Social Networking Companies Garner Funding

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-11-12 Print this article Print

LinkedIn announces a $4.7 million round as Spoke Software makes indications it has added an additional $10 million in the growing technology space.

Social networking got a boost on Wednesday—at least financially—as two burgeoning companies in the space gained additional funding. LinkedIn Ltd., of Mountain View, Calif., announced that it has secured $4.7 million in financing, while Palo Alto, Calif.-based Spoke Software Inc., according a posting on its blog, has secured an additional $10 million in funding. Social networking refers to a growing number of Web-based networking sites and software companies that link people together based on their connections to one another. Perhaps the best-known is Friendster Inc., which connects people on its site through common friends for dating and forming new friendships.
LinkedIns first round of financing was led by Sequoia Capital, of Menlo Park, Calif., the venture investors behind such Internet companies as Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. LinkedIn offers a networking service for connecting hiring managers, job seekers and professional service provides. Mark Kvamme, a partner at Sequoia, will be joining LinkedIns board of directors.
The company said that about 20,000 hiring managers have already signed up for its service and that it is helping to connect members with 1,000 referrals a month. Spoke has not disclosed the new investors in its latest funding. The $10 million adds to $9.2 million the company announced in April from two separate rounds of funding. Spoke officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Spoke has said it is piloting enterprise social networking software for sales teams that will complement traditional customer relationship management and sales force automation software and services. It also operates the Spoke Network, an online networking site for business professionals. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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