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Week of May 21, 1998
Volume 3, Number 20
I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Pre-Register For E-Commerce Webcast
2. Newly Assembled At The FAQtory
II> REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
1. Infinite Technologies Combines Email And Voice Mail
2. Ecutel Offers Secure Mobile Internet Communications
3. Trackworks Provides Web-Enhanced Work Management
4. Automotive Industry Channel Launches Webcasts
5. IMark Introduces Information Commerce Service
III> PARTNERSHIPS
1. Godzilla Versus The Internet
2. GTS Division In Agreement With Ebone
3. SpaceWorks And Sterling Commerce In OEM Deal
4. SMS Archives Federal Email On CD
5. digitalNATION And THiin Line To Co-Market
6. PSINet And Computer City Provide Net Access
7. InfiNet Joins With NetworkTwo
IV> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. PathNet Files For IPO
2. Kids Own America Chosen For Early Stage East

I> News About the Program

1. PRE-REGISTER FOR E-COMMERCE WEBCAST
As announced last week, the June 3 Evening With the Stars of E-Commerce will be webcast live at 7:00pm EDT, so that everyone who can't make the event can still take part. To save yourself a little time that evening, you can pre-register for the webcast now at the Netpreneur Exchange Web site, at:

http://netpreneur.org/webcast

You'll also find links for downloading Real Networks' Real Player, which you'll need to take part in the webcast and can get during registration. The player and the event are both free. The page just went up hours ago, and we've already gotten registrations for the webcast, including fellow netpreneurs from France and Yugoslavia.

REMEMBER PLEASE: There's plenty of room at the webcast, but the actual event is full. We cannot take new registrations or walk-ins for the physical event, although we hope you'll attend virtually.

Thanks, BTW, to our friends at TV onthe Web who are producing the webcast, and thanks especially to the sponsors of An Evening With The Stars of E-commerce: Arthur Andersen, LLP; DIGEX, Inc.; Ernst & Young, LLP; Exodus Communications, Inc.; KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP; and Price Waterhouse.

2. NEWLY ASSEMBLED AT THE FAQtory
There's a new FAQ on Using Traditional Media To Drive Site Traffic in the Marketing area, including netpreneurs' experiences with radio, newspaper, barter and direct mail. The usual FAQtory caveat applies: these are not necessarily complete explications. They reflect recent discussion among our netpreneur community and are added to regularly. Please contribute your comments.

FAQtory: http://netpreneur.org/faqtory


II> Regional Netpreneurs

1. INFINITE TECHNOLOGIES COMBINES EMAIL AND VOICE MAIL
(Owings Mills, MD) Infinite Technologies released its newest messaging solution, Infinite Voice, an email voice attendant offering the ability to send and receive email messages using a touch-tone telephone. The system allows both voice and email messages to be retrieved and responded to using either the computer or telephone. Using a standard touch-tone phone, users have all of the email functionality normally available in traditional email systems. Remote users also have the ability to forward email messages to a fax machine via the telephone interface. Additionally, Infinite Voice can handle a company's voice messaging, offering a full-featured answering service and voice attendant that ties directly into the existing corporate email system.

Infinite Technologies: http://www.ihub.com

2. ECUTEL OFFERS SECURE MOBILE NET COMMUNICATIONS
(Alexandria, VA) ECUTEL will begin marketing a new client/server communications software suite, Viatores, which the company calls the first commercially available solution to fully implement the Mobile Internet Protocol (Mobile IP). With Viatores, a person can freely roam multiple networks and communicate via the Net from any location, including planes and airports. Ecutel says it has solved the security problem of Mobile IP by incorporating strong encryption, authentication and secure firewall traversal features. In June, law enforcement officials in the Gulf States region will begin using a modified version of Viatores to share sensitive information in their efforts to combat illicit drug trade, terrorism and weapons proliferation. Ecutel intends to market Viatores to the business development divisions of ISPs.

Ecutel: http://www.ecutel.com

3. TRACKWORKS PROVIDES WEB-ENHANCED WORK MANAGEMENT
(Chantilly, VA) Universal Systems Inc. (USI) introduced Trackworks, a portfolio of software and services to provide large organizations with more effective business processes and work management. Trackworks includes templates to rapidly deploy business applications, Web-based work management of electronic business transactions, deployment methodologies and USI's e.POWER component architecture. e.POWER is a technology platform which extends existing business solutions, such as resource planning and decision-support systems, for use across the enterprise. Trackworks applications include USI's WorkManager, a workflow management tool; Express, a rapid application development solution; and Excelerator, a correspondence and action item management tool. Project processes are captured electronically to automatically "push" and "pull" the necessary information to the proper user to complete a transaction. These processes may be either static, such as a customer service call, or dynamic, requiring ad hoc capability to change the process on the fly.

USI: http://www.www.usiva.com

4. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY CHANNEL LAUNCHES
(Reston, VA) GEI Internet Productions and AutoNetwork launched the Automotive Industry Channel this week with the airing of an interview with Bob Eaton, CEO of Chrysler, and the preview and road test of the 1999 Chrysler 300M & LHS. The Automotive Industry Channel is a webcast which auto dealers can subscribe to at their Web sites. When callers click on the show's icon, the page opens with the dealer's TV or radio commercial airing, then moves into the show. Archived shows are available, as well as a schedule of up coming live webcasts. GEI films and produces the shows, and Melanet hosts the video. Shows are up to an hour in length and air only the subscribing dealers TV/radio commercials throughout. Interactive buttons give callers instant access to the dealer's auto request, financing, service appointments and parts order forms. Dealers pay a setup and monthly subscription fee to webcast the channel.

Automotive Industry Channel: http://www.aacbg.com
Melanet: http://www.melanet.com

5. IMARK INTRODUCES INFORMATION COMMERCE SERVICE
(Herndon, VA) Imark Technologies, Inc. announced new trials for its NET-MAX+ service, which is expected to be commercially available in August 1998. The system offers a combination of content management and commerce services for the secure distribution and sale of digital content via the Web. It will be demonstrated at the International Newsletter Conference on May 31-June 2 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. NET-MAX+ features metering and billing, account management, search, profiling and customization, content management, rights management and content delivery options to enable publishers to market and sell digital content in a wide variety of formats.

Imark: http://www.imarktech.com


III> Partnerships

1. GODZILLA VERSUS THE INTERNET
(Charlottesville, VA) Kesmai Corp. and Santa Monica, CA-based Centropolis Interactive have teamed to deliver a massively-multiplayer online game based on the new Godzilla film. Godzilla Online debuted yesterday exclusively on Kesmai's GameStorm online gaming service. The launch is the first time that a computer game based on a major Hollywood film has been released on the same day that the film debuted in theaters. Game development has been ongoing by Mythic Entertainment and Centropolis Interactive for nearly a year using Kesmai's ARIES multiplayer proprietary game technology.

GameStorm: http://www.gamestorm.com
Centropolis: http://centropolis.com
Mythic: http://www.mythicgames.com

2. GTS DIVISION IN AGREEMENT WITH EBONE
(McLean, VA) Hermes Europe Railtel (HER) has signed a letter of intent with Ebone, A/S, to provide Ebone with a 155 Mbit/s core European backbone ring to six cities and a 34 Mbit/s peripheral network to five cities as part of HER's "Ring Service" offering. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ebone A/S is an Internet backbone provider focused on connecting ISPs in Europe. HER is a division of McLean, VA-based Global TeleSystems Group, Inc. (GTS), a developer, owner and operator of telecom companies.

Global TeleSystems Group: http://www.gtsgroup.com

3. SPACEWORKS AND STERLING COMMERCE IN OEM DEAL
(Rockville, MD) SpaceWorks has signed an agreement with Columbus, OH-based Sterling Commerce, Inc., a provider of business-to-business electronic commerce software products and services. Sterling has licensed SpaceWorks OrderManager, a software application that manages order processing and fulfillment operations via the Web, and incorporated it into its COMMERCE:Interact service. COMMERCE:Interact includes Sterling Commerce's Web community management, operations management and Web site hosting services to provide catalogs and order processing systems linked to back-office systems. As part of the relationship, SpaceWorks is offering its OrderManager customers the option to contract with Sterling Commerce for value-added services as an alternative to in-house hosting.

SpaceWorks: http://www.spaceworks.com
Sterling Commerce: http://www.sterlingcommerce.com

4. SMS ARCHIVES EMAIL ON CD
(McLean, VA) SMS Data Products Group, Inc. (SMS) announced a partnership with Andover, MA-based Smart Storage, Inc. and Sony Electronics, Inc. to produce @CD-Rkive, a solution for the federal government's email record keeping and archiving. The Federal Records Act stipulates the orderly use and disposition of all documentary materials made or received by an Agency which involve how the Agency conducts its business, including the disposition of email. @CD-Rkive allows government agencies to identify, schedule and archive federal record emails, with all attachments, in their original form in a way that mimics traditional paper document flow.

Smart Storage: http://www.smartstorage.com
SMS: http://www.sms.com

5. DIGITALNATION AND THIIN LINE TO CO-MARKET
(Alexandria, VA) digitalNATION, a provider of Web access and hosting services, has entered into a co-marketing arrangement with Westboro, MA-based THiiN Line, a business unit of Data General Corp. Under the agreement, digitalNATION has added THiin Line's SiteStak Web hosting appliances to its repertoire of available platforms, and the two companies will promote each other's products and services via their Web sites.

digitalNATION: http://www.dn.net
THiiN Line: http://www.thiin.com

6. PSINet AND COMPUTER CITY PROVIDE NET ACCESS
(Herndon, VA) Retailer Computer City will offer Internet solutions to small businesses and home office customers from PSINet from both their Business Solution Centers and new Internet Cafes, where customers can rent computer time for business projects and Internet access. The alliance provides Computer City customers with high-speed LAN, dial-up and Web hosting services.

PSINet: http://www.psi.net
Computer City: http://www.computercity.com

7. INFINET JOINS WITH NETWORKTWO
(Norfolk, VA) InfiNet announced a new strategy to expand Internet access services to a national level, including the acquisition of dial tone access from NetworkTwo Communications Group. As a result, InfiNet will be able to enter more than 250 new markets plus expand capabilities in existing markets. As part of the agreement, InfiNet will sell its Network Services Division, comprised of network operations and associated support, to NetworkTwo Communications Group. InfiNet will continue to focus on core customer relationships in the newspaper business. A joint new-media venture by Gannett Co., Knight-Ridder and Landmark Communications, InfiNet provides online publishing solutions for newspapers and a range of ISP services. NetworkTwo provides data networking solutions to the Fortune 500, formerly as ADP AutoNet, the network operations group supporting payroll processor Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

InfiNet: http://www.infi.net
NetworkTwo: http://www.networktwo.com


V> Funding & Finance News

1. PATHNET FILES FOR IPO
(Washington, DC) Pathnet, Inc. filed for an initial public offering, the proceeds of which are expected to be used to finance continuing deployment of the company's digital telecommunications network. The offering is expected in the third quarter of this year. Pathnet's network will sell capacity to other carriers and is being built by upgrading existing wireless infrastructures into a digital synchronous optical network (SONET). Billing itself as a "carrier's carrier," Pathnet intends to market its network to local exchange carriers, ISPs, interexchange carriers and RBOCs. It plans to upgrade and integrate existing telecom assets of railroads, utilities and state and local governments. The company has agreements for the design and construction of about 7,000 route miles of network with seven entities, including Enron, Idaho Power and KN Energy. Underwriters for the IPO will be Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Bear, Stearns & Co.

Pathnet: http://www.pathnet.net

2. KIDS OWN AMERICA CHOSEN FOR EARLY STAGE EAST
Kids Own America has been selected from over 200 nominations by Early Stage East as "...one of the 'best of the best' early stage companies." As a result, Kids Own America has been invited to make an investor presentation to an audience of 350 members of the investment community from the Mid-Atlantic region on June 9-10 in Wilmington, DE. This comes on the heels of the Kids Own America investor presentation at the Century Club of George Mason University Grubstake Breakfast, the first formal investor presentation by Kids Own America since closing their initial round of financing early this year. Kids Own America has created a consortium of airlines and financial institutions allowing families to assure there is extra money in a child's savings or investment account by redeeming small amounts of unused or expiring frequent flyer miles or other similar awards and using them to offset bank fees and brokerage commissions. Kids Own America also locates banks and brokerages close to the child's home that offer other tailored programs that help children save and invest.

Kids Own America: http://www.kids-own-america.com


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