We’ve been tracking the Atlassian partner ecosystem — one of the Tercera 30 – for more than a year, looking for a cloud-oriented services firm with the potential and drive to be the #1 Atlassian partner on the planet.
We’re confident that we have finally found “the one” with Valiantys, an investment that we announced today alongside Keensight Capital, a French growth equity firm with an enviable track record in building and scaling companies in technology and healthcare.
This investment in Atlassian’s largest global partner will be Tercera’s first investment outside North America. It’s also our first in the agile transformation and DevOps space, and our first alongside another growth equity investor. Valiantys plans to use this investment to fund both organic and inorganic growth as it looks to expand its presence in Europe and North America. More details can be found here in the official announcement and here in a Q&A with CEO Lucas Dussurget.
The fundamentals. We’ve been pretty transparent about what Tercera values in an IT services firm, and Valiantys checks all the boxes. This is a business with incredibly strong fundamentals, a blue chip client base, and a partnership with Atlassian that many firms would envy. The company grew 73% year-over-year in 2021 to almost €98M, it now operates in six countries, and expects to end the year with 300 employees.
The team. Lucas and the Valiantys management team is truly world-class. You know a management team is in a league of their own when you’ll fly across the Atlantic to deliver your proposal in-person over a dinner and then fly straight home (even amidst tight COVID protocols). Which is precisely what we did. This is a diverse team that is values-oriented and globally-minded. They are experienced at building and have deep expertise in the space. We’re confident this team can run an organization that grows to 5x its current size.
The partnership with Atlassian. Valiantys has been a dedicated Atlassian partner since the company was founded in 2006, and that laser-focus on Atlassian has paid off. Valiantys has been named an Atlassian Partner of the Year 7 times, and was the first to achieve Atlassian’s premier Agile at Scale and Cloud specializations. These designations allow the company to work with some of Atlassian’s largest customers on agile transformation, business agility, and cloud migration and consolidation. Valiantys also played a key role in Atlassian’s move into the ITSM and IT Ops space, building the foundation for Jira Service Management, which Atlassian acquired in 2013. This is a win-win for all involved – Atlassian can focus on building out the software, Valiantys can focus on delivering high quality service, and customers get the best of both worlds.
At Tercera, we believe focus builds great companies and Valiantys’ focus on Atlassian is one of the many things that make them great.
A focus on innovation. Atlassian has been building its name in the technology sector since the early 2000’s, going to market with some of the first project management and collaboration tools for developers. Its Jira product is now used by more than 65,000 businesses around the world, and the Atlassian suite of products has expanded greatly over the last two decades through both acquisition and R&D. In 2021, Atlassian spent 46% of revenue on R&D – three times what a typical competitor might spend.
A partner-friendly ecosystem. Today about 70% of Atlassian’s enterprise client revenue is sold by partners like Valiantys. This is part of what makes this such an enticing ecosystem for customers and partners. Atlassian’s partner-centric go-to-market model frees capital to invest in R&D and build better products. In turn, partners get a greater breadth of solutions to service, revenue upside and a closer connection with clients. Customers get a deeper, more consultative sales experience. It’s hard to match the experience of a company like Valiantys who sees firsthand what customers need on a daily basis.
A platform for the third wave. Atlassian’s platform has evolved significantly over the last few years from one serving developers and techies only, to products that provide alignment and collaboration across an organization. Today, half of Atlassian users are non-tech business users. It’s somewhat rare when the push from the top of the organization for Atlassian is as strong as the pull from the bottom. There aren’t too many ISVs that are as well positioned as Atlassian to succeed in the cloud’s third wave where speed, remote work and technical innovation loom large.
Cloud and enterprise growth. Atlassian recently announced a goal to reach $10 billion in annual revenue as it expands its product line, cloud-focus, and drives deeper into the enterprise. This presents a huge opportunity for partners like Valiantys who know the cloud, have proven enterprise experience and know the Atlassian platform inside and out.
All these reasons are why we think Valiantys is “the one” for us. We believe that Lucas and Valiantys’ vision in the space, combined with Atlassian’s huge market potential, Keensight’s experience in Europe and technology, and Tercera’s experience in cloud services and North America couldn’t be a better fit. Investing isn’t always a team sport but it works best when it is!