INTERNET.COM VENTURE FUND I PORTFOLIO COMPANY SECURES $15 MILLION IN AN ADDITIONAL ROUND OF FUNDING
(New York, NY-March 7, 2000)-internet.com Venture Fund I LLC, part of the affiliated venture arm of internet.com Corporation (Nasdaq: INTM), today announced that Handango.com (formerly the GoPDA network, including PalmCentral.com and CEStation.com), one of the first companies added to its investment portfolio, has secured $15 million in additional equity financing from the following venture capital firms: $10 million from Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Incorporated and $5 million from Q Ventures. This funding will enable Handango.com to accelerate the execution of its wireless and business-to-business strategies.
"We are once again pleased to see that one of our first portfolio companies has received such significant funding from a variety of venture investments in only five months after our initial investment," stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of internet.com Corporation. "This additional round of funding, similar to that received by CreativePlanet.com, demonstrates that our strategy of investing in early stage content sites continues to be on target, thus, offering great value for stockholders of internet.com Corporation and investors in internet.com Venture Fund I."
Handango.com (http://www.handango.com) develops and maintains a network of sites dedicated to serving the rapidly expanding handheld computing community. Its core sites, PalmCentral.com and CEStation.com, provide handheld users with a comprehensive collection of mobile computing hardware and software.
internet.com Venture Fund I and Fund II have invested in 27 Internet properties to date. Both funds were formed to invest in early-stage online content providers serving targeted markets that follow the strategy of, but are not competitive to, internet.com. internet.com is the portfolio manager of internet.com Venture Fund I and Fund II and is an investor in both funds. internet.com continues to hold the added benefit of being a public operating company in the Internet space that also extends value to its stockholders by having an Internet venture capital arm. For further information about internet.com Venture Capital Funds visit (http://www.internet.comvc.com).
internet.com Corporation (Nasdaq: INTM; http://www.internet.com), based in New York, New York, is a leading provider of global real-time news and information resources for Internet industry and Internet technology professionals, Web developers and experienced Internet users. internet.com operates a network of 100 Web sites, 75 e-mail newsletters, 101 online discussion forums and 75 moderated e-mail discussion lists with over 2.2 million unique visitors that generate more than 110 million page views monthly. Total "views", which include Web site page views, e-mail newsletter views and e-mail discussion list views, are now over 170 million per month. internet.com's global presence includes editions in Arabia, Asia, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In addition, internet.com with its related internet.com Venture Fund I and Venture Fund II is an investor in a growing number of business-to-business content sites and related Internet media properties.
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