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Ed Tech Leader Deborah Karcher, Former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, Joins Lightspeed Systems

November 13, 2019

 

As an expert advisor, Karcher will further company’s position as the leader in educational technology and student safety solutions

 

Austin, TX, June 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Today Lightspeed Systems announced that Deborah Karcher, ed-tech expert and former CIO of Miami Dade County Schools, has joined the Lightspeed Systems team as an advisor.

In her new role, Karcher will advise Lightspeed Systems executive and development teams to ensure the Relay platform continues to meet the growing needs of K12 school districts, delivering time-saving solutions to the most challenging problems schools face. She’ll also continue to share her knowledge and expertise with schools, working closely with them to further technology initiatives, 1:1 programs, and student safety programs.

Lightspeed Systems is the market leader in K12 content filtering, and its Relay platform provides a complete solution for filtering, student safety monitoring, classroom management, device management, and reporting.

At Miami Dade County Schools, the fourth largest district in the United States, Karcher was responsible for the technology strategy and infrastructure to support more than 340,000 students and 400,000 devices. She spearheaded one of the largest 1:1 initiatives in the country and selected and implemented the Lightspeed Systems solution as the web filter due to its robust scalability, innovation, and focus on education.

Karcher credits the company’s commitment to the education market and innovative leadership as top reasons for joining as an advisor. “Lightspeed Systems was a great partner to me at Miami Dade, and I look forward to continuing my work with them in this new role. They’re uniquely focused on education, understand the needs of schools, and continue to deliver robust, innovative solutions that solve real needs.”

Brian Thomas, Lightspeed Systems President & CEO, shares: “While working with Debbie when she was a customer, it was easy to see how much she cares about the safety and success of our students. We at Lightspeed Systems share that same mission and are excited to continue to work with her to help even more schools.”

Join Lightspeed Systems and Karcher for the upcoming webinar, the Data Driven District, to hear how smart reporting and analytics can help schools make decisions that drive ROI, safety, data privacy, and better student outcomes.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Relay’s Safety Check Helps Schools Identify At-Risk Students

November 13, 2019

New feature of leading web filter platform delivers life-saving alerts to 80% of users

Austin, TX, June 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

The Lightspeed Systems Relay web filtering solution includes a new feature, Safety Check, that delivers real-time alerts on student activity that is indicative of self-harm or other dangers. A recent survey of customers with early access to Safety Check reveals more than 80% have identified at-risk students through the feature. Early access users identified suicidal students as well as those suffering from abuse, depression, and other concerns.

Safety Check uses advanced AI to identify and alert upon students whose web activity indicates they are at risk of suicide, self-harm or other dangers. When such behavior is detected, an alert including details of the activity and a contextual screenshot are sent to the school’s designated contacts so they can quickly intervene. The feature complements the Relay Filter’s robust features and reports to protect students not just from inappropriate online content but also from risky offline behavior.

Safety Check provides a comprehensive student safety monitoring platform that surpasses other solutions in the breadth of its monitoring and technology. Safety Check:

  • Works across sites, including online mail, Google docs, social media, search, and more
  • Monitors all types of activity, from typed words to web visits
  • Provides dashboards, safety trends reports, and user reports as well as real-time alerts
  • Ensures student data privacy by sharing data only with designated school personnel
  • Allows schools to designate authorized recipients, from safety officers to counselors to principals, by group
  • Provides support for multiple operating systems
  • Is included at no cost with the Relay Filter or available as a standalone solution

Christina Gremillion, Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Caddo Parish Schools (LA), was part of the early access group and among the 80% who identified at-risk students with the feature. Of Safety Check she says, “I wouldn’t dare start a school year without it! It has literally saved lives in our district. We have discovered situations that students were going through with the use of this platform; and have been able to provide interventions to keep students safe, healthy, and happy.”

For schools increasingly concerned about violence and self-harm, Relay adds another critical layer to their safety and security programs. “Safety Check has been an integral part of our digital learning environment. It allows us to provide the assistance and interventions needed,” says Billy Ruhlen, IT Technician at Marysville Exempted Village School District (OH), another member of the early access group. Safety Check helps schools prevent tragedies: “Safety Check can help us shape tomorrow’s headlines by keeping children safe,” says Melinda Setchell, Director of Educational Technology at Saint Joseph Catholic School (GA).

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24; that’s a statistic Lightspeed Systems wants to help change. “Ensuring every student is safe and successful is the Lightspeed Systems mission. That’s what drives us,” shares Brian Thomas, President & CEO at Lightspeed Systems. “We’re excited to be able to bring this innovative new technology to schools to further that mission. We know Safety Check will help save lives.”

