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Founding a successful software startup

The industry is in a tremendous upheaval worldwide and is developing more and more into the software world. This increases the demand for IT specialists around the globe. In Germany, companies are now lacking over 120,000 IT experts; in the USA, representatives of the large tech companies point to 500,000 vacancies. The global high demand for qualified developers can be cleverly exploited from a founder's point of view, because in many companies the question will be whether these urgently needed resources should be built up themselves or whether they should work with external providers. This external provider could be you in the future - with your newly founded startup.

The content of the second edition of the book has been fundamentally revised and expanded with current experience from the author's consultancy and expert work. Various data and statistics were updated and new technologies and IT trends were taken into account.

The content

  • Opportunity for self-employment for STEM graduates with innovative business ideas
  • The typical questions before founding: Team building, raising capital, legal form, company headquarters and company name
  • Increase the number of strokes: Overcoming the mental and organizational initial hurdles
  • Assemble and lead development teams
  • Marketing and sales of tech products and innovative services
  • Only full throttle is not possible: Finding the right work-life balance
  • Guidelines for creating professional software
  • Practical tips and recommendations for action that save the budding startup entrepreneur money and protect him from the typical pitfalls

The author

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Demant is a consultant, successful IT entrepreneur and experienced software developer. He has been familiar with the topic of start-ups for many years from his own entrepreneurial experience and also knows the problem from numerous consulting mandates.


Business start-up Book Industry 4.0 Industrial software MINT Self-employment Software engineering Software development Start-up Company formation

Authors and affiliations

About the authors

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Demant studied technical cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart. After two years as a software developer at Robert Bosch GmbH in the Schwieberdingen development center, he and a former colleague founded a company in the field of industrial automation technology in 1993. In addition to his work within the management team, he was head of software development and was responsible for internationally successful PC software, of which over 10,000 licenses had been sold worldwide by 2013. In 2000 he participated in the founding of a tech start-up in Oxfordshire / UK and has accompanied the development of this company as a member of the board until today.
He has inter alia. Made a name throughout Europe through numerous publications and through his longstanding work on the board of the VDMA specialist department "Industrial Image Processing". In 2013 he left his first company project for personal reasons in order to face new challenges in the field of digital transformation with his specialist knowledge and many years of experience in the professional development of software. Since then, as a consultant and appraiser, he has focused on the analysis and evaluation of software and software development in the context of M&A processes.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title: Founding a successful software startup
  • Book SubtitleTips and experiences of a tech entrepreneur
  • AuthorsChristian Demant
  • DOIhttps: //
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature2020
  • Publisher NameSpringer Gabler, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-662-60953-8
  • eBook ISBN978-3-662-60954-5
  • Edition Number2
  • Number of PagesXXI, 535
  • Number of Illustrations2 b / w illustrations, 34 illustrations in color
  • Topics Management
    The computing profession
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