Vancouver’s Tasktop acquired a year after raising US$100M

New parent company hanging onto Tasktop founder, who will transition to CTO

Mik Kersten, CEO and founder, Tasktop | BIV file photo

Vancouver’s Tasktop Technologies Inc. is making an exit 13 months after raising US$100 million.

Texas-based Planview Inc. revealed Wednesday it’s signed a definitive agreement to acquire the 200-pers0n West Coast software firm in a deal expected to close this summer.

Tasktop’s platform is best known for helping companies develop their own software more expediently by visualizing the development process, while Planview specializes in portfolio and work management.

A representative working on behalf of Planview declined to disclose to BIV the price paid for the new acquisition.  

But the deal comes just over a year after Tasktop closed a US$100-million ($126 million at the time) funding round led by Sumeru Equity Partners with participation from previous investors. 

The close of the round saw Sumeru managing directors Jason Babcoke and George Kadifa join Tasktop’s board of directors.

This time, the close of the acquisition deal will see Tasktop CEO and founder Mik Kersten transition to become Planview’s new chief technology officer.

Kersten told BIV last year that while tech companies have been effective at deploying their own developers to build software, the same hasn’t been true for businesses more broadly as they shift to offering more of these types of services.

“It's taking months and their bottlenecks are not on development — they’re in these crazy and inefficient processes that can get in the way of developers,” he said.

“What so often happens is leadership completely overloads every one of their teams, and inundates them with work, and productivity grinds to a halt and everyone's unhappy. So we actually expose the dynamics of software you so often overlook.”

Tasktop clients have included HSBC Holdings plc (LON:HSBA) and BMW.