Keynote Systems

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Keynote Systems
Industry Computer software
Founded January 1, 1995
Founders James Barrick and Andy Popell
Headquarters San Mateo, California

Keynote Systems was a US-based company that specializes in developing and marketing software as a service technology to measure, test, improve, from the end user perspective, the performance of websites, online content, applications, and services across browsers, networks, and mobile devices. Keynote provides independent testing, measurement and monitoring of mobile content, applications, and services on real devices across multiple mobile operator networks.


Headquartered in San Mateo, California, and employing about 300 people, the company went public on NASDAQ on September 24, 1999.

The company's Internet and mobile monitoring products and services run its proprietary software that measure online business performance from the viewpoint of a geographically dispersed user base.

The company claims corporate customers including American Express, BP, Caterpillar, Disney, eBay, E*TRADE, Expedia, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone.[1]

  • 1995: Keynote Systems founded
  • 1996: Keynote Systems launches ‘Keynote Perspective’
  • 1997: Keynotes launches Business 40 Internet Performance Index
  • 1998: Keynote globalizes internet-performance metrics

Keynote secured $4.7 million in equity financing

  • 1999: Keynote releases first ever internet multi-page transactional measurement service
  • 2000: Keynote launches Streaming Perspective product[2]
  • 2001: Keynote adds Google to Business 40 Internet Performance index[3]
  • 2002: Keynote wins InternetWeek’s ‘Best of Breed’ Award[4]

Keynotes named 13th fastest growing North American tech company[5]

Keynote acquires Xaffire’s Insight Service Suite[6]

  • 2003: the company offered to buy back 7.5 million of its shares, or about 33 percent, for $71.3 million. [7]
  • 2004: Keynote introduces Performance Authority: Email alerts to warn public of internet threats
  • 2005: Keynote and Zandan announce product-development and marketing partnership[8]
  • 2007: Keynote joins Russell 3000 index[9]

Keynote’s Voice Perspective Service named one of the top 25 innovations of 2007 by VoIP News[10]

  • 2008: Keynote Systems acquires French mobile company Zandan[11]

Keynote launches Web Site Performance index for 2008 Olympics[12] Keynotes introduces KITE (Keynote Internet Testing Environment)[13]

Keynote launches MITE (Mobile Internet Testing Environment) – desktop based mobile testing[14]

Keynote Systems wins Gold Mobile Star Award for mobile application testing[15]

  • 2009: Keynote Systems introduces Mobile Application Perspective 3.0 – real time operational monitoring for text messaging[16]

Keynote MITE wins Jolt Product Excellence Award Keynote Systems earns ‘On Fire’ ratings from Forrester[17] Keynote releases Transaction Perspective 9.0 – support for monitoring interactive Flash and Silverlight Web Applications[18]

  • 2011: Keynote Systems Acquires DeviceAnywhere

In August, 2013, private equity firm Thoma Bravo acquired Keynote Systems for about $395 million.[19][20]


The company acquired 14 companies .

  • May 10, 2000: Keynote Systems acquires Velogic[21]
  • August 18, 2000: Keynote acquires RedAlert[22]
  • July 17, 2001:Keynote acquires Envive[23]
  • October 23, 2001: Keynote acquires OnDevice[24]
  • May 14, 2002:Keynote acquires NetMechanics, adds content testing to companies portfolio[25]
  • July 22, 2002: Keynote acquires Streamcheck[26]
  • October 28, 2002: Keynote acquires Enviz[27]
  • December 3, 2003: Keynote acquires MetrixNet
  • April 6, 2004: Keynote acquires NetRaker
  • July 7, 2004:Keynote acquires Hudson-Williams NY[28]
  • September 10, 2004: Keynote acquires Vividence[29]
  • February 3, 2005:Keynote acquires Hudson-Williams Europe[30]
  • December 6, 2005: Keynote acquires GomezPro Business Unit[31]
  • April 3, 2006: Keynote acquires Keynote Sigos[32]
  • October, 2011: Keynote Systems Acquires DeviceAnywhere


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