In a new report released today, the Aberdeen Group reveals that early stage investors are making a massive shift away from business-to-business and business-to-consumer investing in favor of technology investments that support enterprise operational efficiencies. The report, which is based on a survey of 70 early stage investment companies, also states that the amount of capital raised by early stage investors will decrease 40 percent to $60 billion in 2001, down from $108 billion last year.

“The segments to watch in 2001 are telecom resource management, managed services, optical components and switching, collaborative product commerce, and wireless infrastructure,” says report co-author David Wright, Vice President of Private Equity Services. “Investors still believe there are sizeable investment opportunities in technologies that improve enterprise operational efficiencies.”

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