NitroDesk - Case Study

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  • NitroDesk’s TouchDownTM is the leading Exchange ActiveSync email solution for securing corporate email on smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders.
  • TouchDownTM provides a highly secure container that enables businesses in any industry to separate and partition corporate data from personal, supporting Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) programs.
  • NitroDesk became the market leader by satisfying the needs of IT admins and wants of end users offering (i) unparalleled email security, (ii) unified management for smartphones, tablets, Macs, and laptops, and (iii) Email features users want (80%+ of Outlook functionality).


  • NitroDesk was bootstrapped by Goutham Sukumar (Founder) and Ronald Goins (COO).
  • The company had a mature email application, but lacked the financial resources and sales and marketing expertise necessary for scale.
  • Cascadia was engaged to help NitroDesk find a partner to provide liquidity for shareholders and help the Company capitalize on the opportunity to become the alternative mobile business email option for enterprises relying on BlackBerry.

Cascadia Process

  • Cascadia ran a focused process leveraging relevant relationships: in three strategic buyer categories: (i) mobile device management (MDM) software vendors, (ii) mobile device manufacturers, and (iii) wireless communication services providers.
  • NitroDesk was marketed to counterparties in a tailored way, with potential synergies customized for each strategic buyer category.
  • Symantec Corporation (NasdaqGS:SYMC), one of NitroDesk’s existing partners, was selected as the preferred acquirer and closed the transaction on a highly attractive set of terms and conditions.
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“Cascadia did an exceptional job positioning us in front of funds that align with our strategy and value. Their deep healthcare knowledge and relationships were key to receiving multiple offers and running a process that lasted less than three months.”

Ryan Schmid  |  President & CEO
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“Cascadia designed a custom process that focused on finding us the right partner who valued our culture and mission, which in turn delivered a great outcome for all of our stakeholders.”

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Greg Chapman  |  Chairman of the Board

“I’m grateful to Cascadia for their insightful counsel and thoroughness in selecting a buyer who valued our unique growth opportunity and was committed to maintaining the integrity of our brand.”

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Ed Ryan  |  Chairman
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“Cascadia’s knowledge of the investors and the Healthcare IT landscape proved immensely helpful in our process.”

David Lischner  |  CEO

“Cascadia was knowledgeable about our market and counter-party universe, and they were sophisticated and hardworking throughout what evolved into a complex transaction.”

Jim Balthazar  |  CEO

“We relied on Cascadia heavily throughout the process to guide our strategy and to get us in front of the top growth equity firms in the country. I highly recommend them.”

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