Israeli Conduit just raised a series B with Benchmark reports TechCrunch. They have impressive metrics (with 12million + installs) although i would be curious to know how many of them are active. I am definitely not a target user since i hate toolbars and prefer adding FireFox plugins to my browser and leave as much space as possible for viewing and browsing.
But web toolbars are a very popular tools. All big players have one (Google Yahoo and MSN fight to bring one on your computer) and most strong internet brands want one for themselves making Conduit a relevant service for them
I am not sure why they claim to be an alternative to start pages like NetVibes and PageFlakes. I must miss something.
But anyway congrats to this israeli startup that is on a good track and special congrats to my friend Galia that recently joined them from ICQ to manage their Biz dev.