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LJ INDEX—February, 2000
  1. Amount invested by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley during the first nine months of 1999: $7.7 billion US

  2. Amount spent during the third quarter alone: $3.36 billion US

  3. Percentage increase over the preceding quarter: 27

  4. Largest single investment in the same quarter (for Webvan): $275 million US

  5. Amount lost by Webvan in the first six months of 1999: $35.1 million US

  6. Sales by Webvan during the same period: $395,000 US

  7. Valuation of Webvan's total outstanding shares on November 29, 1999: $7.7 Billion US

  8. Number of attendees at Comdex Fall '99: 400,000

  9. Number of attendees at Comdex Fall '99's Linux Business Expo: 38,000

  10. Positions of Linus' keynote and the LBE as attractions at Comdex Fall: #1 (CBS News)

  11. Number of stores in which AutoZone will install Linux terminals: 2,800

  12. Increase in one share of Red Hat stock after announcing a support deal with AutoZone on November 19, 1999: 22 1/2 points

  13. Red Hat's share price at close of the same day: $236 US

  14. Red Hat's market cap at that share price: $16.279 billion US

  15. Percentage increase in Red Hat's share price since its August 1999 IPO: 1600

  16. Cobalt Networks' annual revenues in 1998: $3.537 million US

  17. Cobalt Networks' revenues for the first nine months of 1999: $13.849 million US

  18. Cobalt Networks' IPO share price: $22.00 US

  19. Cobalt's share price on November 29, 1999: $156.50 US

  20. Cobalt's market cap at that price: $4.272 billion US

  21. Average price per month of DSL service: $30-60 US

  22. Total number of DSL subscribers in the country: 300,000+

  23. Total number of subscribers to cable high-speed Internet access: 2 million

  24. Amount of Red Hat stock sold to Cygnus for the takeover: 6.7 million shares

  25. Value of that stock on the day of the takeover: $674 million US

  26. Current value of the stock: $1.5 billion US

  27. Price of feeding a penguin for one year: $700 US

Sources:
  • 1-15: San Jose Mercury News, TheStreet.com, Linux Today, CBS News, Hoovers

  • 16-20: Cobalt numbers from company filings with the SEC

  • 21-23: US West Communications

  • 24-26: CNN, NASDAQ

  • 27: Sea World (http://www.seaworld.org/)

BARREL SCRAPINGS REVISITED

Several months ago, we defied the conventional wisdom that says there are no good domain names left. We found earwig.com, bizfloss.com, stoptalking.com, halfcat.com and fubar.mil were all untaken. With good reason, all but earwig.com remain on the block, which means their negotiable value is somewhere south of $35/year.

Maybe you guys can actually use a few from this round. Hey, if they don't work for your domain, maybe you can use one to name your band!

  • coapathetic.com

  • bedkill.com

  • barfwash.com

  • linkfetus.com

  • mailpail.com

  • linuxgoddess.com

  • domainpain.com

  • petsurface.com

  • buttcramp.com

  • fallinghope.com

  • bilespike.com

  • luckfarmer.com

  • umoo.edu

  • nterior.com

  • beerleer.com

  • neithersex.com

  • toygod.com

  • cashbird.com

  • possuminnards.com

  • gyrosnooze.com --Doc Searls

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