Welcome back to Baby Breakerdom! This week's quest to find budding Rule Breakers reveals investors tuning into the boob tube and tuning out public offerings.
First up this week is one of my all-time favorite websites, YouTube. I'm not the only fan, either. It attracted millions when it became one of the first sites to show the wildly popular Saturday Night Live short "Lazy Sunday." And the original pitch for the iPod Flea remains among YouTube's collection of 35 million videos.
The popularity of homegrown video has attracted big names in digital content, including both Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) . But YouTube remains right near the top with 9 million visitors in February, nearly double what it had in January. That came just short of MSN Video, at 9.2 million, but eclipsed Google Video, at 6.2 million, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. And let's not forget Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) , which has a growing stable of video podcasts at iTunes.
Being the cool kid helps with business, too. For example, Viacom's (NYSE: VIA ) VH1 promotes its hit show The Flavor of Love, featuring rapper Flavor Flav, on YouTube. At least one investor, Sequoia Capital, sees much more in the company's future. It recently invested $8 million in a B round of financing for the firm, according to VentureWire.
Once again, there were no Baby Breaker public offerings, which leads to our next news brief: IPOs are collecting less far less than they have in recent years. Indeed, according to data from Dow Jones VentureOne, the median take from venture-backed public offerings was just $33.75 million in Q1, the lowest total since 1999. That doesn't bode well for the market for new Rule Breaking issues. Nevertheless, we'll remain steadfast in our search.
That's all for now. See you back here next Friday, when we continue the quest to find the next ultimate growth stock.
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Fool contributorTim Beyersnever did get to see The Chronicles of Narnia. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. You can find out what is in his portfolio by checking Tim's Foolprofile. The Motley Fool has an ironcladdisclosure policy.