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Truffle 100 for 2007: Europe’s Hottest Software Companies (alarm:clock article)

“The Truffle 100 for 2007 Listing of Europe’s 100 largest software firms is out and online. The good news is that 32 Euro software vendors have revenues greater than €100M (up from 30 one year ago).

The bad news is that all the Truffle 100 combined is generating less annual sales than Microsoft, and not quite double Oracle’s annual sales.

Getting back to the positive news is the fact that all of the Truffle 100 companies have sales of greater €20M. And that they make about €2.5B in profits a year (aggregated).” …more (alarm:clock article)

truffle statistic

“Autonomy Systems Ltd. has won the Fastest Growing Software Company in Europe award of the 2007 Truffle 100 Europe. The UK company is one of the numerous world-class champions in a strategic industry that creates jobs and value for European economies. The top 100 vendors invest massively in R&D, constantly develop new products, and successfully meet the challenges of international competition.” (source: Truffle Capital)

TOP 10:

1 SAP (Germany)
5 SOFTWARE AG (Germany)
9 VISMA ASA (Norway)


What’s not hot: European second tier social networks

I’ve received more than one hundred European investment proposals of 2nd/3rd tier social networks within the last 8 weeks. Most of them are universal social networks – trying to compete against facebook, studiVZ, myspace, etc.

In my understanding the don’t have a chance against the established players, as most of them don’t differ in their feature set and target audience. I still believe in niche players (travel, …) who are implementing very specific features that might be too unique to be implemented for example as facebook widgets.

In the last 2 month I recognized that hundreds of my friends in Europe signed up at facebook. All of them were using local social networks (such as studiVZ, xing, uboot) but now churned to facebook. Even a lot of ASW (a small world) members turn into extensive facebook users.

Conclusion: starting another local social network in Europe doesn’t make sense and is not hot, unless it provides great functionality and doesn’t require a huge user base that it works (where you don’t need all your other friends to be signed up). If there is no potential to grow the user base by utilizing a snowball effect – it doesn’t make sense either. If you can’t defend it against big players who are offering more and more functionality via widgets, it doesn’t make sense either.

nice techcrunch post: Why Are Founders and Execs Leaving Second Tier Social Networks?

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