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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

General Atlantic Partners

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General Atlantic Partners, LLC is one of the world's leading direct investment firms focused exclusively on information technology, process outsourcing and communications investments on a global basis. We invest not only in providers of information technology but also in those companies for which technology is a key competitive differentiator. Since 1980, we have invested in over 130 IT companies and currently have almost $6 billion in capital under management. We have over 50 companies in our portfolio today, of which almost one-third are based outside of the US.

“We take a unique investment approach”

Our annual investment target is $800 million. General Atlantic is a stage independent investor. While we have invested at the formation stage of a company, we most often invest in the mid to later stages of a company's development and have participated in selected buyout situations. Our investments have ranged between $25 to $100 million and we have the capability for substantially larger investments as well. We are usually a minority investor and do not seek a controlling interest.

General Atlantic is distinguished within the investment community by a number of characteristics including:

Our exclusive focus on the information technology, process outsourcing and communications industries

Our long-term investment perspective

Our ability and commitment to add value to our portfolio companies

Our global perspective on technology, supported by our worldwide presence

Our demonstrated track record of lasting partnerships with management based on trust and mutual respect