the comfort of their homes, or while on the go, increasing attendance and engagement while reducing event production costs. Since 2009, 6Connex has been a go-to solution because of their continuous innovation in virtual events technology.

More information about 6Connex is at 6connex.com

 

About Dura Software

Dura Software specializes in hyper-niche software products that fit narrow but mission-critical use cases for business customers. We buy software products from owners wanting an exit and then transform and operate with no intention to sell. Sellers know we’ll protect their employees, customers and reputation.

Dura Software Announces Acquisition of Enterprise Email Software Nordic IT, Inc.

San Antonio, TX – San Antonio-based Dura Software announces the completed acquisition of Denmark-based Nordic IT, Inc. Nordic IT specializes in email software for enterprise size teams. Their technology is the leader in the maritime shipping industry that requires efficient and reliable email communication. It is used by hundreds of shipping companies worldwide.

Justin Brady, a former Vice President at Rackspace, has joined Dura as the new CEO of Nordic. While the Nordic offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Singapore will remain active, the headquarters of the company have moved to San Antonio. The company expects to hire staff locally in the coming months.

“We are excited to be the place for Nordic IT to grow its presence in the market. With excellent technology and great people, they’ll be a great fit with the Dura team for the long-term,” said Paul Salisbury. Mr. Salisbury serves as the CEO of Dura Software.

About Nordic IT, Inc.

Nordic IT is a global leader in enterprise email software. Their technology powers the communication and coordination of ships and shipping companies around the globe. Since the company was founded in 2001, Nordic IT has been at the forefront of collaborative and efficient email software.

More information about Nordic IT is at nordic-it.com.

About Dura Software

Dura Software specializes in hyper-niche software products that fit narrow but mission-critical use cases for business customers. We buy software products from owners wanting an exit to operate with no intention to sell. Sellers know we’ll protect their employees, customers and reputation.

Moki Names Adam Maher as CEO

Moki digital signage

Adam MaherThe company moved to San Antonio in 2018 and looks to build on last year’s strong growth in 2019

San Antonio-based Moki Software announces today that it has hired former DealerSocket executive Adam Maher as its new CEO. Adam Maher and his family moved to San Antonio last month to lead the company based in the local Tech District.

“Adam’s passion for growing businesses and his proven ability to deliver results are just what Moki needs to continue its strong performance since the acquisition last year,” said Paul Salisbury CEO of Dura Software.

Adam comes to Moki from DealerSocket, a startup that provides a SaaS-enabled productivity suite for the automotive dealership industry. Over the last 8 years at DealerSocket, Adam held a variety of positions leading sales and customer success teams through periods of explosive growth.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a world-class team,” Maher said. “This is a time of tremendous opportunity for Moki and I’m honored to able to lead the business forward.”

Adam succeeds interim Moki CEO Paul Salisbury, who will now be focusing his efforts on future acquisitions in his role as CEO of Dura.

About Moki –
Moki offers a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) software product that simplifies deployment and management of large fleets of mobile devices and digital signage solutions. More information about Moki can be found at Moki.com. Moki is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dura Software.

About Dura Software –
Dura Software is an entirely new type of software company that acquires and operates B2B software companies. With a unique model, Dura buys companies with the intent to never sell them. Business owners appreciate that Dura will ensure the legacy of the customers, partners, and employees. More information about Dura is at dura.software.

Contact
Dura Holdings, LLC.
Paul Salisbury
+1-210-663-3261
paul@dura.software

Dura Software names CEO for recently acquired subsidiary

Moki Payment System

San Antonio-based Moki Mobility Inc., which provides cloud-based software for managing large numbers of mobile devices and digital signage, has hired Adam Maher as its new CEO, the company announced today.

Moki is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dura Software, a San Antonio-based company that buys and operates business-to-business software companies. Dura Software bought Moki, which was previously based in Utah, in June 2018, and Dura CEO Paul Salisbury had been interim CEO of Moki since the acquisition.

“Adam’s passion for growing businesses and his proven ability to deliver results are just what Moki needs to continue its strong performance since the acquisition last year,” Salisbury said in a news release.

Maher was previously an executive at DealerSocket, a startup that provides software-as-a-service for automotive dealers. He held various positions during eight years at DealerSocket and is credited with leading sales and customer success teams through periods of growth.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a world-class team,” Maher said in a news release. “This is a time of tremendous opportunity for Moki, and I’m honored to able to lead the business forward.”

More information can be found here.​

San Antonio-based Dura Holdings, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Utah-based Software Company Moki Mobility, Inc.

Moki Kiosk

San Antonio, TX – Today, San Antonio-based Dura Holdings, Inc. announced the acquisition of Utah-based Moki Mobility, Inc.

Moki is the market-leader in administration software for the deployment of single-purpose mobile devices at any scale. Founded in 2011, Moki is trusted by hundreds of customers in over 55 countries. Innovative brands like Belly, Motorola, T-Mobile, PayPoint, RAB Lighting, Columbia Sportswear, Marriott, and the New York City Department of Health choose Moki. Moki is headquartered in Utah and was backed by Epic Ventures, Pelion Ventures, and Allegis Capital.

“We are extremely excited to help take Moki to the next level. This is a world-class team that we’re excited to now have as part of our family,” said Paul Salisbury, CEO of Dura Holdings. Mr. Salisbury will be the CEO of the Moki division of Dura.

Dura is an entirely new type of software company that acquires and operates software companies for the long-term. As part of the acquisition, the headquarters for Moki will relocate from Utah to San Antonio. The company expects to keep a presence in Utah.

Source: Dura Holdings, Inc.
Paul Salisbury
+ 1 210 663 3261
paul@duraholdings.com