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pecunalta not only invests directly in companies as a co-investor, but also as a limited partner in private equity and venture capital funds that also invest in businesses. For this, pecunalta draws on a large network of financial investors established over the past 20 years. pecunalta prefers to invest in investment funds that are also co-investors in some of pecunalta’s direct investments. This results in synergies and more direct partnerships that are based on mutual trust.
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Acronis stands for innovative cyber protection solutions in backup, anti-ransom ware, disaster recovery, storage as well as enterprise file sync and share solutions. Acronis services are based on award-winning AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based data authentication and unique hybrid-cloud architecture. This is how Acronis protects all data in any environment. Whether it be workloads and applications in the cloud or on-site, local or mobile work environments – everything is charged at fair and predictable rates. Founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis is now based in Switzerland and employs more than 1,500 employees across 33 sites in 18 countries. More than 5.5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses – including 100 % of Fortune 1000 companies – rely on Acronis solutions.
Contabo offers dedicated servers, virtual servers, web hosting and domains. This was a common portfolio on the market at the time the company was founded in 2003. However, Contabo managed to grow immensely within just 24 months. What started with a single server has developed into around 5,000 servers. From 2009, all of these were located in a single data center in Munich until another data center in Nuremberg was added in 2014. It is thanks to this that Contabo can meet the increasing demand for server and collocation offerings with the same level of quality.
Contabo’s success is based on outstanding customer satisfaction, which the company achieves through a strong focus on customer requests as well as the best service at minimal rates.
The cPanel Control Panel makes it easy to manage a web server even with little background knowledge. The software provides a web-based administration interface and automation tools for almost all common administrative tasks. Under GNU/Linux web servers, it offers various features which would otherwise require a lot of configuring or expert knowledge. One example of this is support for server extensions or Java via Apache Tomcat. With its company headquarters in Houston, Texas, cPanel was founded in 1997 by Nick Koston who was a teenager at the time and now employs 220 staff. More than 70 million domains are run on servers managed with the help of cPanel.
GoDaddy provides the largest cloud platform in the world to small independent companies. With close to19 million customers globally and more than 78 million managed domain names, GoDaddy is the experienced partner for everyone who has an idea and the goal to go live with a professional website. The web hosting company and largest global domain name registrar was founded in 1997. Its headquarters are in Scottsdale, Phoenix. More than 9,000 employees across 14 sites in the USA, Asia and Europe look after the almost 19 million customers.
GPortal based in Munich has been dedicated to private hosting of game servers for more than 15 years.
Since the early stages of Counter Strike, the company has developed into a leading international provider of game servers. Per month, 100,000 servers are made available to 10 million players in over 40 countries.
Host Europe Group offers web hosting, servers and domains for business and private clients. It was founded in 1997 and with more than 5 million registered domains and over one million clients, is considered Europe’s largest privately-owned hosting provider. Host Europe Group operates in several European markets under the brands 123-reg, Webfusion, Heart Internet, BrandFortress, Host Europe, Domainbox, Domainmonster, Domainfactory, DonHost, Sign-Up.to, velia.net and RedCoruna. Host Europe runs two data centers of its own with capacity for around 24,000 servers in Cologne, Germany as well another data center in Strasbourg, France.
Since its foundation in 2011, Hostinger has developed into a leading international provider of shared web hosting and continues to grow significantly faster than its competitors. The company that is based in Vilnius, Lithuania, focuses on providing total customer satisfaction and good value for money. Nowadays, it looks after the websites and emails of over 1 million customers in over 178 countries. The high level of customer satisfaction is achieved through innovative, modern software and processes combined with an extremely focused and customer-oriented support team.
Both business and private clients can use its custom-developed comparison and booking platform to compare the fees and services of various shipping companies, such as UPS, DHL Express, TNT, FedEx, GLS and DPD at a glance and book directly. The focus at JUMiNGO is not only on finding the best value for money, but also on providing personalized customer service to ensure a smooth shipping process, as well as carbon-neutral shipping. The digital carrier is known equally for shipping expertise, a customer focus, and sustainability.
