Are software start-ups different?

An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies

Arho Suominen, Sami Hyrynsalmi, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Marko Seppänen

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship and start-ups have become modern hype terms. Especially, software start-ups have gathered a lot of interest due to a few successful examples, and the potential scalability of new business. A plethora of accelerators, events and communities has been found as well as new research agendas announced to boost and study the new phenomenon. The question, are software start-ups different, still remains unanswered. This study address whether software start-ups differ from the other kinds of new companies. We use the set of over 20,000 Finnish companies founded during 2010-2013 as an empirical material for our inquiry. To compare the financial performance of software start-ups and the rest, we use the current ratio, profit margin, revenue and return on assets as measures of financial performance. The results show that, indeed, software start-ups differ from the control group in the used financial indicators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC)
EditorsJoao Pedro Mendonca, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves, Joao Martins, Alain Zarli, Maria Marques, Marc Pallot
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE
Pages991-996
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-0774-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-0775-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2018
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event23rd International Conference On Engineering, Technlogy and Innovation, ICE/ITMC - Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 27 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference On Engineering, Technlogy and Innovation, ICE/ITMC
Abbreviated titleICE/ITMC 2017
CountryPortugal
CityMadeira
Period27/06/1729/06/17

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Keywords

  • software business
  • start-up
  • entrepreneurship
  • software industry
  • Finland

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Suominen, A., Hyrynsalmi, S., Aarikka-Stenroos, L., & Seppänen, M. (2018). Are software start-ups different? An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies. In J. P. Mendonca, R. Jardim-Goncalves, J. Martins, A. Zarli, M. Marques, & M. Pallot (Eds.), 2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC) (pp. 991-996). Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICE.2017.8279989
Suominen, Arho ; Hyrynsalmi, Sami ; Aarikka-Stenroos, Leena ; Seppänen, Marko. / Are software start-ups different? An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies. 2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). editor / Joao Pedro Mendonca ; Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves ; Joao Martins ; Alain Zarli ; Maria Marques ; Marc Pallot. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE, 2018. pp. 991-996
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Suominen, A, Hyrynsalmi, S, Aarikka-Stenroos, L & Seppänen, M 2018, Are software start-ups different? An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies. in JP Mendonca, R Jardim-Goncalves, J Martins, A Zarli, M Marques & M Pallot (eds), 2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE, pp. 991-996, 23rd International Conference On Engineering, Technlogy and Innovation, ICE/ITMC , Madeira, Portugal, 27/06/17. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICE.2017.8279989

Are software start-ups different? An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies. / Suominen, Arho; Hyrynsalmi, Sami; Aarikka-Stenroos, Leena; Seppänen, Marko.

2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). ed. / Joao Pedro Mendonca; Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves; Joao Martins; Alain Zarli; Maria Marques; Marc Pallot. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE, 2018. p. 991-996.

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Suominen A, Hyrynsalmi S, Aarikka-Stenroos L, Seppänen M. Are software start-ups different? An empirical study on performance of Finnish software companies. In Mendonca JP, Jardim-Goncalves R, Martins J, Zarli A, Marques M, Pallot M, editors, 2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC). Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE. 2018. p. 991-996 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICE.2017.8279989