Investments In IT-Based Ventures Rise|
Venture-capital investments in IT-based companies totaled $2.5 billion in the third quarter, up from $2.3 billion in the year-earlier quarter, according to the VentureOne/Ernst & Young quarterly VC report released Monday. The number of IT deals by VC firms in the third quarter was 272, down from 280 a year ago.
Year to date, venture-capital investments in IT totaled $8.6 billion, up from $7.5 billion for the comparable period a year ago.
Software companies attracted $1.1 billion in VC investments in the third quarter, including the period's largest VC deal, a $105 million later-stage investment in Vonage, a phone service provider using voice-over-IP technology. Other IT categories include communications ($600 million), electronics ($230 million), information services ($162 million), and semiconductors ($386 million).
Early-stage investments in IT companies--a gauge of interest in promising new technologies--was up in the third quarter, with the median amount invested in first-round deals hitting $5.7 million.
Health-care companies also attracted higher earlier-stage investment. Early-stage health-care companies drew $358 million spread out over 40 deals in the quarter, the most raised since mid-2002. Biopharmaceutical firms garnered $967 million spread out over 61 deals in the quarter, an increase of 16% in money invested and 25% in deals over the second quarter. Early-stage health-care investors were likely encouraged by the ability of companies to find initial public offering opportunities; 32 of the 48 VC-backed IPOs in the third quarter occurred in the health-care sector.
Boston Web Design Launches New ThermaCELL Websites|
Boston Web Design, a Boston-based Web design, development and marketing firm launched the new website for ThermaCELL, owned and operated by the Schawbel Corporation, which developed its ThermaCELL technology in 1986, and since then has received 16 patents for it.
MindHarbor Launches a Web-based Application that Enables Non-Technical Personnel
Norcross, Georgia-based MindHarbor, Inc., announced the launch of its mmprove online publication manager functionality, which will allow publishers to keep their online content up-to-date without the costly requirement of a webmaster or contracted technical support.
Fantastico Includes Soholaunch with Servers
Soholaunch Inc, a developer of website creation tools, announced that its Soholaunch Pro Server Edition will be offered with Fantastico De Luxe suite of server installation solutions provided by Netenberg.
Macromedia Unveils the Next ColdFusion and Flash Releases
JavaDevelopersJournal.com announced that at its annual developer conference Macromedia provided a glimpse of new features that are under consideration in new releases of ColdFusion and Macromedia's Flash Player.
InDigiNet Rolls Out a Reward Program
InDigiNet, Inc., a provider of managed communication solutions for Small to Mid-Size Enterprises (SMEs) in the United States, announced that the company is planning to roll out a Reward Program and is currently holding discussions with providers who have enrolled major participants such as Macy's, Target and CompUSA as part of their Reward/Loyalty Programs.
IBM Lauches SOA Services Practice
IBM introduced consulting services to help companies build and manage service-oriented architectures, an indication that the next-generation model for distributed computing is gaining traction in the information technology market.
Bluetooth Shipments Set To Double Yet Again
Worldwide shipments of Bluetooth chipsets and, by extension, devices that use those chipsets, is set to double for the second straight year, according to a market study released Tuesday by In-Stat/MDR.
New MyDoom Worms Exploit Unpatched IE Bug
New versions of the MyDoom worm that began spreading late Monday afternoon are among the fastest-ever exploits of an unpatched Microsoft vulnerability, security experts said Tuesday.
Small Vendors Issue Security Challenge To Large Competitors
Four vendors of application security products have created an alliance to challenge the ability of large-scale vendors - such as Check Point Software Technologies, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, McAfee, and Symantec--to protect customers from hacker attacks and other security breaches.
IBM Designs Latest eServer For Supercomputing
IBM on Tuesday unveiled an eServer model specifically designed for building supercomputing systems. The eServer p5 575, powered by IBM's Power5 processor, is designed for building frame-mounted, clustered supercomputing systems. The thin, blade server-like computer is a follow up to IBM's previous supercomputing system, the eServer p655.