|NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Hey Waitaminit! Where's The Calendar?
2. Newly Assembled At The FAQtory
1. NetGuard Firewall Provides Fastest Performance
2. Microstate Beta Release Of Java-Based Server
3. Network Monitoring And Auditing From NFR
4. ORBCOMM Launches Satellites
5. News Of The Webcasting Industry
1. Comtex To Distribute Phillips Business Information
1.Who's Bringing Who To The Web?
InterMarket Associates, New Connections
FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. Internet Brokerage Established
1. Thumbs Up For Screen It
1. What Makes Global Alliances Work?
2. NetExpo Call for Presentations
News About The Netpreneur Program
1. HEY WAITAMINIT! WHERE'S THE CALENDAR?
It's coming. Momentarily as a matter of fact. We're making a few enhancements so that the
Netpreneur Calendar is a more useful hub of information on Net and entrepreneurial events.
Here's the skinny.
Long time Netpreneur News readers will remember that we used to provide much more
information about upcoming events in these broadcasts. The issues started becoming so
long, however, that we had to cut back to just title and date. Unfortunately, you often
can't tell a whole lot from that. Starting today, we're gonna try an experiment. We're
splitting the News into two emails. The Calendar material will come in a Part 2 message
which will go out a little later in the day. It will contain summary information about all
events appearing in our Web site Calendar for the upcoming two weeks, including sponsor,
city, price (when we have it), brief description and a url for the complete record in the
online calendar. It will also contain date and titles for all events in the subsequent two
weeks. That will give you a snapshot of all upcoming events for a four-week period
following each issue of Netpreneur News--delivered right to your mail box with easy links
to more information. In addition, we will occasionally include stories on upcoming,
regular events of particular note and reviews.
We encourage everyone who is sponsoring events in the region to enter them in the
online Calendar. What's appropriate? Anything related to networks and/or entrepreneurship.
That includes doing business on the Net, social issues and the Net, technology, the
development of new businesses, getting funding-- you get the picture. They can be classes,
seminars, demos, trade shows, conferences, user groups, mixers, etc. They must be held in
the region or occur on the Net where they can be attended virtually.
Like we said, the new broadcasts are an experiment. Please let us know what you think
as we try it out for the next several issues. We're trying to build an effective
clearinghouse for regional Net and entrepreneurship events throughout the region-- one
that strikes the right balance between Web and email.
Enter events in the Calendar: http://netpreneur.org/calendar/calendar.htm
2. NEWLY ASSEMBLED AT THE FAQtory
We kept the FAQtory elves working hard over the holidays. Check in to see new pieces on
Protecting Your Ideas, Investor Multipliers, Ready For Venture Capital?, and Valuation in
the DC Area (in the Funding section); Adding Search To Your Site and Credit Card
Processing (in Technology); Exit Strategies (in Management); and Forming Alliances (in
Marketing). The usual FAQtory caveat is in effect-- these are not necessarily complete
explications of a given issue; they reflect recent discussion among our netpreneur
community and are added to regularly. In fact, check out additions to the existing FAQs on
Internet To Fax, Finders Fees, Internet Demographic Sites and Search Engine Registration--
thanks to all of you who have been visiting the FAQtory and adding your contributions.
3. ERRATA, APOLOGIES AND THANKS
In our Year in Review issue last month, looks like we got that Freeloader, et al genealogy
a little wrong after all. Just to set the record straight, we're informed by Jamie
Hamilton that "Freeloader was created by an ex-AOLer who did not go on to Torso,
although there was a different ex-AOLer who cofounded Torso and had briefly been at
Freeloader. The folks who started the Adrenaline Group never participated in Torso, but
they did recently help out the founders of Freeloader, who are starting two new companies
out in San Francisco. The Torso founders are still at Wayfarer." Jeepers! How could
we have messed that up? Jamie, BTW, is the first employee at Freeloader, cofounder of
Torso, Director of Engineering at Wayfarer and former roommate of the CEO of Adrenaline
Group. Thanks for the assist, Jamie, and we heard you were just traded to the Red Sox for
Mo Vaughan and a CFO to be named later.
1. NETGUARD FIREWALL PROVIDES FASTEST NT PERFORMANCE
(McLean, VA) NetGuard, Inc. released version 3.0 of its Guardian firewall for Windows NT.
The company says that Guardian 3.0 increases NT firewall throughput more than 200% as
compared to its nearest competitor, reaching 66 Mbps throughput in a recent independent
test compared to 29 Mbps reached by the next fastest. Guardian 3.0 also introduces
ZoneGuard, a new capability by which network administrators can create multiple, isolated
2. MICROSTATE BETA RELEASE OF JAVA-BASED SERVER
(Fairfax, VA) Microstate Corp. released version 2.0 beta 1 release of its Hamilton
Java-based thin-client application server. The Hamilton technology is a family of products
derived from the Hamilton Server, a multithreaded thin-client application server. With
Hamilton, applications reside on a central server and clients interact with the
application using a standard Web browser. Using Hamilton, administrators can manipulate
both database resident content and database resident formatting elements of any
3. NETWORK MONITORING AND AUDITING FROM NFR
(Woodbine, MD) Network Flight Recorder, Inc. released version 1.5 of its network
monitoring and auditing software server, NFR, a general purpose tool that lets network
managers capture a broad array of information from the IP packets traveling across their
network. NFR analyzes all of the IP packets, then sends selected information from each
packet into a "decision engine." Filters are applied to the collected data which
send the data to an alerting system. A Java interface allows administrators to perform
real-time queries on the available data and present the results in both text and graphic
formats. Over 700 companies worldwide participated in open Beta of NFR in December,
conducted completely over the Internet. The product and source code are available for
download from the company's Web site. It is free for non-commercial use or research and to
Network Flight Recorder: http://www.nfr.net
4. ORBCOMM LAUNCHES SATELLITES
(Dulles, VA) ORBCOMM Global, L.P. successfully launched eight global low-Earth orbit (LEO)
satellites into their target orbit approximately 500 miles above the Earth. Satellite
controllers at ORBCOMM's Network Control Center are beginning the approximately
three-month testing and deployment phase. With the planned launch of 18 more satellites in
the first half of 1998, ORBCOMM will be able to provide near-real-time commercial data and
messaging communications to customers in the transportation, marine, oil and gas,
utilities, heavy equipment and defense industries. The satellites were produced by Orbital
Sciences Corp. in its Dulles, VA, and Germantown, MD, facilities, where 24 additional
ORBCOMM satellites are in the final stages of production and testing.
