In 1997, Halsey spun off technology developed by CNET to Vignette, a web publishing software company, Vignette was one of the most successful IPOs of the first tech boom, reaching a market capitalization of $10.7 billion in 2000. Not only is Halsey a technology pioneer, he also produced five television shows on major television networks. Minor also found E! Online, not to mention gave Ryan Seacreast his big break.
Halsey also provided the seed funding for trailblazing music service Rhapsody in 1998. In 1999, Halsey invested $19.5 million in Salesforce.com, forseeing the emerging cloud-computing industry that Salesforce led with its “No Software” slogan.