[LINK] Net Investment Smashes Records
Wed, 4 Aug 99 06:03:35 GMT
Just look at what we Australians are competing with!!!!!
In the USA, in the first half of 1999, 565 Net startups with an
average investment of greater than US$10 million.
The Industry Standard,
3 August 99
Net Investment Smashes Records
By Maryann Jones Thompson
It doesn't look like the sketchy success of Net stocks and
initial public offerings has scared off many venture capitalists:
New data shows more dollars are flowing into Net startups than
During the first half of this year, 565 Net startups received a
record $6.3 billion - more than the $5.7 billion raised during
the entire year of 1998, and more than 1997 and 1996 combined,
reports San Francisco-based venture-capital researcher
In the second quarter of this year alone, Internet venture
funding jumped 53 percent from the $2.5 billion raised in the
first quarter to $3.8 billion, a 170 percent increase over the
year-ago second quarter.
According to the VentureOne, Internet firms are increasingly
dominating the growing pool of U.S. venture funds. During 1995, a
total of $6.3 billion was invested into U.S. startups, and Net
firms garnered 15 percent of the total. Three years later,
startup funding had increased to $13 billion, with some 44
percent of the dollars going to the Web. And during the first
half of this year, Internet startups grabbed 55 percent of the
record $11.4 billion invested overall in the United States.
"We are seeing lots of money being raised in a very short period
of time," says Rolf Selvig, director of business development at
VentureOne. "These venture-backed companies are replacing dollars
for time, raising money to fund acquisitions and create
combinations that will achieve scale as quickly as possible."
Business-to-business services firms are driving Net investment,
snagging $2.2 billion of the $6.3 billion raised during the first
half. Internet-related software and database companies garnered
$1.5 billion, and e-commerce ventures received $1.1 billion.
Infrastructure companies and ISPs accounted for the remainder of
VIA Networks topped the list of Net deals during the first half
of this year with $128 million in funding. Webvan followed with a
$120 million round, while JuniorNet placed third with $70
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