Keo is the market-leading provider of software stacks for interoperable networking of controllable energy management and metering systems based on the EEBUS standard. With its universal connectivity solutions and test and development tools, KEO serves a broad and very successful customer portfolio: When it comes to energy networking, international industry leaders and innovation drivers from the e-mobility, building automation, heating and solar industries as well as the world of power grids rely on KEO solutions.
Leankoala is the new standard in web testing and monitoring for businesses that want to plan their digital transformation successfully. With its unique symptom-based Lean Testing approach paired with full automation in an easy-to-operate tool, Leankoala reduces expenses in quality management of web projects by up to 80 %. Thus, Leankoala contributes to implementing important innovation projects faster while maintaining quality and increasing team productivity. The startup from Hamburg was founded in 2016 by Stefanie and Nils Langner who have more than 30 years of experience between them in web development, quality management and business development. The team of now five people works decentrally and digitally connected but spends most of its time in the greater Hamburg area.
Since 2005, the company has been collaborating with many of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications companies, and carriers to offer open-source email and productivity solutions that include secure storage, file, and document management. OX Dovecot is the most popular IMAP server software worldwide, and OX PowerDNS provides secure DNS services for telco clients and their users across the globe. The software developed by Open-Xchange is used by 200 million people all over the world. Open-Xchange has its headquarters in Germany and local offices in Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, Nuremberg, and Olpe as well as international branches in Finland, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA.
Plesk is the leading WebOps hosting platform for efficient execution, automation and further development of applications and websites. It allows hosting clients to manage their servers without requiring special admin knowledge. Plesk simplifies the execution of complex processes such as setting up mail and web servers for a domain. As the only operating-system-independent platform, Plesk runs on more than 384,000 servers and automates over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Plesk is available in more than 32 languages in 140 countries. 50 percent of the global top 100 service providers currently work with Plesk. Plesk was originally developed by Parallels Inc. and later made a subsidiary.
plusserver is the managed cloud service provider for SMEs and large groups. The provider advises and guides companies in their digital transformation. In addition, plusserver offers a full cloud platform and personalized services. From a consultation with a designated contact to scaling, businesses are guided in building, migrating or integrating cloud infrastructures. plusserver provides the ideal architecture for any requirement and the highest flexibility and independence from individual providers. plusserver GmbH was founded in 1999 and now employs more than 430 staff across seven sites. Cloud infrastructures of more than 3,200 business customers are hosted in several of its own data centers in Germany.
Since 2012, SayWay GmbH has played a large role in shaping the international market for on-site feedback. SayWay currently has more than 5,000 feedback systems in over 25 countries. Ten companies listed on the DAX and/or EuroStoxx currently use SayWay to systematically and continuously incorporate their clients or employees. SayWay was founded in 2012 by Frank Kleinert. Market researcher Kleinert was one of the pioneers and founders of online research in Germany. The interdisciplinary SayWay team that is currently made up of 28 staff has extensive and in-depth experience in consultancy, market research and internet technology.
Server4You is a leading provider of high-performance hosting solutions, dedicated to enhancing online experiences. Offering a range of services, from Virtual Dedicated Servers to robust Dedicated Servers, they cater to a diverse clientele. Equipped with advanced AMD® or Intel® CPUs, generous RAM, and flexible storage options, Server4You ensures top-notch performance. Their unwavering commitment to data security is evident through features like Acronis Backup and Plesk Obsidian Web Admin. Competitive pricing and swift setup further solidify Server4You ‘s reputation as a reliable hosting partner.
Solus Virtual Manager (SolusVM) is a powerful GUI-based management system for virtual private servers (VPS) with full support for OpenVZ, Linux KVM, Xen paravirtualization and Xen HVM. The solution enables hosts to offer their customers the full portfolio of infrastructure-as-a-service products. From barebone VPS hosting to fully automated public, private and hybrid cloud with integrated storage, CDN, DNS, dedicated servers and more. SolusVM is a solution by Plesk, the leading WebOps and hosting platform. There are currently 64,000 active deployments of SolusVM.
