December 2001

  • Labrador's Stuart Davidson spoke at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs' December CEO Roundtable.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote was quoted in a December 17th New York Times article titled "Tech Investors Cautiously Return."
  • Silverpop Systems launched "Silverpop Dynamic Messaging 2.0," a software that brings sophisticated e-mail marketing capabilities in-house and helps enterprises build customer relationships.
  • Teraburst Networks named Claude Sandroff Vice President of Corporate Strategy on December 3.
  • Silverpop Systems announced a new program on December 5 with advertising, interactive and direct marketing agencies as preferred partners to the company's line of sophisticated e-mail marketing software.
  • Yube won the ASPire award in the customer service satisfaction category. The award honors best practices in the application service provider (ASP) industry.
  • MakeTheMove, the leading call center and online company targeting customers who are moving and the utility companies who serve them, announced on December 4 the 18-month anniversary

November 2001

  • Labrador's Larry Kubal moderated a panel discussion with venture capitalists titled "Internet Software and Services" at the VentureOne State of the Market: Series B Conference on November 13.
  • Jareva and Yube presented to a group of venture capitalists at the VentureOne State of the Market: Series B Conference on November 13.
  • Yube announced the availability of RMA applications and other new enhancements to its customer-facing applications suite for post-sales services automation on November 12.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote participated in Stanford's Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurship Roundtable on November 8th.
  • Labrador's Larry Kubal was quoted in a November 8th USA Today story on Silicon Valley stating, "Innovation is just happening at a more sustainable rate among stronger firms."
  • Labrador's Sean Foote participated in the Haas School of Business 5th Annual Venture Capital Roundtable on November 5.

October 2001

  • Labrador's California office moved on Monday, October 15th. Labrador is now located at 101 University Avenue in Palo Alto.

September 2001

  • MakeTheMove is expanding its online relocation services to Atlanta and San Francisco and will add senior-level business development staff to expand its partnerships, reported VentureWire on September 20, 2001.
  • named Thomas C. Marcus as the company's new president and CEO. Mr. Marcus, formerly chief operating officer of the Valent Group and an executive vice president at Flycast Communications, is replacing Kenneth Chan. Story appeared in September 19, 2001 VentureWire.
  • Labrador's Kelly Crawford Friendly spoke at the StartUps Early Stage Event for Bay Area entrepreneurs on September 13, 2001.

August 2001

  • Predictive Systems, a leading network infrastructure and information security consulting firm, announced on August 29, 2001 that it has completed a detailed network and process validation for Silverpop Systems.
  • MaketheMove's partnership with Tucson Electric Power to offer customers connecting or disconnecting service to simultaneously sign up for other local services in new towns is featured as a great way to build loyalty in "Fortnightly's Energy Customer Management" Summer 2001 edition.
  • "Yube Unveils Simple Web Sign-On," stories on the new product featured in InfoWorld and on August 10, 2001.
  • Bizfinity introduced a new 'revenue suite' for small and medium businesses on August 8, 2001. Products range from easy-to-use, multi-page Web site creator to a comprehensive, integrated suite of applications that enables businesses to manage their online and offline commerce and customer relationship management functions while synchronizing those functions with traditional back office activities.
  • YellowBrix, Inc. announced on August 2, 2001 that it has received approval for the purchase of iSyndicate. The closing of the transaction is scheduled for Friday, August 3.
  • MakeTheMove announced on August 2, 2001 that it has offered to purchase Delaware-based Connectiv's unit for an undisclosed amount.

July 2001

  • ezboard's new Community-Supported Communities program was featured in the RedHerring on July 31, 2001. The article stated, "ezboard's model exemplifies that businesses can extract revenue from communities."
  • "Yube Opens North Carolina Office, Chip Stephenson to Oversee," story in VentureWirePeople on Thursday, July 12th.
  • Labrador's Larry Kubal spoke on a panel, "You've Got VC Funding, So What's Next," at the San Jose Golden State Venture Capital Conference on July 19, 2001.
  • On July 3, ezboard unveiled ezSkins which will allow communities to redesign the structure, look and feel of their online communities to achieve virtually any site design, without extensive programming knowledge, and in a fully hosted environment. The ezSkins technology is available to all participating members of the Community-Supported Communities(TM) programs.

