Spectrum Equity Investors

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Industry: Investment
Founded: 1994
Founder(s): William Collatos
Ownership: Private
Headquarters: One International Place, 29th Floor, Boston, MA
Country: USA
Businesses: Investment
Website: spectrumequity.com
LinkedIn: Spectrum Equity Investors

Spectrum Equity Investors is a company investing in profitable and growing service businesses. They maintain six investment funds, with over $4.7 billion of private equity capital.

Common business characteristics that they look for in business opportunities include, recurring revenue, significant operating leverage, healthy operating margins, strong free cash flow, and franchise customer loyalty.

Investment Strategy

Their investment activity is focused on business services, entertainment, communications, information services, media, and related growth sectors. Spectrum invests in companies who are leaders in their industries, have well established business models and have significant opportunity for future growth. The types of companies they invest in include private companies, public companies and divisions of large companies.

They typically invest between $25 million - $100 million in a given company or project. They are capable of taking up much larger investments with their partners. Their investments are mainly focused across North America and Western Europe.[1] A list of their investments can be seen here.


Spectrum was founded by William Collatos.[2] Currently, the board of directors is made up of: Brion B. Applegate, William P. Collatos, Randy J. Henderson, Michael J. Kennealy, Kevin J. Maroni, Christopher T. Mitchell, Victor E. Parker, James J. Quagliaroli and Benjamin C. Spero[3]

Current principals of the company are Stephen M. LeSieur and Adam J. Margolin.[4]


In 2007, Spectrum Equity Investors was one of several investment companies that bought out Demand Media. The company has since been taken public, in January 2011; it has not been profitable since the Spectrum purchase, and it's continued viability has been questioned given Google's desire to move away from supporting "content farms".[5]