January 31, 2005
According to the MoneyTree Survey carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers,
VC (venture capital) deals for last year totaled approximately
These numbers represent an increase from a six-year low of
$18.9 billion in 2003.
Software accounted for about a quarter of 2004 VC spending, or about $5.1 billion, which is a three-year high for the category.
Late stage investments drove some of the year-over-year growth. 2004 saw $7.2 billion in late stage investment as opposed to $4.9 billion in 2003.
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But that trend may not continue, according to Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association.
"The strengthening IPO and acquisitions markets clearly helped fuel late stage financings in 2004," he said. "Now, as venture capitalists are beginning to invest their new funds, we may well see a shift in focus back to early stage companies in the coming year."
That's a positive for software companies, which tend to claim the lion's share of early stage financing.
Source: eCommerce Times
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