The Relay platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools. Safety Check is included at no additional cost with the Relay Filter. It is currently available to select schools as an early access release and will be released to all Relay Filter customers in July 2019.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Analytics Powered by Relay Enhanced with User-Based Reporting, Privacy Certifications to Deliver Most Actionable Data

November 13, 2019

Enhancements to the app analytics platform give schools more information to drive ROI and effectiveness of ed tech

Philadelphia, PA, June 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the ISTE 2019 conference this week, Lightspeed Systems has announced key enhancements to Analytics Powered by Relay, a complete data analytics solution that helps schools make smarter ed-tech decisions to drive ROI, engagement, and data privacy.

The first key enhancement is user-based reporting. Analytics powered by Relay already provided data at the district, school, and group/class levels. It now provides all data on app usage and engagement at the individual user level as well. This enhancement lets administrators better understand usage and trends. “User-based reporting is critical for understanding who top users of specific apps are and how that’s changing,” shares Amy Bennett, VP of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems. “With this addition, Analytics Powered by Relay provides more, and more actionable, data than any other data solution.”

User-based reporting in Analytics is made simple by SIS or directory integration, automatically tying activity to individuals without any user involvement.

The second key enhancement is the addition of Data Privacy Certification information. Student data privacy is a top concern for schools, and Analytics powered by Relay helps schools maintain compliance with Privacy Reports that show ratings and details on individual apps’ data retention, security, privacy, and information usage policies. That data is now supplemented with an app’s certifications with organizations like Common Sense, COPPA, Safe Harbor, and Privacy Shield. “Student data privacy has been a challenge for schools and we’re making that easier by bringing together all the information administrators need in a single spot,” shares Bennett. “But in addition to just reporting that data, one of the benefits of Analytics being a part of the Relay platform is that schools can take action on rogue apps right from the same platform — blocking apps that violate policies.”

Analytics Powered by Relay provides comprehensive data on every app or application used across every device, regardless of operating system and without complex set-up or end-user interaction. With the solution, schools can easily understand how ed-tech resources are being used in order to maximize ROI, minimize unused licenses, ensure data privacy compliance, plan professional development, and drive engagement and adoption.

To learn more about how Analytics powered by Relay can drive higher ROI and smarter decisions in your schools, visit Lightspeed Systems at ISTE 2019 booth #1432 or request a personalized demo.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

Katie McCarthy
Lightspeed Systems
3103670673
kmccarthy@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Releases Relay Rocket, Agent-Less Filtering for BYOD

November 13, 2019

Leading web filtering platform enhanced with Relay Rocket for guest, BYOD, and peripheral devices

Austin, TX, July 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Lightspeed Systems released Relay Rocket, an addition to its Relay web filtering solution that delivers end-to-end protection for every device and all network traffic.

The Relay Filter utilizes advanced Smart Agents that are installed on school devices to provide filtering, reporting, and hassle-free SSL decryption. The Relay Rocket supplements that with agent-less filtering for all other traffic and devices, including BYOD, guest, Internet of Things (IoT), and older devices.

The Relay Rocket offers powerful features to ensure CIPA compliance, safety, and easy management:

  • Multiple levels of filtering (such as different policies for different schools or grades or groups)
  • User authentication to tie personal devices with school policies for holistic reporting and streamlined policy management
  • RADIUS integration
  • Powerful reports on web activity
  • Seamless integration with Relay policies and reports

The Relay platform gives schools a complete solution for their 1:1 mobile computing programs with filtering, device management, classroom management, safety monitoring, and app analytics in a unified platform. The market-leading Filter component protects students and eases IT workloads with a comprehensive dynamic database, hassle-free SSL decryption, and anytime/anywhere filtering and reporting. Relay Rocket policies and reports integrate directly into the Relay platform, for a single solution and one cohesive management interface.

Schools using Relay can install Relay Rocket on their own servers or virtual machines, negating the cost and management of specialized hardware. Relay Rocket is available now. For more information, a quote, or a Relay Rocket license contact sales@lightspeedsystems.com.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Joins Fortinet as a Fabric-Ready Partner

November 8, 2019

Austin, TX, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems, leading ed-tech solutions provider, today announced that it has joined the Fortinet Fabric-Ready technology alliance partner program to provide customers with the most powerful network and student safety tools by integrating the Fortinet Security Fabric with Lightspeed Systems complete 1:1 platform, Relay.

Lightspeed Systems Relay offers a comprehensive cloud platform that lets schools filter, manage, monitor, monitor, and analyze across any device, operating system, or network. Having served k-12 schools since 1999, Lightspeed has continued to build and evolve their technology, which now serves more than 15 million students worldwide.

