"We're also a global company, so we needed to look to markets that are more familiar with high-growth tech companies," he added. "But that doesn't change where we hail from and how deeply we care about our origins."
It's been a tempestuous year for so-called "unicorns," or companies valued above a billion dollars. Square, for instance, saw its valuation drop by $3 billion in its IPO last month.
With its long history of profitability, however, Atlassian is no typical unicorn.
"We've been patient and methodical about how we've built the company," Simons said.
"A lot of companies can chase the Global 2000," he added. "We're chasing the Fortune 500,000. We believe every company, regardless of industry or size, deserves great software, and we're excited to get back to that."
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