Stories by David Lake

Quick and easy

Sometimes the Web is about entertainment. But more often, it's about finding what you want and moving on. Many sites would do well to keep that in mind.

ExciteAtHome Picks Up Speed

Excite@Home Inc., the largest U.S. provider of high-speed Internet access, says it now has more than 2 million subscribers who access its service from home, making it the sixth-largest ISP when measured against other pay-for-service providers.

Sick of Ads? Don't Read This

Despite debates over the efficacy of online advertising, companies continue to pour more cash into their Internet ad campaigns.

Web Behind the Ears?

Internet board of directors have far less experience and outside perspective than their offline counterparts, which might make dot-coms ill-equipped to deal with stock-market volatility, according to a new study by executive search firm Spencer Stuart.

Another Drop in the IPO Bucket

Following a flurry of recent press releases to promote its research findings, online market researcher Greenfield Online says it intends to become a publicly traded company. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Greenfield Online filed for a public offering to raise as much as $86 million.

Market Share Wanes for Top US ISPs

Internet-access heavyweights are watching their subscriber market share recede as new business models pour into the Web, finds Cahners In-Stat Group.
The Massachusetts-based market-research firm says that America Online's subscriber base dropped from 24.3 percent at the end of 1997 to 21.5 percent at the end of March 1999. And Microsoft Network lost more than 50 percent of its Net-access market share in the same period, plummeting from 3.6 percent in 1997 to only 1.5 percent at the end of this past March.