|NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. No One Parties Like The Marketing Department
2. Newly Assembled At The FAQtory
1. NETRIX Releases Voice/Fax-Over-IP Gateway Switch
2. ANSER To Develop Software To Locate Missing Children
3. Orion Introduces WorldCast
4. Don't Forget, It's February 14th. Write It Down
1. MCI and Yahoo! Announce New Internet Online Service
2. webMethods Will Be Built Into Ericsson
3. InteliData And Brother Create Desktop Publishers
4. Network Solutions Partners Help Get Domain Names
1.Who's Bringing Who To The Web?
New Connections, NMP, Inc.
FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. Proxicom Gets $2 Million From GE Capital
2. Verio Inc. Buys Monumental
3. Monument Debuts Region-Based Mutual Funds
1. CCN Is 1997 Christian Site of the Year
2. InteliData Receives Industry Award
News About The Netpreneur Program
1. NO ONE PARTIES LIKE THE MARKETING DEPT.
They've got the money and the cool toys. In fact, it's looking like the hottest little
corner of the Netpreneur Program recently has been the Advertising and Marketing
Discussion Group. A cozy klatch of about 200 has been burning up the bandwidth (jeepers,
they got us all talking like advertising copy) on topics like email marketing, the value
of user demographics and emerging banner technologies. And (ad guys are allowed to start
sentences with "And.") they're getting some real business problems solved, like
one netpreneur who was in mid-negotiation and needed help in determining an ad model
pricing, and another who got help developing banner ads for his site. There's also a
biweekly email newsletter on Net marketing crafted by group leader and the Netpreneur
team's own Mitch Arnowitz.
Now that your humble editor has got the whole group ready to kick his smart-alecky
behind, he urges you to save his bacon by checking out and joining the Ad-Marketing
Discussion Group at:
Archives of the group: http://listserv.morino.org/archives/ad-marketing.html
You must be a registered Netpreneur Exchange user to join, but registering is fast,
free and easy, whiter than white, tougher than dirt and comes with that fresh pine scent.
Help! We've been possessed by the spirits of Ogilvy and Mather.
2. NEWLY ASSEMBLED AT THE FAQtory
Check in to see new pieces on Non-Disclosure Agreements And Large Companies in the Legal
area, E-Money Micropayments in the Technology area, and Shopping Cart Software, also in
Technology. The usual FAQtory caveat is in effect-- these are not necessarily complete
explications; they reflect recent discussion among our netpreneur community and are added
to regularly. Please add your comments.
1. NETRIX RELEASES VOICE/FAX-OVER-IP GATEWAY SWITCH
(Herndon, VA) NETRIX Corp. announced Vodex Voice Gateway software for its Network Exchange
2210 product, a Voice/Data/Fax-Over-IP Gateway Switch. The company says Vodex is the
industry's first voice gateway to simultaneously deliver high quality voice over IP (VoIP)
and voice over Frame Relay with the ability to gateway between the two. The 2210 is a
multi-service switching platform that combines Wide Area Network (WAN) switching, switched
compressed voice and multi-protocol support in a single platform. It connects between the
corporate PBX using either a DS1 or E1 interface and the LAN using a standard Ethernet
interface. The existing LAN carries voice/data/fax traffic between the PBX and the egress
to the WAN. Along the way, voice traffic is compressed down to 5.5 kbps from 64 kbps, and
is shaped into a "very well behaved" IP stream. The product incorporates
NETRIX's patented voice compression technologies, which can provide as much as a 12:1
reduction in required voice bandwidth on the LAN.
2. ANSER TO DEVELOP SOFTWARE TO LOCATE MISSING CHILDREN
(Arlington, VA) ANSER has won a $3.5 million cooperative agreement from the National
Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop a system to expedite the recovery of missing
children. The system will integrate intelligent software agents and facial recognition
technology to search, access and report relevant information on the Internet about missing
children. It will also be used on other networks as well as computer databases of
information, photos and video. The system's first application is for the National Center
for Missing and Exploited children (NCMEC) to assist case managers to search the Internet
for relevant information and obtain possible facial matches.