Velia.net is one of the fastest growing dedicated server hosting providers in Germany. Since 2003, velia.net Internetdienste GmbH has grown from a small specialized hosting provider to an international team of more than 75 employees providing excellent service to more than 5,000 business customers worldwide. Specializing in highly flexible, scalable server solutions, velia.net offers all customers 24/7 support and reliable hosting services in state-of-the-art, secure data centers.
vshosting is a Czech provider of server and cloud services. The company was founded in 2006 by Damir Špoljarič. Today vshosting has a big team and is the largest provider of managed server and cloud services in Czech Republic and Slovakia. vshosting is all about its high-quality technological background. For this reason, the company built a state-of-the-art data center in 2015 that meets all the latest safety requirements. Among others, 40 percent of Czech and Slovak online stores as well as the largest local internet projects are hosted here.
WebPros was founded at the start of 2017 and combines several popular software solutions for web hosting, billing automation, infrastructure, server management and online marketing. WebPros constantly adds new brands and products to its portfolio, which currently includes cPanel, Plesk, SolusVM, WHMCS and XOVI. Under the umbrella of WebPros, these independent companies constantly form new synergies to respond to the challenges encountered by web experts all around the world.
With CloudFest and NamesCon, Cologne-based WHD Event GmbH organizes both of the leading international industry events of the cloud and domain industry. Over 8,000 attendees from 65 countries gather each year to exchange ideas and information about the industry. The events are centered around the latest technologies, innovations and product presentations as well as workshops, meetings and networking. In addition, WHD Event GmbH organizes other events in the cloud, MSP, IT, and security spaces.
WHMCS is the leading platform to automate billing for web hosts. Founded in 2003, the company’s aim was to offer an all-in-one solution that combines client management, recurring billing and integrated support tools in a single centralized platform. The goal was to make day-to-day tasks faster, easier and more efficient. WHMCS is known for fast feature release cycles and its highly extendable platform. All of the leading control panels, domain registrars and cloud service providers are integrated into the platform. WHMCS’ current client base consists of more than 40,000 clients and is used in over 200 countries.
Founded in 2019, World Host Group US Inc. is a web hosting and domain name provider with over 20 brands and a global customer base. With more than one million hosted websites, it serves 90,000 customers in 181 countries. World Host Group’s goal is to build a scalable hosting business for the global market. Thanks to its first-class infrastructure and network-independent software, as well as worldwide support teams, it offers first-class services in the world of web hosting and domains.
Since 2009, XOVI GmbH has been offering software as a service (SaaS) solutions for the online marketing sector, helping online marketers and businesses to be more successful online. The online marketing tool by the same name XOVI is a unique search analytics software, via which users can benefit from important competitive advantages in search engine optimization and search engine marketing. XOVI offers a platform where all relevant data relating to online marketing is clearly presented Examples are attendee numbers maximization via search engines and advertising the most valuable keywords. XOVI GmbH puts a lot emphasis on continuously developing its own software and implementing new features to ensure a high technological standard.
Investing in investment funds as a limited partner
Oakley Capital was founded by Peter Dubens in 2020. The entrepreneur wanted to create a financial partner who understands the needs and ambitions of company founders. A partner who he himself would like to work with. In 2007, he and David Till raised the first funds to further and support entrepreneurship. It is the entrepreneurial legacy that distinguishes Oakley from others. The financial partner targets like-minded businesses and builds strong partnerships with their management teams. The Oakley team invests time and experience – as well as its capital – to foster growth and success in its partners. Oakley supports extraordinary businesses from a variety of industries across Western Europe. Oakley operates primarily in three sectors: technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), consumer goods and education.
