The word "startup" implys that the business has only just began it's life....
The domain was registered: 08-Sep-2004... the companies copyright is 2005 on their footer.
How old do you have to be to not be considered a startup by a blog like yourself? These are oridinary companies selling their sites, it happens everyday to hundreds of sites...
Jay: Good point. I'm not really sure what the defining line is. I ran a software company for 10 years, and through most of that time, we still thought of ourselves as a startup.
It is also easier to say "startup" than "small, privately held company". Besides, if I didn't label them as startups, I wouldn't be able to rationalize why I'm writing about them. <smile>
I think that the term startup applies more to the status of the company's products than to the age of the company.
We've been around for two years, but we're still a startup since these two years have been invested in development and investigation, and our "commercial" life has just begun.
Another interesting definition of startup
can be found at the WikiPedia.
On the subject of startups being sold at eBay, I think that the answer "we're not the right team to get this to the next level" can be reasonable, but I would prefer to hire the right team than to sell the company when it will mean such a small return of investment ($90K is just a fraction of the money we've already invested, not counting the effort and restless nights).
oops, seems to be the wrong way to insert links, I'll try again:
Off Topic. You need a search on this site. Why don't you have one?