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Volume 6, Number 50 - December 20, 2001 - This Week's Contents:

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..................... Season's Greetings!......................
.....Netpreneur News takes a break next week.....
...............Look for us again on January 3...............
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I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. Avoid A SmorgasBoard
--2. A Public My Services Announcement
II> THE REGION'S NETPRENEURS
--1. Video Job Interviews
--2. Touchscreens For Video Surveillance
--3. Startec Files Chapter 11
--4. Quick Hits
.....news from Latitude360, iSeg, Unanet, TEOCO,
........BrowserMedia, and Vieodata
III> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. Dough Raise Me
.....More than $1M for 1 local netpreneur
--2. Life In The Food Chain
.....FreedomPay Acquires ZebraPass
.....SafeNet Acquires Securealink
.....Votenet Acquires Campaigns Magazine
.....Vytek Acquires Rubicon
.....Towers Perrin Acquires Working Concepts
.....Universe2U Acquires RoomHost
IV> RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
--1. Convergence Publishing Newsletter
--2. DISA's eBusiness Standards White Paper
--3. GBTC's Student Business Plan Competition
V> WHO'sWARE
.....news about people at Panacya, bayMountain, MedContrax,
........SureScript, Digital Paper, mindSHIFT, and Digex

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I> News About The Program
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1. AVOID A SMORGASBOARD
Before you snuggle up in your kerchief for your long winter's
nap, sign up for the first Coffee & DoughNets of 2002. "The Board
Game: Selecting the Best Advisors and Directors" will be the
topic on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00 AM. From experience to
expertise to contacts, a well-assembled Board can be your bridge
to success, and we'll explore practical questions about building
one, from what a Board is to what it does; from how to recruit
members to how to compensate them; and from how to work with your
Board to resolving conflicts. Go from here to
http://netpreneur.org/events/doughnets/default.html to register.
The next C&D will be at the General Cinema at Mazza Gallerie on
Wisconsin Avenue in DC.
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2. A PUBLIC MY SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT
We've enhanced the "My Services" features of the Netpreneur
Exchange website, an area where you can update and manage
functions related to your Netpreneur email subscriptions, event
registrations, and site profile. For example, in one step you can
use My Services to put all of your subscriptions on hold before
going on vacation, create multiple subscription addresses, or
review your C&D sign-up information. The first change you'll
notice is a new look with a streamlined organization that's
easier to navigate and makes processing faster. Among new
features, you can now change all of your email subscription
addresses at once (for example, if you change jobs or ISPs) and
you can now change your list archive passwords (for ActionNet,
AdMarketing, and TT subscribers.) There's more as well, so spend
a few minutes exploring My Services. You have to be a registered
user of the site to access My Services, but registering is fast
and free.

My Services: http://netpreneur.org/help/myservices.cfm

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II> Regional Netpreneurs
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1. VIDEO JOB INTERVIEWS
(Reston, VA) EyeConcur introduced IntroView, a service for the
employment and recruiting markets. Each IntroView is a video of
five to seven minutes in length that shows a job seeker answering
a series of targeted questions from their career field. Job
seekers are videotaped at EyeConcur centers using digital
cameras, and the video content is then edited and digitally
encoded for delivery to potential employers over the Internet.
Candidates can attach or imbed a link to their IntroView in their
online resume, job board profile, or online applications when
applying directly to companies.
http://www.eyeconcur.com
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2. TOUCHSCREENS FOR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
(Culpepper, VA) World Wide Video (WWV) has a deal to integrate
its products with those of Performance Concepts Inc. (PCI) to
target the video surveillance market. PCI's device, originally
designed for notebook computers, provides miniaturization and
ruggedness that replaces mechanical pushbuttons with touchscreens
for use in environments that have no space for a keyboard, keypad
or pointing device. When icons on the screen are touched, an
analog signal carrying position data is converted to commands.
These commands are then relayed to WWV's Digital Video Bank (DVB)
system for video stream playback. Selectable video screen
projections from the DVB provide button patterns for alphanumeric
data entry, control of DVB functions and low-light zoom cameras.
http://www.wwv-usa.com ; http://www.pcioh.com
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3. STARTEC FILES CHAPTER 11
(Potomac, MD) Startec Global Communications announced that it,
along with two of its US based subsidiaries, Startec Global
Operating Company and Startec Global Licensing Company, have
filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization. Said
President and CEO Ram Mukunda, "We will continue business as
usual, with no lay offs contemplated, and no interruption of
services to customers," Startec also announced that it has
received approval for a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing
facility from one of its senior secured creditors. Startec is a
facilities-based provider of IP communication services, including
voice, data and Internet access.
http://www.startec.com
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4. QUICK HITS

