Robert Frederick Smith

Founder at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

Robert Frederick Smith

Robert Frederick Smith

Founder at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

REFORM Alliance
Vista Equity Partners Management LLC
Project Realize

RelSci Relationships

5487

Primary Location

San Francisco, CA, United States

Number of Boards

40

Birthday

1962 - Colorado

Age

57

Number of Awards

5

Estimated Net Worth

$2.5B

Interests

Reading, Fly-fishing, Music, Philanthropy, Cars

Relationships
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Co-Founder at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Chief Financial Officer, VISTA Equity Partners at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Principal, VISTA Equity Partners at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Operating Principal, Private Equity at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Operating Principal at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Principal, Private Equity at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Principal, VISTA Equity Partners at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Principal, Private Equity at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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Principal, VISTA Equity Partners at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC

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May 28, 2019
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Robert Frederick Smith
Founder at Vista Equity Partners Management LLC
Education
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Beta Gamma Sigma

Along with its excellent faculty and facilities, Cornell University boasts a beautiful location in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. The huge hillside campus overlooks Lake Cayuga and is crisscrossed by deep gorges and bridges. Cornell is unique among the Ivy League universities in that its agricultural program is part of the state school system. Cornell is well known for its schools of engineering and hotel management. Its strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and Cornell can also boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Cornell's athletic teams are called the Big Red.

MBA in Finance & Marketing, Beta Gamma Sigma

Columbia Business School (CBS) is the business school of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1916 to provide business training and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students. It is one of six Ivy League business schools and its admission process is among the most selective of top business schools.

Memberships
Member
2017 - Current

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity". As of July 2013, 113 billionaire individuals and couples and one family group have signed the pledge.

Member
Current

YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects people with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange. A great deal has changed since YPO’s founding but certain things have remained the same: the value of a peer network and trusted mentors, the importance of ongoing education, and the need for a “safe haven” where issues can be aired in an environment of confidentiality. Over the past six decades, YPO has maintained its core commitment to these ideals while embracing change with each successive generation of young business leaders.

Career History
Founding Partner
2019 - Current
Founder
2000 - Current

Vista Equity Partners (VEP) focuses on investments in companies that develop and market software, software-as-a-service (SaaS), technology-enabled business services and technology-enabled information services. They look for companies that research and develop a proprietary software solution and either license it to their customers or leverage it internally to create a technology-enabled service.Investments typically range from $20 million to $200 million in equity capital. They are capable of funding larger and smaller transactions. VEP's target investments are usually profitable, or nearly profitable, and are past the venture stage of their lifecycle. The firm is almost always a majority shareholder and many times they are the only outside investor. Transaction types include: MBOs, LBOs, growth or acquisition financings, recapitalizations or restructurings, spinouts or divestitures and going private transactions.VEP seeks companies with: (1) existing or potential recurring revenue (2) mission critical, sticky solutions (3) experienced management teams (4) favorable customer characteristics (5) a defensible competitive position (6) favorable market dynamics (7) a strong customer value proposition and (8) the potential for high margins.

Professional
Current

Solera Holdings, Inc. engages in the provision of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry. The firm provides data driven productivity and decision support solutions to other aspects of vehicle ownership such as vehicle validation, driver violation monitoring, vehicle salvage, and electronic titling. The company was founded by Tony Aquila in January 2005 and is headquartered in Westlake, TX.

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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

$20M

Along with its excellent faculty and facilities, Cornell University boasts a beautiful location in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. The huge hillside campus overlooks Lake Cayuga and is crisscrossed by deep gorges and bridges. Cornell is unique among the Ivy League universities in that its agricultural program is part of the state school system. Cornell is well known for its schools of engineering and hotel management. Its strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and Cornell can also boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Cornell's athletic teams are called the Big Red.

$20M

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in 2003. The museum's building is currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The concept of a national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture can be traced back to the second decade of the 20th century. In 1915, African-American veterans of the Union Army met in Washington, D.C., for a reunion and parade. Frustrated with the racial discrimination they still faced, the veterans formed a committee to build a memorial to various African-American achievements. Their efforts paid off in 1929, when President Herbert Hoover appointed Mary Church Terrell, Mary McLeod Bethune, and 10 others to a commission charged with building a "National Memorial Building" showcasing African-American achievements in the arts and sciences. But Congress did not back the project, and private fundraising also failed. Although proposals for an African-American history and culture museum would be floated in Congress for the next 40 years, none gained more than minimal support.

Political Donations
$2,500
2012

Representative from Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District

$2,500
2011

Former President of United States

$28.5K
2008

Former President of United States

Transactions
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STATS LLC, Vista Equity Partners Management LLC, Stats Acquisition LLC purchase Perform Group Plc from Perform Investment Ltd.

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Vista Equity Partners Management LLC purchases Plansource Benefits Administration, Inc. from Great Hill Partners LP, Lemhi Ventures, Inc.

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Vista Equity Partners Management LLC purchases QuickBase, Inc. from Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Investments
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Vista Equity Partners (VEP) focuses on investments in companies that develop and market software, software-as-a-service (SaaS), technology-enabled business services and technology-enabled information services. They look for companies that research and develop a proprietary software solution and either license it to their customers or leverage it internally to create a technology-enabled service.Investments typically range from $20 million to $200 million in equity capital. They are capable of funding larger and smaller transactions. VEP's target investments are usually profitable, or nearly profitable, and are past the venture stage of their lifecycle. The firm is almost always a majority shareholder and many times they are the only outside investor. Transaction types include: MBOs, LBOs, growth or acquisition financings, recapitalizations or restructurings, spinouts or divestitures and going private transactions.VEP seeks companies with: (1) existing or potential recurring revenue (2) mission critical, sticky solutions (3) experienced management teams (4) favorable customer characteristics (5) a defensible competitive position (6) favorable market dynamics (7) a strong customer value proposition and (8) the potential for high margins.

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Rocket Lawyer, Inc. provides online legal services. The firm's products include easy legal documents, easy incorporation service, find a lawyer, and the web law office. The company was founded by Charley Moore in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Awards & Honors
Rank #814
2017
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #688
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #268
2015
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Events
Speaker
2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Speaker
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2013 Milken Institute Global Conference

Through a unique international agenda and some of the smartest speakers on the planet, the Milken Institute Global Conference tackles the world’s most difficult challenges in an array of fields - from finance and philanthropy, to the environment and education, to government and health.

Speaker
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area
2013 Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Conference

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