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Volume 6, Number 45 - November 8, 2001 - This Week's Contents:

I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. Howdy, Podnuh
II> THE REGION'S NETPRENEURS
--1. Link's Wireless Router
--2. Pragma's Process Solution
--3. Audiopoint's Voice Automation
--4. LLE's Translations By Telephone
--5. Enumerate Massages The Numbers
--6. ZeroPlus And Equidity Close Down
--7. Quick Hits
.....news from BeyondGuide, Crunchy Technologies, BioPay,
........Mantas, Flight Explorer, Beaconfire, and CMSWatch
III> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. Dough Raise Me
.....$22M for 2 local netpreneurs
--2. Life In The Food Chain
.....Precience Acquires Technology Solutions
.....South River And Riverfront Software Merge
.....InPhonic Acquires Skyware
.....Williams Purchases Assets Of CoreExpress
IV> RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES
--1. A New Organization For Government Contractors
--2. And A Local Chapter For Strategic Alliance Pros
V> REGIONAL NEWS
--1. Top States For The New Economy?
VI> NEWS FROM THE U's
--1. UMBC's Online Outreach

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I> News About The Program
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1. HOWDY, PODNUH
What are some of the strategic benefits corporations look for when
making investments in outside ventures? With the dot-com crash,
technology slide, and capital losses, will large corporations that
have been burned stop investing in ventures? Get the answers to these
and other questions in a FAQ from Don Laurie, our upcoming Coffee &
DoughNets speaker. Enterprises and entrepreneurs alike are looking for
growth. At C&D, Don's discussion of "Partnering With Power" will
explore the hows, whys and growth opportunities that can come when the
two work together. Sign up now for C&D, Wednesday, November 14, 7:00
AM, at 11600 Sunrise Valley in Reston, VA.

Sign up for C&D:
http://netpreneur.org/events/doughnets
FAQ: http://oysterinternational.com/faq.html

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II> The Region's Netpreneurs
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1. LINK'S WIRELESS ROUTER
(Annapolis Junction, MD) Link Communications and WA-based Airbiquity
launched Link's Vehicle Data Distribution System (VDDS) Series 300aq
Wireless Router, featuring Airbiquity's aqLink software. The product
delivers instant voice and data services across TDMA, CDMA and AMPS
wireless networks. Developed for automated vehicle location and asset
tracking applications, the router offers a "virtual data channel"
across all supported wireless carriers without the latency of
out-of-band solutions such as short SMS. The incorporated Airbiquity
software transports discrete data during the course of a voice
conversation to telematics service providers, ASPs, or wireless
carriers.
http://www.lnkcom.com ; http://www.airbiquity.com
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2. PRAGMA'S PROCESS SOLUTION
(Reston, VA) Pragma Systems introduced processMax Professional, its
new project management product that enables organizations to use
intranet Web technology to integrate processes, document management,
and automated workflow. It offers click-through access to process
history as well as current versions of a work in progress and status
of reviews and approvals.
http://www.pragmasystems.com
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3. AUDIOPOINT'S VOICE AUTOMATION
(Fairfax, VA) Audiopoint released Speech Rep, a front-end speech
application for high volume call centers that automates repetitive
calls using speech recognition technology. It is targeted especially
at complex CRM applications, such as automated call routing, FAQ
databases, product registration, and product literature distribution
through advanced data capture.
http://www.audiopoint.net
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4. LLE'S TRANSLATIONS BY PHONE
(Winchester, VA) Language Learning Enterprises (LLE) opened a
technology center that will house its telephonic language
interpretation service, Language Interpretation NetworK (LINK). The
service provides immediate, anytime language interpretation in over
150 languages over the telephone. The system routs a user's language
request to the proper interpreter from over 1,000 linguists throughout
the US. The new office will also function as the companies accounting,
sales/marketing and customer service hub.
http://www.lle-inc.com
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5. ZEROPLUS AND EQUIDITY CLOSE DOWN
With the expiration of its recent $2 million bridge loan,
Germantown-based ZeroPlus.com is in the process of surrendering assets
to the holder of the loan, who holds a lien on all ZeroPlus.com
intellectual property and technology. ZeroPlus, a provider of IP-based
phone service, said that it will be filing a proceeding for
dissolution and will sell any remaining assets. Meanwhile, in Dulles,
Equidity, formerly called EqualFooting.com, has filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection and is in the process of closing shop. The
company had raised over $60 million in venture capital.
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6. ENUMERATE MASSAGES THE NUMBERS
(McLean, VA) Enumerate Solutions released its Web Developer Toolkit, a
software package that enables Web developers to create and post
"interactive numbers" on Web sites in the form of embedded applets.
These include the ability to create custom charts and tables by simply
clicking their mouse, adding or removing data as desired to explore
correlations and "what if" scenarios. Enumerate uses XML-based
technology to automate the tasks involved in working with numerical
data, and its Toolkit consists of three components: DataPublisher, an
Applet Tag Wizard, and a Chartlet and Tablet applet.
http://www.enumerate.com
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7. QUICK HITS

