On the Heterogeneity of Digital Infrastructure in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Matthias Schulte-Althoff, Kai Schewina, Daniel Fürstenau, Gene Moo Lee

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Digital infrastructure represents for startups in entrepreneurial ecosystems an important asset but also a major risk. Drawing on studies about digital entrepreneurship and ecosystems, we examine the determinants of the heterogeneity of startups’ tech stacks in ecosystems. Using publicly available data from the data aggregators Stackshare and Crunchbase, we identify popular endogenous categories in startups’ tech stacks. Then we conduct a visual network analysis and a multivariate regression analysis, utilizing the identified technology categories to measure the heterogeneity of the startups’ tech stacks. The analysis supports the propositions that firm age and increased funding are positively associated with tech stack heterogeneity, whereas funding rounds are negatively associated with tech stack heterogeneity. Implications of our findings on digital entrepreneurship and ecosystems are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133133
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020 - Grand Wailea, Maui, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 202010 Jan 2020
Conference number: 53


Conference53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020
LocationGrand Wailea
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

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