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From the S-1:
We are actively engaged in business-to-business, or B2B, e-commerce through our Internet Zaibatsu, a community of partner companies. These companies collaborate to provide cross-selling and marketing opportunities and support entrepreneurial initiatives, business growth and the sharing of information and business expertise. We manage, finance, operate and provide services to our partner companies, offering a turn-key solution for building successful B2B e-commerce businesses.
In addition to providing capital to our partner companies, we offer them a comprehensive array of infrastructure services, including web hosting and design, systems integration, information technology management and marketing and public relations. These services are designed to allow each of our partner companies to focus on its core competencies and accelerate the time-to-market of its products and services. We focus our efforts in geographic areas that we believe have a strong base of intellectual capital and entrepreneurial talent, but that have traditionally lacked sufficient infrastructure services and venture capital funding. We are initially seeking ttractive opportunities primarily in the midwest and plan to address other underserved markets in the future.
We establish and acquire interests in two categories of B2B e-commerce companies: market makers, which bring buyers and sellers together on Internet-based markets to exchange products, services and information, and infrastructure service providers, which offer software or services, such as consulting and systems integration. At December 10, 1999, we had established or acquired interests in...19 B2B e-commerce companies.