Granicus is based in Denver, Colorado with offices in other US and foreign cities. The company was founded by Tom Spengler, Javier Muniz and Emery Jones in 1999 in San Francisco as a video solution for streaming government meetings online. Granicus moved to Denver in 2014 following an acquisition by K1 Capital Partners. In 2016, Granicus was acquired by Vista Equity Partners and merged with GovDelivery. The CEO of Granicus is Mark Hynes. As of early 2020, it had about 700 employees.
As of 2019 Granicus was in use by about 4200 public sector organizations, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and is used by approximately 200 million citizens. Granicus also releases public reports on citizen engagement with government web presences.
In 2011, Granicus acquired Daystar Computer Systems. In 2016 Granicus was acquired by Vista Equity Partners, and that year Granicus then acquired and merged with the company GovDelivery. The new company produced three lines of products: GovDelivery Communications Cloud, Granicus Digital Services and Granicus Meeting and Agenda Suite. In 2017, Granicus acquired legislative management company Novusolutions. In 2018 Granicus then acquired SouthTech Systems, a government software firm located in California, in addition to website builder Vision Internet. In 2019 Granicus acquired Firmstep, a London, UK based company that shifts government services from paper-based to online. In 2019, it also acquired short term rental compliance monitoring company Host Compliance.