Archive for June, 2008

Medical Symptoms & Health Information

InfomedMD Health 2.0 Logo & ApplicationInfoMedMD is set to launch in the next couple of weeks.  InfomedMD is an intelligent healthcare application which through a series of questions provides you with personalized medical information specific to you and your symptoms.  We expect to launch the service with approximately 30 infoMeds – another 30 infoMeds will be released sporadically during the weeks following.

To be notified of our launch please register at

Below is a screen shot of from Medical Questions.

Medical Questions & Symptoms

Below is a screenshot of the Lasik Surgery infoMed.

Lasik Surgery Questions & Information

When infoMedMD launches we expect to have the following infoMeds available:

  • Alcholoism
  • Allergies & Hay Fever
  • Bad Breath
  • Blepharitis
  • Botox – Is it For Me?
  • Cataract
  • Chlymydia
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Cigar Smoking – How Bad is It?
  • Cold Sores
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Contact Lens Irritation
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Dog Bite
  • Dry Eye
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Eye Diseases
  • Eye Problem Screening
  • Eye Vitamins
  • Gardasil
  • Genital Herpes
  • Headaches – Do I Have a Serious Problem?
  • Health Maintenance
  • Hypertension Screening
  • Lasik
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Screening Tests
  • Shingles Prevention
  • Testosterone Supplements
  • Vasectomy

These infoMeds will be released during the weeks following:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Autism
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Cigarette Smoking – How Bad is It?
  • Decreased Near Vision
  • Dental Screening
  • Diabetes
  • Dieting (Weight Loss)
  • Double Vision
  • Enlarged Pupil
  • Eye Itchiness
  • Eyelid Twitching
  • Floaters/Flashers
  • Glasses to Contacts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hand Problems
  • Heart Disease Screening
  • Lung Cancer Prognosis
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Stroke Risks


With all the negative press about Yahoo recently, including the exodus of 115 executives since January 2007, it’s easy to forget about the incredible history of one of the first internet companies.

Founded in 1994, Yahoo began as a basic web directory and eventually evolved into an internet giant.  On April 12, 1996 Yahoo went public with a intra day market cap high of $1 billion.  (See Internet IPOs for more).

With the capital from their IPO Yahoo was now able to expend via both in house development and outside acquisitions.  During the internet boom Yahoo made one of the biggest purchases ever with the $5.7 billion acquisition of in July 1999. was an online audio service created by Mark Cuban to stream live audio coverage of his favorite sporting events. Yahoo’s purchase of made Cuban an internet legend, a billionaire and a future owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. At the time of the purchase was a publicly traded company (BCST) who saw its stock rise over $7 to $125 after the announcement.

Yahoo’s first acquisition was for Net Controls in September 1997 for $1.4 million. Yahoo acquired ViaWeb, a developer of web commerce tools, for $49 million in stock in June 1998. In October 1998 Yahoo began its quest for free email service with the purchase of Four11 (Four11 offered a free email service via a product called RocketMail) for $92 million in stock. Today Yahoo Mail is one of the largest drivers of traffic to the Yahoo network. Yahoo announced its acquisition of Geocities in January 1999 for $3.6 billion.

Yahoo jumped into the marketing world with the purchase of Yoyodyne in October 1998 for $29.6 million in stock. Yoyodyne allowed Yahoo to collect user data and act as an intermediary between its users and commerce clients. Yahoo purchased its popular Launch music site with its acquisition of Launch Media in June 2001 for $12 million. In December 2001 Yahoo purchased the online job search company HotJobs for approximately $436 million. Inktomi was purchased in December 2002 for $235 million followed by Overture in July 2003 for $1.63 billion. In April 2004 Yahoo purchased Kelkoo, a European comparison shopping site, for $579 million.

Below is a partial list of Yahoo’s acquisitions which have helped shape this diverse portal.

Yahoo! Acquisitions History:

