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Week of June 11, 1998
Issue 23, Volume III
I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. Shy, Monastic Netpreneurs Can Sleep In That Morning
--2. What's The Fastest Way To Make A $10 Million Company?
II> REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
--1. Formatta Announces Freely "Distributable" Electronic Forms
--2. Firaxis Games Launches Alpha Centauri Game Site
--3. New Service For Online Credit Card Payments
--4. Cycomm Subsidiary Announces 12 New Products
--5. NETRIX Extends Internet Telephony To Remote Offices
--6. UOL Creates Knowledge Workshop Division
--7. Report.Web Provides Off-Site Administration
III> PARTNERSHIPS
--1. Morph And Tenon To Create Enhanced Macintosh Web Server
--2. Simutronics' Games Debut on mplayer
--3. Engage's Virtual Pool Breaks On Kesmai's Gamestorm
--4. Riparius And Delta Three Partner For PC Telephony
--5. LearnScape And CyberChalk In Joint Educational Venture
--6. Caliber Collaborates With The Wharton School
--7. Political Coverage For Women
--8. Preview Travel Provides Services With USA TODAY Online
IV> CONSTRUCTION CREWS
-- Who's Bringing Whom To The Web? Proxicom, Microstate
IV> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. SkyCache Closes $6 Million In Financing
--2. PRIMUS Completes Merger With TresCom
--3. Manugistics Completes Acquisition Of TYECIN
--4. Local Financial Execs Honored
VI> REGIONAL NEWS
--1. ISA Offers Online Privacy Tool Kit
--2. GMU Professor Wins Online Education Award
--3. Technology Group Recasts Mission
VII> OPPORTUNITIES
--1. Call for Speakers: Upside Summit '98

>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<< I> News About The Program
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1. SHY, MONASTIC NETPRENEURS CAN SLEEP IN THAT MORNING
Two, count 'em, two Coffee & DoughNets this month (Coffees & DoughNets?).
In addition to tonight's gig in Baltimore, we'll be back to the
eye-opening hour of 7:30am and back to DC at the Capital Hilton on June 25
where Mario Morino and George Gingerelli will speak on "Ego And Greed."
Nope, it's not a sermon, though Mario has been known to get a tad
evangelical occasionally. They'll be talking about how these two emotions
can affect and interfere with sound business decision-making. It's based on
a popular session presented in the spring of last year. George is a partner
with New Vantage Partners, a private equity investment advisory firm, and
former CEO of Delta Research Corp. We think you won't want to miss this one
or the opportunity to network with your netpreneurial compadres. Register
early, since C&Ds (Cs&Ds ?) fill up fast.

Register for C&D: http://netpreneur.org/doughnets
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2. WHAT'S THE FASTEST WAY TO MAKE A $10 MILLION COMPANY?
If you missed last week's Stars of E-commerce event, or you just want a
permanent record of the night's wisdom, the transcript is now available at
the Netpreneur Exchange. You'll get the answer to our headline question
(although we hope you won't follow it) as well some great knowledge,
predictions and war stories on topics including community-building,
microtransactions and the future of digital commerce from hard-core
entrepreneurs John Backus, President and CEO of InteliData Technologies
Corp.; Bill Gorog, Chairman of InteliData; Jack McDonnell, President and
CEO of Transaction Network Services, Inc.; Bill Melton, President and CEO
of CyberCash, Inc.; and Mark Walsh, President and CEO of VerticalNet, Inc.

E-commerce Transcript: http://netpreneur.org/events/ecommerce/transcript

>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<< II> Regional Netpreneurs
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1. FORMATTA ANNOUNCES "DISTRIBUTABLE" ELECTRONIC FORMS
(Washington, DC) Formatta Studio is a new form design software product from
Formatta Corp. which provides the tools to create fillable forms which can
be distributed to anyone on the Internet. The forms, such as employment
applications, are portable and can be placed on a Web page, emailed, faxed
or printed. On the Internet, data is protected using Formatta's encryption
technology so that no one can read the data except the company that
designed the form and the person who filled it out. Encryption allows both
secure transmission of sensitive information and guarantees that the form
itself has not been tampered with. Formatta is freely distributing the
complete version of the Filler application at its site, along with sample
forms.

