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Top 10 Investor Interests for Technology 2014

Jan 14 2014, 1:56pm CST | by , in News

Top 10 Investor Interests for Technology 2014
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Want to get a head start on what angel and venture capitalists are looking for in 2014? Here are some sectors we hear whispers about from investors:

  1. Healthcare IT


    Healthcare insurers want to improve communications with providers and consumers as well while reducing costs and improving service.  This scenario set up the hunt for across the board B2B and B2C technology./>

  2. Enterprise Software & Gamification


    Business enterprise software is back in favor as companies strive to integrate more advanced consumer technology into  operations. Gamification of business processes is gaining popularity./>

  3. Fashion Technology


    Wearable technology is poised to explode: It’s not just biometric tracking, but wearables that can improve health and essential body functions. Fashion Technology will also encompass supply chain improvements, inventory and sales performance./>

  4. Mobile Payments

    Mobile payments have risen as a popular payment process through providers like Square, Intuit and Paypal. Mobile payments will increasingly replace plastic as consumers become more familiar with their convenience.
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  5. Solar Technology -Consumer Market

    Home sales of solar panels will increase with new financing models that permit homeowners to buy installation as easily as financing a car.  Architects and home builders will begin to integrate solar panels into home design, driving demand and lowering costs.

  6. 3D Printing

    3D printing has moved from industrial to consumer use with the advent of print on demand and delivering products and in home units at affordable prices. Continued improvements will drive pricing down, thereby driving the market.

  7. Robotics

    Industrial robotics have taken over factories and are now moving into the home with floor cleaners, companions for children and home bound adults. Robotic helpers in healthcare will drive down costs of caring for the elderly while providing more individual assistance.

  8. Cloud Security

    With businesses big and small moving to cloud storage, security for integrating all access from online and mobile is essential. Look for companies to provide more security software for integration of multiple devices.

  9. Mobile Healthcare Apps

    The healthcare industry is moving rapidly to adopt apps that will help them communicate better with their customers. People are on the go and expect mobility in every facet of life, and healthcare is one of the most essential.

  10. Big Data Analytics


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    Big data in and of itself is useless because so much is produced every minute of every day that making sense of it is impossible. The analytics applied to specific industries on the other hand are essential for top performance and will separate winners from losers.

Source: Forbes

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