HWVP founders include John Hummer and Ann Winblad. The firm was an early investor in Napster, the first popular file trading service, and wedding portal theknot.com. In 2001, several of the company's investments ended in company bankruptcies or closures, including Pets.com, Homes.com, eHow, and Rival Networks. In 2006, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners settled a lawsuit brought by EMI Group and Universal Music Group after Napster's bankruptcy.
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