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Week of February 5th, 1998
Issue 5, Volume III
NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Win Treese And More At The FAQtory
REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
1. InfoSeek Spin-Off Launches Business Channel
2. New Intersolv Software Configuration Server
3. Online Global Information Network
4. New Quickform Contracts Available
PARTNERSHIPS
1. Thomson And Money Online Offer Real-Time Stock Quotes
2. CareerBuilder Joins With ADP
3. PSN To Co-Market With Melard Technology
4. Comtex And Supernews Supply The Usenet Community
5. UOL Publishing and Street Technologies In Partnership
6. DIDAX Provides Email With WhoWhere?
CONSTRUCTION CREWS
1. Who's Bringing Who to the Web: Nascent Technologies
FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. Proxicom Acquires Square Earth
2. Writers Club Gets Private Investment


News About The Netpreneur Program

1. WIN TREESE AND MORE AT THE FAQtory
Not long ago, Win Treese, an analyst and security expert with Open Market, was a guest in the NET-INVEST discussion group, answering questions from investors on the future of e-commerce and security issues. It was a Netpreneur Program Special Online Event, and something we plan to do more of in time.

We've collected the Qs and As from that event and made them available in a special section of the FAQtory where you can learn what Mr. Treese sees as some of the key issues in the e-commerce sector. Treese, BTW, is also the producer of the popular Internet Index, which is inspired by the Harpers Index and regularly collects interesting Internet statistics of note. Check it out at:

http://www.openmarket.com/intindex

Mr. Treese's comments aren't the only thing you'll find new at the FAQtory. Check out new pieces on Internet Advertising and Making Your Web Site Press Friendly in the Marketing area. We've also updated the FAQ on Internet Demographic Resources. The FAQtory is at:

http://netpreneur.org/netcorner/faqtory

While we're on the subject (sorta) there's a really good thread going on right now about working effectively with Industry Analysts in Talk The Talk, the Program discussion group which is limited to netpreneurs. We'll be capturing the essence of the discussion in FAQtory, but to get in on the conversation while its hot, join Talk The Talk at:

http://netpreneur.org/connect/talktalk/default.html

This is an exclusive little group, so you must be a netpreneur yourself to join and must be approved, but it's worth it. Discussion focuses around finding answers to immediate netpreneurial business needs, such as recommendations for professional resources, how-to's and "what did you do when this happened to you?" The clubhouse is swank, but there's no secret netpreneur decoder ring yet.

Regional Netpreneurs

1. INFOSEEK SPIN-OFF LAUNCHES BUSINESS CHANNEL
(Alexandria, VA) NewsReal was launched this week with plans to develop a broad-based Internet business channel. The company says it will exploit artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to deliver customized business news to a mass Web audience. Based on vertical industry news, NewsReal's strategy is to integrate a series of channels, using news and other business information. The company was founded by executives of Sunnyvale, CA-based Infoseek Corp. in a spin-off of its Corporate Information Division. NewsReal has financial backing and investment from Soros Fund Management, with Infoseek retaining a minority ownership and acting as a strategic partner. NewsReal's current product, IndustryWatch, is a leading co-branded element on the Infoseek Business Channel. NewsReal says it will make product and partner announcements with industry leaders during February and March.

NewsReal Industry Watch: http://www.news-real.com

2. NEW INTERSOLV SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION SERVER
(Rockville, MD) INTERSOLV, Inc. announced PVCS Version Manager (VM) Server which provides Internet/intranet capabilities for software configuration management. The product supports globally distributed team development environments by providing access to and organizing, managing and protecting corporate software and Web assets across networked, client/server and mainframe environments. Featuring a browser-based Java client and GUI interface, PVCS-VM enables teams of any size at any location, to work in an interactive and coordinated fashion. A new n-tier architecture supports a variety of development efforts including large projects and teams, outsourced subprojects, contractors working remotely and employees working at multiple development sites. It operates identically across multiple operating environments including Windows 95, NT, AIX, HP-UX and Solaris.