Formatta: http://www.formatta.com
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2. FIRAXIS GAMES LAUNCHES ALPHA CENTAURI SITE
(Hunt Valley, MD) Firaxis Games launched a Web site dedicated to Sid
Meier's Alpha Centauri, one of the most anticipated PC games of the year.
Meier's Alpha Centauri is scheduled for a fall 1998 release and will be
published and distributed by Electronic Arts. The Firaxis site features the
first installment of an episodic science-fiction adventure story, "Journey
to Centauri," which provides the background story for the game. Firaxis is
an entertainment software development house comprised of game designers,
programmers, artists and musicians. Meier, who is Chairman and Director of
Creative Development for Firaxis, created the first combat flight
simulator, F15 Strike Eagle, in the early 80s; the first submarine
simulation, Silent Service; and, more recently, Civilization, one of the
best known computer games.

Firaxis Games: http://www.firaxis.com
Alpha Centauri game: http://www.alphacentauri.com
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3. NEW SERVICE FOR ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
(Gaithersburg, MD) Cambist Merchant Solutions has developed a service that
allows businesses to accept credit card payments via their own Web sites
without additional software or equipment. Customers complete an order form
on the merchant's Web site, and the contents of the order form are sent to
a Cambist secure server for processing of the credit card. The service can
also be used by businesses with Web access for traditional in-store and
phone order transactions.

Cambist Merchant Solutions: http://www.cambist.com
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4. CYCOMM SUBSIDIARY ANNOUNCES 12 NEW PRODUCTS
(McLean, VA) Cycomm International Inc. (Amex: CYI) announced that its
secure computing subsidiary has a new name, Cycomm Secure Solutions, and 12
new products which provide protection against cyber attacks. The products
include laptops and printers in its EMI (ElectroMagnetic Interference) line
of ruggedized, TEMPEST-specified computer and communication equipment. The
Secure Solutions division, headquartered in Sebastian, FL, operated under
the names XL Computing and Hetra Computing before being acquired as a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Cycomm.

Cycomm International: http://www.cycomm.com
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5. NETRIX EXTENDS INTERNET TELEPHONY TO REMOTE OFFICES
(Herndon, VA) NETRIX Corp. (Nasdaq: NTRX) today introduced a Voice over IP
(VoIP) and Voice over Frame Relay (VoFR) solution for the Remote
Office/Branch Office market. The Network Exchange 2201 provides complete
voice and data over IP/FR capabilities and is targeted for applications
requiring up to four voice ports, such as small enterprise offices, or for
Internet Telephony Service Providers that need to supply lower density CPE
equipment. The company says that the 2201 is the lowest priced
full-featured, integrated gateway on the market.

NETRIX: http://www.netrix.com
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6. UOL CREATES KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP DIVISION
(McLean, VA) UOL Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: UOLP) launched a new division,
Knowledge Workshop, to develop a line of premium, Web-based interactive
events and courses. Designed for corporate managers and executives, the
Knowledge Workshop product line will provide distance learning through
online instruction, email, chatrooms, telephony and slide or video
presentations. UOL has signed a number of content providers and presenters
to be featured, including: the University of Southern California's Marshall
School of Business, the Univ. of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business
School, the Univ. of California Berkeley Extension and Kaplan Learning
Centers. Topics will include Electronic Commerce, Finance and Accounting
for the Non-Financial Manager, Global Business & Management, and Essentials
of Marketing.

UOL Publishing: http://www.uol.com
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7. REPORT.WEB PROVIDES OFF-SITE ADMINISTRATION
(Arlington, VA) Network Software Associates, Inc. (NSA) released Report.Web
Remote Manager, providing the ability to administer the Report.Web
Enterprise Server from a remote site. Report.Web gives users universal,
secure, instant distribution and publishing access to mainframe, midrange
and other host reports through their desktop Web browsers. The new remote
component provides all of the functionality available on the central
enterprise server, including management of multiple servers from one
machine.

Network Software Associates, Inc.: http://www.nsainc.com

>>>>>>><<<<<< III> Partnerships
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1. MORPH AND TENON TO CREATE ENHANCED MACINTOSH WEB SERVER
(Vienna, VA) Morph Technologies, Inc. has formed a partnership with Santa
Barbara, CA-based Tenon Intersystems. Morph and Tenon are building a
version of Tenon's WebTen Apache-native server including Morph's DynaMorph
Web development tool suite. The enhanced version of DynaMorph will become
part of WebTen, running under MacOS and subsequently on Rhapsody and MacOS
X. Tenon's WebTen is a full-featured Macintosh Web server. Dynamorph is a
cross-platform Web application engine. Separately, Morph announced a new
release of DynaMorph which adds the ability to validate and authorize
credit cards using CyberCash's Internet merchant solution, and to interact
with Netscape's LDAP server. The new capabilities will enable site
designers to interface with corporate LDAP databases and construct
e-commerce-enabled solutions.

