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E-Mailbag Monday: IPOs, Net2Phone, S2B

What looks hot in the IPO market next week?

Reply: First, there's O2 Wireless, which is based in the Cayman Islands. The company is a developer of integrated circuits for power management of computer systems and cell phones. However, the deal is small. The company intends to issue 4 million shares at the price range of $7-$9. Since it is a foreign offering, there is no EDGAR filing. You will need to request a hard copy version.

The lead underwriter is Robertson Stephens and the proposed ticker symbol is OIIM.

Also, ServiceWare plans to go public. I wrote about this company in my column several weeks ago. The technology is definitely cutting-edge and the company looks like a good long-term bet on the e-services sector.

Net2Phone: Investors on the Line?

What's your take on the rumor of some type of alliance between Net2Phone and Cisco?

Reply: As a rule, it is not a good idea to invest on rumors. Such rumors fizzle very quickly. Although, as for Net2Phone , it had a nice pop: 26% on Friday.

In the case of Net2Phone, however, I think the company is in a position of strength. In fact, I would not be surprised to see the company sign mega deals with mega companies. After all, Net2Phone recently completed an investment from AT&T for $1.4 billion. In this deal, Yahoo! also participated.

S2B: A New Spin on B2B

What does the acronym S2B mean?

Reply: This means "supplier to business." The former CEO of VerticalNet , Mark Walsh, talked about this new concept last week. According to Walsh, the B2B marketplace has this problem; that is, it often means that small suppliers get squeezed on volume discounts. If this is the case, why would suppliers want to participate? Well, with S2B, a company like VerticalNet will focus on providing value to suppliers.