The Relay Platform keeps students safe and focused as they use school technology. The platform’s patent-pending Smart Agents have revolutionized filtering, putting the power of a filter inside each device. These Smart Agents can filter any device, anywhere, and provide easy SSL decryption without the hassles of proxies, PACs, or trust certificates. This prevents students from seeing pornography and other harmful content; ensuring compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

“Fortinet and Lightspeed have been protecting school networks globally for over 20 years. With self-harm, bullying, and violence in general rising in our education systems, it makes sense for our companies to work together to create safer online learning environments. That needs to be done on the network as well any mobile device a student may access,” shares Mike Durando, VP of Strategic Alliances at Lightspeed Systems.

The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program is Fortinet’s premium technology partnership program, and partner inclusion in the program signals to customers and the industry at large that the partner has collaborated with Fortinet and leveraged the Fortinet Fabric APIs to develop validated, end-to-end security solutions. Customers benefit from the knowledge and confidence that the Fabric-Ready partner has worked with Fortinet to validate and deliver integrated security solutions ready for deployment.

Visit the Fortinet Technology Alliance Partner page for more information about this program.

Learn more about the Relay platform and how it protects schools around the world.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Students in Kansas City Public Schools Protected with Lightspeed Systems Relay

November 7, 2019

Austin, TX, Sept. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Students in Kansas City Public Schools are going back to school this year with Chromebooks filtered and monitored with Lightspeed Systems Relay. The Relay platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools. The District evaluated, selected, and implemented the platform over the summer to increase safety, improve communication, and deliver more powerful reports.

For the last five years, every single Kansas City Public Schools student has been equipped with a laptop “in order to ensure that they are fluent in technology by the time they go to college and launch their careers,” explains the District web site. As the 1:1 program has matured, the District recognized the need to replace its firewall filtering solution with something that offered more holistic filtering, monitoring, and reporting both on and off campus.

After an exhaustive review of its options, Kansas City Public Schools selected Relay by Lightspeed Systems. The platform gives the district internet filtering on and off campus; classroom management and screen monitoring; safety monitoring; reporting; and much more. In addition to the Chromebooks, Relay works on other devices and platforms across the District.

“We looked at a lot of other products. However, Relay was the only one that met all our needs in one product,” shared Joe Phillips, Director of Technology for Kansas City Public Schools. “Relay offers the best multi-platform solutions to meet our needs to filter content, monitor use, analyze usage data for staff and students, and manage which apps and sites our students can use on- or off-campus.”

With students back on campus and classes in full swing, the District is already reaping the benefits of Relay. “I have been most impressed with the ease of use for my staff to implement each of the features,” Phillips said.

Among the specific needs that led the District to Relay was a way to address parent concerns about the 1:1 program. In addition to the filtering and safety functions, Relay offers integrated and automated Parent Reports as well as holistic reporting on all user activity. Phillips explained: “Parents have a lot of concerns about privacy, screen time, and the value of technology for instruction. Relay is able to help us alleviate these with actual quantitative data rather than qualitative stories or concepts.”

Kansas City Public Schools joins more than 28,000 schools that count on the market-leading Relay filtering and monitoring platform. Schools interested in better filtering, safety, usage reporting, classroom monitoring, and parent reports can request a demo to see it for themselves at: https://www.lightspeedsystems.com

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Releases Safety Check, Powerful Student Monitoring and Alerting System

November 7, 2019

Austin, TX, Aug. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Lightspeed Systems announced the release of Safety Check, a new feature of the Relay platform. Safety Check monitors student activity on school devices, uses advanced AI to identify students at risk, then delivers real-time alerts on activity that is indicative of self-harm or other dangers. This new feature furthers the company’s mission of protecting children.

Leading up to this release, Safety Check was in a limited Early Access release, during which more than 80% of included schools were able to identify at-risk students through the feature. Early access users identified suicidal students as well as those suffering from abuse, depression, and other concerns.

“More than 3,000 teenagers attempt suicide every day in the U.S. alone – and most of them leave signs beforehand, including in their online activity,” shares Brian Thomas, President & CEO of Lightspeed Systems. “Technology can help schools identify those students and with Safety Check, we’ll be able to help save more lives.”

Safety Check is included with the Relay Filter, extending the market-leading web filter’s robust features and reports to protect students not just from inappropriate online content but also from risky offline behavior.

