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TABLE: How Mortal These Portals Be

If running a small business is tough, selling to one is even worse. Witness

these dot-coms, all of which hoped to make a buck off entrepreneurs. Not that

it's all the Net's fault. In January, Office Depot said it will close 70

real-world stores and cut sales staff 10%.

THE COMPANY THE DAMAGE THE BACKERS

HOTOFFICE TECHNOLOGIES Shut down Staples and Intel contributed

Hosted intranets in December the bulk of $20 million in

funding.

BIZBUYER.COM Shut down CMGi, Staples, Intel, Excite,

Online request-for-quote in December eCompanies, MSDW Strategic

service Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures

joined to raise $68 million.

Now, $35 million will be

returned to investors.

BIGSTEP.COM More than 30 Worldview Technology Partners,

Web hosting laid off in InterWest Partners, Compaq,

December Office Depot, U.S. Venture

Partners, Argus Capital, and

The Washington Post Co. have

anted up $65 million.

ONVIA.COM Laid off 180 Public shareholders. Stock

Online exchange in December; slumping to $0.875, from high

85 in Sep- of $78 in March.

tember

ALLBUSINESS.COM Spun off to NBCi.com paid $225 million for

Small-business portal Bigvine.com Allbusiness.com a year ago, when

NBCi stock was trading at over

$100 a share. Now it's around

$3.50, and NBCi itself is worth

just $280 million.

Edited by Kimberly Weisul


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