  • September 1997 – Yahoo acquires Net Controls for $1.4 Million
  • October 1997 – Yahoo purchases Four11 for $92 Million
  • March 1998 – Yahoo purchases Classic Games
  • June 1998 – Yahoo picks up ViaWeb for $49 Million
  • July 1998 – Yahoo acquires WebCal
  • December 1998 – Yahoo acquires Yoyodyne for $29.6 Million
  • December 1998 – Yahoo acquires Sportacy
  • January 1999 – Yahoo acquires Hyperparellel for $8 Million
  • February 1999 – Yahoo acquires Log-Me-On for $10 Million
  • May 1999 – Yahoo purchases GeoCities for $3.6 Billion
  • May 1999 – Yahoo purchases Encompass for $130 Million
  • June 1999 – Yahoo acquires Online Anywhere for $80 Million
  • July 1999 – Yahoo purchases for $5.7 Billion
  • November 1999 – Yahoo acquires MyQuest
  • March 2000 – Yahoo acquires
  • August 2000 – Yahoo acquires eGroups for $432 Million
  • November 2000 – Yahoo purchases Kimo for $145 Million
  • April 2001 – Yahoo acquires for $30 Million
  • June 2001 – Yahoo acquires Launch Media for $12 Media
  • January 2002 – Yahoo acquires Hotjobs for $436 Million
  • December 2002 – Yahoo acquires Inktomi for $235 Million
  • February 2003 – Yahoo acquires Alltheweb for $100 Million
  • October 2003 – Yahoo acquires Overture for $1.63 Billion
  • January 2004 – Yahoo acquires 3721
  • April 2004 – Yahoo acquires Kelkoo for $579 Million
  • July 2004 – Yahoo buys Oddpost
  • September 2004 – Yahoo picks up MusicMatch for $160 Million
  • October 2004 – Yahoo buys Stata Labs (email search software)
  • August 2004 – Yahoo picks up Farechase (online travel)
  • March 2005 – Yahoo acquires Ludicorp Research (Flickr) for $40 Million
  • March 2005 – Yahoo buys Stadeon (multiplayer video games)
  • June 2005 – Yahoo acquires Dialpad
  • June 2005 – Yahoo buys
  • July 2005 – Yahoo acquires Konfabulator (Pixoria)
  • August 2005 – Yahoo buys a 40% stake in Alibaba (Chinese eCommerce) for $1 Billion
  • October 2005 – Yahoo picks up
  • October 2005 – Yahoo acquires WhereOnEarth
  • December 2005 – Yahoo buys
  • October 2006 – Yahoo acquires AdInterax (rich media advertising)
  • November 2006 – Yahoo acquires Bix
  • April 2007 – Yahoo buys Right Media (online advertising) for $680 million
  • June 2007 – Yahoo purchases (college sports)
  • September 2007 – Yahoo buys Zimbra (next generation messaging) for $350 million
  • September 2007 – Yahoo acquires BlueLithium (global ad network) for $300 million
  • February 2008 – Yahoo purchases Maven Networks (online video) for $160 million
  • April 2008 – Yahoo acquires IndexTools (web analytics software for marketing)

For additional internet M&As visit Internet Acquisitions and Biggest Internet Mergers & Acquisitions

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Health 2.0

June 27, 2008 3 comments

Even with the proliferation of Health 2.0, 80% of medical practices still keep paper records.  Smaller medical practices cite costs as the main reason for not going digital and I imagine most startups find the task to daunting to tackle.

Instead of digitizing all the manila folders many Health 2.0 startups are opting to tackle issues like medical symptoms, patient-doctor connections and health care information instead.  Emerging a couple years behind Web 2.0, Health 2.0 is integrating the best features of Web 2.0 to help us connect with our health.  Consumers can now participate with their health care like never before.  To no surprise many of these Health 2.0 applications are based in Boston, Massachusetts.  With some of the top doctors in the country, mixing with leading technical minds, health technology fits perfectly in Boston.

Some of those Boston Health 2.0 sites include:

If you know of more Boston Health 2.0 companies please comment to this article and I’ll post more above.

The Web & The 2008 Presidential Election

June 27, 2008 2 comments

As I noted in the Political Web, Barack Obama has successfully penetrated the web to increase support and funding for his campaign.  Back in 2004 blogs were influential, however social networks like MySpace, Facebook and YouTube were not.  Actually, Facebook and YouTube didn’t even exist back then.  With over 150 million combined monthly visitors these three sites are becoming a powerful political tool and Obama is doing a better job utilizing them.

Web Comparison of Barack Obama vs. John McCain

However, what I find most interesting is that even with the massive influence of the web on this election none of the candidates are spending a lot of money online.  Since the campaign began in February 2007, $238 million has been spent on television ads but only $4 million online.  Why the huge disparity?

With the internet everyone has a voice, and a video camera.  If a candidate can inspire the people to do the advertising for him (it was him/her) then there is no reason to spend money online.  As any internet startup knows, viral marketing is the most beneficial and desired form of advertising money can’t buy.  Obama definitely has online viral marketing working to his advantage.  If the average person was able to influence television and broadcast videos for free I would imagine presidential candidates would only be spending money on political buttons.

Location Based Twitter?

June 27, 2008 1 comment

Every couple of weeks it seems like I hear of a new location based social networking and Geo-Tagging service.  Last week I recommended brightkite and this week there appears to be a new twitter like location based service called nrme.

Nrme is a messaging system like Twitter, but unlike Twitter it allows a user to read all messages broadcast in your surrounding area.  With nrme iPhone users can broadcast a message to any (and all) nrme users located within nine blocks of you.  Possible set to launch when the iPhone App Store launches, nrme sounds like it can be very useful for staying connected to local news, incidents and updates from restaurants and shops.  Though I like brightkite a lot I think nrme could be easier to use and therefore catch on a lot faster.  We’ll have to wait and see when it launches in July!

Website Worth & Valuation

June 25, 2008 2 comments

Rick Breslin of the Drive Thru Internet Marketing Podcast recently interviewed Tom O’Keefe about the benefits of Bizak for both startups and investors. Topics in the video podcast include:

  • What is Bizak?
  • Website Worth and Industry Data Comparison
  • Startups Can Register for Free
  • Investors Can Find Prospective Online Ventures
  • The Bizak Calculator – Earnings per Visitor (EPV)