It's 501 Somewhere: ConnectWise's Jason Magee on the Thoma Bravo Buyout

We talk with ConnectWise CEO Jason Magee about all things private equity.

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

May 28, 2019

It’s a brave new world for ConnectWise. Almost three months ago, the biggest MSP business management software provider in the channel took a buyout from private equity firm Thoma Bravo in a long-awaited move.

The last big player in its space to do so, ConnectWise’s seeming reluctance to accept institutional investment puzzled some in the industry. Over the last several years, as its competitors nabbed splashy headlines and used their capital to snap up other solution providers like a high-stakes game of jacks, ConnectWise instead invested heavily into its partner community, cleaning up its mission, clarifying its go-forward strategy and carefully weighing its options.

In this episode of It’s 501 Somewhere, we sat down with new CEO Jason Magee, who explains why they took their time, what was attractive about Thoma Bravo and what partners need to be doing if they, too, are looking to be acquired.

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About the Author(s)

Kris Blackmon

Head of Channel Communities, Zift Solutions

Kris Blackmon is head of channel communities at Zift Solutions. She previously worked as chief channel officer at JS Group, and as senior content director at Informa Tech and project director of the MSP 501er Community. Blackmon is chair of CompTIA's Channel Development Advisory Council and operates KB Consulting. You may follow her on LinkedIn and @zift on X.

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