Vista Equity Partners Named to Inc.’s 2020 List of “The 50 Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs and Founders”

October 27, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

Vista recognized as a partner choice for founder-led enterprise software, data and technology-enabled companies

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a leading technology investment firm, today announced that it was named to Inc.’s Private Equity 50 list, honoring the most founder-friendly private equity firms that help founder-led businesses thrive. In naming Vista to its Private Equity 50 list, Inc. recognizes Vista as a firm that entrepreneurs can trust, partner with on new strategies and operational best practices, and receive capital to invest in products and solutions as well as organic and inorganic growth. Vista was named to this list as a recognition of its successful track record of backing founders, entrepreneurs and their teams. The firm has long been an investment partner of choice for founders and executives looking to grow and scale their companies.

“Vista’s strategy, since its founding, has been to invest in companies with industry-leading solutions and world-class management teams. We take pride in identifying and investing in leading entrepreneurs and founders and supporting them with capital and expertise to help them unlock value and grow their company,” said Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. “We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Inc.’s most founder-friendly PE firms, and we thank the visionary entrepreneurs and founders with whom we partner.”

“I get the chance to interact with many entrepreneurs who have relentless drive and want to build a business that fixes problems, improves a process, or makes the world a better place. But to do that, it often takes the backing from a private equity firm that will provide more than just financial backing. It takes wholeheartedly supporting that vision and treating the founders like partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. media.

Vista’s portfolio of more than 60 enterprise software, data and technology-enabled companies span almost every sector of the economy, reaching approximately 700,000 customers globally. This ecosystem of resources and expertise coupled with Vista’s own financial, technological, operational and culture-building tools and best practices provides support for founders and executives as they pursue their next stage of growth and work to scale and advance their companies.

Vista’s investment strategies offer various capital vehicles for founders to grow their business. The firm’s three private equity funds - Flagship, Foundation and Endeavor - invest in large cap, middle market and lower-middle market companies respectively, and its Perennial fund provides permanent capital for longer-term partnership and growth. Additionally, Vista Credit Partners provides debt capital to companies as an alternative to its equity offerings.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: founders and entrepreneurs who received private equity funding. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

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Introduced in 2019, the 50 Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms list quickly established itself as one of Inc.’s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake.

About Vista Equity Partners

Vista is a leading global investment firm with more than $58 billion in cumulative capital commitments. The firm exclusively invests in enterprise software, data and technology-enabled organizations across private equity, credit, public equity and permanent capital strategies, bringing an approach that prioritizes creating enduring market value for the benefit of its global ecosystem of investors, companies, customers and employees. Vista’s investments are anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions and proven, flexible management techniques that drive sustainable growth. Vista believes the transformative power of technology is the key to an even better future – a healthier planet, a smarter economy, a diverse and inclusive community and a broader path to prosperity. Further information is available at Follow Vista on LinkedIn, @Vista Equity Partners, and on Twitter, @Vista_Equity.

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

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Source: Vista Equity Partners

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