Funny, isn't it?

Holiday online shopping is up 40 percent from last year, despite a generally poor retail season.

When air starting going out of the dotcom bubble in 2000, everyone scrambled to shift from B2C to B2B, thinking that’s where the real money was. But today, most of the success stories from the late-1990s Internet startup craze are consumer-focused companies — think eBay,, and Google. The enduring business-oriented startups tend to be infrastructure providers such as Verisign and BEA, rather than those focused on commerce.