Will demographics change start-up investment?

Written by Duncan Cameron


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will look for high growth opportunities to offset poor performance by established equities and debt. Obviously emerging economies will be high onrepparttar list, but foreign exposure will come into play as investors look to get local high growth to reducerepparttar 144218 exchange issues. Investments in start-ups are net-new, and donít haverepparttar 144219 down side of investor withdrawals. Furthermore, with possible high rewards, against a sea of uncertainty with limited growth, new investments may look positively glowing.

Finally, with this net increase of investment from emerging nations,repparttar 144220 industrial nationís currencies will gain in value, further emphasisingrepparttar 144221 need to invest within industrial nations rather than face potential currency losses on foreign high growth opportunities.

So, all in all,repparttar 144222 next few years should be very good for start-ups that are looking for capital.

Duncan is a partner at The Launch Factory, a consultancy specializing in marketing, sales, and product management strategy for software and IT companies.


Software 2005

Written by Jim Mackay


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After taking in this conference, I think that it is safe to say that enterprise software as an industry is 'cautiously optimistic'. Venture investments are picking up, M&A activity is growing, andrepparttar overall buzz was a good one, afterrepparttar 144217 last 4-5 years of doom and gloom. Many ofrepparttar 144218 people that I talked to had taken long sabbaticals afterrepparttar 144219 dot-com bust, and are just now getting back inrepparttar 144220 game.

All in all,repparttar 144221 feeling was that it is a good time to be inrepparttar 144222 software and information technology business. We hope they're right - we certainly feel that way

Jim is a partner at The Launch Factory, a consultancy specializing in marketing, sales, and product management strategy for software and IT companies.


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