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Volume 7, Number 39, October 3, 2002

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This Week's Contents:

 1) NEWS ABOUT NETPRENEUR
      1.1 A Kodiak-Lookin' Fella 'Bout 19 Feet High
 2) REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
      2.1 Ai Metrix's Enterprise Network Manager
      2.2 Telkonet's Powerline Modem
      2.3 BizMat's Business Advice
      2.4 Round-up: Quick Hits
      ......news from Vertis, Vocus, WebSurveyor, dtSearch, Exent,
      .........Bantu, Comet, Cupid and Donner and Blitzen

  3) FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
      3.1 Dough Raise Me
      ...... Gannett takes a stake in CareerBuilder

      3.2 Life In The Food Chain
      ...... STG Acquires DSTI
      ...... TCS Acquires Otelnet
      ...... GTCR Acquires GGS
      ...... Data Systems Acquires CoreData

  4) News From The U's
      4.1 NASA Joins With Local Schools
  5) WHO'SWARE
      ......news about people at YellowBrix, Sourcefire, AOL, and Unanet


|||||||||||||||||||| 1. News About The Program ||||||||||||||||||

1.1 A KODIAK-LOOKIN' FELLA 'BOUT 19 FEET HIGH
"He can't run, he can't pass, and he can't kick," Bear Bryant once
said about Pat Trammel. "All he can do is beat you." If you're not
Trammell (or The Bear), however, you have to master the basics to
win. In business, too. From building a startup team to building
buzz, attracting mentors to hiring employees, we'll explore
"Blocking and Tackling: Operational Challenges for Startups" at this
month's Coffee & DoughNets with a panel of early-stage entrepreneurs
who are facing those challenges now. Speakers will include Alba
Alemán, President of Cairo Corporation; Prashanth Boccasam, founder
and CEO of Approva; Don Britton, founder and CEO of Network
Alliance; Duke Chung, co-founder and CEO of Cyracle; and moderator
Larry Robertson of Lighthouse Consulting. C&D will be Wednesday,
October 23, 7:00 AM, at the Mazza Gallerie AMC Cinemas on Wisconsin
Avenue in DC. And as long as we've commenced to do The Bear dance,
here's another good bit of ursine wisdom, "Never talk too much or
too soon." But do sign up now for C&D at:
http://www.netpreneur.org/events/doughnets

|||||||||||||||||| 2. Regional Netpreneurs ||||||||||||||||||

2.1 AI METRIX'S ENTERPRISE NETWORK MANAGER
(Herndon, VA) Ai Metrix launched NeuralStar Enterprise, a software
suite that monitors and manages traditional and next generation
corporate networks from a single console. Already in use by the
federal government and telecom carriers, it helps companies locate
and reconcile IT inventory, manage surveillance and fault detection,
and improve performance for network users. The software integrates
with both packaged and proprietary systems and allows corporate
customers to build their own applications on top of the platform.
http://aimetrix.com
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2.2 TELKONET'S POWERLINE MODEM
(Annapolis, MD) Telkonet Communications introduced its TA 1000
PlugFast Terminal, an Ethernet to Powerline Communications (PLC)
modem that can be used to provide Local Area Network communications
over the electrical wiring within a building or residence. The PlugFast Terminal can be used as a standalone solution within a residence or in conjunction with Telkonet's PlugFast Gateway as a solution for the commercial market.
http://telkonet.com
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2.3 BIZMAT'S BUSINESS ADVICE
(Silver Spring, MD) BizMat launched "Expert Advice," a Web-based
service that provides advice to business owners in interactive
sessions. It conducts an automated Q&A that allows real-time answers
tailored to a user's special circumstances, such as  "Can I afford
to hire an additional person?" An expert decision structure leads
the user through a series of questions until enough input is
obtained to render an informed opinion about the situation. At the
end of the session, the client is provided hard copy of tools and
resources to help implement their decisions or re-think them using
"what if" tools. Issues that "Expert Advice" addresses include
People Management, Cash Flow, Planning, Pricing, Sales, and Customer
Satisfaction.  Since business practices differ industry-to-industry,
the Q&As are industry-specific, with Construction & Contracting the
first industry to be rolled out.
http://bizmat.com
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2.4 ROUND-UP: QUICK HITS

(Baltimore, MD) Vertis introduced an enhanced version of its Media
Research & Planning System, a tool for conducting demographic market
research and identifying media outlets with appropriate market
penetration. The new release is Web-based, offering added flexibility and the ability to integrate with other Vertis solutions.
http://www.vertisinc.com

(Lanham, MD) Vocus released Version 3.0 of its Government Relations
automation software, part of its suite for public affairs, corporate
communications, and public relations. Enhancements support the new
campaign finance law and streamline management of PAC and public
affairs programming.
http://www.vocus.com

(Herndon, VA) WebSurveyor released Version 4.0 of its online survey
tool. Enhancements include true multi-page, XML support, advanced
reporting and exporting features, and multi-language capability.
http://www.websurveyor.com

(Bethesda, MD) dtSearch released Version 6.1 of its software
products for instantly searching gigabytes of text, including
end-user, enterprise, and developer editions. New features allow Web
developers to include remote websites in a site's searchable
database and increase Web-based CD/DVD publishing flexibility.
http://www.dtsearch.com