(Baltimore, MD) Latitude360, the eLearning and eBusiness
solutions division of RWD Technologies, has moved its corporate
headquarters to bwtech@UMBC, the new  research and technology
park on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County.
http://www.latitude360.com

(McLean, VA) iSeg Technologies released Version 2.5 of iSeg
Wireless, an enterprise application for wireless operators and
service providers that combines demographic and quantitative
information about a customer's transactional history with
qualitative data from direct customer input. New features include
a churn analyzer and loyalty booster. http://www.iseg.com

(Fairfax, VA) Unanet Technologies released Version 3.4 of its
suite of Web-based workforce optimization solutions, adding
UnaPDA for Palm Devices, a new module that extends Unanet's Web
Timesheet and Web Expense Report functionality to PDA devices.
http://www.unanet.com

(Fairfax, VA) TEOCO announced release 7.0 of its BillTrak Pro
network cost and revenue management solution. New features
include enhanced data loader capabilities and expanded manual
entry functions.
http://www.teoco.com

(Bethesda, MD) BrowserMedia created a new website for The
Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance.
http://www.aglf.org ; http://www.browsermedia.com

(Arlington, VA) Vieodata has received the rights to distribute
Merak Mail Server in the US.
http://www.merakmailserver.com

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III> Funding & Finance News
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1. DOUGH RAISE ME

$1 million in interim funding for Rockville-based Chevin, a
provider of enterprise monitoring and data collection software.
The money comes from MTI, a venture capital firm based in
Watford, England. Chevin is a division of UK-based Chevin Ltd.
The investment was matched by an undisclosed amount from the
company's management and employees who were given an opportunity
to purchase shares on the same terms offered to VCs.
http://www.chevin.com
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2. LIFE IN THE FOOD CHAIN

--FreedomPay Acquires ZebraPass
(Washington, DC) Wayne, PA-based FreedomPay, the creator of a
cashless payment network, has acquired ZebraPass, developer of
loyalty-reward and service platforms for the sports and
entertainment industries and affiliated retail merchants. The
ZebraPass software allows merchants to determine the parameters
of a customer reward through an online interface that links
directly to a FreedomPay eTerminal.
http://www.freedompay.com

--SafeNet Acquires Securealink
(Baltimore, MD) SafeNet, a provider of VPN security technology,
announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire
Pijnenburg Securealink, a European manufacturer of security chips
for eCommerce transactions. The transaction is valued at
approximately $14 million in a combination of stock, cash, and
subordinated convertible debt. Securealink will become a
subsidiary of SafeNet and operate as part of SafeNet's OEM
business unit.
http://www.safenet-inc.com

--Votenet Acquires Campaigns Magazine
(Washington, DC) Votenet Solutions has acquired Campaigns &
Elections (C&E) magazine, a nonpartisan trade publication for the
political campaign industry with 83,000 readers. The magazine
will beef up its editorial staff and acquire new marketing
assistance and eCommerce technical support from Votenet. In
addition to the monthly magazine, Votenet gets C&E's Campaign
Insider weekly newsletter, The Political Pages annual directory
of campaign consultants, and the magazine's Website and seminar
program. Votenet offers a suite of technical, software,
management and Internet products for public policy, political,
and non-profit organizations.
http://www.votenet.com ; http://www.campaignline.com

--Vytek Acquires Rubicon
(Reston, VA) White Plains, NJ-based Vytek Wireless, a wireless
systems integrator, announced its acquisition of Rubicon
Technologies, a provider of wireless solutions that connect
mobile workers to corporate data systems.
http://www.rubicontechnologies.com ; http://www.vytek.com

--Towers Perrin Acquires Working Concepts
(Columbia, MD) NYC-based management and HR  consulting firm,
Towers Perrin, has acquired Working Concepts, a provider of HR
technology services. Working Concepts will maintain its name and
operate as a division of Towers Perrin from its current location
in Columbia.
http://www.workingconcepts.com ; http://www.towers.com/towers

