Behind the deal: How an Austin investment firm sealed a $462M software buyout

Jive Software Inc.’s sale to ESW Capital LLC, an Austin-based private equity firm with an extensive portfolio of more than 50 business-to-business software companies, represents roughly two years of talks, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The process began in April and May 2015 when the private equity firm Francisco Partners and an unidentified financial or private equity firm approached Palo Alto, California-based Jive (Nasdaq: JIVE) to discuss a deal with…

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