(Washington, DC) BeyondGuide announced that its audio guide service is
now available in New York City. Users can hear a personal tour of the
city over their cell phones. The service is being offered for free
until the end of the year.
http://www.beyondguide.com

(Arlington, VA) Crunchy Technologies released Version 4.0 of its
PageScreamer and PageScreamer Spider products. Both are used to
analyze and correct website content and applications for compliance
with Section 508 standards supporting use and access by disabled
persons.
http://www.crunchy.com

(Herndon, VA) BioPay released Version 4.0 of its software for
addressing check transaction fraud. The product uses biometric
technology to electronically capture a customer's fingerprint, store a
template of the fingerprint image, then record check cashing or
purchasing transactions associated with that person.
http://www.biopay.com

(Fairfax, VA) Mantas released a new version of its Knowledge Discovery
Platform, a business intelligence solution for the financial services
industry. New features include greater functionality that can detect
money laundering activity and other suspicious behavior.
http://www.mantas.com

(Fairfax, VA) Flight Explorer has a new agreement to offer its
Internet-based real-time flight tracking information as part of
FL-based Satellink Technologies' broadcast satellite information
delivery system. The resulting service, called "FE InFlight," will
provide live flight tracking and decision tools to pilots in the
cockpit.
http://www.flightexplorer.com ; http://www.satellinktech.com

(Falls Church, VA) The nonprofit practice of Commerce One Global
Services has been spun-off as Beaconfire Consulting, a provider of
Internet consulting services to nonprofits. The company's history is a
genealogy lesson for long-time netpreneurs in the region, starting as
the nonprofit practice of NMP, then AppNet, then Commerce One.
http://www.beaconfire.com

(Silver Spring, MD) CMSWatch, a portal for news and analysis on Web
content management systems, has formed a training and consulting arm
under the name of CMSWorks, Inc.
http://www.cmswatch.com

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III> Funding & Finance News
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1. DOUGH RAISE ME

$2 million in second round for Arlington-based Applied Predictive
Technologies (APT), a provider of market optimization software. The
money comes from Winston Partners, Galway Partners and Carlton Capital
Group. APT's Adaptive Marketing Suite of products leverage an
organization's CRM system to predict customer behavior in multiple
channels.
http://www.predictivetechnologies.com

$20 million in a third round for Chantilly-based Sonic Telecom, a
provider of video transmission services. The money comes from UK-based
financial services firm HSBC Holdings through its venture capital
subsidiary, Mastel Ventures, as well as previous investors. Sonic owns
and operates an international fiber optic network specifically
designed for optimal video transmission.
http://www.sonictelecom.com
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2. LIFE IN THE FOOD CHAIN

-- Precience Acquires Technology Solutions
(Burtonsville, MD) Precience, a developer of electronic
design-for-supply-chain solutions, acquired Technology Solutions, a
software development company based in Karachi, Pakistan. The
acquisition consolidates Precience's development resources and
provides the company with permanent access to Technology Solutions'
team of 31 computer scientists. The two companies have had a
development relationship since 1997.
http://www.precience.com