--Universe2U Acquires RoomHost
(Baltimore, MD) Ontario-based Universe2U announce that it has
acquired the assets of Digital Global Internet (DGI), the creator
of RoomHost, an interactive terminal that provides travelers with
high-speed Internet connectivity in their hotel rooms and meeting
facilities. A newly formed subsidiary of Universe2U will assume
DGI's liabilities and assets and offer an earn out for DGI based
on certain goals. Universe2U specializes in developing fiber
optic and broadband applications and networks.
http://www.roomhost.com ; http://www.universe2u.com

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IV> Resources & Opportunities
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1. CONVERGENCE PUBLISHING NEWSLETTER
(Reston, VA) The Media Center at the American Press Institute
launched NewsFuture, an email newsletter focused on the future of
the news industry, Internet, and multi-platform convergence
publishing. Offering analysis and data to help media executives
make strategic and operational decisions, the first issue
includes articles on topics such as paid Web content, interactive
TV, news home pages, and online news credibility. Free email
subscriptions are available and the current issue can be read
online. The newsletter is edited by Andrew Nachison, director of
The Media Center at the American Press Institute.
http://americanpressinstitute.org/news.cfm?id=523
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2. DISA'S EBUSINESS STANDARDS TODAY
(Alexandria, VA) The Data Interchange Standards Association
(DISA) published the first white paper in its "eBusiness
Standards Today"
series, entitled "Going End-To-End: Interoperable eBusiness
Standards Integrated with End-User and Internal Interactions."
The paper, which is available free as a PDF, makes the case for
extending the scope of eBusiness standards from the traditional
B2B focus to include all parties in the value chain. DISA is home
for the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and industry
groups developing e-business standards for global eBusiness. DISA
also publishes a weekly newsletter on selected eBusiness topics.
http://www.disa.org/whitepaper.cfm
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3. GBTC'S STUDENT BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
(Baltimore, MD) The Greater Baltimore Technology Council (GBTC)
is seeking applicants for its "Mosh Pit" business plan
competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate Maryland
college students. Winners experience all aspects of starting a
business, from recruiting employees to pitching VCs for
investment funding, learning how to form a qualified team,
writing a business plan, and making connections with Maryland
businesspeople. Submitted businesses ideas do not have to be
based on technology, however, technology must function as a major
role in the plan. Each team must have three to seven student
participants and at least one, but no more than three, business
advisors. http://www.gbtechcouncil.org/events/moshpit

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V> Who'sware

(Annapolis Junction, MD) Panacya, a provider of Enterprise
Service Management solutions, named Jeb Connor as CEO and
Chairman. He succeeds Franco Negri, Panacya's founder and former
CEO, who becomes CTO and Chief Strategist. Connor was formerly
President and CEO of EMAX Solutions.
http://www.panacya.com

(Richmond, VA) bayMountain, a provider of Internet managed
services, named Gene Wahnefried as CEO, succeeding Mark Wensell
who becomes VP of Engineering. Wahnefried was previously
President and COO of Cetia.
http://www.baymountain.com

(Gaithersburg, MD) MedContrax, a healthcare contract network
solutions provider, promoted President and COO Ervin Cobb to the
position of CEO. http://www.medcontrax.com

(Alexandria, VA) SureScript Systems, a new venture formed to
provide electronic communications between prescribers and
pharmacists, named Dr. David Weinstein, former CEO of eScript, as
President and CEO.

(Alexandria, VA) Digital Paper, a provider of technical content
exchange and collaboration solutions, named Benjamin Battle as VP
of Engineering. He was formerly VP of Engineering for Reliacast.
http://www.digitalpaper.com

(Fairfax, VA) Managed services provider mindSHIFT Technologies
named Michael Peacock as VP of Business Development. He was
formerly with Sideware. http://www.mindshift.com

(Laurel, MD) Managed hosting provider Digex named three new
members to its Board of Directors: Gregory Clark, Vice Chairman
of Knowledge Universe; Edith Holiday, former Assistant to the
President of the United States and Secretary of the Cabinet from
1990 to 1993; and Bert Roberts, Jr., Chairman of WorldCom.
http://www.digex.com

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