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Granicus, Inc. Announces $10 Million Strategic Investment from JMI Equity

(January 16, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-1-16-- After eight years of successfully growing its business, Granicus® Inc., the nations leading provider of government webcasting and public meeting management solutions, announced today that it has raised $10 million in Series A financing from JMI Equity.  The investment funds will capitalize on Granicus consistently strong market growth and momentum, enabling significant expansions in sales, marketing, product development, and customer support.  Peter Arrowsmith, a general partner at JMI Equity, has joined Granicus Board of Directors to support the companys growth.  JMI is a private equity firm exclusively focused on investment in growing software and business services companies.  

?It was important for us to find a firm that understood our exclusive focus on providing solutions to improve the business processes of governments and JMI Equity met all of our requirements, said Tom Spengler, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Granicus, Inc.  ?With JMIs track record of investing in growing vertical market businesses that deliver ?Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, they bring more than just capital; they will add significant value to the strategic direction of our organization.  

Granicus wide suite of solutions includes licensing models specifically designed to allow governments to work within fixed budgets, including unlimited bandwidth for delivery of audio/video streaming content to global audiences, highly reliable system monitoring that ensures the performance and availability of their content, and custom information technology and website integration that ensures that content meets the very specific service level requirements of governments.  With pricing and software that are designed to be highly scalable, Granicus solutions are already in use by governments with populations as small as 246 and as large as many millions.  



?Granicus offers a truly unique integrated public meeting record, servicing governing bodies that are increasingly looking for more reliable and cost-effective solutions for webcasting, public meeting management and constituent communication, said Mr. Arrowsmith.  ?The industry vision and foresight demonstrated by Tom and the entire Granicus management team have positioned the company to address this promising growth market by continuing to offer significant opportunities for innovative, best-in-class technology with world-class functionality.  We look forward to applying our industry expertise to help further expand Granicus standing among local, state, federal, special district and other governmental organizations.   

Granicus has been consistently profitable since 2004, with the company and its client-base having doubled in size every year since 2003.  Today, Granicus serves nearly 400 government clients, earning 165 new clients in 2007 alone.  The company streams more than 85,000 public meetings and other government content live and on-demand, reaching nearly 1.5 million individual citizen views every month.  The fundamental demand for government to deliver critical public services with greater transparency and efficiency is rapidly intensifying.  Granicus proven industry success and exclusive focus on the unique requirements of government positions the company well for continued growth.  

Mr. Spengler continued: ?JMI is our first institutional investment.  It is more than a significant step for us; it validates our niche in a powerful new market.  JMIs capital and expertise will help us strengthen our business infrastructure, expand our solutions portfolio and give us the ammunition we need to even more aggressively meet the market demand for our solutions.

About Granicus

Founded in 1999, Granicus®, Inc. is the leading provider of government webcasting and public meeting management solutions.  Serving nearly 400 governing bodies across 35 states and reaching more than 60 million individual citizens, Granicus solutions capture, store, manage and distribute live and on-demand audio and video broadcasts of public functions to help government maximize democratic transparency, engage their constituents, more efficiently manage public meetings, and improve public communication. Granicus provides the most comprehensive and tightly integrated online public records and webcasting system to all levels of government.
www.granicus.com

About JMI Equity

JMI Equity, based in Baltimore and San Diego, is a private equity firm exclusively focused on investments in growing software and business services companies at all stages of their lifecycles. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in more than 85 companies throughout North America and has approximately $1.3 billion of committed capital under management. JMI provides the first institutional capital to self-funded companies, partners with management teams to acquire or recapitalize market leading companies and selectively makes investments in early-stage companies. Representative investments include Blackbaud, DoubleClick, Kronos and Unica. For more information on JMI, visit www.jmiequity.com.


Press Contacts:

Lauren Alexander for Granicus
(415) 357-3618 x 1788
Lauren@granicus.com

Chuck Dohrenwend for JMI Equity
Abernathy MacGregor Group
212-371-5999
cod@abmac.com

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