1 minute read / Feb 9, 2024 /
The Sudden Repricing of Startups in Early 2024
We’re entering a new pricing environment for software: AI vs non-AI. It’s only happened in the last few weeks.
Recent earnings have pushed some of the most important companies to all-time highs.
This dynamic doesn’t favor everyone.
Theory created a public market AI index to track software companies who have significant product plans or current AI businesses.
AI companies trade at 2.5x the multiple of non-AI companies in the public market.
This yawning difference should compound over time as the adoption of AI is still relatively early - we’re only 18 months into it. In addition, the productivity gains & the concomitant willingness to pay for them is just getting started.
Microsoft & ServiceNow have reported 70% & 50% improvement in productivity in their organizations.
This dynamic is permeating the early stage private markets just as rapidly with the return of the 100x ARR multiple for AI companies.
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The reason is the expected growth rate. AI software companies are projected to grow 63% faster in 2024 than non-AI software companies because of customer demand.
We should expect an elevated valuation environment in Q1 & Q2 as the buyer population expresses strong demand for AI.