About Vista Equity Partners
Insights and Business Philosophies
Smith founded Vista in 2000 with the belief that enterprise software would transform the global economy through advancements in connectivity and productivity. As that conviction has become reality, Vista has emerged as the most active investor in the enterprise software market, widely recognized for its leadership and expertise in the sector. Over time, and with each new vintage and additional strategy, the firm has adapted its ability to invest in next-generation companies and systemically build out the Vista ecosystem. From founder-direct credit offerings and late-stage growth capital to scale, to a more traditional private equity model, Vista offers compelling capital solutions and expertise to help the founders of today’s leading enterprise software businesses innovate, grow and thrive in their markets. Within its private equity strategy, Vista pioneered a systematic approach to value creation that strengthens core operating principles to fuel product innovation and accelerate growth in each portfolio company. Dynamic and designed to evolve with shifts in markets and technology, this approach helps founders and executives create better businesses with enduring market value.
The Transformative Power of Technology
Vista’s DE&I Partnerships, Programs and Community Engagement
Building the Next
Generation of Coders
Both Vista and its companies are committed to expanding educational opportunities and building onramps to success. Vista has partnered with Code.org and their Hour of Code program to help expand student access, participation and diversity in computer science. In 2022, Smith and 27 CEOs from across Vista’s portfolio signed Code.org’s letter calling on the Board of Governors and U.S. education policymakers to update K-12 curriculum and ensure all students have the opportunity to study computer science.