Safety Check provides a comprehensive student safety monitoring platform that surpasses other solutions in the breadth of its monitoring and technology. Safety Check:

    • Uses advanced AI and machine learning to monitor and interpret activity
    • Works across sites, including online mail, Google docs, social media, search, and more
    • Works across platforms and operating systems
    • Delivers alerts with screenshots and detail, speeding response and resolution
    • Monitors all types of activity, from typed words to web visits
    • Provides dashboards, safety trend reports, and user reports as well as real-time alerts
    • Allows schools to designate authorized recipients, from safety officers to counselors to principals, by group
    • Ensures student data privacy by sharing data only with designated school personnel

Schools included in the Early Access phase quickly saw the benefits of the feature, commenting:
“Safety Check is a next generation tool that has allowed us to transform the way we look at student safety and security.”
“Safety Check has alerted us to issues we didn’t know our students had and has made a difference in those students’ lives.”
“Safety Check is a critical layer to identify and help students in need that we might miss otherwise.”
“Safety Check can help us shape tomorrow’s headlines by keeping children safe.”

The Relay platform is a complete solution to filter, manage, monitor, protect, and analyze online activity in schools. Safety Check is included at no additional cost with the Relay Filter.

Schools interested in better monitoring their devices and protecting students can request a demo or quote at www.lightspeedsystems.com/demo

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


Lightspeed Systems Completes Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn Partners

May 2, 2019

AUSTIN, TX. — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), announced today that it has completed its previously announced strategic growth investment from private equity funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago. The investment will enable Lightspeed to drive forward its growth strategy as adoption of its market-leading technology continues to increase. Lightspeed’s existing management team will remain in place and have an ownership position in the Company, as will the Company’s Co-Founders.

“This is an exciting day for Lightspeed and the educators and students we serve. With the support of MDP and its education technology resource network, Lightspeed will be better positioned to capture growth as a leader in the ongoing education technology revolution,” said Brian Thomas, Lightspeed’s President and CEO. “We look forward to executing our growth strategy and capitalizing on favorable market trends in support of our mission to enhance student safety and maximize the benefits of education technology. Together with MDP, we are confident that we can bring our innovative solutions to more K-12 students around the world.”

Lightspeed has been building and evolving technology for more than 20 years and serves over 15 million students worldwide today, offering market-leading, purpose-built software through its multi-OS Relay cloud platform that filters, monitors and manages student web access, distributed devices and classroom activities and provides powerful reporting and student safety tools. Having served K-12 schools since 1999, Lightspeed’s differentiated ability to operate across any device, operating system or network has positioned the Company as a leader as the demand for technology in the classroom that can help safeguard the health and wellness of students continues to grow.

MDP will work with Lightspeed’s leadership team to capitalize on attractive growth opportunities for the Company worldwide. These include helping extend Lightspeed’s market leadership position, further penetrating the growing domestic and international K-12 web filtering and reporting, mobile device management and classroom management market, and continuing to deepen end-customer relationships while leveraging channel partner sales initiatives.

In addition to the equity investment, Lightspeed has received debt financing from a term loan and revolving credit facility provided by PNC Bank, N.A. Terms were not disclosed.

William Blair & Company served as Lightspeed’s financial advisor, and DLA Piper LLP provided legal counsel to Lightspeed. Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal advice to MDP. MDP also engaged GSV Advisors, a leading advisory firm dedicated to the education and HR technology sector, for strategic counsel.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised seven funds with aggregate capital of approximately $23 billion and has completed over 140 investments. MDP is currently investing out of its most recent fund, $4.4 billion MDCP Fund VII, in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including businesses and government software and services; financial and transaction services; basic industries; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit https://www.mdcp.com.


Lightspeed Systems Announces Strategic Growth Investment From Madison Dearborn Partners

March 29, 2019

Madison Dearborn’s Resources and Expertise to Help Drive Lightspeed’s Continued Growth Through Increased Adoption of Market-Leading Education Technology in U.S. and Globally

AUSTIN, TX — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) announced today that it has received a strategic growth investment from private equity funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago. Lightspeed’s existing management team will remain in place and have an ownership position in the company, as will the Company’s Co-Founders. Together with MDP, they will seek to extend Lightspeed’s market leadership position and further penetrate the growing domestic and international K-12 web filtering and reporting, mobile device management and classroom management market in support of the Company’s mission to enhance student safety and maximize the benefits of education technology. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Lightspeed continues to benefit from the increasing demand for sophisticated, K-12-specific solutions and expand its presence in new and existing markets by offering market-leading, purpose-built software that filters, monitors and manages student web access, distributed devices and classroom activities. Lightspeed has been building and evolving technology for more than 20 years and serves over 15 million students worldwide. The Company recently launched Lightspeed Systems Relay, the first and only all-in-one cloud filtering solution for school device management with support for every operating system, device type, and location.

