Searching for a niche
Venture capitalists are looking to invest in start-ups focused on areas that giants like Google and Yahoo have missed. The idea is to cash in by selling these properties to one of the biggies.
A variety of different search-related companies nailed down funding in 2005.
|Company ||Close date (2005) ||Money raised ($M) ||Focus|
|BayNote ||March 17 ||4.5 ||Technology to increase relevancy of search engines|
|4INFO ||March 21 ||8 ||Mobile-phone search services|
|FatLens ||Feb. 2 ||8 ||Online shopping search engine with instant messaging|
|Simply Hired ||Aug. 4 ||3 ||Listings from job boards and from online newspaper classifieds|
|Onmeta ||Sept. 29 ||undisclosed ||Hosted search and shopping comparison in the entertainment field|
|EVDB ||March 28 ||2.1 ||Searchable events database|
|ChoiceStream ||Feb. 22 ||7 ||Personalized online consumer services, search |
|Feedster ||June 2 ||undisclosed ||RSS and blog search engine|
|X1 Technologies ||April 20 ||10 ||Desktop-search software |
|iCrossing ||June 30 ||13 ||Search engine optimization, marketing services|
|Perfect Market Technologies ||July 19 ||10 ||Developer of Snap general search engine|
|Business.com ||Feb. 23 ||6.5 ||Internet-business search engine and directory|