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By JOHN COOK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Marchex Inc., an obscure Internet start-up founded by several former Go2Net executives, has filed to raise up to $35 million in an initial public offering.
Marchex provides several online services and is exploring several others. Among those are search engine optimization, online payment technology and paid inclusion advertising where companies pay for their Web sites to be included in search engine results.
Older WW post:
ah-ha.com Merger with Marchex [webmasterworld.com]
"If you would like to read more about this landmark sale, here is a link to Boss Media's press release about the sale. The highest valued sale for a pure domain name last week was a solid one-word dictionary domain - enhance.com which went for $20,000 at Afternic. The #3 slot was also worth five figures, as charts.com earned $18,000 for the seller through Sedo. "
One thing to remember is these guys all come from a strong financial/biz background. They took go2net up the ladder and dumped it.. I would not be surprised if they took the same strategy with Ah-ha/Enhance. They have experience in making companies profitable, show perceived value to investors, and then jumping ship...
On another PPC engine front, I talked with Doug Perlson at Kanoodle yesterday (A Sprinks employee that migrated over), and he claims some big announcements for Kanoodle in the distribution channel area, first quarter 2004, to compliment their technology advances of the last year..
Should be an interesting 1st quarter as a few of the 2nd tier engines make a move to try and place themselves somewhere between 2nd tier and Overture..