The Strategy

We look for exciting opportunities focused in the communications, IT and media sectors. The decades of investment experience our team has in our core industries keeps us at the forefront of emerging trends.

Company Building Expertise

Industry Focus

Themes We’re Excited About

We invest & buildfor the long term

invest

We provide flexible capital with a long-term vision aligned with management teams.  We look for high growth segments within the communications, IT and media sectors that are underpinned by strong secular trends.  We look for unique opportunities, strong business fundamentals and great entrepreneurs.

Not your typicalgrowth equity investor

Investing more than just money

We invest significant internal resources in each investment. We take a concentrated portfolio approach and look for investments where we can bring value-add in addition to our capital.

Proven strategy to scale

We have experience scaling businesses in many ways: investing in organic growth, supporting strategic M&A, re-aligning product focus, and building industry partnerships and channels.

Deep industry focus

Our 30 years of industry experience in communications, IT and media gives us an edge in evaluating opportunities in and related to our core expertise. We believe in a thematic approach and pride ourselves on building expertise and a thesis in all sectors we focus on.

Your partner & sounding board

We seek to build enduring relationships with entrepreneurs. We are always interested in meeting industry experts and we believe building long-term relationships with strong operators is the key to sustainable success.

Flexible investment style

We’ve invested in businesses in all stages of growth from early formation to more mature carve-outs. We are stage agnostic and have proven experience building companies of all sizes.

We havethe insider’s edge

focus

Bandwidth Infrastructure

Communication Services

IT Infrastructure

IT and Tech-Enabled Services

Media and Other

A glimpse intoour domain expertise

Our investments come in a variety of sizes, structures and situations.  We always strive to invest in opportunities where we are able to bring a differentiated view.

MetroPCS is the nation’s leading provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat rate with no signed contract. At the time of M/C’s initial investment, MetroPCS was preparing to exit bankruptcy and required funding to execute on its bold and disruptive strategy for shaking up the wireless industry with unlimited minute, flat rate pricing. When most investors believed that the wireless market was too saturated to support a new entrant, M/C was aligned with founder Roger Linquist’s vision that a new operator offering a differentiated strategy could not only survive, but flourish. MetroPCS launched in March 2002 and went on to become the fastest growing wireless company in the industry’s history and eventually going public in April 2007.

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M/C Partners was a founding investor in Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO), a fiber network consolidation platform formed in 2007 to consolidate underdeveloped regional fiber properties throughout the United States. Today, the company is the largest pure play broadband infrastructure provider in the US, providing fiber-based transport services to carriers and enterprises.

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M/C Partners was the sole institutional investor in Fusepoint, a managed hosting and collocation services company based out of Toronto. M/C saw the opportunity to fund an aggressive growth strategy building out the company’s team, expanding operations, and acquiring key Canadian assets that solidified the company’s position in the market. M/C's deep expertise in the managed hosting space and its vision of where the market was going ensured the company was ahead of key industry shifts. In 2010, M/C sold Fusepoint to Savvis, a cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions provider, that would later be acquired by Centurylink to become their Technology Solutions business.

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Keeping our eyeon the horizon

themes

Communications Infrastructure

We have been a long term investor in the communications infrastructure space and we continue to observe exciting trends supporting rapidly growing bandwidth needs. Increasing mobile and online video consumption coupled with ongoing shift to cloud-based services is forcing the re-engineering of backhaul, mobile and enterprise networks.

Managed IT Services

Businesses across all sizes and all sectors are increasingly dependent on IT and mobility for day-to-day operations. As more applications and devices become network/web enabled, the complexity and cost of maintaining IT is growing at an exponential rate. Managed IT service providers, whether they focus on specific applications or infrastructure, will be critical to helping businesses manage the transition to increasingly hybrid IT environments.

Internet of Things

Widespread improvements in national and global wireless infrastructure has enabled a rapid proliferation of connected-devices at the home and in the workplace.

Cloud Networking Services

Continued digitization of the enterprise has driven innovation through new software-defined networking applications in wide area networking. This evolution in enterprise network architectures will be the catalyst to a new era in network services that is intelligent, high-performance, flexible, and lower cost, creating an opportunity for new service provider models to take share from legacy incumbents.