(Bethesda, MD) Exent Technologies will be the primary technology
provider for Yahoo!'s newest premium broadband service, Yahoo! Games
on Demand, using Exent's EXEtender applications-on-demand software
platform.
http://www.exent.com

(Washington, DC) Bantu will integrate its Web-based instant
messaging and presence product with business communications
infrastructure solutions from San Jose, CA-based WebEx
Communications. The integration enables Bantu customers to launch
interactive WebEx sessions directly from the Bantu platform.
http://www.bantu.com
http://www.webex.com

|||||||||||||||||| 3. Funding & Finance News ||||||||||||||||||

3.1 DOUGH RAISE ME

(McLean, VA) Gannett Co. has acquired a one-third interest in online
employment service CareerBuilder, joining media companies
Knight-Ridder and Tribune Company as owners. More than 90 Gannett
newspapers will become CareerBuilder affiliates, and CareerBuilder
will power the career channel on USATODAY.com. In print,
CareerBuilder will now deliver local help wanted ads to a combined
Sunday circulation of 15 million through more than 130 newspapers.
Online, it will be exposed to nearly 26 million monthly unique
visitors through the Gannett, Knight Ridder, and Tribune websites.
http://www.careerbuilder.com
http://www.usatoday.com
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3.2 LIFE IN THE FOOD CHAIN

-- STG Acquires DSTI
(Fairfax, VA) STG, Inc., a government and commercial technology
solutions provider, announced the acquisition of Rockville, MD-based
Decision Systems Technologies, Inc. (DSTI), a provider of
specialized IT, engineering, and science solutions to clients that
include the Air Force, Army, Navy, and the Department of Education.
DSTI employs over 400 professionals at locations throughout the US,
Europe, and Korea, and projects 2002 revenues of $42 million. The
acquisition helps STG diversify beyond its IT focus into scientific
and engineering solutions.
http://www.stginc.com
http://www.dsti.com

--TCS Acquires Otelnet
(Annapolis, MD) TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a provider of
location and messaging software and E9-1-1 services for wireless
carriers, announced that it has acquired the assets of Berkeley,
CA-based Open Telephone Network, Inc. (Otelnet), a provider of
real-time wireless alerting solutions. Otelnet has developed a
carrier-class alerting engine that delivers mobile content to
wireless subscribers. Mobile users can subscribe to specific content
delivered to their handsets at a time they pre-determine or request
specific content in real time.
http://www.telecomsys.com

-- GTCR Acquires GGS
(Bethesda, MD) DigitalNet, an enterprise network solutions company
backed by private equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner, announced that it
has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Herndon-based
Getronics Government Solutions (GGS) from a subsidiary of Getronics
NV. The transaction is valued at approximately $223 million and is
expected to close in November following regulatory approval.
DigitalNet will initially focus on delivering enterprise network
solutions to the US government. GGS is a provider of information
assurance, desktop, networking, and eGovernment solutions to the
federal government.
http://www.getronicsgov.com
http://www.gtcr.com

-- Data Systems Acquires CoreData
(Reston, VA) Data Systems & Solutions (DSS), a provider of
predictive maintenance technologies and asset management solutions,
has acquired CoreData, a Glasgow, UK-based company that provides
data capture and reporting solutions for the commercial airline
market. CoreData's capabilities in cockpit data collection and
transmission will be combined with DSS's engine health monitoring
and maintenance technologies to provide a complete predictive asset
management service. DSS is owned equally by Rolls-Royce and SAIC.
http://www.ds-s.com
http://www.coredata.co.uk

|||||||||||||||||| 4. News From The U's ||||||||||||||||||

4.1 NASA JOINS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS
(Hampton, VA) NASA has chosen a group of universities, including the
University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the University of
Maryland, to manage the National Institute of Aerospace, a new
institute that will foster collaboration in aerospace and
atmospheric research. The partnership agreement, which  could run
for 20 years and offer $379 million in research funding, pairs
NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton with the National
Institute of Aerospace Associates, a nonprofit corporation based in
Reston made up of seven organizations. In addition to UVa, Tech, and
UMd, the group includes: the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics Foundation, Georgia Institute of Technology, North
Carolina A&T, and North Carolina State.
http://www.nasa.gov

|||||||||||||||||| 5. Who'sWare ||||||||||||||||||

(Alexandria, VA) YellowBrix, a provider of content management tools,
named Jeff Massa CEO in addition to his current role of President.
Massa, who is one of the company's founders, replaces S. Randy
Lampert in the CEO role, who will remain Chairman of the Board and
continue to provide strategic advice to the company.
http://www.yellowbrix.com

(Columbia, MD) Sourcefire, a provider of network security solutions,
named Thomas McDonough as President and COO. He was previously CEO of Mountain Wave, which was acquired by Symantec in July.
http://www.sourcefire.com

(Dulles, VA) America Online named Jeff Rowe as Executive Producer
for the AOL service, where he will have day-to-day responsibility for AOL's content offerings. He was formerly General Manager of Zap2It.com and TMS Movie Products.
http://www.aol.com

(Fairfax, VA) Unanet Technologies, a professional services automation software company, named John Forrester as Assistant Vice President of Business Development. He was formerly with World Medical Leaders and Impact Innovation.
http://www.unanet.com


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