Business Strategy for Software Executives
August 23, 2005
New Ideas from Software Investors
Experienced VCs and private equity partners share their perspective on what's "hot" with everything from ASPs to SOAs.
By Maryann Jones Thompson, Sand Hill Group
Given the dramatic changes going on in the software business today, it is no wonder that software investment is also rapidly evolving. Although venture capital investment is down from its peak, software continues to account for more funding than any other sector. At the same time, leverage buyouts, spinouts and strategic investments from corporate partners are on the rise.
At the Enterprise 2005 conference earlier this month, a panel of veteran investors discussed the very latest thinking on software funding trends.
Competing with China
Mike Nevens sends an on-the-ground report from the world's largest nation about its potential for domination and secret weapon - its people - in this week's installation to the SandHill.com Blog on Software in China.
"Bye-Bye Venture Capital Pie"
Sure, software VC is still flowing. But not like the old days. Read Phil Bookman's ballad about the "old days" in this week's post to the SandHill.com Blog on Random Musings.
Share your insight on the software business. Email us with your submissions to the SandHill.com Blog.
Poll: Software's Biggest Grabber?
At the Enterprise 2005 conference earlier this month, attendees were asked to predict which technology company will make the most software acquisitions in 2006. What do you think?
Last week, SandHill.com visitors gave their opinions on what "dark cloud" hangs over the industry. Nearly half of attendees at the Enterprise 2005 conference said customer satisfaction was the software business' biggest problem, followed by growth (20 percent.)
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- Sir James Goldsmith
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