“I would like to thank Lightspeed’s Co-Founders Rob McCarthy and Joel Heinrichs for their mentorship, leadership, and contributions since we started this journey, and for their ongoing support as we continue our partnership alongside MDP,” said Brian Thomas, Lightspeed’s Co-Founder, President and CEO. “As we enter our next stage of growth as an innovator and leading provider of web filtering and reporting products for the K-12 market, we are confident that MDP is the clear choice of a partner for Lightspeed Systems due to their proven success, understanding of the education and technology markets, and commitment to helping us achieve our growth potential. With MDP’s support, we have an even greater opportunity to capture growth from the many favorable market trends we are seeing, which include continued adoption of technology in the classroom and the increasing importance of protecting, managing and analyzing student health and safety.”

Thomas continued, “MDP’s education technology resource network and extensive experience supporting high-growth technology companies and organizations that utilize distributed sales channels make them an ideal partner for Lightspeed. Looking ahead, the entire Lightspeed team is excited to play an ongoing critical role in the education technology revolution and continue providing our customers with powerful solutions that keep school devices and students safe, well managed and mobile. We’re excited about the opportunities this new partnership will create for Lightspeed to the benefit of our employees, our existing partners, and our customers around the world.”

Today, Lightspeed is well-positioned in a large and growing market with its robust database, stable and diverse customer base, differentiated ability to operate across any device, operating system or network and strong channel partner relationships. Lightspeed and MDP see significant opportunity for the Company to capture additional growth through organic and strategic acquisition opportunities. The macro trends that are driving these opportunities globally include the increasing device penetration among students from a continued movement toward a 1:1 student to device ratio in the classroom, and recognition that tailored web monitoring and reporting can help safeguard the health and wellness of students. MDP is supportive of Lightspeed’s growth strategy to deepen its end-customer relationships while continuing to leverage its channel partner sales initiatives.

Matthew Norton, a Managing Director at MDP and Co-Head of the firm’s Business & Government Software and Services team, said: “Lightspeed is uniquely positioned as an Ed Tech industry leader that enables schools to maximize the benefits of classroom technology, and we are honored to be partnering with Brian and his talented team to build upon the Company’s momentum. We look forward to continuing the successful execution of Lightspeed’s strategy by leveraging our extensive experience helping companies at similar stages of growth. As investors and as parents, we are excited to support Lightspeed’s strong position in the industry as the Company continues to provide effective and innovative technology-based safety solutions to more schools and students alike.”

William Blair & Company served as Lightspeed’s financial advisor, and DLA Piper LLP provided legal counsel to Lightspeed. Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal advice to MDP. MDP also engaged GSV Advisors, a leading advisory firm dedicated to the education and HR technology sector, for strategic counsel.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 38 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

About Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP’s formation in 1992, the firm has raised seven funds with aggregate capital of approximately $23 billion and has completed over 140 investments. MDP is currently investing out of its most recent fund, $4.4 billion MDCP Fund VII, in businesses across a broad spectrum of industries, including businesses and government software and services; financial and transaction services; basic industries; health care; and telecom, media and technology services. For more information, please visit https://www.mdcp.com.


Lightspeed Systems Breaks Down Major Edtech Trend in New Whitepaper

March 13, 2019

“Cloud Filtering in Education” features veteran edtech company’s tips for successful cloud filtering deployment

AUSTIN, TX. — Education technology solution provider Lightspeed Systems has published a new whitepaper on one of the biggest trends in education technology. “Cloud Filtering in Education” shares why schools are increasingly moving to cloud filtering solutions and how to ensure successful deployment.

Lightspeed Systems has been filtering K-12 schools for more than 20 years, a fact that has positioned the company as a leader in the edtech space. Lightspeed Systems Relay is the only complete 1:1 cloud platform for filtering, managing, monitoring and protecting school networks.

With so many essential school services — directories, apps, and more — hosted in the cloud, schools are turning to cloud filtering to take advantage of its scalability, seamlessness, security and flexibility.

But not all cloud filtering solutions are created equal, and school administrations have legitimate concerns about moving from appliances to cloud filtering. Will a cloud filter cover BYOD and guest devices? Will it keep school devices safe off the network? Will downtime be an issue? Will switching to cloud filtering be too expensive?

Download “Cloud Filtering in Education” to learn:
• The benefits of switching to the cloud
• The challenges that keep schools from making the change
• The true costs of appliance-based filtering compared to cloud filtering
• Questions to ask cloud filtering vendors before you buy
• Key features of the best cloud filters

To learn more about Lightspeed Systems Relay, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com/relay.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.


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