Vista Equity Partners

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Vista Equity Partners Management, LLC
IndustryPrivate equity
Founded2000; 18 years ago (2000)
United States
Number of locations
Key people
Robert F. Smith, Founder[1]
Brian Sheth, Co-founder [2]
Number of employees

Vista Equity Partners (Vista) is an American private equity and venture capital firm focused on financing and forwarding software and technology-enabled startup businesses, as well as passive equity investments.[3][4]

The firm was founded in 2000 by American businessman and investor Robert F. Smith, and has offices in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco, California.[5] In 2018, Vista has over $43 billion in cumulative capital commitments, owns over 50 software companies and has 65,000 employees worldwide - making it the fourth largest enterprise software company after Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP.[6] Vista operates with around $10 billion in their 2016 VI fund.[7]

In September 2018, Vista announced it would be selling Marketo to Adobe for $4.75 billion, making $3 billion in two years - its largest realized profit from a single company.[8]


Date Acquisition
January 2001 Vista made an investment in BigMachines,[9] a provider of ERP and CRM integration software. Vista made additional investments in the company through 2012,[10] and sold the company to Oracle Corporation in October 2013.[11][12]
January 2007 Vista completed acquisition of Indus International at a value of $240 million, combining it with MDSI Mobile Data Solutions to form Ventyx, Inc., later purchased by ABB Group.[13][14]
May 2009 Vista agreed to acquire Sumtotal Systems for about $160 million, and closed on the transaction in July 2009.[15][16]
July 2009 Vista acquired MicroEdge, a provider of financial services software, from Advent Software for $30 million.[17][18]
June 2012 Vista acquired Bullhorn, Inc., a provider of CRM Software for the recruitment industry, for a reported price of several hundred million dollars.[19][20]
May 2013 Vista announced it would acquire Websense for an estimated $906 million.[21] The transaction closed in June 2013.[22][23]
September 2013 Vista announced a new round of funding[24] and a bid of over $1 billion to acquire Active Network, Inc, a provider of online event registration services.[25][26] Vista has since acquired Lanyon, Inc., a software company based out of Dallas, Texas, with whom they merged a portion of Active Network's Business Solutions Group (BSG).[27]
June 2014 Vista completed the acquisition of Autotask Corporation.[28][29]
September 2014 Vista announced its sale of Microedge to Blackbaud, Inc. for $160 million.[30]
September 2014 Vista announced that it would acquire TIBCO Software for $4.3 billion.[31]
November 2017 Vista completed its acquisition of NAVEX Global, a global SaaS-based ethics and compliance software and content provider [32] [33] [34] [35]
June 2015 Vista acquired the assets of Student Information System from Pearson PLC (which included PowerSchool), a provider of K-12 student information systems used by 15 million students in 73 countries.[36]
June 2015 Vista acquired Mediaocean, a software provider for the advertising industry.[37]
September 2015 Vista announced an agreement to acquire Solera Holdings, a provider of data and software for the automotive and insurance industries, for approximately $6.5 billion.[38] In March 2016, Vista announced its completion of this acquisition.
June 2016 Vista announced an agreement to acquire Marketo, a marketing automation software company, for approximately $1.79 billion.[39] It also announced an agreement to acquire Ping Identity, a single-sign on digital security company, for an undisclosed amount.[40]
September 2016 Vista announced an agreement to acquire technology company Infoblox, for approximately $1.6 billion in cash.[41][42]
September 2016 Vista acquired Regulatory DataCorp, a provider of counterparty risk and financial regulatory compliance data and software.[43]
November 2016 the company acquired event management software company Cvent for $USD1.65 billion.[44]
May 2017 Vista acquired Xactly Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based incentive solutions.[45]
April 2017 Vista announced they were acquiring MarketTrack LLC, a provider of advertising, e-commerce, brand protection, and other information to retailers, brands, manufacturers, and others, from Los Angeles-based private equity investor Aurora Capital Group.[46]

Public equity investments[edit]

Vista occasionally makes passive, public equity investments, in addition to investments in debt securities through its Vista Credit Opportunities platform.


In September 2017 Vista pledged one million dollars to assist the Akshaya Patra Foundation to deliver meals to Indian school children.[47]


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