Morph Technologies: http://www.morphtech.com
Tenon Intersystems: http://www.tenon.com
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2. SIMUTRONICS' GAMES DEBUT ON MPLAYER
(Rockville, MD) Simutronics' multiplayer online games are now featured on
mplayer.com, a leading online games service. The two companies have teamed
up so that Simutronics' GemStone III, DragonRealms, CyberStrike, Modus
Operandi and Hercules & Xena can be played directly from mplayer.com.
Mplayer will feature a Simutronics area on its site where their 700,000
members can learn more about the games and participate in chat rooms,
contests, tournaments, events and promotional opportunities centered on the
Simutronics titles.

Simutronics: http://simutronics.com
mplayer: http://www.mplayer.com
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3. ENGAGE'S VIRTUAL POOL BREAKS ON KESMAI'S GAMESTORM
(Charlottesville, VA) Kesmai Corp. and ENGAGE games Online announced that
ENGAGE's Virtual Pool is now available on Kesmai's Online games service,
GameStorm. Virtual Pool is the third of 14 ENGAGE titles that will be
available online on GameStorm. Virtual Pool was designed by physicists and
mathematicians at Celeris, Inc. to be "the most realistic pool simulation
game ever created."

GameStorm: http://www.gamestorm.com
About Kesmai: https://www.gamestorm.com/company/index.html
ENGAGE: http://www.gamesonline.com
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4. RIPARIUS AND DELTA THREE PARTNER FOR PC TELEPHONY
(Timonium, MD) A new agreement between Riparius Ventures, Inc. and
NY,NY-based Delta Three, Inc. will let people make phone calls through
their PC using a traditional telephone handset. Until now, users could only
make such calls through their PC by speaking into a microphone and
listening through speakers attached to their computer. The Riparius
INT100CS handset attaches to a PC and uses Delta Three's PC-to-Phone
software, which is available for free download at the Delta Three site.
Riparius says that the handset substantially improves the sound quality and
privacy of Internet telephony communication. The two companies will
co-market the software and handsets to ISPs, retail outlets, online
communities and college bookstores.

Riparius Ventures: http://www2.riparius.com
Delta Three: http://www.deltathree.com
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5. LEARNSCAPE AND CYBERCHALK IN JOINT EDUCATIONAL VENTURE
(Annapolis, MD) The LearnScape Corporation and CyberChalk Learning Network
of BalaCynwyd, PA, have formed a joint venture to market and deliver
interactive computer-based training programs over the Internet and
corporate intranets. This venture combines LearnScape's portfolio of
workplace-oriented training products with online learning delivery services
from CyberChalk. The training programs will be marketed to corporations,
small businesses, and public and private non-profit agencies directed
toward adult learners in the workplace and for individuals entering the
workplace. Pilot courses from LearnScape's skillsCOMPASS basic skills
courseware line will begin later this month in self-paced reading, math and
work skills.

LearnScape Corporation: http://www.learnscape.com
CyberChalk Learning Network: http://www.cyberchalk.com
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6. CALIBER COLLABORATES WITH THE WHARTON SCHOOL
(Baltimore, MD) Caliber Learning Network, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLBR) has launched
"Wharton Direct" with the Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania to
offer state-of-the-art distributed learning facilities. The first program,
entitled the Working Knowledge Series, will be launched in 16 US cities in
September and expanding to 33 markets in November. Working Knowledge is a
set of applied foundational courses which each meet one evening per week
for six weeks and are targeted at mid-level managers and technical
professionals. The courses will focus on strategy, finance, marketing and
operations.

Caliber Learning Network: http://www.caliberlearning.com
Wharton School: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu
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7. POLITICAL COVERAGE FOR WOMEN
(McLean, VA) Women's Connection Online and Washington, DC-based National
Journal Group said that this summer they will begin publishing Womenconnect
Politics Daily (WPD), a daily news briefing on women and politics to be
available free on the Women's Connection Online Web site. WPD will cover
the "women to watch" in politics, elected officials, candidates and those
in behind-the-scenes roles. In addition to personalities, WPD will follow
issues and political trends affecting professional women. National Journal
Group is a publisher for people who have a professional interest in
government, policy and politics.