-- South River And Riverfront Software Merge
(Annapolis, MD) South River Technologies, a provider of file transfer
and file collaboration software, announced that it has merged with
Norco, CA-based Riverfront Software, developer of Internet drive
mapping software. The company will operate under the name South River
Technologies, LLC and will offer the WebDrive file transfer and
collaboration client, a product that provides access to remote servers
as if they were local network drives. South River Technologies will
also continue to do custom software development work.
http://southrivertech.com ; http://riverfrontsoftware.com

-- InPhonic Acquires Skyware
(Washington, DC) InPhonic, a provider of wireless communications
technology and networks, has acquired Skyware Group, a New York
developer of custom wireless applications in a cash and stock deal.
Skyware's consulting and application development group specializes in
wireless applications for remotely accessing corporate systems and
information. The acquisition gives InPhonic an engineering and sales
presence in New York City, expanding its operations to six offices
nationwide.
http://www.inphonic.com

-- Williams Purchases Assets Of CoreExpress
(Herndon, VA) Tulsa, OK-based broadband provider Williams
Communications has signed an asset purchase agreement to obtain the
fiber-optic network, intellectual property, and Internet protocol
capabilities of CoreExpress, a provider of data communications
services across multiple ISPs. Separately, CoreExpress also announced
the successful conclusion of a 90-day field trial with CNN to test
multicasting of broadcast quality video over an IP network.
http://www.coreexpress.com ; http://www.williamscommunications.com

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IV> Resources & Opportunities
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1. A NEW ORGANIZATION FOR CONTRACTORS
(Washington, DC) The Small & Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
(SECAF) is a new organization providing education and networking
opportunities to small and mid-size government and defense
contractors. The group will focus on educating contractors about
issues affecting the federal marketplace, including topics such as
trends in funding priorities, new regulations and practices, and
navigating current procurement environments. SECAF will research and
produce white papers on issues of interest to members and hold public
forums to present them. The organization plans to replicate chapters
nationally and eventually internationally. SECAF expects to hold their
first public event in early December and present their first white
paper at that time.
http://secaf.org
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2. AND A LOCAL CHAPTER FOR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE PROS
(Washington, DC) The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals
(A.S.A.P), a nonprofit professional organization supporting people who
manage strategic alliances, launches its new Washington, DC/Mid
Atlantic Chapter with a free networking reception today at 5:30 at the
offices of Shaw Pitman, LLP in DC. Speakers include Mark Forman,
Associate Director of the OMB Information Technology and eGovernment.
This is the fifth regional chapter for the organization, joining
chapters in Silicon Valley, Boston/New England, Southeast/Atlanta and
Europe. MERANT is sponsoring and supporting the local chapter. Other
global corporate sponsors include Unisys, 3M, Accenture, Compaq, Eli
Lilly & Company, HP, and Reebok.
http://www.strategic-alliances.org

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V> Regional News
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1. TOP STATES FOR THE NEW ECONOMY?
(Los Angeles, CA) Which states are in the best position to take
advantage of the opportunities for growth in the New Economy?
According to the latest New Economy Index from the Milken Institute,
the top five are Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Connecticut and
Maryland, with Virginia at number 15. The Institute's New Economy
Index ranks states based upon 12 criteria that it considers critical
to a region's future high-tech growth, including R&D dollars,
percentage of advanced degrees, number of patents issued, VC
investment, business starts, and IPO proceeds.
http://www.milkeninstitute.org

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VI> News From The U's
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1. UMBC'S ONLINE OUTREACH
(Catonsville, MD) The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
launched TechPort, an online community providing access to its faculty
experts, student talent, employers and IT leaders in the Mid-Atlantic
region and beyond. Visitors will have the ability to provide feedback
via live chats and customer support sessions. The site's first chat,
scheduled for today at 4:00, features UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski
answering questions about preparing for an IT career, meeting
workforce needs through business/university partnerships and other
issues. The site was built in partnership with Baltimore-based
services firm e.magination.
http://techport.umbc.edu ;
http://www.emagination.com

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