3. ORION INTRODUCES WORLDCAST
(Rockville, MD) Orion Network Systems will introduce its WorldCast family of
Internet/intranet solutions for international ISPs in Asia, offering high-speed
connections to the US Internet. WorldCast offers access data rates ranging from 64 Kbps to
45 Mbps. The satellite-based solution can be customized to take advantage of the
asymmetric characteristics of the Internet where users typically request very small
amounts of data from the Internet, but download responses that are usually four to 10
times as large. WorldCast also offers a hybrid configuration to allow ISPs to continue
using their terrestrial links for sending request packets to the Internet while large
files are transmitted via Orion high-speed satellite links. Orion will deliver the service
initially from leased transponders over the Asia region. After deployment of the Orion 3
satellite, scheduled for late 1998, WorldCast service will be uplinked from Orion's Asian
gateways and will be available to Australia, Japan, China, India and other Asian
Orion Network Systems: http://www.OrionNetworks.net
4. DON'T FORGET, IT'S FEBRUARY 14TH. WRITE IT DOWN
(Arlington, VA) Underappreciated wives, gift-impaired husbands and irreversible romantics
can order via the Net "Emerald Seduction: The Tale of a Great Love," a new
personalized romance novel from Personal Passions. The service enables lovestruck readers
to buy a copy of this playfully steamy romance by overheated writer Desiree Lamour, but
with a special twist. Readers cast themselves as the romantic leads by providing more than
50 personal details, including the names of both lovers, descriptions, their song,
restaurant, anniversary and more. According to the company, "The result is ...
guaranteed to generate heat -- and even more laughs!" We will reserve judgment on
that until Netpreneur News creates a literary supplement.
Personal Passions: http://www.PersonalPassions.com
1. MCI AND YAHOO! ANNOUNCE NEW INTERNET ONLINE SERVICE
(Washington, DC) MCI Telecommunications Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. have entered a broad
co-marketing and distribution agreement to launch a new co-branded, co-marketed online
service. The service, Yahoo! Online powered by MCI Internet, will provide subscribers with
a complete, integrated online service including a browser customized to feature Yahoo!
aggregated content, 24x7 toll-free customer service, and online and CD-ROM distribution of
the client software. Subscribers will have nationwide dial-up access with local phone
numbers in major metropolitan areas and X2 modem capability. Yahoo! Online will be jointly
promoted by MCI and Yahoo! and is expected to be available nationwide later this quarter.
2. WEBMETHODS WILL BE BUILT INTO ERICSSON
(Fairfax, VA) webMethods, Inc. and telecom giant, Ericsson, announced a joint agreement to
employ webMethods' Web Automation technology in future Ericsson products and services for
the mobile communications market. Use of the webMethods technology means that Ericsson can
deploy current and future Internet services to their customers. webMethods provides
XML-based Web Automation and integration products which enable business information
systems to exchange data with any Web site automatically, with or without a browser.
3. INTELIDATA AND BROTHER CREATE DESKTOP PUBLISHERS
(Herndon, VA) InteliData Technologies Corp. and Somerset, NJ-based Brother International
Corp. will launch Internet email and personalized information services from InteliData's
SmartTime Network on a new line of low-priced desktop publishers targeted at the small
office/home office (SOHO) and student markets as an option to PCs. The Brother desktop
publishers will bring word processing, communication, information applications and a
built-in color ink jet printer. The devices, which will begin retailing in June starting
at under $300, will feature a full keyboard, processor, modem, screen and color printer,
all integrated into a portable unit. Customers will be offered a 30-day free trial to test
the email and information services from SmartTime Network, priced at under $10 per month.
4. NETWORK SOLUTIONS PARTNERS HELP GET DOMAIN NAMES
(Washington, DC) Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) has formed partnerships to help businesses
get domain names more easily. The first, with Inc. Online, lets small business owners
register or reserve their Internet name by directly linking to NSI's WorldNIC Services.
NSI will sponsor Inc. Online's Guide to the Internet minisite which helps companies
navigate through the decisions needed to choose systems, network and get employee
acceptance. Other collaborative efforts are being discussed. In a similar agreement, NSI
and Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) will bundle services to offer companies Internet names
and D-U-N-S numbers at either company's Web sites. D&B D-U-N-S Numbers are assigned to
the more than 47 million businesses in D&B's worldwide database. They have become a
universal business ID on invoices and other business documents and are recognized by many
governments and standards bodies. NSI and D&B plan to integrate the domain and D-U-N-S
Number registration process in the future. The two companies also intend to research and
develop additional services that will facilitate doing business on the Internet.
