2019 State of
Executive insights on US- and UK-based tech companies and trending markets to watch.
For tech businesses, international expansion is an inescapable requirement of continuous growth. A survey of 1,000 U.S. and UK tech executives revealed their short- and long-term ambitions and motives for global expansion.
A hunger for global growth
Businesses want to expand—and do so quickly.
Nearly all U.S. and UK tech businesses will expand into new international markets
Almost two-thirds of tech businesses operating in only their domestic markets will move overseas in the next year
What's driving this appetite?
Reaching more customers is a key driver of overseas growth, but it is not the sole motivator.
The most-desired global destinations
When it comes to revenue growth, Europe dominates—with North America second.
(including the Caribbean and Central America)
The top 20 promising markets
The Global Expansion Tech Index highlights the most promising markets for tech companies according to key metrics such as growth, knowledge, and regulation.
02 United States
03 Hong Kong SAR, China
11 Korea, Rep.
12 United Kingdom
19 Czech Republic
Despite the ambitions for global expansion, a high proportion of tech firms haven't left their domestic markets. This will radically change in the next five years.
Proportion of businesses present in five countries or more:
Bumps in the road
Businesses face significant challenges when they make this leap for the first time.
The most commonly cited challenges associated with global expansion:
The proportion of businesses that exited an international market:
To outpace the competition and become an industry-leading organization, tech firms must embrace the fact that expanding into multiple markets is no longer optional; it is a necessity. View the full report at the link below for additional global expansion data and insights.
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