June 2001

  • announced on June 27 that it will begin using's Utility Connect application in an effort to expand utility and home connections services for its growing customer base.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote was a panelist at the Stencil Group's forum on "Venture Strategies for the Business Internet" held at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club on June 27th.
  • Jareva Technologies announced Gary Angel as its new vice president of sales on June 12.
  • "YellowBrix signs agreement to acquire iSyndicate." On June 18, 2001, YellowBrix, Inc., the industry's leading provider of content infrastructure solutions, announced it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire iSyndicate, Inc. The combined company will be the dominant provider of information solutions and contextual content services with more than 400 customers, over 300,000 affiliates and over 100 strategic alliances and technology partnerships.
  • Jareva's CEO Jagadish Bandhole was featured in an article in the on June 4, 2001.
  • "Yube Gains Market Momentum with New Customer Wins." Yube announced several new customer wins as it continues to help companies reduce service costs and get on the fast track to customer retention.
  • "Startup tackles data center provisioning and management." InfoWorld's June 4 issue reports that "Jareva is launching a suite of applications designed to give service providers and enterprises the ability to automate their data center processes. The goal is to cut labor costs and to provision services more quickly."
  • Jareva Technologies launched on June 4, 2001 with the unveiling of the world's first extensible data center operating environment designed to save enterprises and service providers millions in operations and labor costs.
  • Message Bay announced the launch of a new online software store on June 7th featuring interactive products that enable users to add voice, video, and animated content to sites instantly.
  • "Yube Offers CRM Functionality without Fluff," story on Yube's CRM offerings in The Online Reporter June 4-8 issue.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote and GetRelevant's Mitchel Harad appeared on Janice Festa's show "Successful companies and their VC's" on Business Radio 1220 on Tuesday, June 5th.
  • "Cost Efficient Customer Services Solution Draws Praise," story on Yube's CRM offerings in Tech Finance News on June 4, 2001.

May 2001

  • ezboard Ranked in Top 100 Sites Worldwide. ezboard's 10.9 million domestic and international unique users represent a 65% increase in activity from December 2000 and rank ezboard in the top 100 websites worldwide according to netScore.
  • "Yube Reinvents Online Customer Services With New e-Services Suite of Applications." Yube Inc., provider of new-generation software for end-to-end Web-based customer services, has delivered a radically different alternative to traditional customer services solutions.
  • OpenGrid launched mobilePlanIt, a service for wireless messaging and information distribution by sponsors and exhibitors at meetings and confernces, at the annual VORTEX event on May 22.
  • Teraburst Networks came out of stealth mode on May 22 and unveiled its breakthrough optical core switching solutions. Several articles feature the companies new products:
  • Yube Announces $2 Million Series B Funding from Labrador Ventures, stories appeared in the RedHerring and VentureWire on May 17.
  • "OpenGrid Offers Hotel brand Free Presence on the Wireless Internet," May 14 Press release announcing OpenGrid's new offer to launch a wireless presence for hotel brands.
  • "Labrador Capitalizing on Early-Stage Deals," story appeared in the may 16th VentureWire on Labrador Ventures minding the early-stage funding gap between angel investors and larger VCs
  • Bizfinity celebrated Small Business Week by releasing a new brochure entitled "How to Move Your Business Online: A Step-by-Step Guide."

April 2001

  • Do You Have What It Takes To Make It As An Entrepreneur? Labrador's Sean Foote appeared on Yahoo Finance Vision on April 17. Foote noted that early/seed-stage funds have outperformed other fund classes this year and discussed the three best business plans he has seen in the last month.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote is featured in an article on the venture capital industry in the April 15, 2001 issue of Red Herring. The article focuses on Foote's work with his portfolio companies, the venture capital industry as a whole, the new fund Labrador is raising and some of Labrador's home runs and strike outs.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote is quoted in an April 10, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle article on the "Sharp Drop in Venture Returns." Foote cautions against paying too much attention to just one quarter and says, "Most funds are 10 year funds, so one quarter doesn't matter so much in the long term."
  • Labrador's Larry Kubal is quoted in a new book titled, Inside Secrets to Venture Capital. Kubal gives advice on what entrepreneurs don't understand about raising capital.
  • Labrador's Stuart Davidson participated at the StartEmUp Conference on April 12, 2001 for college and graduate student entrepreneurs and faculty in the University of California school system.
  • Labrador's Stuart Davidson judged the Haas Business Plan Competition on April 12, 2001.
  • "United Messaging wants to make checking e-mail as dependable as flicking on a light switch," story featured in the February 2001 PHILLYTECH magazine.