5. NEWS OF THE WEBCASTING INDUSTRY
(College Park, MD) Webcast Week is a weekly audio show which discusses news of the
webcasting industry. The current issue covers products including QuickTime 3.0, PureVoice
and RaveSound as well as Stardust's IP Multicast Summit and the FCC Reviews Universal
Service. In the archives you can still find the recent issue which reviewed the webcast
news of 1997, a year which saw incredible advances in Internet video and a great battle
for webcasting standards. Webcast Week is produced by Internet broadcaster, The Sync, Inc.
Webcast Week: http://webcastweek.com
The Sync: http://www.thesync.com
1. COMTEX TO DISTRIBUTE PHILLIPS BUSINESS INFORMATION
(Alexandria, VA) COMTEX Scientific Corp. has received the rights to electronically process
and distribute Phillips Business Information's full line of industry-specific newsletters
to COMTEX and Phillips customers. Phillips will provide COMTEX with 58 newsletters
specializing in the coverage of high technology and other growth industries. All articles
will be transmitted to COMTEX within 24 hours of writing, and immediately processed and
delivered to distributors. As an exclusive offer to COMTEX's distributors, the two
companies have developed a "lead stories" sub-set of Phillips' full feed, called
Phillips Lite which consists of the lead article from each newsletter and which will
automatically be integrated into COMTEX's CustomWire news products. Based in Potomac, MD,
Phillips is the nation's largest newsletter publisher, producing over 100 newsletters,
magazines and directories.
1. WHO'S BRINGING WHO TO THE NET?
InterMarket Associates ( http://www.InterMarket.com
) provides coverage for Darrell Green Enterprises' official site ( http://www.darrellgreen.com ) where you can keep up
with Green and the Redskins and purchase autographed collectibles. New Connections, Inc. (
http://www.newc.com ) of Rockville, MD, recently
released an online catalog and ordering system for The Healthy Back Store ( http://www.healthyback.com ), a supplier of
Funding & Finance News
1. INTERNET BROKERAGE ESTABLISHED
(McLean, VA) Lindsay Communications Group, Inc. (LCG), has formed a new division to assist
in merger and acquisition activity in the high-tech and Internet marketplace in the
Washington, DC area. Vicki Bair, a CPA and corporate tax specialist, has been appointed
vice president of the new division, named Lindsay & Associates. Among the firm's
immediate business goals will be to represent interests in the ISP market where about 25%
of ISPs in the mid-range ($1-5M) expect to be acquired in the next three years. Lindsay
& Associates is compiling a database of Internet-related businesses who are interested
in being acquired or in acquiring other firms. To be added to this list, or for more
information, contact Lindsay & Associates at (703) 536-2100. LCG is also the publisher
of the forthcoming Mid-Atlantic NetSource, a guide to Internet solutions providers.
1. THUMBS UP FOR SCREEN IT
(Washington, DC) Noted film critic Roger Ebert just listed Screen It as one of the top
five most useful movie sites on the Internet. Run by a husband and wife team, Screen It
provides detailed reviews for parents on movies and music their kids may want to buy,
rent, listen to or view. Writes Ebert, "The page does not seem to reflect any
particular political or religious agenda. It simply offers common-sense advice for parents
who want to know more about the suitability of current movies for their children."
Screen It: http://www.screenit.com
Ebert article: http://www.zdnet.com/yil/content/mag/9801/ebertuseful3.html
1. WHAT MAKES GLOBAL ALLIANCES WORK?
Capitol Telecommunications Professionals (CTP) is working with the Department of
International Business at George Washington University to promote participation in a study
of international alliances, specifically in that portion of the study devoted to the
telecom industry. The GWU researchers are looking for "key informants" --
decision-makers who have participated in the creation of an alliance with an international
company -- to determine what needs to be done to make them work properly and profitably. A
short description of the study - and the benefits to a company that participates in it -
are presented on CTP's Web site. More detail can be obtained from Hildy Teegen, Ph.D., at
email@example.com or 202/994-1758.
2. NETEXPO CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
(Washington, DC) The second annual NetExpo Washington expo and conference will be held
September 10-11 at the Washington Convention Center. Exhibitors will include ISPs, online
services, content providers, Web developers, hardware and software suppliers and other
regional and national firms offering Internet-related services. The conference program
will cover a wide variety of industry issues, from Web site design to e-commerce.
Conference Director Vicki Lindsay has issued a call for presentations for interested
parties to submit seminar proposals. The deadline is January 15. "We are looking for
original proposals on topics pertinent to those involved with Internet
communications," says Lindsay. "Suggestions for specific professional speakers
or industry consultants would also be welcome." Send proposals to Vicki Lindsay at
Lindsay@MulticomExpo.com or by fax to (703) 536-2101. Entries should include a title, the
format of the presentation (panel vs. group discussion, etc.), three learning objectives
and a 75-word description. Entries should also include the intended audience, whether the
material is beginner, intermediate or advanced and the speaking experience and expertise
of the speaker.