Cyara, a provider of automated customer experience (CX) assurance solutions, announced it has received more than AU $485 million from K1 Investment Management (K1), a leading investment firm focused on high-growth enterprise software companies.
K1’s investment and experience in business-to-business (B2B) SaaS will support Cyara’s accelerated growth, driving the expansion of the contact testing market.
Co-founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006 by CEO Alok Kulkarni, CTO Luan Tran and Executive Director Bonny Malik, Cyara helps its blue-chip customers build and maintain their CX systems more efficiently with automated testing and monitoring.
Cyara’s huge strides in the market
Through its SaaS-based Automated CX Assurance Platform, Cyara has forged an early lead in the contact centre testing market, estimated by Forrester to reach AU $9 billion by 2024.
Over 250 leading high-profile global brands trust the Cyara CX Assurance Platform to monitor and manage the experience they provide their customers.
Alok Kulkarni, Chief Executive Officer of Cyara, said, “Cyara was founded with a vision to improve customer experience, and we’re delighted to have found a partner in K1 that is committed to the same values and wants to accelerate our growth aspirations.”
“Organisations can succeed or fail based on their customer experience.”
“More companies are realizing the business-critical nature of the work we do and we’re excited to have the firepower to grow and continue to attract the best people globally.”
“We’re at the beginning of a very exciting new chapter.”
Cyara to cement global leadership with investment
This investment is critical for Cyara to build its global leadership in the CX assurance market.
The investment will be used to accelerate innovation, expand CX assurance into new digital channels, fund strategic acquisitions of complementary technologies, and fuel expansion.
Roy Liao, Principal at K1, said, “Cyara provides mission critical software led by a visionary team. We look forward to supporting Alok and the team to execute on their growth strategy and further cement their position as the category leader in automated customer experience.”
Alex Kocher, Head of Technology and Assisted Channels at National Australia Bank (NAB), said, “NAB has worked collaboratively with Cyara for over 10 years.”
“The visibility they provide, in terms of agent voice quality and connectivity issues, means we can diagnose problems before they occur. We can get ahead of any disruption to our customer experience and support our front-line staff, wherever the agent is based.”
Peakspan will continue in its capacity as a minority shareholder.
Cowen acted as lead financial advisor and placement agent to Cyara on the transaction while Morgan Stanley Australia acted as financial advisor to Cyara’s board.
Cyara is the world’s leading Automated CX Assurance platform provider.
Cyara accelerates the delivery of flawless customer journeys across digital and voice channels while reducing the risk of customer-facing defects.
Every day, the most recognizable brands in the world trust the Cyara Platform to deliver customer smiles at scale. For more information, please visit cyara.com.
K1 is a global investment firm that builds category-leading enterprise software companies.
K1 partners with strong management teams of high-growth technology businesses to help them achieve success. With over 110 professionals, K1 and its affiliate, K1 Operations LLC, change industry landscapes with strategies designed to rapidly scale portfolio companies.
Since inception of the firm, K1 has partnered with over 180 enterprise software companies including industry leaders such as Apttus, Buildium, Checkmarx, Clarizen, ControlUp, Emburse, FMG Suite, Granicus, IronScales, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Rave Mobile Safety, RFPIO, Smarsh, WorkForce Software and Zapproved.