INTERSOLV: http://www.intersolv.com

3. ONLINE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK
(Washington, DC) The Global Information Network (GIN) was launched as a cluster of worldwide business-to-business Web sites organized in a search-engine format to support executives at companies active in global business. Designed as an online "gateway" destination, GIN delivers a single Web address for locating global business information on the Internet. The Network's search engine features the TradeLinks Database, including thousands of sources of international trade information individually reviewed and ranked. GIN users can rate individual sites as well as link their own web addresses to the database. Trade Compass is the organizer and administrator of GIN; Export Today is a founding partner which helped to formulate GIN's advertising program and helps to sell advertising.

GIN: http://www.ginfo.net
Trade Compass: http://www.tradecompass.com
Export Today: http://exporttoday.com

4. NEW QUICKFORM CONTRACTS AVAILABLE
(Annandale, VA ) Invisible Hand has released a new version of QuickForm Contracts Online that adds two new agreements: Internet Publication Letter and Preliminary Engagement Letter Agreement. The Internet Publication Letter authorizes publication of content on a Web site, addressing various compensation methods, warranty, liability and other relevant issues. The Preliminary Engagement Letter Agreement is a simple engagement letter for requirements analysis, prototyping, initial consulting or other work in circumstances where there is not sufficient time to have a longer agreement reviewed by counsel and the parties are likely to proceed on a handshake if a document cannot be supplied quickly. Quickform Contracts Online automates the process of drafting sophisticated agreements for the computer industry, Internet commerce and general business transactions. Set up as a "virtual vending machine," the system prompts you with interactive questions and then generates a complete agreement. Documents are priced at $19.95, pay-per-use.

QuickForm: http://www.quickforms.com

Partnerships

1. THOMSON AND MONEY OFFER STOCK QUOTES
(Rockville, MD) Through a relationship between Thomson Financial Services and Time Inc. New Media, real-time quotes from the NYSE, Amex and Nasdaq are now available for free to all users of Money Magazine's Web site. The new MoneyRTQ feature displays market data in an integrated TipSheet format, one of the most popular features of the Thomson Investors Network. A variety of Thomson companies provide an integrated summary of existing research on the selected security. Intraday charts, 12-month charts, key measures, First Calls' consensus earnings estimates and the Investnet Insider Trend Index are provided for every real time quote accessed. Users can request up to 50 real time quotes per day.

Thomson Investors Network: http://www.thomsoninvest.net
Money: http://www.money.com

2. CAREERBUILDER JOINS WITH ADP, WCO
(Reston, VA) CareerBuilder, Inc. (formerly NetStart) will jointly market its Internet recruiting solution with Roseland, NJ-based Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), the world's leading provider of integrated human resources, benefits and payroll services. Under the terms of the agreement, ADP will co-brand CareerBuilder's recruiting solution and distribute it through its direct sales force. ADP will also own a minority stake in CareerBuilder and an ADP executive will be elected to its Board of Directors. The co-branded solution will be initially available in Metropolitan Washington, DC and Houston in early February. ADP and TeamBuilder plan to integrate CareerBuilder's recruiting management application, TeamBuilder, with ADP's HR solutions. In other news, Womens Connection Online (WCO) has partnered with CareerBuilder to create a new, interactive Career Center for women at the WCO site. The WCO Career Center provides tools and resources for women and offers employers and agencies the ability to reach this demographic.

CareerBuilder: http://www.CareerBuilder.com
WCO: http://www.womenconnect.com
ADP: http://www.adp.com

3. PSN TO CO-MARKET WITH MELARD TECHNOLOGY
(Manassas, VA) Personal Satellite Network (PSN) has formed a co-marketing agreement with Armonk, NY-based Melard Technology, manufacturer of the Scout computer, a ruggedized computer for use in outdoor and industrial settings. Scouts are frequently used in rural and remote areas where terrestrial wireless service is not available. PSN will promote the Scout, and Melard will promote the use of PSN's satellite services. PSN provides a unique computer-based two-way messaging service for consumers using a satellite system for global coverage. PSN will begin to offer commercial service early this year.

