The relation between key events in the development phase and the financial structure of NTBFs in the software sector

Teresa Hogan, Elaine Robyn Hutson

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The study is based on a questionnaire survey of 117 Irish software firms. It finds no systematic relation between product lead time and acquisition of first external funds in new technology-based firms (NTBFs). Contrary to the stage model’s predictions, these firms are just as likely to secure finance in advance of producing their first product beta as they are to receive funds subsequently. Product lead times in this sector are short. Firms produced their first product beta in a median of 12 months and acquire their first external funds a median
of 3 months later. The timing of these two events, however, is not significantly different. There is a significant difference in the mean time to receipt of consulting revenues and the development of first beta, suggesting that most software product companies use consulting revenues to fund product development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-243
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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