VCs Invested $300 Million In Visto And All They Got Were... Some Patents To Sue With?
from the lovely dept
Since then, it seems that Visto has continued to struggle -- failing to go public as promised in 2006. So, instead, it seems to be falling on the all-too-popular tactic of falling back on patent infringement lawsuits when you've failed to make a real dent with your real business model. There was a bit of confusion last week as Visto had apparently kept quiet the fact that it had raised another $35 million. However, the folks over at Valleywag have come up with a pretty good explanation for why they might have wanted to keep it quiet. The firm that lead the latest round tends to invest in patent trolls. That is, they like to invest in patent litigation, rather than companies that actually have something to sell. The website for Altitude Capital Partners makes this pretty clear. They only care about the "intellectual property" a firm has, along with things like "Number and Quality of Potential Infringers" as well as how well the company has done in previous patent challenges. This seems like yet another example of a company that failed in the marketplace wanting to take money away from those who actually did deliver what customers wanted.