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Volume 6, Number 36 - September 6, 2001 - This Week's Contents:

I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. All Mysteries Revealed
--2. Top Line Fever
II> REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
--1. ForumsAmerica's Online Communities
--2. InHand's BatterySmart 2
--3. NameTree's Smart Domains
--4. aTelo's China Telecom Solution
--5. Telispark And Casio Partner For Mobile Apps
--6. Network Mantra's Graduation Day
--7. Motley Fool Turns Pro
--8. Great Bridge Closes
III> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. Dough Raise Me
.....$23M for 1 local netpreneur
--2. Life In The Food Chain
.....SportsLine Acquires Sandbox
.....AxTechnology Acquires Infinite Technology
.....Quest Software Acquires RevealNet

CORRECTION: Last week we identified Fred Rucker as the new
President and CEO of Network Mantra. He is actually President and
COO. Co-founder Suri Bulusu continues as CEO.

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I> News About The Program
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1. ALL MYSTERIES REVEALED
The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) surveys its members quarterly and compiles the results in a report that shows the perspectives of the region's VC community. This quarter, Netpreneur is doing a corresponding survey of entrepreneurs, and the results will be coordinated with MAVA's investor survey to show the opinions, perspectives, challenges and concerns of both sides. If you're a founder or CXO of an early-stage technology company with high revenue growth potential and who is currently seeking private equity funding (or has sought funding in the last 12 months, or will begin seeking funding in the next 12 months), please take a moment to complete the Netpreneur survey.  It's an opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns, the results of which will be used to engage the media and other interested parties. By completing the survey, you'll also receive a copy of the final results of the MAVA/Netpreneur survey, which will be presented at the upcoming MAVA/Venture Economics Venture Outlook event on September 25.  Thanks for the assist. Survey: https://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/2728/NetpreneurSurvey.htm
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2. TOP LINE FEVER
A new member joins our panel of experts for this month's Coffee & DoughNets: Richard Kay, Chairman and CEO of OTG Software. Rick brings a deep and broad perspective to our discussion of selling the company vision. He founded OTG in 1992 with his own funds and continued to financially support the company in the early years, eventually bringing it public in March of 2000. Richard joins our previously announced speakers: Elliott Frutkin, CEO of Doceus; John Ticer, CEO of BioNetrix; and Gina Dubbe of Steve Walker & Associates. On Thursday, September 20, 7:00 AM, C&D will be all about "Driving the Top Line: Selling the Vision and Closing the Deals" at Dave & Busters in White Flint Mall in Bethesda, MD. Register now.

Register for C&D: http://netpreneur.org/doughnets
OTG Software: http://www.otg.com

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II> Regional Netpreneurs
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1. FORUMSAMERICA'S ONLINE COMMUNITIES
(Baltimore, MD) ForumsAmerica.com introduced its hosted solutions for creating and maintaining online communities on a website. The solutions include a customizable home page, message board, image gallery, features, news, polls, chat, and more. Administration and management tools are also included. Founder and CEO Joe Reynolds was one of the early developers of online communities for CompuServe/AOL and The Microsoft Network. http://www.forumsamerica.com
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2. INHAND ANNOUNCES BATTERYSMART 2
(Rockville, MD) InHand Electronics announced the availability of BatterySmart 2, a new version of its power management software. The new release provides developers of handheld devices based on Intel's StrongARM and XScale CPUs with new features to control power consumption including: dynamic clock-scaling, reduced power peripherals, and improved analysis tools.
http://www.inhandelectronics.com
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3. NAMETREE'S SMART DOMAINS
(Fairfax, VA) NameTree released two new products, Local Lync and Language Lync, both adding "intelligence" to domain names, according to the company. Local Lync identifies the geographic location of a customer and then automatically directs the customer to the appropriate content.  For example, if a website has separate content for France, Spain, and Italy, and a customer is querying the site from France, the system will automatically display that content. Language Lync identifies the preferred language of the customer, then automatically displays content in that language. http://www.nametree.com
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4. aTELO'S CHINA TELECOM SOLUTION
(Arlington, VA) aTelo, a provider of enhanced IP communications applications and software-based media servers, announced an agreement with Guangzhou-Suntek Network Technology Ltd. (GSNT) to deploy a unified communications system in the Guangdong province of the People's Republic of China for Golden China, a leading telecom services provider in the Guangdong province. Golden China will initially use the solution to provide unified communications
services to attendees of the 9th National Games (China's national Olympics), which will be held in Guangdong in November. http://ww.atelo.com
;http://www.chinasuntek.com
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5. TELISPARK AND CASIO PARTNER FOR APPS
(Arlington, VA) Telispark announced a partnership with consumer electronics manufacturer Casio to bring its enterprise applications to the mobile workforce. Telispark's software solutions use specific business logic to identify relevant data from back-end enterprise systems and then reformat it for delivery to a range of Casio handheld devices. http://www.telispark.com ; http://www.casio.com
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6. NETWORK MANTRA'S GRADUATION DAY
(Fairfax County, VA) Network Mantra, a startup that develops software for network infrastructure management, graduated from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's (FCEDA) elncubator business development program and moved into its own office space. The company enrolled in eIncubator last year. Taking over for Network Mantra at eIncubator will be AB Technology Cambridge Ltd, a British company that is developing energy-saving technology for refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. AB won a competition for British technology companies seeking to enter the US market. http://www.networkmantra.com
http://www.eincubator.net
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7. MOTLEY FOOL TURNS PRO
(Alexandria, VA) Personal investing site The Motley Fool will begin selling professional financial advice through a new service called TMF Money Advisor. The new offering is a partnership between The Fool, The Ayco Company, and DirectAdvice. Ayco provides personalized advice over the phone, DirectAdvice offers a Web-based financial planning tool. http://www.fool.com
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8. GREAT BRIDGE CLOSES
(Norfolk, VA) Great Bridge LLC, a developer of open source database support products, announced that it has ceased business operations. A search for additional investors or an acquirer in July of this year did not pan out, so Great Bridge's board decided to close the business. The company said that it will retain a limited number of employees to manage its closure. http://www.greatbridge.com

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III> Funding & Finance News
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1. DOUGH RAISE ME

$23 million in its Series B round for Herndon-based Ai Metrix, a provider of operations support system software for telecom carriers. The money comes from General Atlantic Partners and Spectrum Equity Investors. Ai Metrix also named co-founder Shawn Reese as President.
http://www.aimetrix.com
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1. LIFE IN THE FOOD CHAIN

--SportsLine Acquires Sandbox
(Reston, VA) Online gamer Sandbox.com will be acquired by Fort Lauderdale, FL-based SportsLine.com, an Internet sports media company and publisher of CBS SportsLine.com. Sandbox maintains a community of over five million registered members with products that include fantasy sports games. http://sandbox.com ; http://www.cbs.sportsline.com

--AxTechnology Acquires Infinite Technology
(Washington, DC) AxTechnology acquired Raleigh, NC-based Infinite Technology, a software and systems engineering firm with expertise in wireless, optical, VoIP, voice, and data networks. Infinite will remain an independent unit within AxTechnology, a newly formed subsidiary of Axel Johnson, focused on integrating and managing remote IP-enabled devices. http://www.axtechnology.com ; http://www.infinitetechnology.com

--Quest Software Acquires RevealNet
(Rockville, MD) Irvine, CA-based Quest Software, a provider of application management solutions, has acquired RevealNet, a provider of knowledge-based solutions for Oracle and DB2. Quest says that the deal significantly enhances its database development and management solutions by adding RevealNet's Knowledge Base products and Internet technical communities. http://revealnet.com ; http://www.quest.com


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