15 November 2013

VC investment in software hit 12-year highs

As Steve Ballmer would say, "software, software, software" --

Venture capital investments in software hit 12-year highs - SiliconValley.com: " . . . John Taylor, head of research at the venture capital association, pointed out that more than half of the quarter's deals were in early and seed-stage startups. Dollars invested in early-stage companies -- those past the garage phase but still small -- rose to their highest level in 12 years, the report found. "There's credible reason to be optimistic about the future of innovation and the vibrancy of the startup ecosystem," Taylor said. He added, however, that even with the hot IPO market, there are still plenty of venture firms awaiting liquidity for prior investments. What's more, the number of companies at any stage of maturity that received venture funding for the first time rose 8 percent compared with the previous quarter. There again, the software industry ruled the roost: Nearly half the companies landing first-time investments in the third quarter were in software. For investors, it comes down to simple math, McCaffrey said: "There's such energy in the software sector now, it's hard to ignore.". . ." (read more at link above)

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