Women's Connection Online: http://www.womenconnect.com
National Journal Group: http://www.cloakroom.com
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8. PREVIEW TRAVEL PROVIDES SERVICES WITH USA TODAY ONLINE
(Arlington, VA) USA TODAY Online and San Francisco-based Preview Travel
Inc. (Nasdaq: PTVL) announced a two-year distribution and electronic
commerce agreement that will enable USA TODAY Online readers to plan and
book their travel arrangements online through Preview Travel and have
access to its destination and travel information. Preview Travel will
become the exclusive travel reservations provider on USA Today Online. USA
TODAY Online has one of the most extensive sites on the Web with more than
140,000 pages, attracting 6 million visitors per month. Preview Travel
provides branded online travel services for leisure and small business
travelers.

USA TODAY Online: http://www.usatoday.com
USA TODAY Travel Section: http://travel.usatoday.com
Preview Travel: http://www.previewtravel.com

>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<< IV> Construction Crews
WHO'S BRINGING WHOM TO THE WEB?

Proxicom ( http://www.proxicom.com ) of Reston, VA, designed an interactive
home search site for Vienna, VA-based Interealty (
http://www.interealty.com ), a provider of real estate information
technology. The site, called PropertyChannel ( http://propertychannel.com
), offers searchable listings of properties for sale or rent across the US
as well as information about the community where a home is located.

The Microstate Corp ( http://microstate.com ) of Fairfax, VA, will develop
the Internet-based Bermuda Insurance Data Service (BIDS) in order to create
a faster, cheaper and more accurate delivery system for reinsurance
brokers. BIDS is a partnership of reinsurance companies, technology firms
and an offshore securities exchange formed to facilitate the secure
transmission of documents from brokers to reinsurance companies in the
Bermuda market.

>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<< V> Funding & Finance News
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1. SKYCACHE CLOSES $6 MILLION IN FINANCING
(Laurel, MD) SkyCache, Inc. has received a $6 million investment from
Carlyle Venture Partners, L.P., a $21 million venture capital fund
affiliated with the Washington, DC-based Carlyle Group. The financing will
enable SkyCache to aggressively pursue sales and marketing programs in the
US and overseas, as well as to develop new products. J. Mitchell Reese and
Brian W. Hayhurst from the Carlyle Group will join the company's Board of
Directors. SkyCache uses satellite technology to cache and broadcast
Internet content.

SkyCache: http://www.skycache.com
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2. PRIMUS COMPLETES MERGER WITH TRESCOM
(McLean, VA) PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTL) has
completed a merger with Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based TresCom International,
Inc. (Nasdaq: TRES). As a result of the merger, TresCom has become a
wholly-owned subsidiary of PRIMUS, which issued approximately 7,748,800
shares of its common stock with a value of approximately $135 million to
make the acquisition. The combined revenues of the two companies will have
a current run rate approaching $500 million dollars per year. PRIMUS is a
global facilities-based telecom company providing domestic and
international long-distance voice, data, private network and value-added
services. TresCom brings Primus an entry into the Caribbean and Latin
American markets, giving the company a presence in every major region of
the world.

PRIMUS: http://www.PRIMUStel.com
Trescom: http://trescom.com
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3. MANUGISTICS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF TYECIN
(Rockville, MD) Manugistics Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MANU) completed an
acquisition of Los Altos, CA-based TYECIN Systems Inc., a supplier of
planning and scheduling applications for the semiconductor industry. With
the acquisition, Manugistics says it will offer the only integrated
solution optimized for semiconductor manufacturers and other high-tech
industries. The TYECIN functionality is expected to be fully-integrated
with Manugistics's supply chain software solution by later this year.
TYECIN products are installed at over 350 sites, including eight of the top
10 semiconductor manufacturers. When plans for the acquisition were
announced, Manugistics said it would issue approximately 333,000 shares of
its common stock in exchange for all the outstanding stock of TYECIN in a
transaction that would be valued at approximately $9.5 million.

