The advances in SaaS and cloud computing have positioned the software industry as¬†a high-demand segment with abundant opportunities for software¬†financing.¬†According to measurements by DataMonitor, the software industry had sales of¬†over $300 billion in 2007 and that is projected to increase by more than 50% over the next three years.¬†Software venture capital firms typically focus on companies seeking early stage private equity as well as provide backing¬†during the later stages of company development for expansion, acquisitions, and IPOs.¬†Although some of the larger players, such as Microsoft,¬†dominate the industry, the smaller, emerging, and high-growth companies¬†are critical to the industry on a worldwide basis¬†due to the continuous innovations¬†and solutions.
Given the role of technology today, software and applications are vital to all industries, the government, and¬†education.¬†Software¬†venture¬†funds are intended for¬†groundbreaking and proprietary products, solutions, and ideas with seed and early stage investments ranging from $25,000 to $8 million and later stage¬†investments ranging up to $20 million.
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Matrix Partners invests in start ups across diverse industries, providing early/late stage and follow-on funding ranging from $2 million to $10 million.¬† With $1 billion in total capital, the company finances entrepreneurs in the United States, India, and China.¬† Over the past 30 years, it has backed companies such as Apple Computer, SanDisk, and TheLadders.com.
Point Judith Capital backs high-growth companies in the United States and Canda within the¬†Internet, mobile, healthcare, and clean technology markets.¬†¬†Focusing on early stage investments, Point Judith Capital provides initial investments ranging from $500,000 to $3 million with up to $6 million in follow-on investments over the life of the¬†partnership.¬† The company currently manages two funds totaling $100 million.
Clearstone Venture is a¬†venture capital company investing in businesses within the technology industry including software, enterprise¬†infrastructure, security, wireless, and semiconductor.¬† With over $650 million in¬†committed capital spanning three funds, Clearstone Venture Partners focuses on growing emerging business with solutions in¬†major sectors.
Tenaya Capital is a technology-focused venture capital firm investing in the¬†software, consumer Internet, communications, semiconductor, electronics, and clean technology industries.¬† Over multiple funds, the company has raised $1 billion in capital for later stage funding¬†and provides initial investments ranging from $5 million to $10 million with potential follow-on investments of up to $30 million.
Bain Capital has $64 billion in assets under management.¬† It¬†specializes in investing in private companies¬†worldwide across diverse industries and sectors.¬† The firm has provided private equity, including leveraged buyouts and¬†growth capital, to more than¬†250¬†businesses.
Trident Capital is a full-cycle private equity and venture capital firm funding companies in multiple stages¬†including early stage, growth equity, and buyout.¬† Since 1993, Trident Capital has invested in more than 150 companies and currently has¬†$1.5 billion in invested capital across industries that include enterprise software/service,¬†healthcare IT, Internet, and clean technology.
Mayfield Fund has invested 14 funds totaling $2.8 billion since its inception in¬†1969 including one in India.¬† It backs companies in all stages of development across diverse industries including consumer products, enterprise software, and energy technology.
Sequoia Capital is a venture capital firm with presence in the United States, China, Israel, and India.¬† It backs companies in the seed, early, and growth stages with investments ranging from $100,000 to $100 million. Sequoia Capital is considered one of the top Menlo Park, CA venture capital firms offering west coast funding, partnering with entrepreneurs in the financial services, healthcare, Internet, mobile, and technology sectors.¬† It has backed large players such PayPal, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo!, and Cisco, and YouTube since its launch in 1972.
Insight Venture Partners focuses on the growth and late stages for software, Internet, and data-enabled businesses.¬† Since 1995, it has created venture capital and private equity funds totaling $3 billion.¬† The company provides financing for growth, buy-outs, spin-offs, recapitalization, pre-IPO needs, and M&A activity.
General Catalyst Partners provides venture capital and growth equity to companies in the areas of new media and Internet, clean energy, and software/systems/services.¬† Growth equity funding amounts can range from $10 million to $50 million to support acquisition and organic growth, recapitalizations, spin-outs, and buyouts.