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Sōzō Pulse

Every quarter, we survey different leaders at our portfolio companies on pressing issues. Our interactive data experience lets you explore the results in detail.

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CEOs - Q4 2022

CEOs face a new set of challenges, but see light at the end of the tunnel

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CEOs’ sentiment toward the economy compared with one year ago

  • Less optimistic
  • More optimistic
  • No change
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Issues that CEOs believe will have a major impact on their companies in 2023

  • Inflation
  • Rising interest rates
  • Hiring/retention challenges
  • Access to capital
  • Supply chain issues
  • Geopolitical instability
  • COVID-19
  • Regulatory risk
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Expectations for how long high inflation will persist

  • 0-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • 12-18 months
  • 18-24 months
  • 24+ months
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CEOs’ predictions for where the S&P 500 will be at the end of 2023 compared to the end of 2022

  • More than 10% higher
  • Between 5% and 9% higher
  • Roughly unchanged
  • Between 5% and 9% lower
  • More than 10% lower
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CEOs’ plans to raise capital

  • No plans
  • Yes, through equity
  • Yes, through debt
  • Yes, through a mix of debt and equity
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Change in CEOs’ stress levels during 2022

  • Increased
  • Decreased
  • No change
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CEOs see 2023 as a year to:

  • Conserve cash and stablize the business
  • Invest aggressively to gain market share
  • Expand into new geographies
  • Expand into new product offerings
  • Grow organically
  • Grow through M&A
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Difficulty of hiring compared to a year ago

  • Easier
  • Not easier
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Difficulty of retention compared to a year ago

  • Easier
  • Not easier
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Expected work modality in 2023

  • Fully in office
  • Hybird
  • Fully remote
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Hybrid work’s impact on CEO’s job

  • Made it easier
  • Made it harder
  • No change
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CEOs who said hybrid work has a positive impact on…

  • Productivity
  • Culture
  • Product development
  • Workplace equity
  • Turnover
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CEOs who said hybrid work has a negative impact on…

  • Productivity
  • Culture
  • Product development
  • Workplace equity
  • Turnover
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