Like other aspects of our consulting
practice we have global experience with private investors investing in
commercial software projects. Most venture capital projects we have
worked on are less than $25 million and the average value is about $5
million. Only a few investments have been in excess of $100 million.
Benefits of our analysis
- Increase return on investment
- Improve profit margins
- Reduce time to make a profit
- Quantifies the unknown risks
- Avoid investing in unprofitable projects.
- Better communication
About half of our experiences on software ventures is consulting
on projects well underway and the other half are new software ventures.
We help investors understand if they should:
- Continue to fund a project or pull the plug
- Fund a new software venture
Investor turn to us for a variety reasons including,
but not limited to:
- Quick Assessments
- Significant Experience
- International Knowledge Base
- Comprehensive Analysis
While analysis is important getting the right information into the hands
of our clients is essential. Since we have a broad base of experiences,
normally assessments can be done in less than 30 days.
We have consulted with firms in every industry relying on software. Our
clients include some of the best IT organizations
in the world. We have assessed firms with only a few IT developers
to firms with over 4,000 developers.
International Knowledge Base
While we have a lot international experiences, most of our venture capital
- US investors funding a US based software venture
- European investors funding US based software ventures
While the bulk of our experience is in the USA and Europe,
we have consulted in Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Our database our knowledge is very diverse.
We examine all aspects of the software venture and compare to similar
established software ventures, Comerica software, or software development
Develop project estimates based upon, but
not limited to:
- Project Size
- Management Skill
- Staff Skill
- Proposed software development method logy (if any).
Determine feasibility based upon, but not
- Staff Assessments
- Project Size
- Business Functionality
- Market Potential
Evaluate projects underway by examining:
- Productivity Rates
- Hours Expended
- Proposed Size
- Defect Management
- Quality Management
Hard data is analyzed using simple and complex statistical methods.
Soft data collected is analyzed from a behavioral perspective.
This allows us to compare productivity and quality levels to
similar projects and to some industry averages. We explain differences
and perhaps even more important explain why there are differences.
Assessment and valuation reports can be cumbersome to write because
of the technical nature of the content. Each report contains an
executive summary outlining our findings. Our reports also include
extensive analysis and details to support our findings. Our reports
follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers.