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Week of November 26, 1996
Issue 5, Volume I

NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
1. Netpreneur Exchange Beta Tests Begin
2. New Email Address
REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
1. Server-side Email From Nascent
2. New Tool For Creating Dynamic, Wireless Intranets
3. Custom News Service From Electronic Newsstand
4. CPI And RTD Launch CAREERGATE
5. Potomac Pubcrawlers
PARTNERSHIPS
1. PLS Joins With Pantheon For Online Newspaper Publishing
2. COMTEX Provides Middle East News Feeds Via Compass
3. InteliData and V-ONE To Develop Secure Internet Banking
FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
1. New Regional Venture Fund
2. Dominion Income Backs Community Of Science
3. General Atlantic Invests In Proxicom
4. UUnet Acquires German Internet Services Provider


News About The Netpreneur Program

1. NETPRENEUR EXCHANGE BETA TESTS BEGIN Being naturally cautious, we thought it would take a little while before The Netpreneur Program began showing results. At least until the Netpreneur Exchange Web site became generally available. And now, in our first week of testing, positive feedback is already rolling in.
Controlled beta testing of the site began on November 18. The Exchange's three focus communities--the Netpreneur Corner, Funding and Finance, and News Center--offer databases, informative resources, forums, and calendars for netpreneurs, funders, and net-savvy business people. The Exchange is still in development, but users have been impressed with the dynamics of the site and the breadth of information. The Exchange's Netpreneur database currently contains information on over 200 area netpreneurs and net-centric businesses. The Funding and Finance database holds information for over 40 local companies and offers links to on-line financial resources for potential investors and funders. News Center highlights news of the netpreneur world including exclusive daily news features. News Center also provides links to e-zines and on-line news, archives netpreneur happenings, and provides public relations resources for users to relay company information to the press.
The Netpreneur Program is paving the way for increased interaction and connectivity and the response so far has been quite positive. Edward Robertson of Neurosystems declared, "I believe you have created a watershed event with the NP site." He added, "I have monitored world wide eCommerce sites for nearly two years and what you and your team have accomplished is clearly the most content-relevant and easy-to-use site I have seen." After his first visit to the site, Randy Dieterle of The Dalmatian Group stated, "My first comment is WOW!. You folks certainly don't think small. You have bitten off much more than I expected for a beta. Full marks for aggressiveness." We are looking for more beta testers. To request access to the site and get involved in the Netpreneur Exchange beta test, send email to beta@netpreneur.org and we will send your user name and password within 24 hours. It's that easy!

2. NEW EMAIL ADDRESS In the course of implementing the Netpreneur Exchange, we are also reorganizing some of our email functions. To send your own stories or press releases to Netpreneur News, please mail them to: editor@netpreneur.org. To subscribe or unsubscribe to Netpreneur News, please follow the new directions at the end of this issue.

Regional Netpreneurs

1. SERVER SIDE EMAIL FROM NASCENT
(Reston, VA) Nascent Technologies is offering a free Web-based email service, Valise, with server-side management that allows for all mail, address books, and mailing lists to be saved and managed on the Valise server. The service offers web-based file attachments and displays multimedia Web pages and text pages. Valise also offers password-protected mail and a built-in calendar reminder function. Visit Valise at http://www.valise.com.

2. NEW TOOL FOR CREATING DYNAMIC, WIRELESS INTRANETS
(Reston, VA) The Sapphire Group announced beta release of PageBlazer 2.0, the first Web application development environment to support the Handheld Device Markup Language (HDML), and the only one that can publish to both HTML and HDML devices from the same application code. The Sapphire Group is working with AT&T Wireless Services and Unwired Planet to extend intranets to the field using the firms' combined technologies. PageBlazer allows developers to create dynamic, personalized Web content for every user of a Web application, including those who use handheld wireless devices. It automatically maintains user-specific state information from page to page (including forms) and dynamically creates personalized content based on user-state and data derived from external resources. PageBlazer 2.0 will be released by the end of 1996. A trial version of the beta is available at http://www.PageBlazer.com.

3. CUSTOM NEWS SERVICE FROM ELECTRONIC NEWSSTAND
(Washington, DC) The Electronic Newsstand (http://www.enews.com) has unveiled Enews Extra, a free service that allows users to build customized newsstands of magazine Web sites and receive email delivery of selected content. Among other resources available on The Electronic Newsstand are: the Monster Magazine List, a free list of over 2,000 links to magazine resources on the Web organized by category; Magazones, daily updated original media commentary on the day's hot topics; and Discount Subscriptions to hundreds of magazine titles. The Electronic Newsstand, founded in 1993, was one of the first content-based commercial resources on the Internet. It has since grown to become a popular Web destination and a provider of Internet services to the magazine publishing industry.

4. CPI AND RTD LAUNCH CAREERGATE
(McLean, VA) Career Partners International/The Chesapeake Group (CPI), a career services consulting firm, and RTD Associates, creator of training and organizational development products, announced the December 1, 1996 launch of CAREERGATE (http://www.careergate.com), the first integrated, on-line career transition counseling service. The site offers a mix of career gateways which assist individuals in job search and company/career transition. They include topics such as: Career Decisions, Conducting Your Search, Setting Up a Targeted Marketing Plan, Evaluating & Negotiating the Job Offer, Starting the New Job, Consulting and Contracting, and Owning Your Own Business. Each gateway offers a full assessment or a complete training module. Assessments and modules range in price from $9.95 to $19.95 and can be purchased separately from the Web site using Master Card or Visa.

