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Encyclopedia > Dot com company

A Dot-com company, or simply a dot-com, was any company that promoted itself as an Internet business during the Dot-com boom. The name stems from the popular top-level domain, ".com", in turn derived from the word "commercial". During the subsequent stock market crash, the many failed and failing companies became known as dot-bombs. Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is a top-level domain used (at least in theory) by a particular class of organization. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Many were startups formed to take advantage of the surplus of venture capital funding. Many were launched with very thin business plans, sometimes with nothing more than an idea and a catchy name. The stated goal was often to "get big fast" i.e. capture a majority share of whatever market was being entered. The exit strategy usually included an IPO and a large payoff for the founders. A startup company is a company with a limited operating history. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ... A business plan is a summary of how a business owner, manager, or entrepreneur intends to organize an entrepreneurial endeavor and implement activities necessary and sufficient for the venture to succeed. ... The first-mover advantage is the advantage gained by the first significant company to move into a new market. ... Market share, in strategic management and marketing, is the percentage or proportion of the total available market or market segment that is being serviced by a company. ... An exit strategy is a means of escaping a very difficult situation. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

Others were existing companies that re-style themselves as Internet companies, many of them legally changing their names to incorporate a .com suffix.

After the crash, many of the surviving firms dropped the .com from their names[1]. The Dot-com bubble (or dot-com speculative bubble) refers to the approximately four years of time (1997–2001) in which stock markets in Western nations had their value increase rapidly and most significantly in the technology and new Internet sector. ...


List of well-known dot-coms

See also: Dot-com bubble

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List of well-known dot-bombs

There are thousands of failed companies from the Dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Here are a few of the largest and most famous. The dot-com bubble was a speculative bubble covering roughly 1997–2001 during which stock markets in Western nations saw their value increase rapidly from growth in the new Internet sector and related fields. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ...

  • 360HipHop: Promoted as the ultimate hip-hop destination on the web and funded by an array of big name investors like Russell Simmons, the lack of consistent content and an inability to earn more in advertising or eCommerce than they spent tanked the project. The site is now a link farm.
  • Boo.com: Sold clothing and accessories. After blowing through hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital on a poorly-planned business model, it became the poster-child for mismanaged dot-coms. As of 2006, the brand name is returning (under the ownership of a different company).
  • DigiScents: Tried to transmit smells over the internet.
  • eToys: Failed Web toy superstore. Notorious for attempting to sell its customer list in an attempt to ward off bankruptcy, despite its TRUSTe-certified privacy statement promising that "We do not sell, rent, loan or transfer any personal information regarding our customers or their kids to any unrelated third parties. Any information you give us . . . will not be used in ways to which you have not consented." Name was acquired and the site relaunched October 23, 2001 by KB Toys.
  • [email protected]: Excite, a pioneering Internet portal, merged with high-speed Internet service @Home in 1999 to become [email protected], promising to be the "AOL of Broadband" and partnering with cable operators to become the largest broadband ISP in the United States. After spending billions on acquisitions and trying unsuccessfully to sell the Excite portal during a sharp downturn in online advertising, the company filed for bankruptcy in September 2001 and shut down operations.
  • Flooz.com: a service touted as "e-currency" launched at the height of the dot com boom in the late 90's and subsequently folded in 2001 due to lack of consumer acceptance and a basic lack of necessity. Famous for having Whoopi Goldberg as their spokesperson.
  • Freeinternet.com - The 5th largest ISP and famous for its mascot "Baby Bob", the company went bankrupt in 2000. Baby Bob was later sold to Quiznos Sub. [2] [3]
  • Globe.com: Holds the record as the company having the largest percentage change in its stock price on its first day of trading.
  • govWorks.com: Subject of the documentary film Startup.com
  • Kibu.com: Online community for teen girls.
  • Kozmo.com: Bike messenger delivery service for individuals
  • Pets.com: An online pet food store that focused more on its brand name than profitability. Most notable for its sock puppet icon, seen in a Super Bowl commercial.
  • Webvan: This grocery delivery service spent far too much on infrastructure (close to one billion USD) before it had even turned a profit.
  • Zap.com: an internet media venture founded by Zapata Corporation, a fish protein company intent on monetizing its domain name

Top 10 dot-com flops CNET.com Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, NY), is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, and is also founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group. ... On the World Wide Web, a link farm is any group of web pages that all hyperlink to every other page in the group. ... screenshot of the boo. ... The term Etoys can refer to: The EToys firm, a business, owned and operated as EToys. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Excite Excite is an Internet portal with an included search engine. ... An Internet service provider (abbr. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson, November 13, 1955), is an Academy Award, Daytime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, film actress and radio DJ. Although her father was a Protestant preacher, Goldberg says that her family is of mixed religious heritage - including Catholic... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Quiznos Sub (formerly Quiznos Subs) is a fast-food sandwich chain that specializes in toasted submarine sandwiches. ... Startup. ... Kibu. ... Kozmo. ... now. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Webvan was an online credit and delivery grocery business that went bankrupt in 2001. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil exploration company, was created by George H. W. Bush in 1953, along with his business partners John Overbey, and brothers Hugh and Bill Liedtke. ... The term domain name has multiple meanings, all related to the: a name that is entered into a computer (e. ...

See also: List of miscellaneous commercial failures#Internet "dot-bombs"

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Acquisition Bought by Price Date
Hotmail Microsoft $400mil December 1997
Internet Movie Database Amazon.com 1998
Viaweb Yahoo! $49mil June 8, 1998
Netscape Communications AOL $4.2bn 24 November 1998
GeoCities Yahoo! $3.57bn January 28, 1999
Broadcast.com Yahoo! $5.7bl April 1, 1999
Thawte VeriSign $575mil December 1999
Network Solutions VeriSign $15bn 2000
eGroups Yahoo! $432mil June 28, 2000
HotJobs Yahoo! December 27, 2001
PayPal eBay October 2002
Inktomi Yahoo! December 2002
Pyra Labs Google 2003
Overture Services, Inc. Yahoo! $1.7bl July 2003
Keyhole Inc. Google 2004
Kelkoo Yahoo! March 25, 2004
Picasa Google July 2004
Oddpost.com Yahoo! July 9, 2004
Upcoming.org Yahoo! October 5, 2005
Skype eBay $2.6bn October 14, 2005
Ask.com IAC/InterActiveCorp $1.85bn March 2005
Flickr Yahoo! $30-35mil March 2005
DialPad Communications Yahoo! June 14, 2005
MySpace News Corporation $580mil July 2005
Konfabulator Yahoo! July 25, 2005
dodgeball Google May 2005
Friends Reunited ITV plc £120mil December 6, 2005
del.icio.us Yahoo! $15-$30mil December 9, 2005
Webjay Yahoo! January 9, 2006
SketchUp Google March 14, 2006
Writely Google March 9, 2006
Youtube Google $1.65bn October 9, 2006 (announced)



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