PSN: http://www.skyhelp.net
Melard: http://www.melard.com

4. COMTEX AND SUPERNEWS SUPPLY THE USENET COMMUNITY
(Alexandria, VA) Comtex Scientific Corp. will supply newswire content to San Jose, CA-based Supernews for distribution to the Usenet community as well as corporate and ISP clients. Supernews is the leading Usenet provider in North America and Asia. Supernews clients will receive Comtex CustomWires in a variety of category-based sub-hierarchies beneath the Supernews newsgroup hierarchy. CustomWires include business intelligence provided by 25 newswire sources from the US and abroad. In an unrelated announcement, Comtex said it will expand its Newsroom Top Headlines products to include weekend editions.

Comtex: http://www.comtexnews.com
Supernews: http://www.supernews.com

5. UOL PUBLISHING AND STREET TECHNOLOGIES IN PARTNERSHIP
(McLean, VA) UOL Publishing, Inc. and White Plains, NY-based Street Technologies have formed a strategic relationship designed to expand both companies' presence in the distance learning market. Under the relationship, UOL licensed Street's multimedia streaming authoring tool and plugin player and is provided rights to market and sell Street's list of information technology courses. In exchange, UOL will share information and technology with Street related to the UOL Virtual Campus and license Street to resell UOL courseware to their retail customers and resellers.

UOL Publishing: http://www.uol.com
Street Technology: http://www.streetinc.com

6. DIDAX PROVIDES EMAIL WITH WHOWHERE?
(Chantilly, VA) DIDAX Inc. has launched free email, CCNmail, for members of its Christian Community Network (CCN). CCNmail is a Web-based email service delivered by Mountain View, CA-based WhoWhere?, Inc. under a revenue sharing agreement in which WhoWhere? sells banner ads on the CCNmail site and then divides the proceeds with DIDAX.

CCNmail: http://ccnmail.com
CCN: http://www.christcom.net
WhoWhere?: http://www.whowhere.com

Construction Crews

WHO'S BRINGING WHOM TO THE WEB?

The Reston, VA-based Internet Society, the international organization focused on Internet standards, policy and education, has a newly redesigned Web site ( http://www.isoc.org ) created by Nascent Technologies ( http://www.nascent.com ), also of Reston.

Funding & Finance News

1. PROXICOM ACQUIRES SQUARE EARTH
(Reston, VA) Proxicom, Inc. completed a stock transaction to acquire New York City-based Square Earth, Inc., an Internet application development company with expertise in building Microsoft-based business-to-business solutions. The acquisition advances Proxicom's position in the Internet marketplace, especially strengthening its presence in the financial services industry. Proxicom gains Square Earth's client base, including Compaq, GTE, Lehman Brothers, Microsoft, Oppenheimer & Co., Pepsi and SABRE. Proxicom is a provider of Internet consulting, development and integration services. Details of the transaction were not announced.

Proxicom: http://www.proxicom.com
Square Earth: http://www.squareearth.com

2. WRITERS CLUB GETS PRIVATE INVESTMENT
(Falls Church, VA) Writers Club announced a recent infusion of funds from private investor John Kelly who last year sold his own company, Datametrics Systems Corp., and has invested in several Internet businesses. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Other investors who provided seed money for Writers Club last year include Wachtel & Co., Blue Water Capital and Calvert Ventures. Writers Club has been one of AOL's earliest and most popular communities with 200,000 plus members and has plans to expand to the Web by late-March or early-April. The next step for Writers Club is to raise additional capital for larger expansion plans.

Writers Club: http://www.writersclub.com



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