Manugistics: http://www.manugistics.com
TYECIN: http://http://tyecin.com
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4. LOCAL FINANCIAL EXECS HONORED
(Tysons Corner, VA) Four members of the local technology financial
community were honored at the 2nd Annual Greater Washington Technology CFO
Awards Banquet. The honorees were Joseph Chinnici, Vice President of
Finance and CFO of CIENA Corp., named CFO of the Year; George M. Ferris,
Jr., chairman of Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., named Financier of the Year;
Gene Riechers, managing partner of Friedman Billings Ramsey's Technology
Venture Group, given the Hall of Fame Award; and Patrick S. Herrity, CFO of
SIGNAL Corp., who received the Community Service Award. The event was
jointly hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and the
High Technology Council of Maryland (HTCM).

NVTC: http://www.nvtc.org
HTCM: http://www.mdhitech.org

>>>>>><<<<<<< VI> Regional News
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1. ISA OFFERS ONLINE PRIVACY TOOL KIT
(Washington, DC) In response to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC)
privacy survey, the Interactive Services Association (ISA) issued its
Privacy Tool Kit to assist Internet-based businesses in living up to
consumers' privacy expectations. Known as the Privacy Sweeps, the FTC
recently completed an extensive survey of over 1200 e-commerce Web sites to
assure that each had adequate privacy policies conspicuously posted. ISA's
toolkit contains guidelines and resources on privacy issues. The ISA is
dedicated to "helping the industry build the confidence and trust necessary
for the Internet to become the global, mass market medium of the 21st
century."

ISA Privacy Tool Kit: http://www.isa.net/policy/privacy_toolkit.html
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2. GMU PROFESSOR WINS ONLINE EDUCATION AWARD
(Fairfax, VA) Created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Paul Allen
Virtual Education Foundation seeks to advance the development and growth of
online learning, especially distance learning. The winner of its
Outstanding Online Course Award of $25,000 is "Taming the Electronic
Frontier," a course by Brad Cox, a faculty member of George Mason
University's Program on Social and Organizational Learning. The course
provides "a conceptual framework and skills for anticipating the challenges
that society faces as the global economy leaps into an information age."
Judges said it "represents an outstanding combination of creative
instructional design that takes real advantage of the online environment
backed by a careful and continuous process of evaluation and refinement
based on student feedback." The Outstanding Online Course Award was
conceived to recognize distinguished accomplishment in the developing world
of online learning. and to reveal the state of current practices among
those developing the best online courses. The foundation received 182
entries from 148 institutions in the US and abroad.

Taming the Electronic Frontier: http://www.virtualschool.edu/98c
Paul Allen Foundation: http://www.paulallen.com/foundations
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3. TECHNOLOGY GROUP RECASTS MISSION
(Washington, DC) The Association of Software Competitors has changed its
name to the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) and recast its
mission. The move is a reaction to government actions which the trade
association says, "threaten the tremendous growth of technology." ACT has
three priorities that will form the core of its efforts in coming months:
fighting government restrictions on encryption technology, preserving
intellectual property rights, and challenging efforts to restructure the
competitive landscape in ways that give unfair advantage to specific
companies. Additionally, the organization has begun accepting hardware
manufacturers and others as members , like Emerson Electric, in order to
expand its efforts to "protect the freedom to achieve, to innovate and to
compete." Jonathan Zuck is the new executive director of ACT.

ACT: http://www.competitivetechnology.org

>>>>>><<<<<< VII: Opportunities _________________________________ 1. CALL FOR SPEAKERS: UPSIDE SUMMIT '98 Upside magazine is looking for speakers for the third annual Upside Summit, an executive conference for business and technology leaders to be held Sept. 15-17 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Attendance at the event is by invitation only, and Upside predicts approximately 200 top decision-makers will attend, plus media, analysts and investors. This year's program, focuses on technology, capital and public policy. "We're looking for speakers who will inform and challenge our audience. They can be top executives from a large company, the CEO of a small company, elected officials, or public policy experts who have special expertise to share," says conference executive producer Richard Brandt, editor-in-chief of Upside magazine. "We want the people whose technology strategies are driving the digital revolution." Hey, we have a few of them around here, right? The deadline for speaker nominations has been extended to tomorrow, June 12. Abstracts will be requested, based on biographies received by that date. Executives interested in speaking opportunities at Summit '98 should visit the site. Biographies and one-page abstracts or corporate profiles of the proposed topic should be sent to Rachel Latta, Program Coordinator, via email to rlatta@upside.com or fax to 650-372-1468. Upside Summit is the flagship conference of Upside magazine, focusing on the business issues facing technology companies. Speaker info: http://www.upside.com/events/summit/speakers.html Upside: http://www.upside.com 

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