About Vista Equity Partners

Vista Equity Partners is a global investment firm founded by Robert F. Smith focusing on the large and growing enterprise software market through private equity, permanent capital, credit and public equity investment strategies.

Insights and Business Philosophies

Founded in 2000, Vista Equity Partners has been successful in the enterprise software market through its forward-thinking approach to efficient, scalable best practices. Smith has noted after applying strategies for operational excellence and growth for investments across numerous market sectors, Vista was also able to not just improve profitability, but boost revenue, accelerate growth and expand market opportunity in partnership with executive management teams.

Vista’s outlook has always been about looking past the current trends to what’s next in the world of enterprise software. In this way they’ve kept ahead of the technology timeline, and instead focused on major factors that will affect the market for decades to come.

They’ve embraced the 4th Industrial Revolution, and seen the importance of connected communications, advanced computing power and accelerating digital forces such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Blockchain technologies.

Vista Equity Partners’ focus on empowering market-leading companies in the enterprise software, data and technology-enabled industry has had a ripple effect across all sectors. The end result of their investment is a transformation of not only one corporate entity, but of all the people and partners that one business touches, including hundreds of thousands of end users of their companies’ software around the world.


True to Smith’s philosophy, giving back is woven into the DNA of Vista Equity Partners. Vista is committed to positively impacting the communities where it has offices and where its companies operate. Vista’s philanthropy focuses on education, job training, the arts and the environment. For example, Vista made a three-year pledge to Code.org and their Hour of Code program to help expand opportunities for young people seeking to enter the digital economy. Vista was also a founding partner in Girls Who Invest to help increase the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry.

Robert F. Smith advocates for equal access to computer science and STEAM education.
Robert F. Smith is an advocate for equal access to computer science and STEAM education.

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