Entrepreneurial Experience : Private Equity Firm Buys MIS Spinoff Company
By Liz Warren-Pederson
A private equity firm has acquired Knowledge Computing Company (KCC), the company founded by McClelland Professor of MIS Hsinchun Chen to commercialize the crime-fighting product COPLINK®.
COPLINK® is a software product that allows law enforcement agencies to draw information from multiple databases and identify associations between crimes. COPLINK supports over 3,000 jurisdictions nationwide, spanning 20 states and four of the nation’s five largest cities.
The private equity firm that purchased KCC merged it with i2, a provider of intelligence and investigation management software. The combined company, headed by KCC CEO Robert Griffen, will be known as i2.
“It’s a very synergistic match,” Chen says. “i2 has excellent visualization and European presence, whereas KCC has excellent technical infrastructure and a stronger presence in the U.S. market.”