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Volume 7, Number 8 - February 21, 2002
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This Week's Contents:

  1) NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
      1.1 Can I Get A Little Action Here?
      1.2 Take Me To Your Leader
      1.3 Win Free Tickets To CyberSecurity Policy Forum
  2) THE REGION'S NETPRENEURS
      2.1 Denwa Enables VoIP For MSN Messenger
      2.2 PingTone Launches Managed VoIP Services
      2.3 EyeConcur's Online Career Fairs
      2.4 Multicast's MPEG-4 Video Channel
      2.5 A Digital Rollerball Player
      2.6 Online Travel Support For Tournaments
      2.7 Quick Hits
      ...... news from Crosswalk.com, Arc Second, GTT, and illumitek

  3) FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
      3.1 Dough Raise Me
      ......$5M for 1 local netpreneur

      3.2 Life In The Food Chain
      ...... Legato Acquires OTG  
      ...... InPhonic Acquires Simplexity
     ...... CIENA Acquires ONI
      3.3 Private Equity Performance Dropped In Q3
  4) OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
      4.1 Baltimore's Tech Scene On Radio
  5) WHO'SWARE
      ...... news about people at mindSHIFT, CaseNEX, and TruSecure

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1.1 CAN I GET A LITTLE ACTION HERE?
Since the beginning of the year,  ActionNet subscribers have seen
opportunities such as a Web software company seeking alliances in
the association and non-profit market, a serial entrepreneur in
search of a partner to tackle Internet services in niche markets,
and over 40 executive openings at local tech companies, including 13
at the CXO level. ActionNet is Netpreneur's email bulletin board
where subscribers can post strategic opportunities (emphasis on the
word "strategic") like these, as well as sales and distribution
relationships, technology licensing opportunities, executives
seeking positions, joint ventures, M&A opportunities, and more. As a
subscriber, you'll receive ActionNet bulletins as they are posted by
members, and you can review past postings in the ActionNet Archives.
All subscribers can post opportunities, which are first reviewed by
our editors to be sure that they meet the "strategic" threshold.
Visit the ActionNet page and Archives to learn more and subscribe.

ActionNet: http://netpreneur.org/connect/actionnet
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1.2 TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
What does Secretary of State Colin Powell have to say about
leadership? Check out his 18 lessons, just one of the resources we'
ve put together as background for next week's Coffee & DoughNets
entitled, "Leadership: Building A Winning Corporate Culture." We've
got a new panelist for the event as well, Andrew Hill, President &
CEO of DevElements. Andrew joins Caren DeWitt, co-founder of
webMethods; Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder of Blackboard; Jeremy
Brosowsky, founder and CEO of Washington Business Forward magazine; and Netpreneur's own Mario Morino. C&D will be Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 am, at the AMC Theatres at Union Station in Washington, DC.
Sign up now at: http://netpreneur.org/events/doughnets
Resources: http://netpreneur.org/events/doughnets/020227/resources.html
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1.3 WIN FREE TICKETS TO CYBERSECURITY FORUM
On Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, The Bureau of
National Affairs will host its second annual conference on
cybersecurity.  The regular admission price for the day-and-a-half
event is $695, but we've got a deal to allow five Netpreneur News
readers to attend for free. The program features 24 leading
practitioners and government officials talking about how to prevent,
contain, and respond to cyber attacks on corporate data. Keynote
speakers include former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore; John Tritak,
Director of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office; and Phil
Venables, Chief Information Security Officer at Goldman Sachs. The
event will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, and the
first five netpreneurs to get emails to sshatila@pf.com will get the
free passes. Just tell 'em "Netpreneur sent me." For more on the
conference, visit: http://cybersecurity.pf.com


