Starting a business is one thing, but growing a company all the way to an exit--at a high multiple--is a different story altogether.

While not all entrepreneurs are looking to "flip" a business to a strategic acquirer within a few years of launching, many start their companies with a specific timeline in mind for when they want to exit. 

We recently unveiled our list of the 8 best industries for starting a business. But what about the other end of the entrepreneurial process? Which industries are primed for business owners who are looking to make a sale? 

CB Insights has compiled an exhaustive list of the 30 tech industries that have witnessed the biggest surge in exits during the past few years. Check out the top 8 industries from their list, below.

 

8. Supply Chain and Logistics

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 95 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 6 years

Notable Exits: Fleetmatics, ShipStation, Integrated Export Systems

 

7. HR and Work Force Management

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 100 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 3 years

Notable Exits: Workday, Paylocity, Paycom

 

6. Accounting and Finance

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 100 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 6 years

Notable Exits: OnDeck Capital, Check, Sterci

 

5. Application and Data Integration

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 100 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 2 years

Notable Exits: iGware, ServiceMesh, Mashery

 

4. Travel

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 106 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 2 years

Notable Exits: HomeAway, Kayak Software, Trivago

 

3. Customer Relationship Management

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 148 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 3 years

Notable Exits: Zendesk, RelateIQ, Five9

 

2. Data Storage and Security

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 166 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 6 years

Notable Exits: Nimble Storage, Fusion-io, MANDIANT

 

1. Health and Wellness

Exit Growth (2011-2012 vs. 2013-2014): 181 percent

Median Time Between First Funding and Exit: 3 years

Notable Exits: Everyday Health, MapMyFitness

Published on: Feb 9, 2015