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VC Funding for KnowNow, Sulekha.com, Scivantage and more...

VC Deal Flow

KnowNow (enterprise-class Web 2.0 solutions): $13 million
Scivantage (Web-based products for brokerage industry): $6.7 million
Sulekha.com (India - social media and local commerce site): $10 million
VFA (facilities capital planning and asset management): $3 million
iPolicy Networks (netowrk security company): $3 million
Spreadtrum Communications (wireless chipsets): $10 million
More VC Insights at: PE Week, VentureBeat

US VCs Set to Raise Most Money Since 2001; $20B Raised Thru 3rd Quarter

During the first three quarters of this year, $19.7 billion has been raised by U.S. venture capital funds, compared with $16.7 billion during the same period in 2005, according VentureOne. Overall, $25 billion was raised by VC investors in all of 2005, the highest annual total since 2001 when VCs raised $49.7 billion. Firms that closed large funds during the year include: 
  • $2.56 billion: Oak Investment Partners 12th fund, the largest VC fund ever raised
  • $2.5 billion: New Enterprise Associates 12th fund closed in July
  • $1.0 billion: VantagePoint Venture Partners fund closed in August

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NYTimes.com 52% Democrats vs. WSJ.com 40% Republicans; Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online

Nielsen//NetRatings announced that 36.6% of U.S. adults online are Republicans, 30.8% are Democrats and 17.3% are Independents. The Web site with the highest concentration of Republicans was RushLimbaugh.com, with an 84.8% Republican audience. Among Democrats, the top site was BlackAmericaWeb.com with 79.9% of Democratic audience.  

Top 5 Sites - Republicans and Democrats (U.S., 18+ Online Population)

Site

Site Composition -Republican %

Site

Site Composition -Democratic %

RushLimbaugh.com

84.8

BlackAmericaWeb.com

79.9

NewsMax.com

65.4

AOL BlackVoices

64.8

Bill O’Reilly.com

65.4

BET.com

58.6

Drudge Report

59.0

Salon.com

55.3

Salt Lake Tribune

57.9

Village Voice

55.2

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings @Plan, Fall 2006 Release

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Residential Construction Fell 1.1% and Manufacturing Down to 3-Year Low

The Commerce Department said spending on overall construction projects dropped by 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.196 trillion in September. The September figure is 2.9% above the September 2005 estimate of $1,162.1 billion. During the first 9 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $903.2 billion, 6.6% above the $847.1 billion for the same period in 2005. 

Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $610.0 billion in September, 1.1% below the revised August estimate of $617.0 billion. Housing activity fell for a sixth straight month, the longest such stretch six monthly declines in a row since the first half of 1995. 

Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $312.7 billion in September, 0.1% above the revised August estimate of $312.3 billion. Spending on total private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $922.7 billion, 0.7% below the revised August estimate of $929.4 billion.

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Sirius Satellite Free Online Trial Boosts Web Traffic by 91% in a Week

Traffic to the Sirius.com website on Oct. 25 was up 91% compared to the week before (Oct. 18) and up 201% vs. same day a year ago, according to Hitwise data, reports AdAge. The score for Sirius in Yahoo's Buzz Index, which uses a scoring system to measure searches on Yahoo, jumped 78% on this past Oct. 25 over the Monday before.  

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Market for Fruit Products Stuck Just Under $21 Billion, says Packaged Facts

Despite the proliferation of new product introductions in 2005, the market for packaged fruit, fruit juices, and fruit confectionaries held fast at $20.8 billion, according to Packaged Facts. Adding organics, exotic fruits, antioxidants, single-serve portions, and innovative kid-packaging to their product line-ups has not been enough to grow sales in the stagnant fruit products market as Packaged Facts projects that sagging sales will continue well into 2010 with the market remaining flat at $20.6 billion. 

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Ad Spend on Social Networking Sites to Surpass $2.8 billion by 2010

Worldwide, social-network ad spending will reach $2.8 billion in 2010, up from $445 million in 2006, while ad spending on U.S. social-networking sites in 2007 is expected to reach $865 million, up from $350 million in 2006, and will reach $2.15 billion in 2010, according to eMarketer  (via MarketingVOX).

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Television Biz in India Booming with Over 68 million Cable TV Connections

India's television business is getting ready to boom, writes WSJ. Revenue from India's broadband and pay-TV industries could more than double over the next five years to $9.5 billion by the end of 2011 from an estimated $4.4 billion this year, according to Media Partners Asia.

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.01

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

Cingular to Launch Cellphone Music Service: As demand for phones that double as music players has been rising from consumers tired of carrying around multiple devices, Sony Ericsson has sold 15 million Walkman music phones in the past 14 months. Nokia, the world's largest handset maker, is aiming to sell 80 million music phones in 2006, making Nokia the world's largest manufacturer of digital-music players.

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