Welcome back to Baby Breakerdom! This week's quest to uncover budding Rule Breakers finds there's big demand for on-demand and that Foolish investments sometimes come in tiny packages.
First up this week is SuccessFactors, which, like Salesforce.com
On Monday, SuccessFactors announced that it had raised $45 million in funding from Greylock Partners, Canaan Capital, TPG Ventures, Cardinal Venture Capital, and Emergence Capital Partners. That's hardly surprising. "On-demand" software has developed a following for its simplicity. It's typically far easier to maintain than classic install-and-upgrade software of the variety traditionally offered by Microsoft
Of course, it's not yet clear whether the on-demand model will make a notable dent in the sales or profits of legacy software giants, especially since both Oracle and SAP have their own on-demand platforms. But VentureWire says that five firms dabbling in the technology received new rounds of funding this month alone. Call me crazy, but to me, that sounds like a movement.
Next up is nanotech. The small science has been attracting plenty of investor attention lately, and I'm not just talking about Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick Harris & Harris
That's all for now. See you back here next Friday when we continue the quest to find the next ultimate growth stock.
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