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Vista Equity Partners Overview

Austin, TX
51 to 200 employees
2000
Company - Private
Venture Capital & Private Equity
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With more than $28 billion in cumulative capital commitments, Vista Equity Partners currently invests in software, data, and technology companies led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. We are a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise ... Read more

Vista Equity Partners – Why Work For Us?


 

Vista Equity Partners was established in 2000 by Founder, Chairman & CEO Robert F. Smith and Co-Founder & President, Brian Sheth to capture a unique market opportunity – creating value for companies in the enterprise software segment of the technology market. Vista eschewed traditional investment strategies of spreading risk across sectors and decided instead to focus exclusively on enterprise software, data, and technology solutions.

Today, we are a leading investment firm with over $28 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Together with its operational arm, Vista Consulting Group (VCG), Vista has over 250 employees, of which over 185 are considered investment and operating professionals who manage a series of private equity funds, credit funds, and a public equity market fund. In each case, these funds are generally focused on leveraging the firm’s substantial knowledge, experience, and intellectual capital in the enterprise software, data, and technology sectors.

Vista brings engineering-like process, focus, and discipline to the value capture process and has created a scalable model with the development of Vista best practices. These best practices are created by and for Vista’s management teams, touch on all aspects of growth and operational strategies, and seek to capture and share best practices and collective learnings across Vista companies. 

Vista’s pursuit of operational excellence, demonstrated execution capability, and patient capital remains a winning combination for long-term success.

 

Private Equity

Vista Equity Partners (VEP) and our private equity strategy offer a combination of financial and intellectual capital to bring lasting value and sustainable growth to our software companies. We set companies up for success by offering proven best practices and unique insights from a community of executives who understand the nuances of the industry. This approach equips our companies with the resources they need to achieve their vision for their business. Our sole focus on the software, data and technology industries means that we are unrivaled in terms of experience and know-how.

Credit

Vista Credit Opportunities (VCO) is a strategic credit investor and financing partner focused exclusively on the rapidly growing enterprise software, data, and technology market. VCO is one of the few credit investor solely focused on this segment of the market, employing a highly disciplined approach to credit investing while maintaining flexibility to pursue investments offering the best relative value and return for investors. VCO takes advantage of investment opportunities in senior or junior loan tranches in middle market or broadly syndicated issuances sourced through the primary or secondary loan trading markets. The VCO senior leadership and investment team consists of highly seasoned credit professionals who have spent their careers sourcing, underwriting, executing, and managing credit portfolios for leading investment managers in sponsor finance.

Public

Vista Public Strategies (VPS) pursues a fundamentally driven, research intensive long/short equity investment strategy with an emphasis on the global technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. The fund’s investment objective is to seek superior risk adjusted absolute returns across all phases of the economic/investment cycle and to exploit competitive advantages to generate long‐term investment results.

We make decisions based on maximizing the long-term success of our companies.

Having a patient financial partner allows management teams to make the best possible decisions for the business. Value creation is an art, not a science, and is made possible through solid business execution, continuous self-improvement, and measuring and rewarding performance against key value drivers. Vista believes this success requires hard work and deliberate performance, and we are constantly searching for management teams with a similar focus on long-term value creation through operational excellence.

We rely on operational improvements and growth to create value. Partnership across management teams, investments, and operating professionals allows for a unique approach to increase predictability and build sustainable, lasting value in our companies.


We don’t just provide financial support to the companies in which we invest; we provide an ecosystem of support that fosters best practices and catalyzes results. Our team of professionals brings extensive transaction, operations, and strategic expertise to Vista’s unique value creation process. They are the engine that drives our success.

We have the ability to execute both complex transactions and provide sound strategic and operational direction – it’s a skill that sets us apart within the industry. Throughout our investment processes we seek to best align our goals with those of the management teams we work with, and to engage with key managers to maximize our portfolio companies’ long-term potential. In addition to the core Vista investment and operating professionals listed below, our broader team includes a network of technology-focused bankers, business leaders, and consultants specifically trained to deliver results.


We are deeply committed to strengthening the culture of excellence within our Vista family through recruiting. We believe our continued success and the success of our companies starts with people. That is why Vista Equity Partners prides itself on hiring top talent and offering unrivaled opportunity to grow and develop.

In addition to experienced professionals, we hire exceptional Analyst and Associates classes on an annual cycle. Our Analysts and Associate start their career at Vista with an 8 week formal onboarding program that features financial and modeling training, customized Vista modules, and exciting social connectivity across our three offices. This top-notch, intensive training is the start of the continual development and mentorship that comes with a career at Vista Equity Partners.


Awards/Accolades

  • Most active financial investor in the software industry, Berkery Noyes, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top performing 2007 domestic buyout fund, Vista Equity Partners III, Buyout Magazine – August 2012
  • Consistent performer in private equity, Prequin, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • A Top Performing Private Equity Firm Worldwide according to HEC-Dow Jones, Awarded #1 in 2014, #1 in 2015, and #1 2016 annual rankings
  • Top SaaS Investor since 2011, Pitchbook,
  • Top PE Software Investor, Pitchbook, May 2014-2015
  • Top PE Investor Information Technology in 2016

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    Culture -- I choose to go out after work / on weekends with my co-workers (investment professionals, admins, etc. included); we have an annual firm-wide fantasy football championship where everyone has a partner and the CEO / top guys are always paired with a new junior Analyst so everyone gets to know each other (and can make fun of those who consistently lose games)

    Continual Learning -- You're expected to always be developing yourself, training materials are on the drive, the Analyst/Associate training program itself is an intensive multi-week event coordinated by a team in-house

    Respect -- People are nice to each other, they reply Thanks to emails, etc. you feel like you're part of something bigger (instead of just a cog in a wheel); I've asked a lot of people for candid advice at times and always received it. Mentoring here is expected and asking someone to drop time on their calendar for coffee is normal.

    Involvement -- The most senior people come out to the training events to meet the new Analysts/Associates and they want to because we're all part of the team

    Cons

    Work / life balance (invest professionals) - if you want to leave your laptop at work at 5 and tune out for the rest of the day, don't go into finance in general

    Advice to Management

    Make Principals host one happy hour a year or every 2 years to meet and mingle with everyone in the office, means a lot to jr. people

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    Filled out the online application and received an email from the recruiter wanting me to take 2 online assessments. Filled out the assessments which took 30+ minutes. After that I received an email stating that I was not qualified. They never talked to me about my qualifications which I had experience in everything they listed in the job description and more. Don't waste your time applying as they don't really want to hear about your experience only how you do on their tests.

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