Vertu Capital Acquires Secure Open Source Integration Platform Company, ActiveState

Vertu Capital, a private equity firm investing in global software and software-enabled technology companies, is pleased to announce its acquisition of ActiveState Software Inc. (“ActiveState”), a Vancouver-based company that supports enterprise software developers in the secure creation and management of applications that use open source programming languages. 

Widespread adoption of open source code has led to significant productivity improvements in software development but has also introduced complexity when it comes to securely managing the open source supply chain. With this increased complexity, the risk of introducing vulnerabilities has also grown, resulting in 2023 seeing as many software supply chain attacks as in the previous four years combined. Some 97% of Fortune 1000 companies are turning to ActiveState and its secure open-source integration platform to boost developer productivity while seamlessly providing the necessary compliance with security requirements.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ActiveState at such an exciting time in their growth journey,” said Gil Nayot, Partner with Vertu Capital. “ActiveState is a well-established provider with a strong track record that is ideally positioned to support customers as both the complexity of managing open source applications grows, and with it, the need to protect against vulnerabilities. This is exactly the type of company Vertu looks to invest in – a well-run business, with proprietary technology and incredible market potential.”

“ActiveState has a long history of product innovation and leadership, and we are now at an important inflection point,” added Bart Copeland, ActiveState President and CEO. “We chose to partner with Vertu Capital because of their strong cultural alignment  with  our  team,  their  enterprise  software  expertise, and their understanding of what it takes to scale and grow a complex but vital company like ours. We look forward to building the next chapter with them.”

Peter Lee, a Vertu Operating Advisor, will Chair ActivateState’s board. Lee is a tech founder and operator with more than 20 years of experience scaling successful software businesses, with deep operational, product and talent management expertise.

“I am looking forward to working with the team at ActiveState and collaborating on building out their unique market opportunity,” said Lee. “Being able to securely manage complex, open source supply chains is quickly becoming mission critical for businesses across the board, and ActiveState is well positioned to deliver much-needed solutions. This is an exciting time for the company and I am very pleased to be supporting them.”

About Vertu

Vertu Capital is a private equity firm that invests in high potential global technology companies, with a focus on software and software enabled businesses. Vertu’s mission is to partner with management teams of market leading and scaling companies to accelerate and support the next stage in their growth journey. Vertu’s team brings decades of domain experience, best practices, actionable value creation strategies and a deep network to its portfolio investments. Vertu has offices  in  Toronto  and  Montreal.  For  more  information,  please  visit www.vertucapital.ca. For media enquiries contact Laura Auquilla at (647) 303-7872.

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Find out why Vertu Capital acquired ActiveState by reading about how we help DevOps automate dependency vendoring, ensuring cost-effective supply chain security for organizations of all sizes.

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