5. POTOMAC PUBCRAWLERS
(Arlington, VA) It might just be beer to you, but to some it's a way of life and a business. PubCrawler (http://www.pubcrawler.com) is a new Web resource for beer lovers, brewers and pub owners created by Potomac Interactive (http://www.picnet.com). The site provides headlines from the Ale Street News (http://www.alestreetnews.com) in its new Brew News section as well as a database to help you find any microbrewery, brewpub, or beer bar in the U.S. PubCrawler has a discussion area, Critics' Corner, information on regional, national and international pub clubs, beer publications and beer sites. Pub and microbrewery owners can promote their establishment and beers with a mini-site in PubCrawler. Potomac Interactive's HOBS-Based Editing enables them to change the text on their mini-site as often as they like, whenever they want and without having any technical skills.

Partnerships

1. PLS JOINS WITH PANTHEON FOR ONLINE NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING
(Rockville, MD) Personal Library Software Inc. (PLS) (http://www.pls.com) announced they will be providing enabling technology to Pantheon, Inc. in order to deliver online publishing solutions for the newspaper industry. Pantheon will enhance its Builder 2 product line by adding PLS's search and agent technology to online editions of newspapers. Pantheon's Builder automatically converts newspaper stories to HTML and creates archival indexes which allow online editors to easily track and update time-sensitive stories on the Web site. The PLS product line will add scalable, full-text search and agent technology to the custom publishing solutions offered by Pantheon. Newspapers will be able to monitor newsfeeds and receive automatic notification of changes in the information stream. Visitors to a newspaper's site will have access to search features such as automatic concept discovery, natural language querying and relevance ranking. PLS technology is currently used by major publications such as The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and The Toronto Star.

2. COMTEX PROVIDES MIDDLE EAST NEWS FEEDS VIA COMPASS
(Alexandria, VA) COMTEX, an integrator and value-added distributor of real-time news sources, and Compass Middle East Wire Service ( http://www.compass-news.com) announced their partnership to provide Middle Eastern news and analysis through COMTEX' real-time news service. COMTEX serves over eighty of the country's leading distributors of electronic news products, including high-profile online services, software solution providers, secure Internet sites, and large corporate networks in need of a sole source solution for computer-enhanced worldwide news coverage. Compass specializes in covering the Arab countries of the Middle East, plus Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia.

3. INTELIDATA AND V-ONE TO DEVELOP SECURE INTERNET BANKING
(Herndon, VA) InteliData's Electronic Commerce Division (http://www.intelidata.com) and V-ONE Corporation (http://www.vone.com), a Rockville Internet security company, have formed a strategic alliance to develop and market a line of secure Internet banking software products that will allow financial institutions to upgrade security levels as they broaden their remote banking services. The functionality would be unique in its scalability, timeliness in deployment and price. It relies on V-ONE's client/server security system, SmartGATE, which will be integrated with InteliData's Advanced Financial Messaging Set (AFMS) and the entire line of electronic banking software. According to a new survey by Datapro, there will be five times as many banks -- increasing from 7% to 36% -- offering Internet banking services in 1997 compared to this year. Another industry source, INPUT, expects the use of the Internet for banking services to multiply 40 times over the next five years.

Funding & Finance News

1. NEW REGIONAL VENTURE FUND
(Vienna, VA) Fairfax Partners is currently raising a new $100 million venture capital fund, Fairfax Partners II, L.P. Following on its previous fund, Fairfax Partners/The Venture Fund of Washington, Fairfax Partners II will be a balanced fund with investments in companies ranging from seed through later stage. Investments will be targeted toward companies in the health care, software, communications, and emerging applied technologies (e.g., lasers, electronic sensors, and pattern recognition) industries located primarily within Virginia and neighboring states.

2. DOMINION INCOME BACKS COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE
(Baltimore, MD) Web publisher Community of Science, Inc., (COS) announced that it has received a significant equity investment from Dominion Income Management Corp. COS creates intelligent search engines for and about scientists and the funding of science to over 150 research institutions. Johns Hopkins University is a shareholder in the company and participated in its founding. The investment will be used to expand the company's activity in product development, scientific journal publishing and recruitment of additional senior management. Dominion Income Management is a venture firm that invests in leading-edge technology companies with an emphasis on Internet applications.

3. GENERAL ATLANTIC INVESTS IN PROXICOM
(McLean, VA) Proxicom, Inc. (http://www.proxicom.com) announced that they have completed a private placement of $5.3 million with General Atlantic Partners (http://www.gapartners.com), one of the largest venture funders of technology and software companies. Proxicom has completed over 200 Internet solutions for Fortune 500 companies combining management consulting services, technical expertise and creative services. Incorporated in 1991 as a systems integrator, Proxicom began specializing in Internet integration in 1992. By 1994, it had developed some of the first Internet solutions for corporations such as MCI and America Online.

4. UUNET ACQUIRES GERMAN INTERNET SERVICES PROVIDER
(Fairfax, VA) Internet services provider UUNET Technologies, Inc. (http://www.uu.net), announced that it has become the sole owner of EUnet Deutschland GmbH. UUNET purchased a 40% interest in EUnet Deutschland earlier this year and now has acquired the remaining 60 percent for approximately $12 million in cash. EUnet Deutschland is headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, and provides a comprehensive range of Internet services. It currently has 36 POPs in Germany and provides the network infrastructure and Internet access for The Microsoft Network in Germany.


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