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Subject:Venture News, Wednesday, November 29, 2000
Date:Wed, 29 Nov 2000 13:25:00 -0800 (PST)

o Report: Crosspoint Forgoes $1 Billion New Fund

NEW YORK -- Crosspoint Venture Partners has commitments
for a new $1 billion fund but has decided not to
raise the capital, according to a report in the
Wall Street Journal. The reason for the delay is
the difficult environment for investing in new companies
and generating high returns. Crosspoint will raise
the fund as soon as the environment improves, according
to the report. Crosspoint raised an $850 million
fund earlier this year.

o Mineral and Metal Marketplace Gets Funding from Votorantim

LOS ANGELES -- Quadrem, an online marketplace for
mining, minerals, and metals, said that Votorantim
Venture Capital, the venture arm of industrial giant
Votorantim Group of Brazil, has become a founding
shareholder of Quadrem. Other founding shareholders
of include Alcan Aluminium Limited, Alcoa, Anglo
American, Barrick Gold, BHP, Corporacion Nacional
del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO), Companhia Vale do
Rio Doce (CVRD), De Beers Consolidated Mines, Imerys,
Inco Limited, Newmont Mining, Noranda. Normandy
Mining, Pechiney, Phelps Dodge , Rio Tinto, WMC
Limited, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.


o Crosslink Capital Makes Add-ons but No New Investments in Q3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Crosslink Capital said that it
made no new investments in the third quarter of
2000. The firm said this was the first time this
happened since the fourth quarter of 1996. Crosslink
did commit additional capital to existing portfolio
companies in the third quarter. The firm invested
in Brightmail, a provider of anti-spam software;
NonStop Solutions, which develops chain automation
software; Protocare, a healthcare services company;
and techies.com, which provides Web-based IT recruiting
services. The firm said it is evaluating potential
investments in software, Internet infrastructure,
and communications integrated circuits companies.
Crosslink Capital has more $800 million under management.

EnergyWorkspace in alliance with VerticalNet
HOUSTON, Nov. 29 (LocalBusiness.com) -- EnergyWorkspace, a developer of
online business software for the oil and gas industry, has formed an alliance
with a huge Pennsylvania business-to-business company to co-brand their
EnergyWorkspace said the deal with VerticalNet Markets, a unit of VerticalNet
Inc. (Nasdaq: VERT), of Horsham, Pa., will give its users greater information
reach through that company's two energy portals.
VerticalNet operates 55 industry-specific online communities, including one
for oil and gas interests and another for the hydrocarbon industry.
Mark Beatty, president and chief executive officer of Houston-based
EnergyWorkspace, said in a release the alliance will aid his customers and it
also will "introduce our unique business process support system to thousands
of potential clients across a range of energy companies."
Both companies commented on how well the two fit each other's needs, stopping
just short of mentioning a possible merger. Jerry Alwais, a spokesman for
EnergyWorkspace, told LocalBusiness.com that he does not know terms of the
deal and has not heard anything about a merger. Officials at each company
were not available for futher comment.
The once high-flying VerticalNet, whose stock traded as high as $148.38 last
spring, opened today at a 52-week low of $10.50.
Joseph Galli, chief executive officer and president of VerticalNet, earlier
said his company was looking to make strategic acquisitions. He made the
announcement at the same time the company said it lost a whopping $121.9
million through the first nine months of the year, compared with a loss of
$38.2 million for the period a year earlier.
Since EnergyWorkspace is privately held, it doesn't report on its financial


o Broadband Access Firm Allegro Gets $24 Million First Round

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Allegro Networks, which is developing
a wholesale broadband access platform, said it has
secured $24 million in its first round of funding
from Bessemer Venture Partners, Columbia Capital,
and Infinity Capital. The company said it will
use the funds to develop its technology. Allegro
Networks said it named P.J. Singh as its chief technical
officer and acting CEO. Mr. Singh co-founded Packet


o ASP United Messaging Closes Third Round with $70 Million

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- United Messaging, an enterprise
messaging service provider, said it closed a $70
million third round of financing led by Broadview
Capital Partners. New investors First Union Capital
Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, and Brinson
Partners, and previous investors Internet Capital
Group, Oak Investment Partners, Infinity Capital,
and Labrador Ventures participated in the round
as well. United Messaging is a global application
service provider that offers hosted messaging and
professional services. The company said it will
use the funding to expand service platforms in the
U.S. and abroad, to support the launch and promotion
of its existing and upcoming messaging technologies
and services, and to open new sales offices in Europe
and Asia. Broadview and First Union will each receive
a seat on United Messaging's board of directors.

o ID Management Firm Courion Gets $13.2 Million in Round Two

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Courion, which develops self-service
identity management software, said it secured $13.2
million in its second round of funding led by QuestMark
Partners. Other investors include Riggs Capital
and previous investors JMI Equity and Massachusetts
Technology Development. The company will use the
funds to add new products, and to expand into Internet
commerce and international markets.

o Performance Management Firm Wily Has $10 Million Round Two

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Wily Technology, a provider
of performance management software for Java Web
applications, said it raised $10 million in its
second round of funding. Previous investors Greylock
Management and BEA Systems participated along with
new investor Accel Partners. The company will use
the funds to expand its Web application management
product portfolio, and for sales and marketing.