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2.1 DENWA ENABLES VoIP FOR MSN MESSENGER
(Fairfax, VA) Denwa Communications and Microsoft have a new
partnership to enable users of Microsoft.Net to place Voice over the
Internet (VOIP) and PSTN calls through Microsoft's MSN Messenger 4.6
client. MSN 4.6 users can access a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
network to make voice calls over the Internet to any phone in the
world. Previously, users were only able to call other users within
Microsoft.Net. Denwa's service assigns a telephone number to each
MSN Messenger client, which allows any phone to call the computer
that supports that client. The Denwa service provides originating
and terminating telephone service, advanced VoIP services, and full
interoperability with other VoIP systems and circuit-based systems.
http://www.denwa.com
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2.2 PINGTONE LAUNCHES MANAGED VoIP SERVICES
(Chantilly, VA) PingTone Communications announced that it will offer
managed Internet Protocol (IP) telephony services in the DC and
Baltimore metropolitan areas, plus the five boroughs of New York
City and northern New Jersey in March. Offered as a managed service
targeted to small and medium-sized businesses, PingTone's solution
includes IP telephones, unified messaging, a desktop GUI for call
control, high-speed Internet access, unlimited local calls, and
unlimited domestic long distance.
http://www.pingtone.com
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2.3 EYECONCUR'S ONLINE CAREER FAIRS
(Reston, VA) EyeConcur began offering its new streaming media
employment service called IntroView Career Fairs. Job seekers are
videotaped at EyeConcur's capture centers, and the images are then
digitally encoded for viewing on the Internet by hiring companies.
The IntroViews are approximately five minutes long, showing the
candidate answering a series of unrehearsed questions from their
specific field. The IntroView and resume are held in a searchable
database hosted by EyeConcur. For companies that participate at
certain levels, EyeConcur shoots short promotional videos that
showcase the company and its job opportunities, and give companies
the opportunity to create their own virtual interviewing studio. An
IntroView Career Fair is being held in DC from April 15-30, followed
by Los Angeles; San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Chicago,
Boston, NYC, and Atlanta at later dates.
http://www.eyeconcur.com
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2.4 MULTICAST'S MPEG-4 VIDEO CHANNEL
(Fairfax, VA) Multicast Technologies will initiate what it says is
the first commercial MPEG-4 multicast with a broadcast of the Future
of Music Coalition Policy Summit, to be followed by music and
entertainment programming. MPEG-4 offers an improvement in encoding
efficiency and a close integration between on-air programming and
eCommerce opportunities. The Future of Music Policy Summit took
place in January at Georgetown University. Multicast Technologies
was chosen to videotape the meeting for broadband, which will be
available on its new MPEG-4 video channel beginning March 1.
http://www.on-the-i.tv
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2.5 A DIGITAL ROLLERBALL PLAYER
(Gaithersburg, MD) Rabbit Media, a developer of custom digital media
players for the entertainment industry, announced that it developed
the Rollerball Player for MGM Studios to promote its new movie of
the same name. The Rollerball Player lets users look at video clips,
including trailers, a Rob Zombie music video, and still images of
stars and cars from the film. The player includes images and
branding that support the Rollerball marketing campaign and allows
users to buy film tickets at their local theater with a click. Users
can also send email or IMs about the movie to their friends.
http://www.rabbitsales.com
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2.6 ONLINE TRAVEL FOR TOURNAMENTS
(Hampton, VA). TravElements and Omaha-based TournamentGold are
working together to support travel for amateur athletes.
TravElements will provide its online hotel reservation application
to TournamentGold, a provider of housing and logistic services to
athletic tournaments. TravElements' will integrate its software with
the online team registration system of Maryland-based Time2 to
provide an Internet solution for tournament registration and team
housing. The new offering will give athletic teams and parents
one-stop Internet shopping for tournament information, team
registration, choice of participating hotels, and online room
reservations. Estimates are that some 40,000 US amateur athletic
tournaments generate an estimated 20 million room nights every year.
TravElements says that the system can be adapted to conventions and
other multi-hotel events as well.
http://travelements.com
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2.7 QUICK HITS

(Chantilly, VA) Crosswalk.com announced an agreement to provide
faith-based and home-school related content and tools in targeted
areas across AOL's services, and that it will be a sponsor of AOL's
Spirituality and Christianity areas.
http://www.crosswalk.com

(Dulles, VA) Arc Second announced a new line of CAD viewers that
will replace its PocketCAD Viewer 3.0. PocketCAD Viewer 4.0 allows
users to view and redline a drawing; and the new entry-level DWFview
is for users who just want to view drawings onsite.
http://www.arcsecond.com

(Sterling, VA) Global Trade Technologies introduced Offer Publisher,
an application that enables bond dealers to export their offerings
to users of GTT's Bizbonds, an Internet-based bond inventory and
order management site for retail and institutional broker/dealers.
http://www.gtt.com

(Herndon, VA) Illumitek's analysis and visualization software will
be integrated with Chicago-based Research International's marketing
information distribution. Illumitek's products allow organizations
to develop customized applications that combine data analysis
techniques with Web-based technologies.
http://www.illumitek.com
http://www.riusa.com