Network Solutions: http://www.netsol.com
Inc. Online's Guide to the Internet: http://www.inc.com/internet
Dun & Bradstreet: http://www.dnb.com
1. WHO'S BRINGING WHO TO THE NET?
New Connections, Inc. ( http://www.newc.com ) recently
launched a new site for Dimensions Health Care ( http://www.dimensionshealth.org
), a not-profit health organization.
NMP, Inc. ( http://www.nmpinc.com ) launched three
new sites: an enhanced Investor Relations site for MCI ( http://www.mci.com/investor ), an online catalog
for the National Trust for Historic Preservation ( http://www.infoseries.com
) and a site for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores' trade event ( http://www.marketplace98.org ).
Funding & Finance News
1. PROXICOM GETS $2 MILLION FROM GE CAPITAL
(Reston, VA) Proxicom, a provider of Internet-based business solutions, has completed a
private placement of $2 million with General Electric Capital Services. GE Capital made
the investment through its Corporate Technology
Ventures Group which invests in early-stage companies that develop cutting edge
technologies and IT solutions to enhance business growth. GE Capital, as well as other GE
businesses, has worked with Proxicom as an Internet services and product vendor. In 1998,
Proxicom and GE Capital will jointly host industry seminars to share knowledge and best
practices with market participants. GE Capital Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
General Electric Co., is a global, diversified financial services company with 27
specialized businesses and assets of over $227 billion.
2. VERIO INC. BUYS MONUMENTAL
(Chantilly, VA) Hot on the heels of recent investments in other regional ISPs, Englewood,
CO-based Verio Inc. has acquired Monumental Network Systems Inc. Details of the
acquisition were not disclosed. As a Verio company, Monumental will be part of Verio's
unique combination of locally managed national infrastructure that includes a high-speed,
high-capacity national backbone, peering relationships, engineering support and access to
enhanced services. With 21 points-of-presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,
Monumental was recently counted by the Washington Business Journal as the eighth largest
business ISP in the DC metropolitan area. Last year Verio bought into or acquired 3 other
ISPs in the region: Clark Internet Services, Inc. (Columbia, MD), Frederick Network
Technologies (Frederick, MD) and Internet Interstate (Bethesda, MD).
3. MONUMENT DEBUTS REGION-BASED MUTUAL FUNDS
(Washington, DC) According to the Monument Funds Group, mutual fund investors in the
greater Washington, DC/Baltimore area have had nowhere to turn if they wanted to put their
money in a fund specializing in the companies in their own backyard. They say that
DC/Baltimore area companies are almost totally absent from the list of stocks accounting
for the largest holdings of America's top 10 mutual funds. Monument has changed that by
creating two new funds, the Monument Washington Regional Growth Fund and the Monument
Washington Regional Aggressive Growth Fund, both of which will focus on investing in
companies either headquartered in or doing substantial business in the Greater National
Capital Region: the District, Baltimore and the rest of the Maryland/Northern Virginia
Monument Funds Group: http://www.monumentfunds.com.
1. CCN IS 1997 CHRISTIAN SITE OF THE YEAR
(Chantilly, VA) DIDAX Inc.'s Christian Community Network (CCN) has been chosen by the Best
of the Christian Web as the 1997 Christian site of the year. The award is based on factors
that include usefulness, appearance and ease of use. The review says, "This is one of
the best sites we've seen and it's not even finished yet. We may need to add an extra star
to our rating system for this one!"
Christian Community Network: http://www.christcom.net
Best of the Christian Web: http://www.botcw.com
2. INTELIDATA RECEIVES INDUSTRY AWARDS
(Herndon, VA) InteliData received two Innovations '98 awards at the 1998 International
Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The first was for its IPS series
telephone system, a branded Bell Atlantic product which gives small office/home office
(SOHO) businesses the features of a Fortune 500 PBX system at a fraction of the cost. The
other was for the company's InteliData 1865 smart telephone that features one-touch access
to advanced telecommunications services. Each year, members of the trade press, engineers
and industrial designers evaluate the best ideas in electronic hardware and software
consumer design and engineering that are submitted by manufacturers of consumer
electronics products. InteliData has won the award four of the last five years.