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Le capital-risque aux Etats-Unis dans les technologies de l'information


  • Patrice Boivin

    () (labrii, ULCO)


Aux États-Unis, les années 1990 consacrent la montée en puissance des fonds de capital-risque comme sources de financement pour les entreprises spécialisées dans les technologies de l'information. Plus précisément, les secteurs des logiciels et des communications reçoivent les montants les plus importants, en raison de leur potentiel de croissance lié au développement exponentiel d'Internet (accroissement des besoins de communication des entreprises et développement du commerce électronique). Les grandes entreprises ont donc tout intérêt à stimuler la multiplication des petites entreprises innovantes, constituant autant de laboratoires d'expérimentation. Nombre d'entre elles se cachent ainsi derrière les fonds de capital-risque. In the United States, during the 1990s, the importance of venture funds have become crucial as a financial resource for firms specialised in information technologies. More precisely, software and communication sectors have been receiving the most important funds, thanks to their growth potential linked with the exponential development of Internet (the increasing need for firms to communicate and the electronic trade development). Big firms are then strongly committed in multiplying the number of innovative small firms, which experiment new technologies for them. That is the reason why the main IT firms are hiding behind venture capital funds.

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  • Patrice Boivin, 1999. "Le capital-risque aux Etats-Unis dans les technologies de l'information," Working Papers 29, Laboratoire de Recherche sur l'Industrie et l'Innovation. ULCO / Research Unit on Industry and Innovation.
  • Handle: RePEc:rii:riidoc:29

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    Capital-risque; technologies de l’information; financement; logiciels; communication; Etats-Unis/ Capital funds; information technologies; financial resource; software; communication; USA;

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    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • P23 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Factor and Product Markets; Industry Studies; Population


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