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3.1 DOUGH RAISE ME

$5 million for Chantilly-based NEC Eluminant Technologies, a
developer of optical access network (last-mile) equipment. The money
comes from Yasuda Enterprise Development Co., Ltd., one of the
largest venture capital companies in Japan. Combined with $26
million in investments announced last fall, the money brings
Eluminant's total Series A funding to $31 million. The company was
spun off from NEC in 1998.
http://www.eluminant.com
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3.2 Life In The Food Chain

-- Legato Acquires OTG
(Rockville, MD) Mountain View, CA-based Legato Systems, a provider
of storage management solutions, announced that it would buy OTG
Software for cash and stock valued at $403 million. OTG provides
data management and collaboration products. OTG shareholders will
own approximately 21% of the combined company after the transaction,
which is expected to close in Q2. The deal still must be approved by
shareholders of both companies and regulators.
http://otg.com
http://legato.com

-- InPhonic Acquires Simplexity
(Washington, DC) InPhonic, a provider of wireless communications
technology and services, has acquired Herndon-based Simplexity, an
online marketer of wireless telecommunications solutions. The cash
and stock deal is valued at approximately $20 million. Simplexity
provides Web-based sales and distribution systems for carriers and
retailers selling wireless products and other telecom services
directly to consumers. InPhonic says that the deal makes it the
"largest independent online provider of wireless products, services
and solutions." It's InPhonic's fourth acquisition in as many
months.
http://www.inphonic.com

-- CIENA Acquires ONI
(Linthicum, MD) CIENA has acquired San Jose, CA-based ONI Systems in
a deal valued at approximately $900 million and forming one of the
largest optical networking companies. CIENA specializes in core
optical networking and switching, and ONI focuses on metropolitan
optical networking. CIENA's existing Metropolitan Transport and
Metropolitan Switching efforts will be combined with ONI's, to be
led by Rusty Cumpston, ONI's COO. Rohit Sharma, a founder of ONI and
currently its CTO, will be SVP and CTO of the combined Metro
organization.
http://www.ciena.com
http://www.oni.com
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3.3 PRIVATE EQUITY PERFORMANCE DROPPED IN Q3
(New York, NY) Private Equity Performance Index results for Q3 2001
showed a continued downward trend for the third consecutive quarter,
according to Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital
Association . The trend was attributed to decreasing technology
company valuations, public market volatility, and a weak economy.
One-year returns for venture capital funds fell from -18.2% at the
end of Q2 2001 to -32.4% at the end of Q3 2001. Over longer time
frames (3-year through 20-year), performance was minimally affected
during the third quarter. One-year returns for all private equity,
including venture capital, buyouts and mezzanine funds, showed a
performance of -21.4% ending 9/30/2001. That compares with one-year
public market returns of -64.4% on NASDAQ and -31.4% on the S&P.
http://www.nvca.org
http://www.ventureeconomics.com


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4.1 Baltimore's Tech Scene On Radio
(Baltimore, MD) Next week  WYPR-FM radio will debut a new feature
providing technology news and interviews. "The Digital Café," hosted
by Mario Armstrong, will air each Tuesday at 5:30 pm. The
five-minute segment will feature interviews, online resources,
product reviews, business news, and computer-related advice.  The
opening show will feature Chuck Morton, chairman of "The Mosh Pit,"
the Greater Baltimore Technology Council's college business plan
competition. http://www.wypr.org


|||||||||||||||||||| 5. Who'sware  ||||||||||||||||||


(Fairfax, VA) mindSHIFT Technologies, a provider of managed IT
services, named Douglas Holladay, Jr. as Chairman and CEO.
Previously, he was a venture partner at Alexandria-based Columbia
Capital and has held leadership roles in three of their portfolio
companies. http://www.mindshift.com

(Charlottesville, VA) CaseNEX, a provider of multimedia professional
development courses for teachers and school administrators, named
Michael Pace as CEO. He was formerly SVP of Sales & Marketing at
Hedstrom Corp.
http://www.casenex.com

(Herndon, VA) Managed security service provider, TruSecure, named
Jim O'Connor as VP of Engineering and promoted Kristin Gallina
Lovejoy to VP of Security Assurance Services. O'Connor was formerly
VP of Engineering and Operations at Parabon Computation.
http://www.trusecure.com



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