Language English

Launched 1999
Closed Since May 2007 works as a portal with primary own content.

Developer Winebaum, Jake and Sky Dayton

Country of Origin


Topic Business Information Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Web directory
Crawler / robot based SeEn using a white list of selected sites

Used SeEn

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»The leading business search engine and directory designed to help its users find the companies, products, services, and information they need to make the right business decisions.« Source

», Inc. was founded in 1999 by Jake Winebaum, previously chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group; and Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink, Boingo Wireless, and Helio, among others. Around that time, the domain name was purchased from Marc Ostrofsky by Winebaum's eCompanies Ventures for a then record $7.5 million. This represented a tidy profit over the $150,000 price tag of the domain in 1997, also a record in its own time. In addition to investment by eCompanies, early funding in the amount of $61 million was provided in 2000 by Pearson PLC, Reed Business Information, McGraw Hill, and others. In its initial form, aimed to be the Internet's leading search engine for small business and corporate information.

As with much of the nascent and well-hyped Internet industry, struggled through the Dot-com bubble years. The company retooled beginning in 2002 after massive layoffs and a new focus on developing a pay for performance ad network model. In April 2003, the company achieved profitability, and on November 8, 2004, having survived the collapse of the dot-com bubble, the company secured an additional $10 million in venture capital funding from Benchmark Capital.

On October 9, 2006, launched, a site with business how-to guides contributed by the small business community. Then on July 26, 2007, after beating out Dow Jones & Company, the New York Times Company, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and News Corp, print and interactive marketing company R.H. Donnelley Corporation announced plans to acquire in a deal valued at $345 million. The deal closed on August 23, 2007.

In June 2009, R.H. Donnelley filed for bankruptcy. The company emerged from Chapter 11 as Dex One Corporation on February 1, 2010.

In February 2011, Resource Nation acquired the brand and associated assets of to become one of the largest online destinations for business buyers looking for business-to-business (B2B) solutions. JMI Equity, a growth equity firm that specializes in investments in internet companies, provided funding in support of the transaction and the Company's ongoing growth. Resource Nation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Peddycord will lead both businesses with a combination of and Resource Nation management teams. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.« Source


1997: »The Internet equivalent of an uptown address just got a little bit pricier. A Texas-based company has just purchased the domain name "" for $150,000, a figure that appears to dwarf the selling price of any previous Internet address. The deal was announced today by, the company that brokered the sale.« Source

Critical points

Features & Functionality

» compiles search results from a combination of sources and applies a proprietary categorization scheme to organize the information gathered. Results to user queries may include suggested categories, sponsored links from the directory, and relevant web sites as provided in partnership with Google. The search results page also includes relevant content from the web site when available.« Source


Today works as a portal for business information with primary own content. » is the premier online destination for businesses of all sizes to research, find, and compare the products and services they need to run their businesses.« Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Created: 2013-02-12