Verdane invests over 5M€ in Vaadin to boost product development and marketing
Stockholm — Verdane Capital IX invests over €5m in Vaadin, the company behind the popular open source web application development tools. The investment includes a transfer of second hand shares from an external investor.
Verdane and Vaadin
The capital will be used to further boost its investments into product development and marketing.
“We are very pleased to team up with Verdane and further strengthen our position in the growing US and European markets,” says CEO Joonas Lehtinen. He adds, “Vaadin is known for its tools that simplify the development of business grade web apps and with the new investment we are able to expand the tools to new and even larger markets”.
“We consider Vaadin to represent some of the strongest software expertise in the world. We think we can help this outstanding team in their ambitious growth plans, by building on Verdane’s software knowledge,” says Janne Holmia from Verdane Capital Advisors, adding, “The importance of software and user experience continue to grow and we believe Vaadin can help businesses advance in these areas”.
Vaadin’s business is building components and tools for dynamic and information rich web applications. Its product suite enables businesses to replace desktop applications with standard based web applications that run on all major mobile and desktop browsers. By embracing simplicity Vaadin’s technology speeds up the development process, increases security and allows developers to focus on building business value.
Verdane is a Nordic private equity manager focusing on investments in technology enabled growth companies. Verdane raised its latest fund, Verdane Capital IX, this summer with an investment of SEK 3 billion. Prior to its investment in Vaadin, Verdane private equity funds have invested in other prominent Finnish companies such as Codenomicon, CRF Health and Eniram.
Earlier investors in Vaadin include Aboa Venture Management, eEquity, and Finnish Industry Investment Ltd (Suomen Teollisuussijoitus). The company intends to continue growing at a rapid pace and adding to its one hundred and thirty person strong team based in Finland, Germany, and California.
Verdane funds support companies that have high ambitions in software, consumer internet, energy and high-tech industries with flexible growth capital. The funds are distinctive in that they can invest in entire investment portfolios, parts of a portfolio as well as individual assets. Verdane Capital Advisors has 24 employees working out of offices in Helsinki, Oslo, and Stockholm. More information about Verdane is available at: www.verdane.com
Vaadin is the company behind the open source Vaadin framework, which is used by 40% of Fortune 100 companies and by more than 150,000 developers worldwide. The company’s head count is 130 staff personnel located between Finland, Northern California, and Berlin. For further information on Vaadin tools, services, and career opportunities, please visit vaadin.com