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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 speakers in private equity and venture capital.

Robert shared some success stories from the portfolio companies of Vista Equity Partners, which he founded and where he serves as the Chairman and CEO.

About the Milken Institute Global Conference

The Milken Institute Global Conference is an event where leading thinkers in disparate disciplines gather to exchange ideas and solve some of the world's toughest challenges.These high-powered CEOs, investors, innovators, policymakers, philanthropists, educators and scientists challenge each other's thinking in a sweeping and ambitious program touching on topics from financial markets, economic development, energy, and global health to public policy, education, media and technology.

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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