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10 April 2014

A Private Equity Titan With a Narrow Focus and Broad Aims

(New York Times) -- April 10, 2014 One of the best-performing private equity firms of the last 15 years doesn’t have a big name like K.K.R., Blackstone or TPG.

But Vista Equity Partners, a firm with $8 billion under management that deals exclusively in the unglamorous business of...

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21 March 2014

Robert F. Smith receives award at the SEO Alternatives Investment Conference

On March 21, 2014 at The Pierre Hotel in New York, Robert F. Smith was honored at the SEO Alternative Investments Conference for his achievements and leadership that have expanded opportunities for professionals of color in the alternative investments sector. 

About the SEO...

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08 February 2014

Menuhin Violin Competition Uses World’s Best to Help Texas’ Neediest Fine Arts Students

(Austin American-Statesman) -- Feb. 8, 2014 A few weeks from now, the Formula One of classical music competitions is coming to Austin. Held every two years, the Menuhin International Violin Competition will bring the world’s best young violinists to Austin for this roving competition,...

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30 April 2013

Robert Smith Speaks at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, Robert Smith spoke at the Milken Institute's 2013 Global Conference. He spoke on the panel titled "The Enterprise Strikes Back! Is Corporate or Consumer Technology a Better Bet for VC and Growth Investors?" along with other distinguished...

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The Project Realize


As beneficiaries of our great American economic system, we feel that it is incumbent upon us to give back and help grow another great American company to its full potential.

How It Works

After companies apply for our program, they are interviewed and selected based on various criteria. Our team then works with the selected companies for 1-3 years on strategy development and operational improvements. The goal is to help those companies realize their full operational and financial performance potential.

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Project Realize is currently engaged with Falcon Containers full-time and Cedar Concepts in an advisory capacity. Falcon, founded in 2002, is an Austin-based provider of portable storage solutions and modified container solutions.  Cedar, founded in 1991, is a Chicago-based chemical manufacturer.

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The Founder

Robert F. Smith, Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, one of the world's leading private equity firms, founded Project Realize in the Fall of 2010. Vista Equity Partners has delivered outstanding investment results to its investors for over ten years.

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