Retrovesting: Had it not been reported by Rafat Ali, I may have missed this press release regarding a $10 million funding round raised by Business.com.
Business.com, the search engine designed and organized exclusively for business, today announced the closure of a new round of financing. Benchmark Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, has invested $10 million in Business.com.This new round of funding will enable Business.com to invest in technology infrastructure, product development, and sales and marketing to meet the growing market demand for its vertical business search capabilities…
“Business.com was founded in 1999 on the concept that the information needs of business professionals are different from those of consumers,” said Jake Winebaum, CEO and founder of Business.com. “We’ve focused solely on this large and valuable market segment for the last five years, fine-tuning our service and laying the foundation for what’s become a strong, profitable, and fast-growing business. Benchmark’s investment now allows us to accelerate our product development and expand our sales and marketing efforts.”
Gee. I never thought I’d see this.
How magazines get started (continued): One of the seven readers of this weblog, Sean Callahan, has an article at btobonline.com about publishers launching technology magazines like Redux Herring and the Deal‘s Tech Confidential.
(Explanation: How magazines get started.)
This is a test: I took the picture at left (with my phone’s camera) of the magazine “Wired Test” at a huge grocery store magazine newsstand in Greenfield, Mass., Saturday afternoon. (While I live in Nashville, I spend a lot of my time in blue states.) I know nothing about the magazine other than I can’t easily find an announcement about it. (I’ll link to one as soon as I discover it.) The magazine looks like a mash of Wired & Lucky — very CondeNastic.
Also, I received an e-mail from someone this morning asking about it and alerting me to its appearance. Thanks.
Dejacon III: I did not attend Bloggercon III, but Stowe Boyd, who I leaned against a wall with during Jeff Jarvis’ over-flow session at Bloggercon II, describes it as I imagined it would be. It’s great to gather with people who are passionate about what’s taking place in the blogosphere, but a bit frustrating because of certain constraints and expectations and personalities on parade. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there, but am positive my weekend was better spent.
Update: Rafat apparently liked Stowe’s “brilliant, pithy” analysis.
He’s right, except when he’s wrong: Eric Enberg spends a few thousand words saying what I said the morning after election day in a couple dozen: certain bloggers who probably did everything they could to avoid statistics courses in college did the world a disservice (I think I said they “botched it”) by unleashing meaningless numbers onto the blogosphere. However, Engberg goes on to prove how clueless he is by projecting ont all bloggers the unfettered stupidity of a few. Which means, I suppose, that I can discount everything Enberg has to say because he’s saying it on CBSnew.com and it was probably faxed in from a Kinkos somewhere.(via: Micro Persuasion)