Business Strategy for Software Executives
March 17 , 2008
Software VC Outlook for 2008
It’s not a particular business model or technology that’ll get your company funded in 2008. The key is to solve a valuable business problem
By Bryan Stolle, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Over the last few years, no entrepreneur pitching a VC for funding would use the words “enterprise software” in their company description. Last year, no entrepreneur refrained from using the word “SaaS” to describe their business model.
Investment trends come and go but software has been the leading category of venture funding for many years. Nearly $5.3 billion was invested in 905 companies during 2007.
Right now, software VC activity is hot again. But what’s different these days is how VC firms are thinking about “software” investments and what entrepreneurs should focus on during their fundraising.
Mashups Drive Innovation
Few technology innovations spring from thin air. Most result from evolving or changing other ideas. Jeremy Burton of Serena Software explains how mashups can help foster continued innovation in the software industry in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on Enterprise 2.0.
2007 M&A & VC Wrap-Up
2007 was another strong year for software finance, with growth in venture capital fundings and M&A activity. See all the latest charts on M&A, VC and LBO trends, in addition to lists of the top deals and software VC firms, in this post to the software finance blog.
Saying “Goodbye” to Legacy Systems
Web 2.0 tools are enabling enterprises to create new tools that transform their aging client/server applications with a modular, service oriented approach. Read how in this post to the blog on Enterprise 2.0 by Judith Hurwitz.
Publish Your Perspective!
SandHill.com wants your opinions. Send your thoughts on the enterprise software industry to SandHill.com editor, Maryann Jones Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have your opinions published on our site.
Starting Up as CFO
There are a few critical tasks that all finance chiefs must tackle in their first hundred days. Read which jobs are the most important in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: Quantifying the Cloud
SaaS drives datacenters in the sky; plus, Forrester names "cloud" vendors to watch, an Oracle exec jumps to Microsoft, a Novell exec regrets the MS deal and IBM debuts "Smash." Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Software VC Forecast?
How will software investment levels change in the venture space during 2008?
Last week, readers forecasted the future for the ad-supported software model.
More at SandHill.com:
Bill would double cap on H-1B visas.
Endeca Technologies secured $25 million.
BMC paid $800 million for BladeLogic.
William Price is named CEO of Widgetbox.
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Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group
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