Apart from being a key leader at Vista Equity Partners, Alan Cline's multidimensional background and depth as an entrepreneur, operations executive and venture capital investor has made him well known and highly regarded among the inner circles of top software companies.
Alan received his BS in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with distinction and began to lay the groundwork for his strong technical background. He also obtained an MBA from Stanford University.
Prior to rejoining Vista in 2008, Alan served as a General Partner at Accretive LLC, a venture capital firm focused on high growth technology-enabled service companies. Before Accretive, he worked with Vista for half of a decade and was involved with the sale of SRC Software to Business Objects. Cline was Interim Vice President of Marketing at SRC Software from 2003 to 2004. Previously, the private equity executive co-founded and served as General Manager of movie ticketing company Fandango, after spending time at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the investment bank’s Mergers & Acquisitions and High Technology Groups.
Cline’s sharp focus and deep industry experience has brought him to lead many of Vista’s past investments including deals with BigMachines, SRC Software, Aspect Communications, Relias Learning, Accruent and more. His co-workers speak to his work ethic, intelligence, strategic thinking and ability to deliver results as factors that make him an exceptional leader.
The tech industry expert sits on the board of numerous companies including Upserve, PayLease, Bullhorn, Kibo, AGDATA, Lone Wolf, Main Street Hub, Social Solutions, Autotask, NEWSCYCLE Solutions, Accruent and PeopleAdmin.
Vista Equity, which has offices in Austin, San Francisco, Chicago and Oakland, has over $30 billion in cumulative capital commitments. The firm currently focuses on deals in software, data and technology-enabled organizations with strong management teams and a long-term perspective. As a value-added investor, the firm seeks to contribute professional expertise and multi-level support with an investment approach anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring tech-oriented transaction and management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity.
As a long-time leader at Vista, Cline makes an effort to reflect the PE firm’s values as his own, focusing on the more difficult to build but vital aspects of a business, including company culture, people, development and training.