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Datto IPO Celebrates 'IT First Responders' Behind Small and Midsize Companies

Software provider Datto Holding Corp. ($MSP) went public on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday at $27 per share, the top-end of its target IPO range.
The stock popped out of the gate but has since leveled off throughout the afternoon. 
The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company's unusual ticker symbol is meant to stand for "managed service providers," which make up Datto's main clients and partners.
"These are the first responders of any IT disaster, and they're the ones that make all the technology work for the engine that powers America's economy," founder Austin McChord told Cheddar. 
Datto offers cloud-based and cybersecurity solutions to managed service providers, who in turn provide for the technology needs of most small and midsize companies.  
These providers pay Datto a subscription fee of, on average, $30,000 per year. 
"Small-medium businesses want the same mission-critical technology that enterprises do," CEO Tim Weller said. "So the themes you see in tech every day — the shift to cloud, remote work, security — all of these things are coming rapidly to small and medium businesses, and we believe will be delivered by managed service providers."
He added that the IPO will not change the company's basic business model. 
"The amazing thing is we're still doing what we've done for the last 10 years," Weller said. "We create technology for small-medium business. We partner with this large global community of managed service providers, and we put it out into the field as subscription revenue."
McCord noted that if anything the offering will help raise awareness of the technology needs of small and midsize businesses, which have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. 
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