When does a startup stop being a startup? According to EDAC that may be when they get acquired...
Had I asked this question ten or so years ago, I think there would have been a clear answer – it is a company that has been around for a year or two, possibly just released their first product, maybe even have a customer or two. The expectation would have been that they would have either been acquired by a large EDA company or would have continued to grow as one of the middle sized companies of the industry. But how things have changed. In a recent EDAC event, the following slide was presented.
The “hottest” EDA startups. And topping the list is Oasys. Let me see. This company has been around since 2004 and their first product launched in 2009. They now have multiple products and that orders more than doubled in 2012 by the addition of several of the top semiconductor and IP vendors to its previous list of marquee customers. How about OneSpin solutions? Founded in 2005 from technology developed inside of Infineon. Berkeley design automation – founded 2003 and talks about over 100 semiconductor companies using their products. Of those with at least one mention we see Forte first released product in 1999, Jasper has been around for close to 20 years now… I could go on.
It would seem as if the new definition of startup is that they are not public or they haven’t been acquired by one of the big three. Until last week, would we have called Tensilica a startup?Brian Bailey
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