February 25, 2020

First Person: Christopher Grey, Trailblazer of CapLinked   

CapLinked is a leading provider of highly-secure virtual data rooms and document control systems to enterprises and the financial industry.

By Christopher Grey, Special to California Business Journal.

CapLinked’s products and services are used by more than 100,000 professionals, processing millions of documents, and serving a diverse and international group of clients in the Fortune 500, Wall Street, main street, and government agencies.

I am a homegrown entrepreneur and investor with in-depth knowledge in technology and its trends. This approach and frame of mind has enabled me to attain quite a bit of success.

As a California native, I went to elementary school in Brentwood, High School in La Jolla, University at Stanford, and today my CapLinked headquarters are based in Manhattan Beach.

After graduating from Stanford, I started my professional journey as a private-equity executive and later co-founded my own fund manager, Crestridge Investments, based in El Segundo, Calif. Crestridge made debt and equity investments in micro-cap and middle market companies.

After successfully exiting the private-equity business, I was a Managing Director at the Los Angeles subsidiary of Emigrant Bank, the largest privately-owned bank in America. After that, I co-founded Third Wave Partners in El Segundo, which made debt and equity investments in distressed situations.

Christopher Grey, Co Founder and COO at CapLinked and TransitNet, Angel Investor and Advisor to Stanford University

Christopher Grey, Co Founder and COO at CapLinked and TransitNet, Angel Investor and Advisor to Stanford University

Then, in early 2010, I founded CapLinked, a company that deals in a secure and easy-to-use virtual data room solutions. Caplinked helps enterprises from the Fortune 1000 and large financial companies to small businesses securely share information at any time and any place.

CapLinked Integrity

CapLinked looks to its diverse list of clients — a large percentage of which are based in California — for honest feedback on what they like about their platform and what they think it lacks.

We follow our customers’ perspective to enhance business growth. CapLinked also gives prominence to all its customer feedback regarding usability, processing and support.

The company also focuses on delivering new features and updates based on customer demand and being ahead of the game for applications in the industry.

CapLinked also prides itself business values and principles such as the way we emphasize a high-level vision with detailed roadmap and a clear metrics at each stage for measuring progress.

Overcoming Challenges

Originally, CapLinked was established to improve the process of raising money for startups. In 2012, the firm entered the virtual data room industry to empower businesses to retain control of their assets.

CapLinked’s impact is solidified by being featured in The 10 Best Collaboration Technology Solution Providers category and being named as “the go-to place for setting up and closing deals” by the Wall Street Journal.

We also focus on basic needs of what particular investors, customers or founders strive to do, especially since businesses have wasted a lot of time and resources on ideas that would not have been supported by a data-driven approach.

Future Technologies

CapLinked is working toward the emergence of new technology and trends. This new emerging technology enhances our technological platform and reliability.

My view: If you can’t find a clear advantage in what you are doing now, you should try doing something else until you find it. Once you find it, push that advantage as hard as you can until it stops working. Then begin at step one again and find a new advantage.

Foreseeing a Successful Tomorrow

Presently, our technology is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of life. Many people spend more time interacting with technology than they do with people. So today the technologist must be substantially more concerned with the psychological and social impact of technology on humans and their lives.

Understanding this progression, CapLinked has evolved its technology, impacting people and making them more interactive with the technology. My company is using this method as the key to success for themselves more than the technology itself.

For future endeavors, CapLinked continues to be a leader in the collaboration technology market and expanding its virtual data rooms and secure document-sharing solutions across the globe.

We also launched TransitNet, a product for recording chain of title ownership and audit trail of crypto assets, that will be accessible via CapLinked’s API and will be the first in the industry.

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