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Francisco Partners Named in Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

News and Awards — Oct 05, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, today announced that it was named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list. This recognition was due to Francisco Partners’ twenty-year track record as one of the best partners backing entrepreneurs and management teams looking to scale their companies.

“Working with founders is one of the most rewarding things we do,” said Dipanjan “DJ” Deb, Co-Founder and CEO of Francisco Partners. “Over the last two decades, one of the reasons so many of our investments have been with founders is because we act as true partners and we care deeply about their vision. We collaborate closely with founders and their teams and take the time to learn their priorities and understand the business and its history so that we can best help them achieve their goals for growth. We are honored to be recognized by Inc. as one of the most founder-friendly investors, and we want to thank all of our founder partners for allowing us to help them advance the long-term visions of their businesses.”

Over the last two decades, Francisco Partners has invested in more than 150 founder-led businesses including GoodRx, Qgenda, Dynamo, MyHeritage, Edifecs, Availity, Prometheus Group, Landmark Health, iBoss, Eventbrite, Capsilon, Click Software, Metaswitch, CoverMyMeds, Corsair, Betterment, NextCapital and many others. As a majority or minority investor, Francisco Partners provides flexible capital to help founders achieve their long-term goals. In addition to providing financial support, the firm helps founders to execute on strategy, scaling operations, and financing and integrating acquisitions.

“Supporting an entrepreneur’s vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment. It’s about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

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Introduced in 2019, the Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms list quickly established itself as one of Inc.’s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake.

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit