|NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Win Treese And More At The FAQtory
1. InfoSeek Spin-Off Launches Business Channel
2. New Intersolv Software Configuration Server
3. Online Global Information Network
4. New Quickform Contracts Available
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?
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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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