Amount invested by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley during the first nine months of 1999: $7.7 billion US
Amount spent during the third quarter alone: $3.36 billion US
Percentage increase over the preceding quarter: 27
Largest single investment in the same quarter (for Webvan): $275 million US
Amount lost by Webvan in the first six months of 1999: $35.1 million US
Sales by Webvan during the same period: $395,000 US
Valuation of Webvan's total outstanding shares on November 29, 1999: $7.7 Billion US
Number of attendees at Comdex Fall '99: 400,000
Number of attendees at Comdex Fall '99's Linux Business Expo: 38,000
Positions of Linus' keynote and the LBE as attractions at Comdex Fall: #1 (CBS News)
Number of stores in which AutoZone will install Linux terminals: 2,800
Increase in one share of Red Hat stock after announcing a support deal with AutoZone on November 19, 1999: 22 1/2 points
Red Hat's share price at close of the same day: $236 US
Red Hat's market cap at that share price: $16.279 billion US
Percentage increase in Red Hat's share price since its August 1999 IPO: 1600
Cobalt Networks' annual revenues in 1998: $3.537 million US
Cobalt Networks' revenues for the first nine months of 1999: $13.849 million US
Cobalt Networks' IPO share price: $22.00 US
Cobalt's share price on November 29, 1999: $156.50 US
Cobalt's market cap at that price: $4.272 billion US
Average price per month of DSL service: $30-60 US
Total number of DSL subscribers in the country: 300,000+
Total number of subscribers to cable high-speed Internet access: 2 million
Amount of Red Hat stock sold to Cygnus for the takeover: 6.7 million shares
Value of that stock on the day of the takeover: $674 million US
Current value of the stock: $1.5 billion US
Price of feeding a penguin for one year: $700 US
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/)
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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!
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