Oakley is a co-investor to pecunalta in the following assets: Contabo, Host Europe (exited) and WebPros (consisting of cPanel, Plesk, SolusVM und WHMCS).
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in London, BC Partners Limited is one of the largest European investment firms. It also has offices in Hamburg, Paris, Milano, Geneva and New York. BC Partners specializes in buyouts as well as financing company takeovers with a focus on leading international companies. Since it was founded, BC Partners has maintained its leading position on the buyout market and continuously achieved outstanding returns on investment for investors. As one of the first truly pan-European buyout firms, from the start BC Partners has operated across Europe for over three decades, and for over a decade in North America. The firm has already made 114 private equity investments across five core sectors in 18 countries, generating significant co-investment deal-flow for its investors.
BC Partners is a co-investor with pecunalta in plusserver.
CVC was founded in 1981 and is a leader in private equity and loans. The majority of shares in CVC is owned by its employees and it is run by its managing partners. The company has 23 local offices in Europe, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Each office is managed by a team of local experts who understand the ins and outs of the relevant business environment in which they operate. CVC believes that the breadth and depth of its global platform is of great value to its investors and company portfolio. Being able to draw on the full scope of its global resources gives CBC a large competitive advantage when looking for new investment opportunities and creating value for partner companies.
CVC is a co-investor with pecunalta in WebPros (consisting of cPanel, Plesk, SolusVM and WHMCS).
With its head offices in Stockholm, EQT is an independent global investment organization, which has successfully operated in venture and investment capital for 25 years. EQT develops, owns and invests in companies from different sectors pursuing diverse strategies – worldwide but with a focus on Northern Europe and Asia. EQT manages and advises a number or specialized investment funds as well as other businesses that invest globally. The goal is to generate attractive returns on investment and future-proof companies.
Hg is a private equity firm that specializes in technology buyouts – mainly in Europe and the USA. The firm focuses on investments in the technology and services sectors. Hg looks after more than 100 institutional investors including private and public pension funds, foundations, insurance companies and funds of funds. Companies that Hg invests in are organized into so-called “Hg clusters”, which is supposed to lead to faster company growth compared to overall economic growth.
As a leading Northern European private equity investor, Nordic Capital helps build stronger and sustainable businesses. With profound industry knowledge and years of experience, the company drives transformative growth. Nordic Capital was founded in 1989 and has always fostered an industry-focused approach and attitude towards developing stronger businesses in relation to operations, competitiveness, and finances.
Runa Capital is an international venture capital firm with its head offices in Palo Alto, CA. Its key focus is investing in companies from deep tech (AI, machine learning, middleware, open source etc.), cloud business software, fintech, edutech and early-stage digital healthcare startups. In the past ten years, Runa Capital has owned three funds and invested in more than 60 companies in Europe and North America. Runa is managed by successful serial entrepreneurs and experienced executives with a lot of experience in startups. The founding partners have built up several global software companies, such as Acronis, Parallels and Acumatica. It is this entrepreneurial experience that allows Runa Capital to better understand the founders’ challenges and to find the best possible solutions.
Point Nine Capital is a venture capital firm based in Berlin that exclusively focuses on early-stage internet investments in software as a service (SaaS), market places and mobile technology. The fund and its managers, Pawel Chudzinski and Christoph Janz, have supported a series of very successful internet companies, such as Delivery Hero, Shiftplanning, Vend, Westwing, and Zendesk in their earliest stages. At the start of 2015, Point Nine announced the establishment of a new 60-million-dollar fund, the Point Nine Capital Fund III. Point Nine was founded in 2011, is based in Berlin and invests all over the world.
Silver Lake was founded in 1999. With total assets of approximately 40 billion US dollars and a team of about 100 investment and operations specialists around the world, the company is a leader in technology investments. To counter the dynamics and fast-paced innovation in global technology with intensely focused expertise, Silver Lake’s extraordinary mission is to invest in leading technology and technology-focused and associated high-growth companies.