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This tech CEO says 2022 is the year to get IPO-ready

June 17, 2022, 12:15 PM UTC

Dotmatics CEO Thomas Swalla refers to the last six months as “somewhat refreshing.” 

This is the seventh venture or private-equity backed business he’s run, and his focus has always been on efficiency and steadily turning a profit. Those are two variables that investors and startups have been spending a whole lot more time paying attention to in recent months.

“I have been in board meetings quite a bit where people want you to burn, go faster, go harder, burn more. Those are discussions that you have,” Swalla says. “I’ve seen these cycles come and go before and… Understanding my role as an operator [it’s hard for me] to pivot too far away from the fundamentals of a business.” 

Dotmatics, owned by Insight Partners, is an R&D scientific software provider that organizes data for labs and helps them share it with research partners. The Boston-based company is on pace to hit approximately $200 million in annual recurring revenue by the end of this year—which would be 30% organic growth from 2021, Swalla tells me. He wouldn’t specify net income figures, but said the company was profitable and ​​that it was a “Rule of 70” business (his spin on the popular SaaS metric “Rule of 40,” which indicates that a company’s combined growth rate and free cash flow rate are 40% or higher). 

This year, Swalla is doing something some might find surprising: prepping the company for an IPO. Given rising interest rates, inflation, and the war in Ukraine that have pummeled stock prices for tech companies, Swalla says it’s unlikely the company would go public this year, and will be hard to predict when Dotmatics would actually hit the exchange. Besides, it’s ultimately up to the board, he says. But in the meantime, the company is lining up the right exec team (including its recent hires CFO Rebeca Sanchez Sarmiento and president Mike McKee) and sorting out compliance, legal, finance, and accounting work to ready itself for the next stage of growth. 

“Being profitable, we have no need to raise capital today,” Swalla says. “But I think, ultimately, we will have needs to raise capital if we can continue to execute on our M&A and inorganic growth strategy, and so we certainly look at the public markets as one of those avenues.” 

Dotmatics itself is a compilation of 10 different softwares, which are all tailored at servicing scientists, that have been aggregated under the hood of one company via acquisitions since 2017, when Insight Partners first acquired the initial entity. The whole company rebranded under Dotmatics earlier this year, and Swalla became CEO of the whole entity after the latest acquisition.

It’s unclear how long the IPO pipeline might remain closed, but as for now, it’s time to keep turning a profit, according to Swalla.

“Maybe it’s growing up in Iowa and detasseling corn—businesses are supposed to make money after they sell a product and have the inputs to produce their product,”  Swalla says. 

Please note… In yesterday’s newsletter, I misstated the number of employees Bolt Financial had on staff earlier this year. The correct number is about 900.

Programming update… In observance of Juneteenth, Term Sheet will be taking Monday off, so you can expect this newsletter back in your inboxes bright and early on Tuesday, June 21. 

Until then, 

Jessica Mathews
Twitter: @jessicakmathews
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