VC Karadogan

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Baris Karadogan, of ComVentures, has posted a helpful list of Web 2.0 companies.

It is huge, and he rightly remarks: “Who says there is no hype?”

And the Web 2.0 beat goes on. The list doesn’t contain many of the latest players. Sunnyvale’s Healthia, for example, is the latest site to help you compare healthcare products and services. It announced it has received $7 million in a second round of funding from Trinity Ventures, Bessemer and others. So add it to the list of healthcare related search companies like Healthline and Kosmix. The company, founded last year, apparently isn’t getting much traffic yet.

One company on the list, but which we haven’t mentioned yet, is What People Love’s YackPack, a social-networking company in Santa Rosa (just north of Silicon Valley) specializing in audio messages. Hmmm. It got seed funding last year from folks like Omidyar Network, Esther Dyson, Ron Conway and others. We’re wondering how these guys will make money, when there are dozens of other social networking companies out there, and it is pretty easy to just pick up the phone to talk with someone these days. Other social networking companies like Meetup, or Palo Alto’s Renkoo, which we mentioned recently raised $3 million, aren’t on Baris’ list.

David Hornick, venture capitalist over at August Capital, sees the list and wakes up to the fact that four of his companies now have 33 competitors, and that’s only counting ones on the list. “That is mind blowing,” he remarks.


Baris’ list of video-hosting business is about as long as it can possibly get. Perhaps that’s why the folks at Grouper, another Bay Area video-hosting start-up, has been distributing this amusing video — showing how it is going to handle its dozens of competitors.

A couple of weeks ago, Grouper chief executive Josh Felser told us they’d released some new products and that Grouper had tripled traffic metrics in a few weeks. Still, there’s a long way to go to catch YouTube.

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