March 2001

  • Labrador's Sean Foote spoke at the Digital Coast Venture Capital Summit on March 28, 2001 in Santa Monica. He discussed the early stage funding climate for entrepreneurs and investors and responded to questions from the audience.
  • Jareva Technologies closed a $9 Million Series B Financing, led by labrador Ventures and Crest Communications Holdings. Labrador's Sean Foote was appointed to the board. Reported in Venture Wire, VC Buzz and on March 20, 2001.
  • Labrador's Stuart Davidson spoke to a group of business development professionals at the Internet Business Development Forum's "Report Card on Business Developments" event on Tuesday, March 13, 2001.
  • Labrador's Larry Kubal spoke on a panel titled "Building Value in a Closed IPO Market: Sorting Through Strategic Options" at the Venture One Summit on March 21.
  • "Entrepreneurs: Don't Give Up Hope." Labrador's Sean Foote appeared on Yahoo Finance Vision on March 13 to discuss early stage venture capital investing.
  • GetRelevant closes it third round of financing, Labrador leads the investment. Reported in the Dealflow Digest, Private Equity Week and Tech Finance News.
  • "Web testing tools gain mind share," story announcing the release of Atesto's Functional Testing Tool in eWeek on March 5, 2001.
  • ezboard launches new revenue model allowing users to support their communities and receive enhanced services, story appeared in Venture Wire on Thursday, March 8. The press release also appeared on Yahoo, MSNBC Industry Scan,, Hoover's Online,, Business 2.0, Monster Industry News, AllBusiness and CyberCorp. ezboard has grown to over 3 million users and 350 million page view per month, ranking in the top 30 web sites based on traffic.
  • Atesto Technologies was selected by PC Magazine to test its list of the top 100 web sites using two of Atesto's monitoring solutions: Automated Load test to simulate traffic loads across different cities at different times of day and Site Response Watch to track DNS (Domain Name Service) lookup time, download time, download size, and other metrics.

February 2001

  • was ranked in the Top 10 User Friendly B-to-B sites by WebCriteria via Business 2.0.
  • Avienda Technologies announced that it has changed its name to Silverpop Systems, Inc. to better reflect the sleekness of the Company's advanced messaging technology.
  • iSyndicate announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kurion, subject to customary closing conditions, to expand its' enterprise offerings to include creation, distribution and exchange of web services.
  • Labrador's Stuart Davidson is profiled in the San Jose Mercury News on February 1.
  • Yube was selected to present to venture capital investors at the Investors Choice West Equity Capital Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • iSyndicate's Chairman, President & CEO, Joel Maske was a keynote speaker at the Milia 2001 Conference, the leading international event for professionals involved in the creation and distribution of interactive content.

January 2001

  • "Bizfinity Raising Another $15 Million in C Round," story in VentureWire on January 31, 2001.
  • was ranked among AOL, Microsoft, Sun and Adobe as one of the "Top 5 Development Sites" in PC Magazine.
  • Yube was selected from among 400 early stage companies to present to angel and venture capital investors at the January 29-30 Golden State Venture Capital Conference.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote spoke on a Venture Capitalist Perspective Panel: "What's Hot Right Now And Why" at the Golden State Venture Capital Conference on January 29.
  • iSyndicate Europe acquired the French-Spanish content syndication company nFactory S.A. on January 25, 2001. This acquisition positions iSyndicate Europe as the leader in the pan-European content syndication market.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote wrote a case study with the faculty of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The case involved students reviewing a set of business plans for potential venture capital funding.
  • Labrador's Sean Foote taught a class at the University of Michigan Business School on writing a business plan, growing a business, getting funded, interpreting funding, the future of entrepreunerialism, venture capital investing and the job market for venture capitalists.
  • "Prospects Look to Net, Hoping to Get a Look" story on college sports recruiting over the internet mentioning Leveledge on January 18th in the New York Times.
  • Labrador's Larry Kubal led a seminar on "The 10 Things to Think About Before Writing a Business Plan" at the UC Davis Business Plan Competition on January 17th.
  • "Labrador Ventures Seeks Next Generation Technology Investments" story in January 15, 2001 isuue of Tech Finance News.
  • Taraneh Derak, CEO of Yube, discusses the challenges facing Yube with Wall Street Reporter.Com.

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