Love Letters, Hate Mail

Dear Kelly,

Regarding your story about [the] Go2Net and
InfoSpace merger, I heard on that the Go2Net brand will be
folded after the merger. Do you know if this is true? (In response to: “Two Portals Better Than One“)


Dave G.

Somewhere in cyberspace

Dear David,

Sad but true. Following the closing of the merger, the Go2Net name will
be put out to pasture. The idea behind the move, is that InfoSpace has
spent far more time and money to promote its brand name, while Go2Net has
consistently focused on promoting its individual Web properties that make
up its network of sites.

But, don’t shed a tear for Go2Net’s top banana. CEO Russ Horowitz has
already enjoyed the fruits of his labor to the tune of nearly $100 million
in insider sales made this time last year. If you ask him today, I’m sure
he’d tell you, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other
name would smell as sweet, so too would Go2Net, if separated from its name,
retain that sweet perfection which is its own.


Dear Kelly

I enjoyed your piece re: Steve Ballmer. I have just signed up for your newsletter [I am trying to learn all I can for my new
investment club adventure] and so far I like what I read. And the
psychodynamics of the market are fascinating; keep writing. (In response
to: “Spitting in the Wind“)


Rebecca M.

Calabasas, CA

Dear Rebecca,

In a volatile sector of Internet and tech stocks, crowded with savvy,
active armchair investors, this market is oftentimes little more than a
game of psychology. With the Nasdaq bruised and battered over 30% off its
all-time high, there are plenty of great buying opportunities for a new
investor. In an effort to better prepare you for the road ahead, I’d like
to impart a handful of my favorite cereal box truisms.

1. Long-term investing beats short-term trading any day of the week,
and twice on Sunday.

2. Believe only half of what you see, and none of what you hear.

3. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

4. Fear and greed drive this locomotive.

5. Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.

Best of luck with your investments, and have a great week!


Ms. Black,

I just got through reading your article about one of’s
bidders, I know that they are based
out of Beverly Hills, Calif., and that they are privately funded, but I
can’t seem to get any additional information about the company (not even a
phone number). Can you forward me any additional information about the
company and/or a telephone number with which I can contact them.


Chris M.

Boulder, CO

Dear Chris, is registered to Future Venture, Inc., which seems fairly appropriate considering
the company doesn’t have a Web presence to speak

of yet.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the company, cryptically describes
Undertherapy as a developer of Web wireless technology, and promises the
start-up will have a Web site operational sometime later this year.


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